SciencePunk

SciencePunk has evolved…

I’m long overdue saying this, but SciencePunk has evolved once again, and diversified to the point where not a tremendous amount gets published here anymore. Some very exciting projects including a return to freelancing and a new gig at Medium called Futures Exchange is consuming most of my time, energy and ideas. SciencePunk started as a paper…

Before James Lovelock conceptualised the world as a single organism (the Gaia hypothesis), he would spend his lab hours freezing hamsters into solid blocks of ice before reanimating them. Image from The physiology of induced hypothermia: proceedings of a symposium, 28-29 October 1955

Sci-fi and fantasy author Richard Matheson has passed away aged 87, leaving behind a legacy of books, TV and film. Even if you don’t recognise his name, you will probably have seen his work on screen. Many of his stories were adapted for film, including I Am Legend, Duel, and A Stir of Echoes, and…

Those still sitting on the fence over whether to buy this month’s best pop science debut about zombies can read a review by the kind folks at Arc magazine here, and read an extract from the book in Salon magazine, entitled: Russians Who Raised the Dead: Bryukhonenko had heard about Kuliabko’s experiments with humans and he…

I stumbled across this image by Wikipedia contributor Tauʻolunga whilst researching constellations for a tattoo I’m musing upon. It shows Sun’s apparent path across the heavens. I think it would look great as a ring or a bracelet!

The Weburbanist has  a nice spot on French artist Mathieu Tremblin, who explores the boundary between digital and real world art. I adored this huge rendering of the Getty Images watermark across a car park wall. As Weburbanist points out, the work sits in some digital/real world uncanny valley: [Tremblin] spoofs the ubiquity of digital…

Out now: How to Make a Zombie

At long last, my book on zombies is out!   You can purchase How to Make a Zombie at all good bookstores in the UK and USA, or online.  I’m indebted to a whole host of people for the book ever reaching the light of day, foremost my agent Peter Tallack and my incredible editor…

Mad Science For Girls

Move over, Rotwang: this femme-domme-themed mad scientist magazine by artist Sardax got a chuckle out of me. Why should mad scientists always be male, pale and stale? Hat tip Mika Tan

In the age of life-casting offered by Google Glass, you’ll need to pick your friends wisely. As the first of Google’s goggles are dispatched, we’re starting to see serious conversations arise about the implications of always-on feeds beaming every moment onto the cloud.  I’ve seen a few articles expressing alarm at the idea we’ll be…

Zombies > Vampires, obviously

When I was pitching my book back in 2010, quite a few publishers said that vampires were hot, and zombies were not. Muahahahaha. (How to Make a Zombie is out in June from OneWorld)