Staff Picks

  • Anna Gooding-Call
    Published 5 days ago
    Here's What Might Happen When We Meet Aliens

    Here's What Might Happen When We Meet Aliens

    It's very unlikely that we're alone in the universe. (That is, unless you think that something happened to everybody else.) There are a lot of possible scenarios that might play out when we finally meet E.T. Which ones are we most likely to experience? Read on...
  • Jenna Deedy
    Published 23 days ago
    The Amazon Is on Fire but There Is Hope

    The Amazon Is on Fire but There Is Hope

    2019 has not been kind to the Amazon Rainforest with more than 40,000 fires across the region this year alone. Scientists from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research have determined that this year alone has seen the fastest rate of burning since the organization began a record-keeping survey on the health of the rainforest in 2013. In fact, the toxic smoke from the fires is so intense that many parts of Brazil now lay under darkness, and in some places, hours before the sun could even start setting.
  • Franc Kaiser
    Published about a month ago
    The Bizarre Paintings of Franc Kaiser
  • Will Stape
    Published about a month ago
    I Wrote For 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

    I Wrote For 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

    I wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's a good thing to establish that fact right off the bat. Fans can offer their passionate opinion on all things Trek, but as writer of a TNG episode, I helped to shape one of Star Trek's most beloved incarnations.
  • Dave Smith
    Published about a month ago
    Your DNA Data Can Be Used to Make a Scarf

    Your DNA Data Can Be Used to Make a Scarf

    You may have heard the often-quoted fact that humans and chimpanzees share 96% of their DNA in common. You also share 90% of your DNA with your cat, and a surprising 60% with a banana!
  • Dion Garcia
    Published 2 months ago
    #WaterIsMedicine, What's Your Water Story?

    #WaterIsMedicine, What's Your Water Story?

    My water story is simple: water is my medicine. Water has shifted my understanding of aliveness. I value being able to drink high-quality clean water. I celebrate the opportunity to experience the joy of being in the ocean with my loved ones. The wild waters of the Pacific have become the most epic playground, and most diverse university I've attended to date. Surfing taught me how to cope with my anxiety. Diving taught me how to breathe my way to peace. Hiking up the river with my dogs reconnects me to the instinctive relationship between nature and humanity. The relationship between human and nature is as natural as water.
  • Steven Shinder
    Published 3 months ago
    Should Marvel Adapt 'The Empire Strikes Back' Again?

    Should Marvel Adapt 'The Empire Strikes Back' Again?

    Since 2015, Marvel has been publishing an ongoing comic series simply titled Star Wars. These issues have essentially been the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio, filling in the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. For a while, readers have been wanting this series to go beyond this three-year period. Now, Greg Pak is taking the reigns of the series, starting with Star Wars #68. This will kick-start the Rebels and Rogues arc, which is set just before The Empire Strikes Back. It seems that readers are finally getting their wish. But if this series is to go beyond Empire, there remains a question: Should Marvel adapt The Empire Strikes Back again?
  • Denis Pinzariu
    Published 3 months ago
    'Star Wars' a Western?

    'Star Wars' a Western?

    Western, a term that has circulated for quite a long time in the American space, but not only that, taken by its connotation as an artistic genre, refers to the 19th century America, and more accurately, to the American Indian Wars. The American Indian Wars, while not only one event, represents a corpus of disputes and events between the European government and colonists, later known as the United States, and the different tribes of Native Americans. This dispute can be traced back to the earliest colonial settlement, and it was due to the cultural discrepancies between the two societies, various disagreements in reserve to the ownership of the land, numerous criminal cations carried by both sides continuously, and many other debated subjects that bring with themselves a lot of ambiguity. With the aid of this history, the western genre has kept some of the historical elements and transferred them, with some modifications made by reinventing some of the elements, into the artistic field, some of the historical elements that can still be seen in the western genre are the wild frontier, the constructions of railroads, large ranches, revenge stories caused by criminal activities that were taking place in the Wild West, the American Natives cavalry fighting with the European colonists, the stories about bounty hunters and outlaw gangs.
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 4 months ago
    Sci-Fi Movies with Philosophical Themes

    Sci-Fi Movies with Philosophical Themes

    All great movies, much like art, are made to stir the imagination of the viewer. Skilled directors even have an adept understanding about how genre, setting, characters, and plot can make an audience feel specific emotion. The greatest science fiction movies entice the audience to engage in self reflection both from a larger societal and personal perspective. They do this through the powerful technique of metaphors, getting us to hold the mirror to ourselves and ask the difficult questions.