Cristiana Gonçalves

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The golden age of sexual taboos: How indie movies brought deranged sex acts to the big screen

Indies have produced some of the most haunting, bizarre scenes of sexual behavior in the history of cinema<p>I recently wrote an article on ethical dilemmas in torture porn and received some rather extreme reactions. Given that two new films—James Franco’s “Child of God” <i></i>and Kim Ki-duk’s …

“Fall in love

<i>“Fall in love. Every day. With everything. With life. If you can fall in love, you can be a photographer. I think that is absolutely essential.”–Ruth Bernhard</i><p>The Parisienne photographer, Lara Kiosses’s, series <i>Romantic</i> <i>Collection</i> isn’t breaking any new ground, or charting any new territory. Using multiple exposures is nothing new, and using female models and flowers has a long, established history. Nevertheless, the results Kiosses achieves using these common elements are impressive. The richness …

So Dreamy: Q&A With 'Tales of Poe' Co-Writer Michael Varrati

<i>Editor's Note: Signature caught up with Michael Varrati, whose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe poem</i> Dreams <i>was included in the new Kickstarted film,</i> …

The truth about extraterrestrials: Will we ever discover intelligent life in the universe?

It’s a question that’s hounded scientists and sci-fi buffs for decades. And it’s time to set the record straight<p><i>This post is one in a series covering, and expanding on, topics in the book "The Copernicus Complex" (Scientific American/FSG).</i><p>The conversation usually goes like this:<p><i>Do you think we’re</i> …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …

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APOD: Milky Way over Yellowstone (2014 Aug 27)<br>Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane <br>http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140827.html<p>Explanation: The Milky Way …

The World’s First 3D Printed Castle

Andrey Rudenko wanted to see if it was possible to make a 3d printed house, Andrey is an architect, and rather than use a traditional design, he went …

3D Printing

Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest or riding a bicycle across the country. Mike Davidson's dream has been to create the perfect toothbrush, and now he thinks he's done it.<p>The thing about brushing is that, if you do it right, it feels a certain way. It feels like a golf swing or a perfect …

The man who grew eyes

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. I met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells<p>The train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japan’s first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly …