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‘I Am a Hero’ Review: An Infectiously Bloody Japanese Zombie Horror – Variety

With:<p>Yô Ôizumi, Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Yoshinori Okada, Yu Tokui, Nana Katase, Jin Katagiri.<p>There’s no mistaking that …

Framing

Here’s 7 tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse – by scientists

In a lot of zombie films, the heroes run around shooting zombies in the head – popping their rotten skulls like ripe watermelons.<p>But that’s actually …

Walking

Why It Might Be a Good Idea to Zap Your Brain With Electricity | Inc.com

These days you can use tech to hack your work routine, your education, even your fridge. So why not use tech to hack the most important driver of the human experience of all, your brain?<p>It still might sound a little sci-fi, but scientists and entrepreneurs are already experimenting with wearable …

The Brain

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Scientific Research

The Rise of Liberal Arts in Hong Kong

While liberal-arts curricula are on the decline in the U.S., many Asian countries believe they give university graduates the skills to succeed in a global knowledge economy.<p>HONG KONG—The businessman Po Chung might seem an unlikely advocate for the virtues of a U.S.-style liberal education. As the …

Hong Kong

Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs

As we marvel at science’s latest extraordinary breakthrough, it’s also an opportunity to ponder what kind of thinker Albert Einstein was.<p>Born two decades before the beginning of the 20th century, what kind of mind was his that could come up with ideas that would have to wait until the second decade …

Piano

Researchers demonstrate 'quantum surrealism'

New research demonstrates that particles at the quantum level can in fact be seen as behaving something like billiard balls rolling along a table, …

7 Times Mathematics Became Art And Blew Our Minds

So pretty.<p>While maths might seem like a purely formulaic pursuit, the patterns and ratios it produces can help create some of history's most striking …

Mathematics

Here's Your First Look at the Badass Japanese Zombie Comic Everybody's Talking About

You might have already heard about <i>I am a Hero,</i> Kengo Hanazawa’s spectacular ongoing manga set in the zombie apocalypse, hailed as manga’s take on <i>The</i> …

A researcher may have found a way to treat sleep-paralysis, the terrifying experience of waking up unable to move

Annalia first heard the creature slip into her bedroom when she was six years old. It — whatever <i>it</i> was — jumped onto her sleeping body, stifling her movement and speech with its weight. She awoke frightened, seeking an explanation.<p>Everyone in Abruzzo, a small city in southeastern Italy, told said …

How zombies could be the future of artificial intelligence.

In July, news headlines blared that robots passed a “self-awareness” test. Naturally, the articles made the semi-joking references to Skynet and …

Medical magnet can change how we blame and punish - Futurity

A specific type of magnetic stimulation to the brain can disrupt and change people's decisions about guilt and punishment, report researchers.

The Huge Swiss Army Knife Styled Multi-Tool is Designed to Smash Zombies

Unlike a normal Swiss Army knife, the huge multi-tool can’t be attach to your keychain, and its built-in tools are designed to smash zombies in …

Did Nazis really try to make zombies? The real history behind one of our weirdest WWII obsessions

<b>(Lucasfilm)</b><p>From comics to video games to Indiana Jones, the occult pursuits of Nazi villains continue to fascinate us<p>Noah Charney<p>August 22, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>From the pages of "Hellboy" and the pixilated corridors of "Wolfenstein 3D," popular culture has wondered whether the Nazis, who had no …

Comic Books

Top 8 Zombie Franchises

Who doesn't love the undead?<p>If there's been a recurring theme in pop culture lately, it's that people really, really like zombies. Maybe seeing …

Save the Zombie-Makers!

Parasites may seem too gross or too wicked to be worth saving from extinction. Or they may just seem so skilled in their sinister arts that we don’t have to worry about them, since they’ll always find a new victim.<p>In fact, parasites warrant our concern, right along with their hosts. That’s not to …

Insects

Silver Makes Dead Bacteria Act Like Zombies

Killing from beyond the grave<p>Chemists in Israel have discovered the walking dead of the microbial world. It turns out that bacteria slayed by silver can kill nearby living pathogens even after they're dead as a doornail.<p>Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for centuries. Bacteria absorb …

Insights from the humanities deserve greater attention in debates about the role of evidence and expertise in policy.<p>Poets don’t often pop up at infrastructure conferences. But a few months ago, at a debate for infrastructure developers and policymakers, I began my remarks by quoting William …

Humanities

Fainting, twitching, nausea… What is really going on when a group – and it’s almost always teenage girls – exhibit real symptoms without organic cause? Carol Morley explains how her fascination with mass psychogenic illness led to her film The Falling, the story of a fainting epidemic at a girls’ …

Medicine

Behind-the-scenes looks at the science that goes into art conservation so we all can (potentially) experience the original work for ourselves rather than looking at a digitised scan, a poster-sized print or an encyclopaedia thumbnail<p>When people think of great works of art, they probably think of …

Museums

Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses

In November, <i>National Geographic</i> put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>, lays an egg inside the ladybug <i>Coleomegilla maculata</i>. After the egg hatches, the wasp larva develops inside the ladybug, feeding on its internal …

Insects

Better Call Saul: is electromagnetic hypersensitivity a real health risk?

Better Call Saul, the long-awaited spin-off of Breaking Bad, has already thrown up some interesting questions: why is Saul chopping up cookie dough in a shopping mall? Will Mike Ehrmantraut ever let him out of the car park at the first time of asking? But perhaps most intriguing is the one raised …

Electromagnetism

Interstellar VFX research leads to scientific paper on wormholes

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic, nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, has led to new scientific discoveries<p>When it comes to the movies, science fiction and science fact are usually world's apart. Films might be based on real-life research and theories, but the truth is often stretched to …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Origin Film Is Moving Forward

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

Books