Category: Investigative Inquiries

Solstice with the Most-est?

This last Wednesday marked the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice (June 21st, 2017).  As the summer drags on, it's become a little too easy to just lay back and enjoy the sunshine. Check out what scientific discoveries we've been reading about lately!

The Hive

Will Camfield recently traveled to one of London’s popular attractions: The Hive. This work of art was not only pleasing for the senses, but it also got him thinking of a critical issue. This is his story.

The Body of the Future

"The Netherlands is a forward thinking place. Everyone seems to chipping away at the future in one way or another. In such a milieu, I often encounter a certain type of futurist that I find very problematic, the hardcore trans-humanist."

Which Came First, the Frenchman or the Egg?

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Paris with my old friend Sarah Maxwell who lives in the city and works as an illustrator. we went to the Louvre after surviving the roundabout at the Arc du Triomphe. As it turned out we were in luck. Abraham Poincheval, the man himself, was in the building hatching eggs nearby. So we scurried over to see a greying, scruffy, white-sock-wearing guy in his mid 40s sitting above the eggs. We spent a few giggle filled minutes circling the cube and making occasional eye contact with Poincheval, almost as a kind of dare.

A World Unknown: Taiwan

Part II: will climate change push China to seize Taiwan? How will the environment affect geopolitics?

A World Unknown: China

Part I: an investigation into China's environmental woes. Could China turn into another Syria in the coming decades?

Using Darwinism to Train Software

Imagine the goal of training a computer program to play a platform game, like Super Mario, all on its own. This program will be allowed to see the screen, the blocks, the goombas - just as a human player could. And it can input commands - run, jump, and such - as if it had a controller in hand.

The Matter of the Black Bean

The Bean absorb 99.965% of all radiation that hits it. It’s an aesthetic black hole. In this age we are the Vantablack, splattered in logo-shaped splotches all over the internet. That’s all definitely a bit vulgar, but I can’t help but think the whole mess is devastatingly pretty in a fucked up kind of way.