Why Do Some Men Shave Off Their Beards?

Why Do Some Men Shave Off Their Beards?

I must confess this is only a synthetic beard,” said Dexter. “I’m not yet really rugged enough to grow my own yet,”

It doesn’t matter if you have the beard on the outside,” said Action Hank. “As long as you’ve got the beard on the inside,”

Just like in Dexter’s lab, when I was young, bearded men were among my heroes: Father Christmas, Lee Van Cleef, Blackadder II and the…

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When Will We Travel Interstellar?

When Will We Travel Interstellar?

Spaceships are cool. But, starships are cooler. I’ve always dreamed of hopping aboard ship and sailing into the stars, whizzing by nebulas on my tea break, crash-landing on hostile planets, and buying mysterious trinkets at intergalactic bazaars. I want to see humans…

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What Is The Economy?

What Is The Economy?

“Adam Smith said ‘wealth is the lifeblood of nations’,” said someone in the mediocre sci-fi Civilisation spin-off Beyond Earth.

For the longest time, I thought ‘the economy’ was just something clean-shaven suits made up to sound important. To me, the words ‘wealth’, ‘money’ and ‘the economy’ were just synonyms for ‘bastard’. I thought a ‘market’ was…

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Will We Eat Synthetic Meat?

Will We Eat Synthetic Meat?

I love eating dead animals: roast pork with crackling, a nice cheese burger, a rare steak lathered in blood, those delicious wrinkled Polish sausages.

Our bodies are fuelled by the flesh of living things. Back in the day, we hunted and killed our own food. The animals lived full and happy lives. We were close to the act of killing and…

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Why Do We Find Anything Interesting At All?

Why Do We Find Anything Interesting At All?

           “What do you want to watch?” he asked.

            “I don’t know,” she replied.

            “Well, what are you interested in?”

            After a moment’s thought she said, “I’ve really been into ancient Egypt lately. We could watch a documentary…

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