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Official Trailer! No Family For Cannibals – Episode One

I am very excited to announce “No Family For Cannibals – Episode One” is now available. Included with its release is the official trailer, which you can watch now on 412C.com

No Family for Cannibals

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I just finished the first episode of No Family for Cannibals and it is with my editors. Don't let the word "episode" fool you. It’s a written series, but instead of being broken up into chapters it is divided by episode to properly catalog the events … [Continue reading]

Writers Without Vice, or Gonzo Be Damned

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The author stereotype is thick with vice. Watch a movie about a writer, writers, or writing and at least one of the characters—fictional or real—is smoking, drinking, or feeding a drug addiction. And why not? Writing, like any other art or craft … [Continue reading]

Flash Fiction: Parawormal Activity

There shall be no cure, not even by supernova.

I hijacked this brain accidentally  I stumbled upon its ripples and ridges while exploring the passages woven throughout my host. I knew immediately this web of synapses was special the moment I arrived. Electricity pulsed and popped and knowledge … [Continue reading]

Multitasking: An Injustice to Tasks

David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, standing before many different directions.

I am interested in a lot of different things. There is little chance that I could pick something and stick with it exclusively for the rest of my life. Those who know me personally know that I am a creature of ritual and repetition—I can have the … [Continue reading]

Changing Minds: How My Views on Paleolithic Violence Evolved

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I recently had the pleasure of reading an unpublished article by well-known skeptic Michael Shermer. As a fan of his books and editorials, seeing an unfinished work—being part of the process—was a welcome experience. Plus, the subject matter was … [Continue reading]

The Smell of Danger, Sex, and Candy

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The Human Nose Took Millions of Years to Evolve, but How We Use it Today Stinks! The flesh-covered cartilage protruding from the center of your face was the first thing your parents asked you to point at and identify when you were still in … [Continue reading]

The Juicy Science of Mental Marker FX

Two bottles of Mental Marker FX Juice ready to ship!

In a previous article, "Magic Formula Generates New Tricks," I divulged my methods for coming up with new magic plots, or "problems to solve," as I like to call them. In this article, I will reveal the science behind my latest release, "Mental … [Continue reading]

The Knowing Nose: Chemosignals Communicate Human Emotions

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Many animal species transmit information via chemical signals, but the extent to which these chemosignals play a role in human communication is unclear. In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological … [Continue reading]

Breakthrough in bid to create first quantum computer

Project leaders Andrew Dzurak (left) and Andrea Morello (right), with PhD student and lead author Jarryd Pla (centre)

A research team led by Australian engineers has created the first working quantum bit based on a single atom in silicon, opening the way to ultra-powerful quantum computers of the future. In a landmark paper published today in the journal Nature, … [Continue reading]

Yale Researchers Call for Specialty Metals Recycling

The sequence of the main steps involved in the recycling of metals.

An international policy is needed for recycling scarce specialty metals that are critical in the production of consumer goods, according to Yale researchers in Science.“A recycling rate of zero for specialty metals is alarming when we consider that … [Continue reading]

Feeling Guilty Versus Feeling Angry – Who Can Tell the Difference?

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When you rear-end the car in front of you at a stoplight, you may feel a mix of different emotions such as anger, anxiety, and guilt. The person whose car you rear-ended may feel angered and frustrated by your carelessness, but it’s unlikely that … [Continue reading]

A Clock that Will Last Forever

Imagine a clock that will keep perfect time forever or a device that opens new dimensions into quantum phenomena such as emergence and entanglement.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Propose a Way to Build the First Space-Time Crystal By Lynn Yarris  lcyarris@lbl.gov Imagine a clock that will keep perfect time forever, even after the heat-death of the universe. This is the “wow” factor behind a … [Continue reading]

Human Copies Fall Off Bicycles

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Some of us believe that computers, in the next 20 years or so, will not be cold mechanical devices, but rather squishy biological creatures. And we're already correct if you think about it. Every living creature is a complex system of binary … [Continue reading]

Apple TV, Social Investment, & Bio Binary

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If you hang around me for any length of time at all, you know I love to make predictions about the future. To come up with my predictions, I use observation models, statistics, equations, and daydreaming. They are usually a little bit crazy and a … [Continue reading]

Magic Formula Generates New Tricks

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  To create a new magic plot, observe a [physical] law and then combine it with an imaginary situation using everyday objects. This leaves you with a problem in need of a solution. When you solve the problem, the plot becomes the magic and … [Continue reading]

Psychology: Baby in the Box

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The wonderful thing about science is it comes in many forms. Sometimes the tangents are lifelong adventures, while others are short bursts of curiosity that take us down a path just long enough to experience the world in a different way. For … [Continue reading]

Heads or Tails? Easy Guess!

MRGADFLY and the Coin Toss!

My mathematical friends routinely accuse me of taking advantage of probabilities that work in the magician's favor, when in reality I am using a method they are unable to associate with the event they just witnessed. As such, one of my favorite … [Continue reading]

Spider Silk Extraction Process

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Years ago, I was at an amusement park with my family. At some point, I wondered off by myself to explore - I get distracted easily. During my adventure, I found a spider menacing around on a wooden bench. He was an interesting looking spider, so I … [Continue reading]

Through the Wormhole: Infinite Lifespan

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Okay. I have to admit. Ever since Ray Kurzweil introduced the idea of nanobots coursing through our veins constantly rejuvenating cellular structure, I have thought one thing: that would make a great magic trick! Over the years, I developed a … [Continue reading]