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Monsters on Medieval Maps – Mythical Beasts and Hybrid Humans

Most of the medieval maps with pictures of sea creatures were meant to adorn the houses of wealthy people, who were curious about what was beyond their limited experience. The maps that were used for navigation were less adorned, and more practical. Travel at the time was difficult, and rare, and most people were ignorant… Continue reading Monsters on Medieval Maps – Mythical Beasts and Hybrid Humans

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Medieval Maps – Images of Sea Monsters and Beasts

Between the 10th and 17th centuries, cartographers would add detailed hand drawings to their maps. Many of these were monstrous sea creatures and mythical beasts. The adornments were to illustrate unexplored regions of the globe, speculate about the mysteries that could be found there and warn people about the possible dangers of seafaring. The maps,… Continue reading Medieval Maps – Images of Sea Monsters and Beasts

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Science Fantasy – Exploring a Popular Sub-Genre

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction points out that the sub-genre of science fantasy has never been clearly defined. The label first became widely used after many of these stories had been published in Pulp Fiction magazines, where authors attempted to merge the techniques of sci-fi with the world of fantasy. One of the ways in… Continue reading Science Fantasy – Exploring a Popular Sub-Genre

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Science Fantasy – A Combination of Genres

Speculative fiction can be divided into three branches: science fiction, which uses science and technology to explain things that are unique to a story; fantasy, which explains things that don’t exist in our world using magic, or the supernatural; and alternate history, which includes descriptions of events, or objects, that are possible in our world… Continue reading Science Fantasy – A Combination of Genres

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J. R. R. Tolkien – A Legendary Fantasy Writer

An Inspired Writing Career J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels were inspired from places he visited, events that occurred from his childhood onwards, his indoctrination into Catholicism and the extensive reading he did during his lifetime, including: British adventure stories, European mythology and Old English literature. His writings included a detailed translation of Beowulf, one of… Continue reading J. R. R. Tolkien – A Legendary Fantasy Writer

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J. R. R. Tolkien – ‘The Father of Modern Fantasy Literature’

The mastermind behind the modern classics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a British writer, poet and professor. He wrote his two most popular novels, while working as a professor at Oxford University, which renewed interest in the fantasy genre and earned him the nickname ‘father of modern… Continue reading J. R. R. Tolkien – ‘The Father of Modern Fantasy Literature’

Genetic Engineering, Humans

Secret Experiments – Unethical Projects for the ‘Greater Good’

Many immoral experiments have been conducted for research, to test medications or even just out of sheer curiosity. The experiments often violate the basic human rights of the victims, and can even affect their descendants in some cases. The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male In Tuskegee, Alabama, between 1932 and 1972,… Continue reading Secret Experiments – Unethical Projects for the ‘Greater Good’

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Animal Adaptations – Unexpected Evolution

There are some animals that have evolved to survive in situations so extreme, or isolated, that the changes they undergo have surprised many researchers. These include: Cockroaches Believed to be one of the biggest nuisances and most hated insects in society, cockroaches are also one of the most resilient species in the world. Scientists believe… Continue reading Animal Adaptations – Unexpected Evolution

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Animal Adaptations – Evolution to Ensure Survival

The Earth is changing constantly, and the survival of its species has always depended on an ability to adapt. Many animals have peculiarities that make them stronger than other species, thus ensuring their mass longevity. Some have even conformed to their environment so much that they are now found living in only one place on… Continue reading Animal Adaptations – Evolution to Ensure Survival