The science of fright: Why we love to be scared

Scary pumpkins are the least of what frightens us at Halloween, a day devoted to being frightened. Fear may be as old as life on Earth. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction, evolved over the history of biology…

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The year’s most awe-inspiring—and devastating—wildlife photos

These are 2017’s big winners. The good life Grand title winner 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Also winner of the 15-17 years old category). Nelson, a teenager from the Netherlands, captured this image of Caco—a lowlands gorilla—in Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo. Caco is enjoying a ball-shaped breadfruit in the picture.…

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Meet Jon Ronson, the Writer Behind the Haunting ‘Okja’

It was February of 2012. The Welsh writer Jon Ronson had traveled to Long Beach, California, for the annual TED conference, where he was to deliver a talk about psychopaths. (Ronson’s book The Psychopath Test had been published the previous year.) While there, he was unexpectedly captivated by a presentation from Regina Dugan, then then-director of…

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Wonder Woman review

I wanted to start off by saying that Wonder Woman’s real MVP is its director, Patty Jenkins. As far as I’m aware, Ms Jenkins has only directed one other film, 2003’s Monster – one of my all time favourites. If I knew this fact before going into the cinema, I wouldn’t have been shocked at the…

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