Trust me, I’m a hacker.

Trust me, I’m a hacker. The first thought I had when asked about setting up a lab to hack life as we know it was: (as you would expect) cool! How much fun would that be! Soon followed by a second thought: I wonder if The Edge has enough insurance to cover me if something …

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I was 13…

I love horror movies. I remember Channel 10 used to show one every Saturday night at midnight. I would wait til my parents went to bed, then sneak down to the lounge room and watch them with the volume way down (so no one would hear). My face was so close to the screen I …

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Ozploitation: Unknown Australian Horror

Everyone’s favourite contemporary horror director, Quentin Tarantino, is a long-time fan of Australian blood curdling films. However, these movies are often snubbed in favour of a more mainstream film history, an approach that Tarantino has labelled as ‘Aussieploitation’. Australian director Mark Hartley later cleaned up Tarantino’s phrase to the simplified ‘Ozploitation’. So why are Aussies …

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Who’s reaping the rewards of Halloween?

Here in the land down under, Halloween seems like a particularly American indulgence, not to mention a mighty blow to wallets everywhere. While the tradition grows every year in Oz, our Yankee buddies are definitely outspending us on the Halloween front. In 2013 more than 150,000 million Americans celebrated Halloween and spent $7 billion at …

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Guerilla hobby part fabrication

One of the biggest hurdles to get over when you’re designing project parts is that it’s often hard to know how to go about making them once you’ve gotten them all laid out in your brainspace or in 3D cad. Even if you have access to a mill or a lathe, there are few people …

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Dreaming of electric sheep

It is no surprise that in our tech-saturated age, the Cyborg has become a potent theme of terror as well as a hope for transcendence. While Terminators, Cylons and Daleks provide the thrills, bionic ears, eyes and mind-operated artificial limbs hint at a coming future of extraordinary medical miracles. Some go further — from the …

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Doing the Monster Mash

Monsters have been part of culture since the first humans huddled around their campfire, listening to spooky forest noises. The label originally signified a warning from the gods, an evil omen marked by deformity, yet another example of fear of the other. Altered humans have been labelled monsters, whether the changes were wrought by nature, …

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Deus ex

  Ghosts are in the news. In fact ghost stories are such good news that the tabloids average one a week: from being to blame for the poor performance of English cricketers, to brutally attacking intrepid journalists. Colin Wilson, vice-president of the Ghost Club Society, knows ghosts are real because he has spoken to one. …

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Are There Ghosts in Space?

You might laugh at the idea of ghosts in space and the world of theories about non-Earthly beings floating around our universe. But this time the conspiracy theorists might be right as a few happy snaps of the universe show some freaky and supernatural things… If evidence was ever needed of ghosts and strange beings …

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The Sound of Horror

Perhaps the most well-known and gut wrenching sound in horror films belongs to the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho Who can forget the high pitch, piercing violins from composer Bernard Herrmann that cut through with a violent, sickening metallic sound. Visually the scene is brilliant, but what sticks in your head more: the shower …

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