Astroculture

  • In Mars We Trust

    As the spaceship slowly approaches Mars its captain is overcome by religious remorse. Though he is the mastermind behind the space station orbiting Earth, and hasn’t had any interest in the Bible before, he is now growing more and more convinced that mankind wasn’t ... Read more
  • Major Matt Mason’s Moon mission

    There are not many academic publications available on the history of space toys. In fact, it is much easier to find literature written by passionate collectors. Here, there may be a wealth of useful information, but often the historical contextualisation is somewhat ... Read more
  • The ships that sail the cosmic ocean

    The spaceship: you have to look far to find something more central to the science fiction genre than that. Certainly, future projections of technology and science in general is one of the most important ingredients of the genre. But the spaceship is the visual ... Read more
  • What is “astroculture”?

    “Astroculture" is a term that identifies a particular field of study within research in cultural history. As it is central to this particular blog, there is good reason to examine the meaning of the word in some detail. Defining "astroculture" The book Imagining ... Read more
  • The holy grail of outer space

    On 22 February 1918, the world's first feature-length science fiction film premiered at the newly opened Palace Theatre in Copenhagen. The silent movie was called Himmelskibet (Eng. A Trip to Mars, or, directly translated, The Sky Ship) and the manuscript was ... Read more
  • The music of outer space

    When dealing with "astroculture" – cultural and historical aspects of, for example, astronomy, spaceflight and space exploration – it is common to use media such as films, books and comics as source material. However, there is also another kind of source material ... Read more
  • Immortality and outer space

    When reading popular scientific works on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), there is usually a reference to the “Drake Equation.” The equation was created by astronomer Frank Drake as an agenda for the first scientific meeting on the possibilities ... Read more
  • LEGO builds the spaceships of the future

    For some, the concept of “astroculture” – which this blog deals with – may seem a bit far out. Cultural phenomena that express man’s relationship to the sky, stars, outer space – how relevant is that? Is it perhaps not more important to build rockets and get out ... Read more
  • The limits of outer space

    On 19 to 22 April the conference “Envisioning Limits: Outer Space and the End of Utopia” was held in Harnack-Haus in Berlin. The conference was organized by the research group The Future in the Stars led by the German historian Alexander C. T. Geppert, Freie ... Read more
  • The future is in the stars

    As the German historian Alexander C. T. Geppert writes in the foreword to the book Imagining Outer Space, “Ubiquitous, limitless and ever-expanding as it may be, outer space has a history too." At the Freie Universität Berlin a research team has embarked on a study ... Read more

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Norwegian study links flu vaccine to narcolepsy risk

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an elevated risk of narcolepsy among children and young adults who were vaccinated against the swine flu seven years ago. Some who did not take the vaccine against the pandemic of 2009 also developed this severe sleeping disorder.