Volume 13

It takes two to repopulate earth, giant bugs avoid extinction and the science behind dreams coming true.

By: Michael Small | Illustration: Tom Froese



So you’re saying there’s a chance? Peddlers of the “what if we were the last people on earth?” flirtation tactic will be pleased – a new article shows that if it came down to it, two people could repopulate the planet. It would take a lot of incest, flawless reproductive systems and 556 years (if each woman agreed to have eight kids) but it is possible. And hey, the odds can’t be any worse than trying to catch someone’s interest with the aforementioned pick-up line.

Egg wars. There might be some truth that females have a biological inclination to be protective of their sexual partners, especially around ovulating women. In a recent study, women were shown a collection of photos of other women and asked to rate, on a seven-point scale, how willing they’d be to have that person around their partner. The results showed that participants were especially wary of women who were photographed while ovulating, and that women would use tactics like “increased sexuality” to keep their partners close. While it was never stated, the main goal of this study was to turn back the clock to 1950.

It’s alive! If someone told you that giant, once-thought-extinct six-legged monstrosities had been living on an abandoned island, you’d think it was the plot of a new horror movie. But in real life, it’s a true tale of survival in the face of overwhelmingly dismal odds and the power of human ingenuity. The tree lobster, last seen in 1920, was written off as another victim of evolution until the early 2000s when scientists discovered the last few of the species and set out to repopulate the species. But before you click the “share” button on this heart-warming tale of resilience, be forewarned: tree lobsters are horrifying to look at and will haunt your dreams.



The big chill. ­After being frozen for over 12 hours with no pulse or heartbeat, it was a no-brainer that Justin Smith had left this mortal world for good. But thanks to quick-thinking doctors and a new, deeper understanding of the affect that deep cold has on our bodies, Smith was resuscitated, with his brain intact. This case is being looked at as a game changer in emergency medicine and how we clarify what is dead, and what’s just waiting to be brought back to life. If the research leads to results like this, it will be an unqualified success.


Dream on. Like something out of Minority Report, there’s a real scientific investigation into precognitive dreaming. Precog dreams – dreams that predict experiences or instances that haven’t happened yet – are rooted deeply in our culture. It’s why you stay home from work after a nightmare about being attacked by a bear on the bus. And yet for all the belief and conversation about our dreams, there’s very little hard evidence that these “visions” are anything more than a fragment of underdone potato. Enter Dr. Stanley Krippner a professor of psychology at Saybrook University who believes that understanding dreams could unlock the secrets of quantum physics and the wibbly wobbly nature of time. Whoa.