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New Zealand Gothic
  • Australia stole pavlova. Australia stole Phar Lap. Australia stole your family dog, Rex. Who will be next? You are afraid to know when Australia’s kleptomania will claim you.
  • For some reason you cant quite place, rainbows fill you with an overwhelming sense of bitterness towards France.
  • You pass a sheep on the road. Soon, another. The wall of white becomes blinding. It will soon be their time.
  • You met Jemaine Clement on Cuba Street yesterday. You met Jemaine Clement on Cuba Street today. You will meet Jemaine Clement on Cuba St tomorrow. He waits. He watches. He judges. 
  • A minimum wage store worker acts strangely. Jono and Ben slink from the shadows. A celebrity tweets about a peculiar interview. Jono and Ben lurk in the darkness. A Bugs Bunny bouncy castle floats over Lake Taupo while a banana boat is pulled across the Cook Strait. Jono and Ben. This is normal.
  • The ginger spaceman with the mustache reminds you of someone. A man named Murray. Murray, when did you go to space?
  • You accidentally stray into the university quarter. The students hands end in stumps that bleed awful cider. An unmoving body lies in the corner. You have a Speights in your hand. It is morning and you remember nothing.
  • Every year, Aucklanders are rolled down a hill. This goes unquestioned.
  • You see smoke rising in the distance. You hang your head in reverence to the brave furniture sacrificed to the young and foolish.
  • Someone mentions the ANZACs. You embrace the closest Australian warmly.  Someone mentions underarm bowling. A new name appears in the obituaries.
  • An iconic bird perches in a yellow-flowered tree. You can’t help but blame the nation’s drinking culture on it. It sets a bad example.
  • Sir Peter Jackson sees that Weta Workshops workers work hard. The insects will soon cast of the chains of his tyrannical oppression. The time is now.
  • The wind blows cold and sharp in Wellington. It shears the flesh from your bones and you are reborn anew in the cold and salt of the capital.
  • You are travelling south. The Cook Strait ends and the road begins. What happens in between, you have forgotten. You’re not sure if it was ever really there.
  • A bogan approaches you. You suddenly feel the creeping of hair on your neck and the taste of bourbon in your throat.  He calls you cunt. You feel welcome.
  • Fate made the kiwi flightless. The alternative was far worse.
  • Australia is the most dangerous Pacific country. Everybody agrees. Somewhere, deep in the flow of history, an eagle caws. A baby cries nearby.
  • The political direction of the nation is determined by bees. From their hive, they manipulate our country to their will.
  • A foreigner asks you if you’re Australian. You feel a wisp of your soul seep away. Little by little, the Australians grow stronger. You refuse to let them win.
  • A man encountering a Tyrannosaurus rex fills you with an odd sense of national pride.
  • Your dead friend offers you incorporeal fries. A swell of guilt and frustration builds inside. It’s puzzle time. Monique was right.
  • A minnit passes. And the nek. And the nek. The slow, lumbering passage of time wears away at you, pulling you to pieces like an abandoned scooter.
  • For some reason, an overheated pie fills you with concern for New Zealand’s nuclear-free image. Someone blows on it. Your concerns are appeased.
  • A mountain parrot steals your window wipers. It steals your passport. It steals your identity. Who are you now?

A PET Prototype

This device from the 1960s is an early prototype of a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Lab built this circular version of the PET scanner to image small brain tumors and nicknamed it the Head-Shrinker.

PET scans work after radioisotope tracers are introduced into the patient. The imaging equipment picks up gamma rays emitted as a result of the isotope’s decay. The system allows for functional imaging of processes throughout the body. The device is now used for research and to diagnose certain cancers, brain diseases and heart problems.

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Daily Monster 318: Giant Space Brains of Palos Verdes

Region of origin: Palos Verdes, California, United States

Two men attempting to go for a late-night drive in Palos Verdes found the road blocked by a pair of creatures resembling large blue brains, one smaller one about the size of a grapefruit and another about as large as a human torse, with a single red eye in the front. The driver turned and sped away, dropped his passenger off and returned to his own home to find after what should have been a ten-minute drive two hours had elapsed. Years after the event, the driver, John Hodges, underwent hypnotic regression and recalled communicating with the brain-like beings telepathically and being taken aboard their ship, where it was revealed to him the brains functioned as communicators and translators to a species of giant grey-skinned humanoids on the ship who warned Hodges on behalf of humanity that proceeding as they were would lead to their own destruction, showing him images of nuclear destruction and other alien civilizations who had met a similar fate before returning him to his car.


Do you remember the first time you realised there was something greater than yourself? Some people never experience a state of grace. Not everyone is meant to. But you merely have to ask, and we can show you the face of a god. Or we can wipe your slate clean.

So which one will it be, Sameen?

Is Your Fear of Radiation Irrational?

by Geoff Watts, Mosaic Science

Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps. It’s 10am on a Wednesday in early March, cold and snowy – but not in the entrance to the main gallery of what was once a gold mine. Togged out in swimming trunks, flip-flops and a bath robe, I have just squeezed into one of the carriages of a narrow-gauge railway that’s about to carry me 2 km into the heart of the Radhausberg mountain.

Fifteen minutes later we’re there and I’m ready to enjoy what the brochures insist will be a health-enhancing environment. Enjoyment, of course, is a subjective term. The temperature inside the mountain’s dimly lit tunnels is around 40°C, and the humidity is 100 per cent. The sweat’s already begun to flow. More important, I’m breathing an atmosphere rich in radon.

Hang on… radon? That’s a radioactive gas. Yet here I am, without so much as a film badge dosimeter, never mind the protection of a lead apron, among a group of people who have paid to come to the Gasteiner Heilstollen (“healing galleries”) and willingly, even eagerly, undergo gruelling sessions in physical discomfort because of a much-contested theory that small doses of radiation are not just harmless, but act as a stimulant to good health.

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cassel: you craven, you can’t use a child as a hostage

theon: [looks into the camera like in the office]

The view of Cosmic Pessimism is a strange mysticism of the world-without-us, a hermeticism of the abyss, a noumenal occultism. It is the difficult thought of the world as absolutely unhuman, and indifferent to the hopes, desires, and struggles of human individuals and groups. Its limit-thought is the idea of absolute nothingness, unconsciously represented in the many popular media images of nuclear war, natural disasters, global pandemic, and the cataclysmic effects of climate change. Certainly there are the images, or the specters, of Cosmic Pessimism, and different from the scientific, economic, and political realities and underlie them; but they are images deeply embedded in our psyche nonetheless.
—  In The Dust of This Planet - Eugene Thacker
The art of...

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body. Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, they offer the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages as well as a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions.


Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and, with the exception of intravenous injections, are usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose and evaluate medical conditions. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers.

Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam, the radiotracer is either injected into the body, swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of the body being examined. Radioactive emissions from the radiotracer are detected by a special camera or imaging device that produces pictures and provides molecular information.

In many centers, nuclear medicine images can be superimposed with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce special views, a practice known as image fusion or co-registration. These views allow the information from two different exams to be correlated and interpreted on one image, leading to more precise information and accurate diagnoses. In addition, manufacturers are now making single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) units that are able to perform both imaging exams at the same time. An emerging imaging technology, but not readily available at this time is PET/MRI.


Nuclear medicine also offers therapeutic procedures, such as radioactive iodine (I-131) therapy that use small amounts of radioactivematerial to treat cancer and other medical conditions affecting the thyroid gland, as well as treatments for other cancers and medical conditions.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who do not respond to chemotherapy may undergo radioimmunotherapy (RIT).

Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) is a personalized cancer treatment that combines radiation therapy with the targeting ability ofimmunotherapy, a treatment that mimics cellular activity in the body’s immune system.

What Happens After Play-dates...

Two single dads get to talking about their relationship status during sex.


Mostly dialogue.

“Oh! Oh, God…!”

“Blaine! Hush!”

“Well then stop do-ING that, holy shit!”

“You promised you’d be quiet.”

“Okay, okay, I’m sorry, I’ll… TRY!”


“Wh… No. No, please, don’t stop, I’ll be good.”

Kurt glared. “You’d better. I will not stand for my daughter being traumatized because his daddy’s boyfriend couldn’t keep quiet.”

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Google nuclear testing Nevada images. They built entire towns out in the desert and stocked them with mannequins in 50's outfits in various poses and detonated atomic bombs. Often while real people were nearby having cocktail parties and watching the tests. Nightmare fuel.


Fukushima mutant daisies: Deformed flowers spotted at Japan's disaster site

Photographs of deformed daisies are doing the rounds in cyberspace, four years after the deadly Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan.

The white flowers are claimed to be the latest in the long-list of victims, which have experienced deformation over nuclear disasters.

The images of the deformed flowers were posted by Twitter user @San_kaido from Nasushiobara city, located about 110kms from Fukushima.

The tweet the user posted read: “The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied belt-like. The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 μSv/h at 1m above the ground.”

According to gardening experts the abnormal growth that distorts the heads of daisies and other wildflowers is caused by hormonal imbalance. Called fasciation (or cresting) is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants. Fasciation may cause plant parts to increase in weight and volume.

In March 2011, there was a meltdown in three of Fukushima’s six nuclear reactors due to the devastating tsunami which struck the region. Japan continues to grapple with the scale of the disaster. Earlier, reports said some fruits and vegetables became mutated after the nuclear leak got mixed with ground water.

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As the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approaches, several people have been asking me to share my thoughts about those days in 1945, when our world changed forever. The first thing that comes to mind is an image of my four-year-old nephew Eiji – transformed into a charred, blackened and swollen child who kept asking in a faint voice for water until he died in agony. Had he not been a victim of the atomic bomb, he would be 74 years old this year. This idea shocks me. Regardless of the passage of time, he remains in my memory as a 4-year-old child who came to represent all the innocent children of the world. And it is this death of innocents that has been the driving force for me to continue my struggle against the ultimate evil of nuclear weapons. Eiji’s image is burnt into my retina.

Peace activist Setsuko Thurlow was a 13-year old schoolgirl when an exceptionally destructive new weapon, the atom bomb, was used against her hometown, Hiroshima, Japan, 70 years ago today.

Three days later, there will undoubtedly be similar remembrances in Nagasaki, the second city against which an atom bomb was used, and so far in this world, the only two cities ever to be destroyed by such.

Let’s hope there are no others. It’s not worth it. Also: Today’s nuclear weapons make Fat Man and Little Boy, the informal names of the bombs dropped on Japan, look like squirtguns.

Do click through to Huffington Post and read the rest of this piece.


15 powerful photos show Fukushima in the five years since its nuclear disaster

A massive earthquake rocked Futaba, Japan, on March 11, 2011, which triggered a tsunami. Three of Fukushima’s plant’s nuclear reactors melted down, making it one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. Five years later, the effects are still being felt by residents.

Photos: Getty Images

Whether you’re a child of the ‘80s, a fan of the Terminator films, or just really bad at Missile Command, you’ve probably seen some pretty grisly images of nuclear holocaust. We assume that the people who defend against that looming apocalypse are all grim-faced, serious experts with decades of training. We spoke to one such defender – a former soldier responsible for guarding a nuclear missile site in West Germany during one of the Cold War’s most uncomfortably warm chunks – and here’s what he told us about how hilariously wrong all that “grim-faced expert” stuff was.

5 Things You Won’t (Want to) Believe I Saw Guarding US Nukes