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How Dracula lost his X-rating

How Dracula lost his X-rating

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Dracula (1958)

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Whale strandings: do solar storms scramble animal navigation?

Whale strandings: could solar storms that cause the northern lights be to blame?

Nathan Case, Lancaster University

A series of sperm whale strandings saw 29 of the animals beached across the North Sea in early 2016. As these whales are not normally found in the North Sea, the strandings were a bit of a mystery. But a study is now proposing that the solar storms that cause the northern and southern lights (aurora) could be to blame for the ill-fated whales ending up on the beaches.

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George Romero dies age 77, RIP

How George A. Romero made humans of violent brain-devouring zombies

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Xavier Aldana Reyes, Manchester Metropolitan University

Godfather of the zombie film genre, George A. Romero’s death at 77-years-old has undoubtedly been a sudden and tragic moment for horror fans the world over. Not least because it came only a few days after the news that the American film director began seeking financing for the latest instalment in his “dead” series, “Road of the Dead”.

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