Surreal Paintings by Ilene Meyer

Ilene Meyer (1938-2009) was a self-trained oil painter whose work combines realism, fantasy, surrealism, and psychedelic colours and patterns. Her art was used on the cover of books by science fiction writers, including Philip K Dick.

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The Cyclic Universe: Endless Birth, Death, and Rebirth

A cyclic universe is a universe which follows an infinite self-sustaining cycle. In the 1930s, Einstein came up with the idea that the universe could go through an infinite cycle of Big Bangs and Big Crunches. The expansion of our universe could have been caused by the collapse of a previous universe – it sort of…

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How Should We Tackle the UK’s High Rates of Reoffending?

The UK has extremely high rates of reoffending – in fact around half of all crime is committed by people who have already been through the criminal justice system. This suggests that the criminal justice system is not effective at preventing those with a criminal record from committing further crimes. Not only does this defeat…

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How the Bible Borrowed From Other Stories

The Bible (consisting of both the Old and New Testament) is central to Christianity and so are its many myths, stories and parables. But even though many of these myths help to define the religion, some of them are not original – they have been borrowed or copied from other myths from other religions. This…

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Visionary Artist: Xavi Panneton

Xavi is an artist who grew up in Washington DC. At the age of 12, he became interested in graffiti art and this interest would act as the basis for all of his future work. He grew up as a teenager in the 90s and was heavily influenced by the rave culture, particularly the computer…

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