Weekly Geekery



Is Star Wars the Death Star of science fiction?

Rat nirvana: being tickled till your ears turn pink.

250-million-year-old rocks might soothe science-religion conflict.

Driving Octavia Butler to the grocery store.

You need to know why some mammals have penis bones.


Logo art by Max Winter.

Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →