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The First Ever Biomechanical Android

Man’s preoccupation with automata dates as far back as the antiquity. There are many examples of automata in Greek mythology: Hephaestus created automata for his workshop; Talos was an artificial man of bronze; Daedalus used quicksilver to install voice in his moving statues; King Alkinous of the Phaiakians employed gold and silver watchdogs. Throughout history,

“Labyrinth”, an award-winning short story by Dimitris Apergis

[For “Labyrith”, Dimitris Apergis was awarded a Praise For Short Story from the Panhellenic Association of Writers in 2013.]   I have seen this turn before. I must have been here before. Hm, maybe not. I’ll keep walking… There’s this unbearable heat these last days. A relentless heatwave. The sun is burning from high above,

The Birth of Vampire Literature

A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital force (generally in the form of blood) of the living. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first appearance of the English word vampire (as vampyre) in English from 1734, in a travelogue titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen published in The

A Brief History of Can-Can

The Can-Can is a high-energy, physically demanding dance that became a popular music hall dance in the 1840s, continuing in popularity in French cabaret to this day. Originally danced by both sexes, it is now traditionally associated with a chorus line of female dancers. The main features of the dance are the vigorous manipulation of

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss is a sculpture by Antonio Canova first commissioned in 1787. It is regarded as a masterpiece of Neoclassical sculpture whilst sharing characteristics of the Romantic movement that was still emerging at the time. It represents the god Cupid in the height of love and tenderness, immediately after awakening the lifeless