Friday, September 22, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

**WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Secret Empire storyline. Proceed at your own risk** Captain America, Marvel Comics’ stalwart sentinel of liberty, has been at the center of controversy since he was revealed to have been a lifelong agent of the terrorist organization Hydra on the final page of ...

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the movie The Love Witch. Read at your own peril. Witches have been part of literature from the very beginning. Female connection to supernatural powers can be drawn directly from Medea all the way to modern stories such as The Witch and Charmed. ...

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the author’s master’s thesis. It has been edited for style and length. To read the full work, go here. At the beginning of “The Thing on the Doorstep,” Daniel Upton, the story’s narrator, has murdered his friend Edward Derby. Years before, Derby ...

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  • Friendly Neighborhood Delivery Drones Target Iceland
    Delivery drones are carrying customer orders for burgers and smartphones across a bay of water straddled by the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik—and that's just the start of a much more ambitious plan. Before the end of 2017, the Israeli startup Flytrex envisions sending its delivery drones to the street corners of certain Reykjavik neighborhoods. The dream of delivery drones dropping of packages on doorsteps or in backyards has faced considerable challenges in taking flight. No company can ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Friday, September 22nd, 2017
  • Drone Pilot Bobs and Weaves Through Moving Freight Train
    Flying low, through a truss bridge, under a Union Pacific train, and even in a boxcar are just a few of the stunts a drone pilot shows off in a YouTube video while a UP mixed freight is in motion. The video went live on Sept. 20 and has already received more than 250,000 views as of Friday morning. The recording shows a double-tracked right-of-way bridging a river near a highway. The location appears to ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Friday, September 22nd, 2017
  • Robotic ships from Rolls-Royce (not that one) could carry out naval missions without a crew
    Military New autonomous vessels possible by the end of the decade Rolls-Royce, the marine company, wants to design long-range autonomous ships for the world's navies. ... Read more...
    Source: Popular SciencePublished on Friday, September 22nd, 2017By Kelsey D. Atherton
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  • The Art of the Amarna Period
    Of all the pharaohs who ruled ancient Egypt, there is one in particular that stands out from the rest. Over the course of his 17-year reign (1353-1336 BCE), Akhenaten spearheaded a cultural, religious, and artistic revolution that rattled the country, throwing thousands of years of tradition out the window and imposing a new world order. After his death his name was omitted from the king lists, his images ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, September 22nd, 2017
  • Sui Dynasty
    The Sui Dynasty (581-618 CE) was a brief one with only two reigning emperors but it managed to unify China following the split of the Northern and Southern Dynasties period. As had happened previously in Chinese history, a short-lived dynasty made important structural changes which paved the way for a more long-lasting successor, where culture and the arts flourished, in this case, the Tang Dynasty. Reforms ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, September 22nd, 2017
  • Social Structure in Ancient Egypt
    The society of ancient Egypt was strictly divided into a hierarchy with the king at the top and then his vizier, the members of his court, priests and scribes, regional governors (eventually called 'nomarchs'), the generals of the military (after the period of the New Kingdom, c. 1570- c. 1069 BCE), artists and craftspeople, government overseers of worksites (supervisors), the peasant farmers ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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  • How do parents influence new genetic mutations in children?
    Researchers from Iceland look at how parents' age and sex influences new genetic mutations in children that may lead to rare medical conditions. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
  • Seven reasons to get your memory evaluated
    A question that I am often asked by family members, friends, and even by other physicians and nurses that I work with, is “Should I get my memory evaluated?” Partly, the question is asked because they have noticed memory problems, and are struggling to sort out whether theses lapses are an inevitable part of normal aging versus the start of something more ominous, such as Alzheimer’s disease. But another part of the question—particularly when asked ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
  • DNA editing in human embryos reveals role of fertility “master gene”
    In a first for the UK, genome editing has been used to understand embryo development, and could help uncover the causes of recurrent miscarriages Scientists in Britain have revealed the role of a fertility “master gene” in one of the world’s first demonstrations of DNA editing in human embryos.The study, which marks a first for the UK, could help uncover the cause of recurrent miscarriages and lead to more effective fertility treatments. It also raises ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017By Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
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