Friday, June 23, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

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 ...

“[Lord Fanny] made a huge impression on stupid, mopey me,” Tara Marie states in “The Search for Trans Role Models in Comics” written for The Harlot. Her essay is a wonderful, yet critical examination of trans women in comics. It’s also an illuminating trip into the nostalgic rememberings of a ...

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  • The future of the Air Force is fighter pilots leading drone swarms into battle
    Military Cheap, unmanned wingmen could add punch and protection to fighter formations. A relatively inexpensive unmanned drone could change how the air force fights its wars… ... Read more...
    Source: Popular SciencePublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Kelsey D. Atherton
  • The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own
    In 2012, the Curiosity rover began its slow trek across the surface of Mars, listening for commands from Earth about where to go, what to photograph, which rocks to inspect. Then last year, something interesting happened: Curiosity started making decisions on its own.In May last year, engineers back at NASA installed artificial-intelligence software on the rover’s main flight computer that allowed it to recognize inspection-worthy features on the Martian surface and correct the aim of ... Read more...
    Source: The Atlantic: TechnologyPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Marina Koren
  • The Saturday Profile: The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed
    Geoffrey Hinton, a scientist at the heart of artificial intelligence’s recent breakthroughs, has helped make Toronto a leading research location. ... Read more...
    Source: NY Times – Technology – AIPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By CRAIG S. SMITH
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  • Unearthing Unexpected Fossil Usage in Ancient Medicine (Part 1): Ogre Balms to Dragon Tongues
    Whenever a person thinks of fossils today, lively images of dinosaurs or other primordial beasts emerge within one's mind. Indeed, most people nowadays would connect fossils with museums, excavation digs, or research laboratories. However, people have viewed fossils very differently in the past; usually through wilder... more phantasmic interpretations. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAmericas ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Legendz Collective
  • Ennin
    Ennin (c. 793-864 CE, posthumous title: Jikaku Daishi) was a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Tendai sect who studied Buddhism at length in China and brought back knowledge of esoteric rituals, sutras, and relics. On his return, he published his celebrated diary Nitto Guho Junrei Gyoki and became the abbot of the important Enryakuji monastery on Mount Hiei near Kyoto and, thus, head of the Tendai sect ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
  • Kofukuji
    Kofukuji is a Buddhist temple which was founded in 669 CE and relocated to its present location in Nara, Japan in 710 CE. It was the main Buddhist temple of the influential Fujiwara clan during the Heian Period (794-1185 CE). The temple’s five-storey pagoda has become a symbol of the city which was the capital of Japan in the 8th century CE. Kofukuji is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.&nbsp ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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  • EXCLUSIVE Preview: THE DEFENDERS #2
    Marvel’s newest fantastic foursome gears up again 6/28 — from Bendis, Marquez and Ponsor… David Marquez and Justin Ponsor main cover Simone Bianchi variant Kalman Andrasofszky variant, a Stan Lee Box exclusive ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • VARIANTS! Best of the Week!
    Cool art to look at and whatnot… John Cassaday, eBay exclusive Jorge Jimenez Cat Staggs Michael Cho Paolo Rivera Joshua Middleton Cryssy Cheung Sergio Aragones Bill Sienkiewicz Francesco Francavilla Cat Staggs again David Finch. OK, not really a variant but it’s a second printing that I had to include cuz of that word bubble. Ross Andru ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • EXCLUSIVE Preview: HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #23
    The Green Lantern Corps/Sinestro Corps alliance remains ever tenuous, as evidenced by the preview to Issue #23, out 6/28 from DC. Brought to you by Venditti, Van Sciver and Wright, with a variant by Kevin Nowlan. ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Dan Greenfield
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  • Practising surgery in India
    Being a surgeon in India is very different and probably more interesting than being one anywhere else in the world. Not only are there the usual third world problems to deal with like poor, undernourished patients with advanced diseases who throng the underfunded public hospitals but there is now, in stark contrast, a for-profit and thriving expensive private health sector to which, in spite of its obvious shortcomings, three quarters of the patients go first. ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • What percentage of ALS is genetic?
    Up to 90 percent of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) report that they have no family history of the disease. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
  • Firefly gene illuminates ability of optimized CRISPR-Cpf1 to efficiently edit human genome
    Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have improved a state-of-the-art gene-editing technology to advance the system's ability to target, cut and paste genes ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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  • NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets
    Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017 NASA revealed Monday 10 new rocky, Earth-sized planets that could potentially have liquid water and support life. The Kepler mission team released a survey of 219 potential exoplanets - planets outside of our solar system - that had been detected by the space observatory launched in 2009 to scan the Milky Way galaxy. Ten of the new discoveries were orbiting their suns at a distance sim ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
  • Rosatom Develops Radiation-Powered Electricity Source for Medicine, Outer Space
    Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017 Deputy head of the Russia's "Luch" laboratory Aleksander Pavkin said that a small-scale power source created in laboratory will be completely safe with respect to radiation, since the isotope does not emanate neutron or gamma radiation. Russia's "Luch" enterprise, which is part of the scientific division of Rosatom, has created a small-scale power source based on the radioactive nickel-63 ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
  • Orbex reveals space rocket factory
    London, UK (SPX) Jun 23, 2017 Welcoming the UK's focus on low-cost, reliable commercial spaceflight activities in the Queens's Speech, a UK company has revealed details of a 1200m2 space rocket factory currently building vertical launch vehicles that will be launched into orbit from the UK. Orbex, a UK company that has raised significant venture capital investment, is building a space micro-launcher, a small launch veh ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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