Sunday, August 20, 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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  • Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots
    Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of warSome of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons. ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Samuel Gibbs
  • Automation will not lead to fewer jobs – but it is hollowing out the middle class | Larry Elliott
    Weak wage growth could already be a sign that robots are creating an economy in which a small number of very rich people employ armies of poorThroughout modern history there has been a recurrent fear that jobs will be destroyed by technology. Everybody knows the story of the Luddites, bands of workers who smashed up machinery in the textile industry in the second decade of the 19th century.The Luddites were wrong. There has been wave ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Larry Elliott
  • UK scientists create world’s smallest surgical robot to start a hospital revolution
    British-built Versius device will slash costs, improve patient recovery times and help speed up keyhole surgeryBritish scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients.From a converted pig shed in the Cambridgeshire countryside, a team of 100 scientists and engineers have used low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industries to create the first robotic arm specifically designed to carry out keyhole surgery. ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Saturday, August 19th, 2017By Rachel Ellis
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  • VIDEO: Funko Unveils Life-Size 1966 BATCAVE
    You can’t buy it but you can visit it. Check out the complete FUNKO BATMAN ’66 INDEX of stories and features. Click here! — Funko’s Yoko McCann and Cameron Deuel with the Caped Crusader. I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest but now I have another reason to go: Funko this weekend opened a flagship retail shop in Everett, Wash. — and it includes a 1966 Batcave display based on the company’s ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • 13 COVERS: It’s ECLIPSO!
    Because there’s an eclipse coming! (Get it?) — Hey, there’s a big ol’ eclipse coming Monday 8/21! Whatever you do — DON’T LOOK AT IT! Instead, look at these 13 COVERS starring DC’s oddball villain Eclipso! You don’t even need silly glasses! I always liked Eclipso. No idea why. He’s kinda goofy but there you have it. Oh, and that nifty B&B issue? One of the earliest comics I ever got. (It was a back ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • The Best Of The Defenders On Texts From Superheroes (No Show Spoilers)10.9.8.7. 6.5.4.3.2.1.  
    The Best Of The Defenders On Texts From Superheroes (No Show Spoilers)10.9.8.7. 6.5.4.3.2.1.   ... Read more...
    Source: Texts from SuperheroesPublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017
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  • Get out of the office, see the eclipse
    Enlarge (credit: NASA) Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that August 21 will treat much of the United States to a partial or total solar eclipse. The total eclipse will be visible along a path that stretches from the Oregon-Washington border to South Carolina. But even if you're not on the path of totality, you'd have to be in northern Maine to see more than half the Sun during the ... Read more...
    Source: Ars Technica – SpacePublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By John Timmer
  • A gallery of Voyagers greatest hits—and they are truly great
    NASA Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 which, at the time, confused the heck out of the press and public because it actually launched before Voyager 1. Why did they launch the second probe first? Because Voyager 2 was going to follow a longer trajectory to reach the Jupiter system, allowing it to fly by Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Voyager 1 launched 16 days later on ... Read more...
    Source: Ars Technica – SpacePublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Eric Berger
  • Eclipse: It’s All about the Umbra
    What makes a total solar eclipse seem so strange and awe-inspiring? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – SpacePublished on Sunday, August 20th, 2017By Caleb Scharf
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