Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

Change, or die: that’s the stark choice most protagonists face in literature, whether they recognize it or not.  Change is constant, and stasis is only an illusion.  What is true of people is also true of civilizations.  Cultures evolve, or they follow the lead of Ozymandias. Neal Stephenson’s epic and ...

**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. ...

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  • Ancestor Worship in Ancient China
    Ancestor worship in ancient China dates back to the Neolithic period, and it would prove to be the most popular and enduring Chinese religious practice, lasting well into modern times. The family was always an important concept in Chinese society and government, and it was maintained by the twin pillars of filial piety and respect for one’s dead ancestors. The practice of regularly paying homage ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
  • Temples of Palenque Reveal Story of Lady Cormorant and Her Three Sons, The Triad Gods
    In the mountain rain forest of Chiapas, México, sits the ruins of Palenque, considered the most beautiful ancient Maya city. Silhouetted against a backdrop of natural hills and valleys, the elegant pyramids and palace offer fine Maya bas-relief carvings of high-grade limestone and stucco.  Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAncient PlacesAmericas ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By lennie
  • The Secret Keeper review – murder, greed and a chorus of crows in gothic fairytale
    Ovalhouse, London Angela Clerkin’s tale of the burden of keeping secrets has political relevance but in spite of the creepy atmosphere, it needs more urgency and clarity The townsfolk suspect the doll’s house maker has murdered his brother. His daughter asks him to confide in her and, when he does, it is as if a great burden has been lifted. So he and his wife set the girl up as a miracle worker. Soon the ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: FairytalesPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Lyn Gardner
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  • The Terrifics On The Front Of Next Week’s Diamond Previews #350
    Next week’s Previews catalogue from Diamond Comic Distributors is its 350th issue.  The November issue for comics and related stuff (mostly) shipping in January featured DC Comics new series, The Terrifics by Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on the cover with a spotlight on the Greg Capullo Batman Metal statue inside. While the free Marvel Previews that comes with it spotlights Avengers #675 and the first part of the weekly No Surrender series, ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017By Rich Johnston
  • Funko POP Design For Saga’s Lying Cat For Free Comic Book Day 2018
    Bleeding Cool was the first to tell you that, for Free Comic Book Day, comic book stores would be able to order the first Funko POP Saga figure licensed from Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan’s Saga from Image Comics. Well, we now appear to have the first look at the design for the figure in question. And, as the title of the figure suggests, it may have just eaten… FCBD 2018 POP SAGA ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017By Rich Johnston
  • ‘Big Hero 6’ TV Movie To Kick Off Disney’s Animated Series
    Everybody's favorite inflatable robot superhero caretaker is back! Baymax and Big Hero 6 are making the move from the big screen to the small with Disney XD's Big Hero 6: The Series. But if you're not able to wait until 2018 for it to drop, Disney has made it easy by announcing it will be preceded by a TV movie, Baymax Returns, on Disney XD and Disney Channel on November 20th. There's more, ... Read more...
    Source: Punch Drunk Critics (comics and superheroes)Published on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By Travis Hopson
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  • Jenny Graves wins Australia’s $250,000 prime minister’s prize for science
    Graves’ groundbreaking genetic work includes the ‘throwaway line’ that the male y chromosome may one day go extinctJenny Graves transformed our understanding of how sex chromosomes work, and led to the realisation that the human male Y chromosome may be on a path to extinction. For that and a slew of other groundbreaking work, Graves has been awarded Australia’s top science prize.Graves, now at the University of Melbourne, helped pioneered the field of “comparative genomics”, ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017By Michael Slezak
  • Light pollution: absent information in risk communication
    Lights, lights everywhere, but what about the risks of light pollution? The world has experienced an unprecedented environmental change during the past century as the electric light has permeated our nights. In the near future, this change may accelerate because of increasing use of new illumination technologies such as LED lights. In most parts of urbanized world the disappearance of natural darkness is easy to observe even with bare eyes. Night-time satellite pictures give a ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By DanP
  • How Oscar Wilde’s life imitates his art
    The idea that life imitates art is one of Oscar’s best yet most often misunderstood. It is central to his philosophy and to his own life. Take The Decay of Lying, for example, an essay in the form of a dialogue that he wrote in the late 1880s. What did he call the interlocutors? Why Cyril and Vyvyan, the names of his two young sons, of course. But the piece’s intellectual party really gets started ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By DanP
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  • Microbes leave ‘fingerprints’ on Martian rocks
    University of Vienna Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in order to simulate ancient and probably extinct microbial life - based on gases and synthetically produced Martian regolith of diverse composition. The team investigates interactions between Metallosphaer ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
    Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017 Fewer large near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) remain to be discovered than astronomers thought, according to a new analysis by planetary scientist Alan W. Harris of MoreData! in La Canada, California. Harris is presenting his results this week at the 49th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Provo, Utah. Observers have been cataloging potential ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Saturn’s A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
    (UPI) Oct 17, 2017 Until recently, astronomers assumed Saturn's A ring was contained by a single moon, Janus, the gas giant's largest. But new research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons. The orbital resonances of the seven moons, new research shows, prevents the A ring from diffusing into nothingness. Without the seven moons, the ring's material wo ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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