Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

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 ...

Modern culture, from literature to television to cinema, has become obsessed with the contemplation of our doom.  More specifically, we are infatuated with the conceived idea that a monumental change is coming.  And not just coming, but imminent.  Whether it comes from shifting climate, the unstoppable forward march of science, ...

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  • Steve Mnuchin is wrong: Robots really could take your job
    (Credit: AP Photo/Chuck Burton) This hasn’t been a good week for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. First it came out that the department he leads is in the midst of an internal power struggle between moderates and populist purists. Now his comment on Friday that downplayed the threat of robots’ taking human jobs has been debunked. When asked about the threat to employment posed by fully autonomous robots — that is, machines that don’t need to be operated by ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – AIPublished on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017By Matthew Rozsa
  • Fighting world hunger: Robotics aid in the study of corn and drought tolerance
    Developing drought tolerant corn that makes efficient use of available water will be vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn maintains root growth during drought conditions. Using funding from the NSF, engineers on a multidisciplinary team have developed a robotic system that is changing ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
  • Desktop scanners can be hijacked to perpetrate cyberattacks
    The researchers conducted several demonstrations to transmit a message into computers connected to a flatbed scanner. Using direct laser light sources up to a half-mile (900 meters) away, as well as on a drone outside their office building, the researchers successfully sent a message to trigger malware through the scanner. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – ComputersPublished on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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  • Roman Villa Nennig
    Located in the village of Nennig in the delightful Upper Moselle Valley, the Roman Villa Nennig (German: Rmische Villa Nennig) houses a richly illustrated gladiatorial mosaic, one of the most important Roman artefacts north of the Alps. Protected by a dedicated building built about 150 years ago and covering an area of roughly 160m2, the mosaic vividly portrays musicians, hunting scenes and gladiatorial ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
  • In the Wake of the Stronsay Globster
    More humans have walked on the moon than have been to the deepest parts of planet Earth and although the oceans cover 70% of Earth’s surface, we only know around 1% of the seafloor. Many a mystery surrounds the deep blue and this is the remarkable story of a cryptozoological enigma which washed up on Scotland's northern shores in the 19th century. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & Legends ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Monday, March 27th, 2017By Ashley Cowie
  • The Origin and History of the BCE/CE Dating System
    In recent years, a persistent criticism has been leveled against the use of the BCE/CE system (Before the Common or Current Era/Common or Current Era) , rather than BC/AD (Before Christ/Anno Domini or 'Year of Our Lord'), in dating historical events. This designation, it is claimed, is nothing more than an attempt to remove Christ from the calendar in keeping with the "subversive&quot ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Monday, March 27th, 2017
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