Sunday, May 28, 2017

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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 Powerful Enki: Epic Sumerian, Babylonian, and Akkadian Deity
    In the belief system of the Sumerians, Enki (known also as Ea by the Akkadians and Babylonians) was regarded to be one of the most important deities. Originally Enki was worshipped as a god of fresh water and served as the patron deity of the city of Eridu (which the ancient Mesopotamians believe was the first city to have been established in the world). Over time, however, Enki’s influence grew and this deity was considered ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Saturday, May 27th, 2017By dhwty
  • Could Ancient Greek Myths Hint at Contact With South America?
    The ancient Greek myth of Cadmus battling a snake could be an allegory for the discovery of the Amazon River, said Dr. Enrico Mattievich, a retired professor of physics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Brazil. Mattievich wrote a book titled “Journey to the Mythological Inferno” in 2011, exploring connections between Greek myths and South American geographical and historical sites. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEurope ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Friday, May 26th, 2017By ancient-origins
  • Ancient Egyptian Art
    The artworks of ancient Egypt have fascinated people for thousands of years. The early Greek and later Roman artists were influenced by Egyptian techniques and their art would inspire those of other cultures up to the present day. Many artists are known from later periods but those of Egypt are completely anonymous and for a very interesting reason: their art was functional and created for a practical ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, May 26th, 2017
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  • Advertisements in the Marvel Universe Must Be AMAZING
    In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Today, we look at how the Marvel Universe must have the most elaborate marketing campaigns known to man, since the people there seem to think that EVERYthing is a publicity stunt of some sort! When Paste Pot Pete made his debut in Strange Tales #104 (by Stan ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017By Brian Cronin
  • Comic Legends: Was There Nearly a Captain America/Jenny Sparks X-Over?
    Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and twenty-ninhth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for Part 1 of this week’s legends. COMIC LEGEND: Joss Whedon tried to get Marvel and Wildstorm to do a Captain America/Jenny Sparks crossover. STATUS: True Last year, Marvel celebrated the 75th anniversary of Captain America (his actual anniversary was 2015, but I’ll certainly concede ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017By Brian Cronin
  • New Moment Spot for Transformers: The Last Knight
    New moment spot for Transformers: The Last Knight Paramount Pictures has starting airing new this new Moment spot for Transformers: The Last Knight! Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the big screen… The post New Moment Spot for Transformers: The Last Knight appeared first on SuperHeroHype. ... Read more...
    Source: SuperheroHypePublished on Saturday, May 27th, 2017By SuperHeroHype
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  • Is suicide rationalizable? Evidence from Italian prisons.
    After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death, both in the United States and in Europe. In 2013 there were 41,149 suicides (12.6 every 100,000 inhabitants) in the US. To contextualize this number just think that the number of motor vehicle deaths was, in the same year, around 32,719 (10.3 every 100,000 inhabitants). Non-fatal injuries due to self-harm cost an estimated 2 billion dollars ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017By DanP
  • The Bell-Beaker folk – Science Weekly podcast
    Hannah Devlin looks at a genome study that may explain the spread of bell-shaped pottery beakers across Europe 4,500 years agoSubscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast, and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.If you’ve enjoyed this podcast why not recommend it, or any other podcasts you’ve loved, to podcasts@theguardian.com to be in with a chance of featuring in our Hear Here column. Continue reading... ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017By Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Gabriela Jones
  • Huntington’s disease: the pope steps in to help raise awareness
    A papal audience for families affected by the inherited brain disease could end centuries of stigma – and open vital doors in the search for a cureIt was with the pomp and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel that earlier this month Pope Francis made his way into the Aula Paolo VI audience hall, a room the size of an aeroplane hangar in Vatican City. Flanked by the flamboyant Swiss Guard and dark-suited men muttering ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Saturday, May 27th, 2017By Dara Mohammadi, Vatican City
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  • Student-Made Mars Rover Concepts Lift Off
    Hampton VA (SPX) May 28, 2017 Witnessing a rocket launch is a special occasion. Watching a rocket launch with materials you made go up into the sky is priceless. That's how it felt for researchers from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and students from Virginia Tech and the University of Central Florida as they watched a sounding rocket launch on Tuesday, May 16 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility i ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017
  • Illinois Company Among Hundreds Supporting NASA Mission to Mars
    Rockford IL (VOA) May 29, 2017 Few people who live along a quiet, tree-lined stretch of Fulton Street realize that inside the buildings at the end of their neighborhood, the future of human spaceflight is taking shape. "I would doubt many people in Rockford know Ingersoll is manufacturing these components," Mike Reese, director of sales for Ingersoll Machine Tools, told VOA. But "these" aren't just any components ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017
  • Engines of twingenuity: NASA’s twin study investigators have a meeting of the minds
    Houston TX (SPX) May 28, 2017 If you took all the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in your body and strung it end-to-end, it would reach all the way to Pluto and back. The Twins Study, looking at the effects of space on the human body at the genetic level by studying identical twins Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, investigates far more than DNA and has generated a vast amount of data. It includes researching proteins, metabolit ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017
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