Sunday, May 28, 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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  • Lawrence Krauss on Singularity.FM: Keep on Asking Questions
    Prof. Lawrence Krauss is a world-famous theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and activist against superstition whom I have dreamed of interviewing for years. So, when we finally booked the date, I feverishly spent a full week reading his last 2 books and watching 20+ hours of his past interviews and documentaries. Alas, I […] ... Read more...
    Source: Singularity BlogPublished on Sunday, May 14th, 2017By Socrates

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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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  • Protecting half: a plan to save life on Earth
    Recently, a number of the world’s leading scientists, indigenous leaders, and advocates have been engaged in something bold: asking exactly what is required to stop the mass extinction of life on Earth and save a living planet. And the answer, after numerous reviews of the evidence for what it would take to achieve comprehensive biodiversity conservation, has become clear: fully protect half the Earth (or more) in an interconnected way. The vision is bold because ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017By DanP
  • 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
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  • Inflatable space habitat passes first hurdle, now onto radiation testing
    NASA It has now been a year since NASA successfully expanded a habitat attached to the International Space Station, the experimental Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Initial tests on the module suggest that expandable habitats may play an important role as NASA considers how best to expand human activity into deep space. During the first year, NASA and its astronauts on board the station have sought primarily to test the module's ability ... Read more...
    Source: Ars Technica – SpacePublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017By Eric Berger
  • Jupiters complex transient auroras
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 26, 2017 Combined observations from three spacecraft show that Jupiter's brightest auroral features recorded to date are powered by both the volcanic moon Io and interaction with the solar wind. At Earth, auroras are clearly driven by the solar wind that streams past the planet. But Jupiter's gigantic auroras - magnitudes more powerful than those on Earth - are believed to be mainly driven by facto ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Sunday, May 28th, 2017
  • 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
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