Thursday, September 21, 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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  • What, Exactly, Happens When Drone Meets Head?
    Thanks to a dummy we now have a better idea of what happens when a drone hits a person’s head. A study by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) test sites, suggests that commercial-sized drones can cause a wide range of injuries to people on the ground. In the United States, drone flights over people are not permitted. However, the FAA ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
  • The Education of Brett the Robot
    A UC Berkeley robot named Brett is learning to interact with its world in a fascinating way. ... Read more...
    Source: Wired – Science – AIPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017By Matt Simon
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Gap Between Promise and Practice
    A true AI revolution can't happen without a re-engineering of how business organizations operate -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – AIPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017By Martin Reeves
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  • Social Structure in Ancient Egypt
    The society of ancient Egypt was strictly divided into a hierarchy with the king at the top and then his vizier, the members of his court, priests and scribes, regional governors (eventually called 'nomarchs'), the generals of the military (after the period of the New Kingdom, c. 1570- c. 1069 BCE), artists and craftspeople, government overseers of worksites (supervisors), the peasant farmers ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
  • Chinese Emperor
    The emperors of ancient China had tremendous power and responsibility. Called the ‘Son of Heaven’, he (and once she) was given a divine right to rule over all people but was expected to promote their best interest and not his own. An absolute monarch, although in practice dependent on an inner circle of advisors, the mystique of the emperor was enhanced by his invisibility to ordinary people ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
  • Ancient Egyptian Vizier
    The vizier in ancient Egypt was the most powerful position after that of king. Known as the djat, tjat, or tjati in ancient Egyptian, a vizier was the equivalent of the modern-day prime minister of the nation who actually saw to the day-to-day operation of the government in all its aspects. The vizier was not simply a counselor or advisor to the king but was the administrative head of the government ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
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  • Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons
    An analysis of DNA recovered from fossils thousands of years old hints at enormous migrations that shaped the continent. ... Read more...
    Source: NY Times – Science – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017By CARL ZIMMER
  • How do parents influence new genetic mutations in children?
    Researchers from Iceland look at how parents' age and sex influences new genetic mutations in children that may lead to rare medical conditions. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
  • Seven reasons to get your memory evaluated
    A question that I am often asked by family members, friends, and even by other physicians and nurses that I work with, is “Should I get my memory evaluated?” Partly, the question is asked because they have noticed memory problems, and are struggling to sort out whether theses lapses are an inevitable part of normal aging versus the start of something more ominous, such as Alzheimer’s disease. But another part of the question—particularly when asked ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Thursday, September 21st, 2017By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
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