Monday, June 26, 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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  • Long Barrow
    A long barrow is a class of Middle Neolithic (approximately 3500-2700 BCE) burial monument which is found extensively throughout the British Isles and is related to other forms of contemporary tomb-building traditions of north-western Europe, particularly that of northern France. Essential Features The essential features of a long barrow are: A long either rectangular or trapezoidal mound ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Demons in Your Toilet? Guardians of the Sewers and How They Protected Ancient Latrines
    As a ritual symbol of purification, water plays a key role in the public space of hygiene and sanitary activities as well as in almost all religions past and present. From the first moment mankind invented rituals and deities, the notion of purification was attached to the act of ritual ablutions. The very act of washing was not only about cleaning oneself from dirt - it also freed one from spiritual impurities. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017By MartiniF
  • The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction
    The Romans and Their World: A Short Introduction captures the scope and importance of Roman history accurately and briefly. While 250 pages may not be brief to most readers, the scope of the book is to summarize over 1,000 years of history in an efficient manner while taking the time to highlight important events, people, and places - all of which the book does perfectly, and objectively, might ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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  • Common water treatments could damage DNA
    Scientists are warning that a water treatment widely used in developing countries could be damaging the DNA of those drinking it. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse
    Scott Pruitt; Rex Tillerson; Ryan Zinke (Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Carolyn Kaster) Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; president-elect Trump’s transition advisors emerged as an oil industry dream team. Despite the initial antipathy between Trump and the Koch brothers, once he secured the nomination, Donald Trump extended the olive branch to the flat earth oligarchs from Kansas. His choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as running mate was ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, June 25th, 2017By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Science, if used correctly, has no political affiliation: director Scott Hamilton Kennedy on the new documentary “Food Evolution”
    Food Evolution (Credit: Photo courtesy of Black Valley Films) Show us your data and we’ll show you ours. That’s the stance of Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the director of the new documentary “Food Evolution,” which takes the — gasp! — position that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the agriculture industry might well be the best thing to happen to the planet since solar panels. And he’s not alone — he enlisted two of the nation’s most ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, June 25th, 2017By Tom Roston
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  • Seeing light element lithium with electron microscopy
    Remember your cell phone, laptop computer, tablet, and other mobile electronic devices? Most of these devices employ “lithium-ion batteries (LIBs)” which allow for the significant size reduction of batteries due to the high energy-density per unit volume – in other words, there is a high density of electric carries that can be used in charging/discharging of batteries. In addition to these mobile devices, LIBs can be now applied to the power sources used in electric/hybrid ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Technology – SpacePublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • India launches PSLV rocket with 31 satellites
    New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 26, 2017 The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 foreign nano satellites, into orbit, ISRO said in a press release. "India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg [0.7 tonnes] Cartosat-2 series satelli ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Europe okays project to seek alien life
    Paris (AFP) June 21, 2017 Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. "The PLATO mission will address fundamental questions such as 'how common are Earth-like planets?' and 'is our solar system unusual or even unique?'," the University of Warwick, whose scientists will take part in the project, said on Wednes ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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