Saturday, April 29, 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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  • Any Ban on Killer Robots Faces a Tough Sell
    Fears of a Terminator-style arms race have already prompted leading AI researchers and Silicon Valley leaders to call for a ban on killer robots. The United Nations plans to convene its first formal meeting of experts on lethal autonomous weapons later this summer. But a simulation based on the hypothetical first battlefield use of autonomous weapons showed the challenges of convincing major governments and their defense industries to sign any ban on killer robots. In October 2016, the ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
  • Scientists Are Teaching Robots to Laugh
    Expressing humor is a key part of being human -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – AIPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By Marta Zaraska
  • New material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment
    The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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  • Khaemweset
    Khaemweset (also given as Khaemwaset, Khaemwise, Khaemuas, Setem Khaemwaset, c. 1281-c.1225 BCE) was the fourth son of Ramesses II (1279-1213 BCE) and his queen Isetnefret. He is the best known of Ramesses II's many children after the pharaoh Merenptah (1213-1203 BCE). Khaemweset is regarded as the "Egyptologist Prince" and the "First Egyptologist" for his efforts in preserving ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
  • Heracles and the Mares of Diomedes: Greek Hero VS Man-Eating Beasts
    By now, you’re probably aware that the Greek hero Heracles (a.k.a. Hercules) had to complete twelve arduous labors as retribution for killing his wife and kids in a divinely-induced rage. The eighth of these involved tackling some man-eating horses that wanted to take a bite out of pretty much everyone. Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsEurope ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017By Carly Silver
  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is an epic poem composed in Old English consisting of 3,182 lines. It is written in the alliterative verse style, which is common for Old English poetry as well as works written in languages such as Old High German, Old Saxon, and Old Norse. Beowulf is considered one of the oldest surviving poems in the English language. The author of the poem is unknown and is generally referred to simply ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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  • ‘Superman Vs KKK’ Headed To Film
    March 1947 Radio MirrorWhen it comes to comics history books, it takes a lot to impress me, but Rick Bowers‘ 2012 release Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan is on my short list of the most interesting comic-history-related titles to appear over the past decade. A few years ago, I had a brief email exchange about the book with Bowers — a former newspaper reporter and author of Spies of Mississippi — and it’s obvious that ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By Mark Seifert
  • No one can Plug the gap left by Beano great | Barbara Ellen
    Cartoonist Leo Baxendale, who died last week, created comic strips that will never dateSo sad to hear of the death of Leo Baxendale, the celebrated cartoonist responsible for such Beano luminaries as the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx. These Beano characters, and others that Baxendale didn’t create (Dennis the Menace, Lord Snooty), transcended childhood. As an adult, I was still referring to bouts of unattractiveness in terms of a certain handsome Bash Street ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: ComicsPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By Barbara Ellen
  • The WWE’s Miz As Booster Gold Would Be Perfect DCEU Casting
    There’s no doubt about it; Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment could do far, far worse than casting WWE pro wrestler The Miz as Booster Gold. In fact, it could be argued that to cast anyone else would be a mistake. In a recent interview promoting his latest WWE Studios film, “Marine 5,” the Miz was asked if there was a particular superhero role he had his eye on. His first response was to lament the ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By Stephen Gerding
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  • Slipping expectations for child outcomes
    The movie Moonlight, best-picture Academy Award winner in 2017, was described as epitomizing resilience, a common focus in psychological circles. After experiencing bullying from peers for years and a neglectful and emotionally abusive home life throughout childhood, the main character, Chiron, as an adult forgives his drug-addicted mother when she apologizes to him and he reconnects with his only childhood friend. He was no longer in prison but is a “business man,” a drug dealer. ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By DanP
  • 100 Ways In 100 Days: Here’s How Trump Has Threatened Human Rights Around The World
    Activists at Amnesty International have catalogued 100 ways Donald Trump’s administration has threatened human rights at home and abroad during the first 100 days of his presidency. Assembling the list, according to the group’s U.S. head, “didn’t take long.”Amnesty USA executive director Margaret Huang said the new list of Trump threats highlights a “level of abuse and fear” that’s unprecedented in the grassroots organization’s 55-year history. I stands in stark contrast to a White House tally of claimed accomplishments since ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Science – GeneticsPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
  • 100 years of E. coli strain Nissle 1917
    Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common bacteria found in the the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Whilst most strains are harmless, some can cause serious gastroenteritis, or food poisoning. However, one special strain, E. coli strain Nissle 1917 (abbreviated as EcN), is specifically used to prevent digestive disruption. Since its discovery 100 years ago, EcN is probably the most intensely investigated bacterial strain today. Learn more about this special strain below as ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
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  • UCI physicists design 2-D materials that conduct electricity at almost the speed of light
    Irvine CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017 Physicists at the University of California, Irvine and elsewhere have fabricated new two-dimensional quantum materials with breakthrough electrical and magnetic attributes that could make them building blocks of future quantum computers and other advanced electronics. In three separate studies appearing this month in Nature, Science Advances and Nature Materials, UCI researchers and collea ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
  • Russia, US Ready to Give You a Lift to Moon Orbit, ISS
    Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017 Russian aerospace company RSC Energia and its US partners have worked out several options of sending tourists into the Moon's orbit and to the International Space Station (ISS), Energia's General Director Vladimir Solntsev told Sputnik. In August, Solntsev said Energia was preparing a Moon expedition on board an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft, with eight space tourists interested in a trip. Ren ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
  • James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom
    Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 27, 2017 It's springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom. In this photo, NASA technicians lifted the telescope using a crane and moved it inside a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Once launched into space, the Webb telescope's 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to captur ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
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