Saturday, December 10, 2016

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

  In 2009, director James Cameron finally brought a long-term project to fruition, with the release of the science fiction film Avatar, and audiences were introduced to a species of blue-skinned alien giants called the na’vi. Through the course of the film, the human protagonist, Jake (Sam Worthington) transitions to ...

I’m a brat and proud of it. Now before you start scratching your head and wondering what I mean by that, let me explain. I am an Army Brat – a child of a military officer who was dragged up and down the East Coast and all throughout Europe during ...

When the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard stepped out onto the street across from the British Museum on September 12, 1933, he had an epiphany.  He realized how to create an atomic bomb.  What he had to look for was an element that would split and emit two neutrons for every ...

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  • Margaret Drabble and the Ruby Dolls – books podcast
    The challenges of ageing and the dark side of fairy stories examined in a novel, The Dark Flood Rises, and the cabaret Brides of Bluebeard As modern medical advances extend life way beyond the “happily ever after” imagined by our ancestors, Margaret Drabble investigates the dark side of longevity. Her new novel, The Dark Flood Rises, combines a character study of a group of people dealing in different ways with old age with a meditation ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: FairytalesPublished on Friday, December 9th, 2016By Presented by Claire Armitstead and Sian Cainand produced by Susannah Tresilian
  • Prehistoric Hunter-gatherer Societies
    Hunter-gatherer societies are – true to their astoundingly descriptive name – cultures in which human beings obtain their food by hunting, fishing, scavenging, and gathering wild plants and other edibles. Although there are still groups of hunter-gatherers in our modern world, we will here focus on the prehistoric societies that relied on the bounty of nature, before the transition to agriculture ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, December 9th, 2016
  • Marduk
    Marduk was the patron god of Babylon, the Babylonian king of the gods, who presided over justice, compassion, healing, regeneration, magic, and fairness, although he is also sometimes referenced as a storm god and agricultural deity. His temple, the famous ziggurat described by Herodotus, is considered the model for the biblical Tower of Babel. The Greeks associated him with Zeus and the Romans with Jupiter ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Friday, December 9th, 2016
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  • Spend Christmas With Some Rare Neil Gaiman Works
    Neil Gaiman and Humble Bundle are teaming up again for the holidays and to help raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, UNHCR, and the Gaiman Foundation. The Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman is a collection of priceless rarities, many of which are unavailable anywhere else, including two brand new ebooks: A Calendar of Tales with Paul Roman Martinez and Neverwear: A Portfolio of Stories, featuring art by Jim Lee, David Mack, Roman Dirge, and ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Saturday, December 10th, 2016By Dan Wickline
  • Rogue One Red Carpet Live Stream and Score Highlights
    Rogue One red carpet live stream and score highlights The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm‘s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story world premiere will take place tonight at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! You… The post Rogue One Red Carpet Live Stream and Score Highlights appeared first on SuperHeroHype. ... Read more...
    Source: SuperheroHypePublished on Saturday, December 10th, 2016By SuperHeroHype
  • Comic Legends: Was Spider-Man Unlimited Originally Spider-Man 2099?
    Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fifth week of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Here‘s Part 1 of this week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed! Let’s continue! COMIC LEGEND: “Spider-Man Unlimited” was originally going to be a “Spider-Man 2099” cartoon STATUS: False Enough for a False A while back, I did a legend about how Will Meugniot was forced to scrap his ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Saturday, December 10th, 2016By Brian Cronin
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