Friday, December 15, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

**Warning: This article contains major spoilers for A Nation Under Our Feet, a Black Panther story by Ta-Nehisi Coates** “…neither cities nor States nor individuals will ever attain perfection until the small class of philosophers, whom we termed useless but not corrupt, are providentially compelled, whether they will or not, to ...

A human population approaching 8 billion can be maintained only if wild habitat is given over to human cultivation and habitation, if rain forests can be turned into green deserts, if genetic engineering enables ever higher yields to be extorted from the thinning soils – then humans will have created ...

Change, or die: that’s the stark choice most protagonists face in literature, whether they recognize it or not.  Change is constant, and stasis is only an illusion.  What is true of people is also true of civilizations.  Cultures evolve, or they follow the lead of Ozymandias. Neal Stephenson’s epic and ...

Speculative Insights from the Web...

View all “AI and Robotics” feeds…

  • Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality
    Researchers have developed software that lets users control robots over the internet with off-the-shelf virtual reality hardware. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Artificial intelligence helps accelerate progress toward efficient fusion reactions
    Before scientists can effectively capture and deploy fusion energy, they must learn to predict major disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of doughnut-shaped fusion devices called tokamaks. Timely prediction of disruptions, the sudden loss of control of the hot, charged plasma that fuels the reactions, will be vital to triggering steps to avoid or mitigate such large-scale events. Today, researchers are employing artificial intelligence to improve predictive capability. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Engineers program tiny robots to move, think like insects
    While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. Engineers have recently been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the way an insect’s brain works, which could soon have people wondering if that fly on the wall is actually a fly. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
1 2

View all “AI and Robotics” feeds…

View all “Mythology and Fairy Tales” feeds…

  • Medieval Islamic Medicine
    Something of a truth I find in most books is that the implied themes almost always impart the more powerful lessons, and it is definitely true of Medieval Islamic Medicine. The importance of this book is difficult to quantify, as it is written for an academic audience with all the obligatory references, footnotes, and a bibliography to get lost in. Thus, in that sense, it is a really good and thorough ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
  • The Hippodrome of Constantinople
    The Hippodrome of Constantinople was an arena used for chariot racing throughout the Byzantine period. First built during the reign of Roman emperor Septimius Severus in the early 3rd century CE, the structure was made more grandiose by emperor Constantine I in the 4th century CE. The Hippodrome was also used for other public events such as parades, public executions and the public shaming of enemies ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

View all “Mythology and Fairy Tales” feeds…

View all “Comics and Superheroes” feeds…

  • Marvel Comics Asks Retailers to Hold on to Ed Piskor’s Corner Box
    Marvel Comics has asked retailers not to sell one particular cover variant of X-Men: Grand Design #1 on its original sale date of December 20th, and instead keep it back until the 27th. Due to a printer error, Marvel is having to reprint the Corner Box variant cover of the upcoming X-Men reworked comic by Ed Piskor. The one just made up out of corner box designs from the eighties. As a result, some stores are getting ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Friday, December 15th, 2017By Rich Johnston
  • Titans Season 1: First Look at Hawk & Dove
    Last week we got our first look at Brenton Thwaites in his Robin uniform. Now we are getting out first look at his fellow Titans, Hawk & Dove. Hank Hall / Hawk is played by Alan Ritchson who played Aquaman on Smallville while Dawn Granger / Dove is played by Minka Kelly from Jane the Virgin. The suits are from legendary designer Laura Jean Shannon who has worked on Iron Man, The Jungle Book and ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Friday, December 15th, 2017By Dan Wickline
  • JOHN WICK Director Chad Stahelski Set To Helm an Adaptation of The Twisted Comic KILL OR BE KILLED
    John Wick director Chad Stahelski has jumped on board a new film project with his producing partner Basil Lwanyk, and it's a good one! He is set to helm a feature film adaptation of the Image Comics comic book Kill or Be Killed from Ed Brubaker, who is best known for his work on Captain America and the creator of the Winter Soldier. If you're not familiar with the story, it follows a depressed college student ... Read more...
    Source: Geek Tyrant (comics and superheroes)Published on Friday, December 15th, 2017By Joey Paur
1 2 3 7

View all “Comics and Superheroes” feeds…

View all “Genetics and Immortality” feeds…

  • A brief history of HIV [excerpt]
    The first of December is World AIDS Day: a day to show support for those living with HIV, to commemorate those we have lost, and ultimately unite in the fight against HIV. To combat this pandemic though, we need to understand how the virus – and the wider virus group – reacts with the human body. In the following excerpt from Virus Hunt, Dorothy H. Crawford discusses the discovery and history of HIV and the ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, December 1st, 2017By DanP
  • Artificial DNA Base Pair Expands Life’s Vocabulary
    Scientists have taken another step towards putting two additional letters in the dictionary of life to work. Researchers at the Scripps Institute have engineered cells to successfully transcribe a brand new artificial DNA base pair and make a never-before-seen protein with it. The breakthrough is part of an effort to expand the library of amino acids that animal cells can work with, potentially leading to the creation of compounds entirely different from those life can produce now. The ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Medicine – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, November 30th, 2017
  • Citizen scientists can document the natural world
    At the start of the 21st century, it may come as a surprise that we still have not catalogued the detailed anatomy or traits of most plants, animals and microbes whether they are living or fossil species. That we lack much of this basic information – how species’ cells are constructed, what their physiology is like, the details of their bones, muscles or leaves – may be remarkable given that the study of comparative “morphology” ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017By DanP
1 2

View all “Genetics and Immortality” feeds…

View all “Space and The Cosmos” feeds…

1 2 3 7

View all “Space and The Cosmos” feeds…