Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 ...

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  • Batfling Rumors: Will Matt Reeves’ Film Take Place Outside DCEU? Will Ben Affleck Get One Last Turn As Batman?
      So, just as the original article I heard this from made clear, I also want to make clear, this is all RUMOR and SPECULATION, so take it all with a grain of salt. According to a friend of someone over at the website Batman-On-Film, word on the grapevine is that the new Matt Reeves standalone ‘Batman’ movie is NOT going to be a part of the main DCEU canon. Yep, it is going to ... Read more...
    Source: ScienceFiction.com (comics and superheroes)Published on Monday, January 15th, 2018By Nicholas Graff
  • VARIANTS! Best of the Week!
    Cool art to look at and whatnot… — Guillem March Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten Bernard Chang Chris Weston Elsa Charretier Mitch Gerads Victor Hugo Fay Dalton Mike Allred Leila Del Duca and Alissa Sallah Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Alex Ross Caroline Munro (and Horst Janson) ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, January 12th, 2018By Dan Greenfield
  • EXCLUSIVE Preview: GREEN LANTERNS #39
    Guest-starring … wait is that Kurt Cobain?! — In related news, BWAROOOW is the sound you get when you smack somebody with an acoustic guitar. Tim Seeley, Ronan Cliquet and Hi-Fi have you covered in the finale of A World of Our Own, out 1/17 from DC. Main cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki and Jason Wright Variant by Brandon Peterson ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, January 12th, 2018By Dan Greenfield
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  • Ten reasons to love thinking
    Thinking is one of the great human abilities. Anyone can do it, anytime, anywhere. One of the best places in the world to be is inside one’s head, thinking. If you love to dwell in thought, perhaps you are made for the academic life. Perhaps you are meant to be a ‘creative’: producing art, music, novels, or some other product of original thought. Perhaps you have the DNA of an engineer, designer, or systems analyst ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Monday, January 1st, 2018By Priscilla Yu
  • Glioblastoma’s spectre in the Senate
    With his right arm extended – pausing for just a moment – Senator John McCain flashed a thumbs-down and jarred the Senate floor. Audible gasps and commotion followed. At 1:29 am on 28 July, Senator McCain had just supplied the decisive “Nay” vote to derail the fourth and final bill voted on that night. With that, a seven-year pursuit to undo the Affordable Care Act had collapsed. The weight of that moment was magnified by ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, December 29th, 2017By DanP

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  • Army scientists improve human-agent teaming by making AI agents more transparent
    Adelphi MD (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists developed ways to improve collaboration between humans and artificially intelligent agents in two projects recently completed for the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative supported by the Office of Secretary of Defense. They did so by enhancing the agent transparency, which refers to a robot, unmanned vehicle, or software agent's ability to convey to humans ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Monday, January 15th, 2018
  • Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth
    Berkeley CA (SPX) Jan 11, 2018 Two wayward space rocks, which separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system's asteroid belt for billions of years, share something else in common: the ingredients for life. They are the first meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such as hydrocarbons and amino acids. A detailed study of the chemical makeup within t ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Monday, January 15th, 2018
  • Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon
    Mountain View CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute have announced the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. The pits were identified through analysis of imaging data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). If water ice is present, these potential lava tube entrances or "skylights" might allow futu ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Monday, January 15th, 2018
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