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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  • 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
  • Visit Prehistoric Scotland With A Couple Clicks
    A recently released app featuring the latest research on prehistoric Scotland's hillforts gets you close to the archaeological action with drone footage, 3D artifact renderings and plenty of other eye candy. Happy Friday, everyone...start your weekend right with a fascinating and slick bit of desktop time travel: the SERF Hillforts Project app, a digital treasure trove courtesy of the Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot Project and its partners. Launch the app and enjoy the views of ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
  • 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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  • Entering The Spill Zone With Scott Westerfeld Ahead Of Free Comic Book Day
    By Jason Borelli A small town is destroyed instantly by an unknown cause. Everything remains intact, but since the cause of the disaster is anything but normal, physics is turned on its head. Addison Merritt lost her parents to the “Spill Zone,” but she ventures to the quarantined area to take pictures for art collectors, risking her life and sanity in the process as she provides for herself and her mentally-scarred sister. This is ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By Rich Johnston
  • Tomb Of Baalberith – A New Horror Anthology In The Vein Of EC Horror And Tales Of The Crypt
    I got an email from long time comic writer/penciller/inker Mark McKenna telling me about a new Kickstarter he’s doing, The Tomb of Baalberith. He wanted to know if I could write something up, and I told him the best person to tell us about the new project would be the person who is putting their heart and soul into it… so he wrote up the below message and sent over a few pages of art. ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By Dan Wickline
  • 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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