Thursday, July 20, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

**WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Secret Empire storyline. Proceed at your own risk** Captain America, Marvel Comics’ stalwart sentinel of liberty, has been at the center of controversy since he was revealed to have been a lifelong agent of the terrorist organization Hydra on the final page of ...

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 ...

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  • Meet your new fungible, phallic robot friend
    Demonstration of how the robot grows, reaching a maximum speed of 10 meters per second (22 miles per hour). (video link) A group of mechanical engineers at Stanford has created a transparent robot that looks and behaves like a worm, elongating its body in order to move. Using a pneumatic control system, an operator can make the bot turn corners and even squeeze itself through a narrow crack between two pieces of sticky ... Read more...
    Source: Ars Technica – AIPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By Annalee Newitz
  • The Soviet Rovers that Died on Mars
    Before Curiosity took selfies and Opportunity rolled a marathon, rovers on Mars were more modest. Sojourner, NASA's first rover, was a microwave-sized robot designed to last just seven days, and more than two decades earlier the Soviet Prop M rovers were tiny little squat boxes that reached the red planet for a ski vacation.  Mars 2 and Mars 3 were twin missions launched to the red planet in 1971,May 19 and May 28 respectively. Both ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
  • Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. Competition
    The police say foul play is not suspected in the disappearance of six students from the violence-plagued country. Two were reported seen in Canada. ... Read more...
    Source: NY Times – Technology – AIPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By EMILY COCHRANE
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  • Thutmose III
    Thutmose III (also known as Tuthmosis III, 1458-1425 BCE) was the 6th king of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, one of the greatest military leaders in antiquity, and among the most effective and impressive monarchs in Egypt’s history. His throne name, Thutmose, means 'Thoth is Born', while his birth name, Menkhperre, means 'Eternal are the Manifestations of Ra', both names referencing important ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
  • Magnus Maximus
    Magnus Maximus (c. 355 - August 28, 388 CE) was a Roman usurper and Western Roman Emperor from 383-388 CE. He was a prominent general in the Roman army, particularly in the province of Britain. In 383 CE he usurped the Western throne, rebelling against the legitimate emperor Gratian. Following Gratian’s death, negotiations with the Eastern Emperor Theodosius led to Maximus being proclaimed ruler ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
  • Per-Ramesses
    Per-Ramesses (also known as Pi-Ramesses, Piramese, Pr-Rameses, Pir-Ramaseu) was the city built as the new capital in the Delta region of ancient Egypt by Ramesses II (known as The Great, 1279-1213 BCE). It was located at the site of the modern town of Qantir in the Eastern Delta and, in its time, was considered the greatest city in Egypt, rivaling even Thebes to the south. The name means 'House ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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  • Creators Discuss The Importance Of Libraries In Promoting Literacy
    Bleeding Cool reporter Marilyn Weiss writes: Once again, the San Diego Public Library has partnered with Comic-Con International to bring back their special series of panels called Talking Comics with America’s Educators: The Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians. This is its own free five-day mini conference that takes play during Comic-Con. The series focuses specifically on libraries and educators, and presents new innovative ways to include comics and graphic novels in the educational process. On ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By Ray Flook
  • Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite Adds Spider-Man, Frank West, And More At SDCC
    credit//CapcomDuring today’s Marvel Games panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Spider-Man, Dead Rising‘s Frank West, Resident Evil 3‘s Nemesis and Final Fight‘s Haggar have all been added to the fighting game’s lengthy roster. While footage of the four in action has yet to be release to the public, the official Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Twitter account confirmed a trailer will be released tomorrow morning, so do make sure you look out for ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By Madeline Ricchiuto
  • The Fine Line Between Fictional Fantasy And Unothorized Biographies At The Image Panel At SDCC
    In a panel with Doug Wagner, Joe Harris, Megan Hutchison, Cat Staggs and Gail Simone, Image look to tell us how to make comics the Image Comics way. With the creators of Plastic, Rockstars and Crosswind, we’ll see what we can learn. Wagner discusses a bit collaborating with a team, and how that adds to the process. Then goes on to working out the balance of grossness and comedy in Plastic, and Wagner ... Read more...
    Source: BleedingCool (comics and superheroes)Published on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By Joe Glass
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  • Heart toxin reveals new insights into HIV-1 integration in T cell genome
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 may have evolved to integrate its genetic material into certain immune-cell-activating genes in humans, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
  • Living in a material world
    The singer Madonna had a worldwide hit record in the 1980s (‘Material Girl’) in which she described herself as ‘the material girl living in a material world’. This is a prescient phrase for the world of today some 30 years after the release of this record. Although Madonna may have been referring to wealth and ‘cold hard cash’ in her song, the rapid development of goods for professional and consumer use really do put us ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By Franca Driessen
  • New findings suggest a genetic influence on aging into the 90s but not beyond
    Variants of a gene thought to be linked to longevity appear to influence aging into the 90s, but do not appear to affect exceptional longevity, or aging over 100, a new study has found. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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  • Elon Musk says he has “verbal” government approval to construct transit system he poached from other engineers
    Hyperloop One Test and Safety site (Credit: Getty/David Becker) Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Inc., announced on Twitter today that he had “verbal approval” from Donald Trump’s federal government to build an underground tunnel from New York City to Washington, D.C. for his evacuated tube transit concept, known as the Hyperloop. City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city — Elon ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – SpacePublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017By Keith A. Spencer
  • From Mars Rover: Panorama Above ‘Perseverance Valley’
    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a crater's rim. ... Read more...
    Source: NASA – JPLPublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
  • Viewing Martian moon orbiting the red planet
    While photographing Mars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a cameo appearance of the tiny moon Phobos on its trek around the Red Planet. Hubble took 13 separate exposures over 22 minutes to create a time-lapse video showing the moon's orbital path. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – SpacePublished on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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