Saturday, December 16, 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 ...

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  • What Properties Did Disney Acquire From Buying Fox?
    With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox‘s entertainment assets, most fans have been focused on the fact that the Fantastic Four and X-Men are both now owned by the same company that owns Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios.  While no announcements have been made regarding it, there is now the possibility that all of those characters could inhabit the same world, the way they do in the source material. But the Fox acquisition includes a ... Read more...
    Source: ScienceFiction.com (comics and superheroes)Published on Friday, December 15th, 2017By Jason Motes
  • GRAND DESIGN: Ed Piskor Talks Claremont and Classic X-MEN
    Including a SNEAK PEEK at X-Men: Grand Design #1… Main cover One of the most anticipated comics projects of the year is Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design, a six-part synthesis of the first 300 issues or so of X-Men into a single, coherent storyline. It’s a pretty bold concept but then it fits Piskor’s style: His critically acclaimed Hip Hop Family Tree was much the same idea, taking disparate stories, people and visions and ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, December 15th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • Major BATMAN ’66 Museum Exhibit Opens in January
    A fitting tribute. The modern wave of 1966 Batmania has seen a gorgeous video release; hundreds of wildly fun collectibles; colorful books; groovy clothes; two entertaining animated features; and a massive outpouring of affection for Adam West upon his death earlier this year. Now, Batman ’66 is a museum exhibit, featuring a Batcave full of costumes, props and other memorabilia. The first-ever such retrospective will open to the public Jan. 12, 2018 at ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, December 15th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
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  • NASA Funds Flight for Space Medical Technology on Blue Origin
    Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2017 Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard reusable space vehicle on Dec. 12 carrying a medical technology that could potentially treat chest trauma in a space environment. The New Shepard reusable vertical takeoff and vertical landing space vehicle was launched with the experimental technology from Blue Origin's West Texas launch site. In addition to NASA funding non-government res ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Life’s building blocks observed in spacelike environment
    College Park, Maryland (SPX) Dec 13, 2017 Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on Earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. But a second possibility is that they originated in space, possibly within our solar system. A new study, published this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, from AIP Publishing, shows that a numb ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Will Trump send Americans to the Moon? Money talks: experts
    Miami (AFP) Dec 14, 2017 US President Donald Trump's decision this week to return Americans to the Moon makes sense as a way to develop technology to one day reach Mars, but only if Congress allocates the money, experts say. Reviving an American program to explore the Moon is seen as a way to boost jobs and morale at home, while encouraging international collaboration with Europe, Japan, China and India - all eager ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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