Monday, June 26, 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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  • Colon cancer: Greater surgical precision using robotic surgery
    Up until now, the removal of bowel tumors in the lesser pelvis (rectal cancers) involved a major, generally invasive operation. This operation can now be done in a much gentler way using an innovative procedure, robotic surgery. Thanks to a better three-dimensional view of the operating area and robotic instruments that allow highly accurate surgery to be performed in the anatomically constricted space of the lesser pelvis, surgical trauma and incisions for the operation can ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own
    In 2012, the Curiosity rover began its slow trek across the surface of Mars, listening for commands from Earth about where to go, what to photograph, which rocks to inspect. Then last year, something interesting happened: Curiosity started making decisions on its own.In May last year, engineers back at NASA installed artificial-intelligence software on the rover’s main flight computer that allowed it to recognize inspection-worthy features on the Martian surface and correct the aim of ... Read more...
    Source: The Atlantic: TechnologyPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Marina Koren
  • Many techies are no-shows at White House’s tech event
    (Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci) A vocal group of venture capitalists on Thursday decided not to attend an event with President Trump in what the White House has dubbed as Tech Week, according to Bloomberg. While executives from major companies such as Google, Microsoft and Apple were in attendance, many venture capitalists saw “no benefit in going and didn’t want to compromise their reputations by fraternizing with an unpopular president,” Bloomberg reported. Yet Steve Case, the founder ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – AIPublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Charlie May
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  • Reducing the harm done by substances: key strategies
    The most recent data on life expectancy for the United States show stagnation over the past three years. This stagnation has happened at a time when the most important causes of death, such as cardiovascular diseases or cancers, have decreased. So, what causes of death are responsible for the stagnation in life expectancy? This can best be seen in the sub-population of middle-aged white non-Hispanics who have experienced increasing mortality rates and decreasing life expectancy ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Sunday, June 25th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • How secure are today’s ATMs? 5 questions answered
    (Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Editor’s note: Automated teller machines, better known as ATMs, are turning 50 on June 27. Computer science professor Pradeep Atrey, from the University at Albany, State University of New York, explains the security features and concerns of modern cash machines. How does an ATM work? In the broadest sense, an ATM works by accepting a cash request from a user, verifying the user’s authority to access a particular bank ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – GeneticsPublished on Saturday, June 24th, 2017By Pradeep Atrey, The Conversation
  • Practising surgery in India
    Being a surgeon in India is very different and probably more interesting than being one anywhere else in the world. Not only are there the usual third world problems to deal with like poor, undernourished patients with advanced diseases who throng the underfunded public hospitals but there is now, in stark contrast, a for-profit and thriving expensive private health sector to which, in spite of its obvious shortcomings, three quarters of the patients go first. ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Priscilla Yu
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  • Europe okays project to seek alien life
    Paris (AFP) June 21, 2017 Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. "The PLATO mission will address fundamental questions such as 'how common are Earth-like planets?' and 'is our solar system unusual or even unique?'," the University of Warwick, whose scientists will take part in the project, said on Wednes ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Numenta demonstrates machine intelligence algorithm for real-time anomaly detection
    Redwood City CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 The exponential increase in the use of connected real-time sensors to surface streaming data in the age of the Internet of Things presents significant challenges and opportunities for the emerging field of streaming analytics. Detection of anomalies in streaming data, in particular, has becoming an increasingly important application across a large number of industries for critical use cases - ra ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Eclipse Expectations Excite Escapades for Enlightenment
    Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017 First reported by Spacedaily.com on December 20, 2016, the great American eclipse has been a daily occupation for my mind and wallet. Hours and hours have been spent with this NASA Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map. Of course, Expedia played an important role in ruling out locations. Idaho? Forget about it. Oregon. Oh Oregon. I explored the trails of Oregon more that Lewis and Clark to find th ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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