Thursday, October 19, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

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 ...

**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. ...

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  • Automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK, says study
    Workers in shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s constituency face highest risk of being replaced by robots, says researchWorkers in the constituency of shadow chancellor John McDonnell are at the highest risk of seeing their jobs automated in the looming workplace revolution that will affect at least one in five employees in all parliamentary seats, according to new research.The thinktank Future Advocacy – which specialises in looking at the big 21st century policy changes – said at ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Larry Elliott, Economics editor
  • Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless | Samuel Woolley and Marina Gorbis
    Ever-more sophisticated Facebook and Twitter bots can sway political opinions. We have the technology to counter this – we need the will to use itCan social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed in 2016 to influence the presidential election.Half a decade ago we were among a handful ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Samuel Woolley and Marina Gorbis
  • Meet Pepper the robot – Southend’s newest social care recruit
    Humanoid robot can read emotions, play memory games, send emails and show videos Pepper, the newest recruit to the people team at Southend-on-Sea borough council, has many of the skills and characteristics of a model social care employee. He perceives emotions and adapts his behaviour accordingly, and he can memorise personality traits. He can also speak 12 different languages, dance to Gangnam Style and does a mean impression of R2D2. But Pepper’s not like any ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By Katherine Purvis
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  • King David
    According to biblical tradition (and some say myth), David (c. 1035 - 970 BCE) was the second king in the ancient United Kingdom of Israel who helped establish the eternal throne of God. A former shepherd, David was renowned for his passion for God, his touching psalms and musical abilities, his inspiring courage and expertise in warfare, his good looks and illicit relationship with Bathsheba, and ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • Ancestor Worship in Ancient China
    Ancestor worship in ancient China dates back to the Neolithic period, and it would prove to be the most popular and enduring Chinese religious practice, lasting well into modern times. The family was always an important concept in Chinese society and government, and it was maintained by the twin pillars of filial piety and respect for one’s dead ancestors. The practice of regularly paying homage ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
  • Temples of Palenque Reveal Story of Lady Cormorant and Her Three Sons, The Triad Gods
    In the mountain rain forest of Chiapas, México, sits the ruins of Palenque, considered the most beautiful ancient Maya city. Silhouetted against a backdrop of natural hills and valleys, the elegant pyramids and palace offer fine Maya bas-relief carvings of high-grade limestone and stucco.  Read moreSection: NewsMyths & LegendsAncient PlacesAmericas ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017By lennie
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  • Jenny Graves wins Australia’s $250,000 prime minister’s prize for science
    Graves’ groundbreaking genetic work includes the ‘throwaway line’ that the male y chromosome may one day go extinctJenny Graves transformed our understanding of how sex chromosomes work, and led to the realisation that the human male Y chromosome may be on a path to extinction. For that and a slew of other groundbreaking work, Graves has been awarded Australia’s top science prize.Graves, now at the University of Melbourne, helped pioneered the field of “comparative genomics”, ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017By Michael Slezak
  • Light pollution: absent information in risk communication
    Lights, lights everywhere, but what about the risks of light pollution? The world has experienced an unprecedented environmental change during the past century as the electric light has permeated our nights. In the near future, this change may accelerate because of increasing use of new illumination technologies such as LED lights. In most parts of urbanized world the disappearance of natural darkness is easy to observe even with bare eyes. Night-time satellite pictures give a ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017By DanP
  • How do genes and lifestyle choices affect lifespan?
    Researchers have analyzed abundant genetic and lifestyle data, and they warn that our lifestyle choices can have a serious impact on our life expectancy. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Monday, October 16th, 2017
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  • How Scientists Predict If a Spacecraft Will Fall and Kill You
    Welcome to the supremely fascinating world of object reentry risk analysis. ... Read more...
    Source: Wired – Science – SpacePublished on Thursday, October 19th, 2017By Robbie Gonzalez
  • Recent drive improves energy levels of Opportunity rover on Mars
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 18, 2017 Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The cold, low-light winter conditions continue to constrain activity, although with a recent drive, energy levels have improved slightly. Sol 4873 (Oct. 8, 2017), was a recharge sol and sol 4872 (Oct. 7, 2017), had little activity. Opportunity drove on Sol 4874 (Oct. 9, 2017 ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
    Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017 The planet Mars shares its orbit with a handful of small asteroids, the so-called Trojans. Among them, one finds a unique group, all moving in very similar orbits, suggesting that they originated from the same object. But the mechanism that produced this "family" has been a mystery. Now, an international team of astronomers believe they have identified the culprit: sunlight. Their findings ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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