Friday, August 18, 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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  • Robot shelf-stack fail suggests they won’t take our jobs just yet
    Boston Dynamics demo clip shows we are not quite living in an i, Robot future just yet – even if robots can skate better than you canTechnology baron Elon Musk is scared of AI, warning of visions of the robot apocalypse when Terminator-esque machines decide they no longer need humans. But judging from the progress made by arguably the most advanced humanoid robots, if Terminator does show up, it won’t even be able to stack ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017By HAL 90210
  • Meet Eva, the workplace robot that won’t necessarily steal your job
    London startup Automata Technologies is hoping to democratise robotics by installing the technology in workplaces. Is it really nothing to worry about?The technology industry likes to talk about how automation is set to change the world. Chatbots present a new way of interacting with software, self-driving cars promise to reshape our cities, and the increasing capability of AI to handle ever more complex and “human” tasks could reshape our economy. But amid all the futurism, ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017By Alex Hern
  • The future of jobs: is decent work for all a pipe dream?
    Rapid developments in technology and unpredictable economies are destabilising employment as we know it. What are the possible solutions? It is weird how worrisome work has become. Not that long ago, work offered us income, security, and a clear sense of our place in the world. My father worked in the same company for 40 years. They trained him, promoted him, supported his kids’ (my) education and left him well enough off to enjoy his ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017By Tim Jackson
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  • Amarna Period of Egypt
    The Amarna Period of ancient Egypt was the era of the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), known as 'the heretic king'. In the 5th year of his reign (c. 1348 BCE), he issued sweeping religious reforms which resulted in the suppression of the traditional polytheistic/henotheistic religious beliefs of the culture and the elevation of his personal god Aten to supremacy. According to some scholars ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
  • Amarna
    Amarna is the modern Arabic name for the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaten, capital of the country under the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE). The site is officially known as Tell el-Amarna, so-named for the Beni Amran tribe who were living in the area when it was discovered. A 'tell' in archaeology is a mound created by the remains of successive human habitation of an area ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient History EncyclopediaPublished on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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  • Director David F. Sandberg Shares His Inspiration For ‘Shazam’
    If you’ve been wondering what director David F. Sandberg (‘Lights Out’,’Annabelle 2′) was reading for inspiration on his take of ‘Shazam‘ then we’ve got you covered. The director is actually digging pretty deep into the character’s history and is going back to the very beginning and reading it all. Yes folks, Sandberg wants to be true to character and is tackling every piece of ‘Shazam’ material that he can get his hands on! We could ... Read more...
    Source: ScienceFiction.com (comics and superheroes)Published on Friday, August 18th, 2017By Stuart Conover
  • The Punisher Teaser Trailer is Here!
    The Punisher teaser trailer is here Following the premiere of Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix, the very first teaser trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher has arrived online! Check it out in the player below!… The post The Punisher Teaser Trailer is Here! appeared first on SuperHeroHype. ... Read more...
    Source: SuperheroHypePublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017By Spencer Perry
  • EXCLUSIVE Preview: DAREDEVIL #25
    Supreme‘s closing arguments… — Hey, y’know what goes live this weekend, co-starring Daredevil? That’s right, Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix. And y’know what comes out 8/23? Marvel’s Daredevil #25 in comics shops, concluding the Supreme arc. Brought to you by Charles Soule, Esq., Alec Morgan and Matt Milla. Cover by Ron Garney and Milla. ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
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  • Ethnicity is not something dictated by people’s genes | Letters
    John Collis on the limitations of DNA testing, Peter McKenna on the Romans and race, and Alun Thomas on West Midlands historyDNA testing to determine people’s origins (DNA uncovers villagers’ exotic heritage, 11 August) should come with a major health warning as interpretations are based on false scientific methodologies.First, there is a confusion between two types of data. Our DNA is what we inherit from our parents and, until recently at least, could not be ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Monday, August 14th, 2017By Letters
  • Last minute guide to the total solar eclipse
    In exactly a week, a total eclipse will be visible, spanning along a narrow path through the United States. In readiness for the event on 21 August 2017, we asked physicist and eclipse-chaser professor Frank Close eight questions about eclipses, and how to watch them. What is a solar eclipse? The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, but it’s also 400 times closer to earth, which means that remarkably, the two bodies appear ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Monday, August 14th, 2017By DanP
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation and adaptation
    Payments for ecosystem services (PES), also known as payments for environmental services (or benefits), are incentives offered to farmers or landowners in compensation for proper land-management that provides ecological services. Among these benefits we can mention conserving animal and plant species, protecting hydric resources, conserving natural scenery, and storing carbon. Costa Rica is a pioneer in PES schemes. Since 1997 approximately one million hectares of forest have been part of these ‘payments for ecosystem services’ ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Monday, August 14th, 2017By DanP
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  • Chaotic magnetic field lines may answer the coronal heating problem
    Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 It is known that the sun's corona - the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere - is roughly 100 times hotter than its photosphere - the sun's visible layer. The reason for this mysterious heating of the solar coronal plasma, however, is not yet entirely understood. A research team in India has developed a set of numerical computations to shed light on this phenomenon, and present this week in ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017
  • Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds
    Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 Australian scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours. "Contrary to earlier thinking, the spin rate of the galaxy is determined by its mass, rather than how crowded its neighbourhood is," says study first author Associate Professor Sarah Brough of UNSW Sydney and the ARC Centre of Excellence ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017
  • NASA taps citizen scientists to help study eclipse
    Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017 An estimated 220 million people will watch Monday's eclipse. For a small percentage, the phenomenon will be more than a spectacle. It will be a chance to observe and record - for science's sake. Researchers at NASA are counting on the participation of thousands of citizen scientists to document next week's solar eclipse and to gather usable data for additional research. Scientis ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, August 18th, 2017
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