Wednesday, June 28, 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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  • What is the future for driverless vehicles? – live chat
    Join us on this page on Tuesday 20 June, 12 noon-1pm (BST), to discuss the impact autonomous vehicles are set to have around the world 1.11pm BSTMany thanks to our panel and readers for taking the time to join us today. We hope you got as much out of this discussion as we did and we look forward to exploring the points raised in further depth over the coming weeks. If you want to get ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017By Olivia Boyd and Tess Riley
  • Worry less about robots and more about sweatshops | Sonia Sodha
    Technology enables employers to erode our autonomy, and lax laws let exploitation thriveThe biggest threat to our jobs is the rise of the robots, or so we’re told by report after report. And so an idea has taken root in our collective psyche that there may be a point in the not-too-distant future where the daily grind is a thing of the past. A future in which there’s a small number of jobs designing artificial ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Saturday, June 17th, 2017By Sonia Sodha
  • Her-An Visits Nikola Danaylov and Records A Unique Interview
    The first time I met Omer Ozdemir was at my Conversations with the Future book reading when Omer drove more than 4 hours just so he can be there. So when he asked me to do an interview for the Turkish Her-An website I was very happy to do it, even […] ... Read more...
    Source: Singularity BlogPublished on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017By Socrates
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  • Rebirth Reveals The New Origin Of The Reverse Flash
    SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Flash #25, on sale now. DC Comics’ Rebirth incarnation of The Flash by Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Neil Googe, et al has brought a new life to the classic character in a way that no other creators have been able to since Barry Allen’s return from the most heroic death in all of superhero comics nearly a decade ago. The run has been one ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017By Kieran Shiach
  • Matt Reeves Talks His ‘Noir-Driven, Detective’ version of Batman
    Matt Reeves talks his ‘noir-driven, detective’ version of Batman Director Matt Reeves is gearing up the world for his latest film, War for the Planet of the Apes, but his next feature… The post Matt Reeves Talks His ‘Noir-Driven, Detective’ version of Batman appeared first on SuperHeroHype. ... Read more...
    Source: SuperheroHypePublished on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017By Spencer Perry
  • How IDW’s Transformers Movie Comics Outshine Michael Bay’s Films
    Most Transformers fans around the world, whether lifelong diehards like myself or more recent converts from material like IDW’s uniformly excellent  Transformers comics or the current Transformers: Robots In Disguise cartoon, will tell you that the live-action movies are either the worst thing to happen in the franchise’s history or a handful of good core ideas, interesting (albeit occasionally racist) character designs, and undeniably incredible special effects buried under  the direction of Michael Bay. Bay, in turn, is ... Read more...
    Source: Comic Book Resources: ColumnsPublished on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017By Tom Speelman
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  • Characterising the mouse genome reveals new gene functions and their role in human disease
    The first results from a functional genetic catalogue of the laboratory mouse has been shared with the biomedical research community, revealing new insights into a range of rare diseases and the ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • Common water treatments could damage DNA
    Scientists are warning that a water treatment widely used in developing countries could be damaging the DNA of those drinking it. ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse
    Scott Pruitt; Rex Tillerson; Ryan Zinke (Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Carolyn Kaster) Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; president-elect Trump’s transition advisors emerged as an oil industry dream team. Despite the initial antipathy between Trump and the Koch brothers, once he secured the nomination, Donald Trump extended the olive branch to the flat earth oligarchs from Kansas. His choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as running mate was ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, June 25th, 2017By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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  • NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2017 Wherever you find people, you also find bacteria and other microorganisms. The International Space Station is no exception. That generally is not a problem. For one thing, the space station is kept cleaner than many environments on Earth. Routine cleaning activities are included on astronaut task schedules. Cargo sent to the station, and the vehicles that carry it, undergo a rigorous clean ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near crater rim
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017 NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team scientists are considering for features seen just outside the crater rim's crest above "Perseverance Valley," which is carved into the inner slope ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • Snake robot could help maintain space station, explore moon
    Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 Scientists at SINTEF, a research institute in Norway, are working on designs for a snake robot that could one day carry out maintenance missions on the space station and explore lava tubes on the moon. The research is being funded by the European Space Agency, which is intent on establishing an international settlement on the moon. ESA scientists suggest lava tubes, underground tunnels ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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