Friday, December 15, 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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  • Marvel’s STAR WARS #7: My First Step Into A Larger World
    REEL RETRO CINEMA: New looks at old flicks and their comic-book connections. Hey, didja hear? There’s a new Star Wars movie out this week. I know it’s been flying under the radar but you might want to look into it. Anyway, columnist Rob Kelly’s here with a new column looking back at the original — and a comic-book that launched a thousand minds. — Dan By ROB KELLY I am an ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: IDW’s March 2018 STAR TREK Comics
    Discovery gets its first Annual, I.D.I.C. wraps in Boldly Go — plus more Enterprise adventuring… Lotta Star Trek headed your way in March from IDW: the first Discovery annual; the finale to the I.D.I.C. arc in Star Trek: Boldly Go; and a trade paperback collecting the last issues of the publisher’s first Trek ongoing. Here’s your FIRST LOOK at the solicitation text and covers, provided by IDW:Star Trek Discovery Annual 2018—Cover ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, and Domhnall Gleeson on The Last Jedi
    Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, and Domhnall Gleeson on The Last Jedi They are the backbone of the First Order – Supreme Leader Snoke, Captain Phasma, and General Hux. And while the trio… The post Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, and Domhnall Gleeson on The Last Jedi appeared first on SuperHeroHype. ... Read more...
    Source: SuperheroHypePublished on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017By SuperHeroHype
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  • NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date
    Van Horn, TX (SPX) Dec 15, 2017 NanoRacks is pleased to have taken part in yet another successful Blue Origin New Shepard space vehicle mission. This morning marked New Shepard's 7th flight, and the third flight in which NanoRacks has managed customer payload integration. As a part of the NanoRacks teaming agreement with Blue Origin, the Company partakes in both business development and payload integration. Payload ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Two Embry-Riddle Research Payloads Traveled to Suborbital Space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket
    Daytona Beach FL (SPX) Dec 15, 2017 For less than four minutes at the edge of space, T-cells from mice in an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University experiment in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Medical University of South Carolina were exposed to microgravity onboard a successful Blue Origin launch in the hope of one day finding new treatments for cancer. The payload from Embry-Riddle's D ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Found
    Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017 A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Eduardo Banados used Carnegie's Magellan telescopes to discover the most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed. It resides in a luminous quasar and its light reaches us from when the universe was only 5 percent of its current age - just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Their findings are published by Nature. Quasars are tremendously brig ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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