Saturday, April 29, 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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  • This Adorable Mammal Inspired a More Agile Robot
    An engineer measured the jumping height and jumps per minute of several mammals before finding the ideal model for a robot that can better maneuver through disaster zones -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – AIPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Erin Biba
  • Can early experiences with computers, robots increase STEM interest among young girls?
    Girls start believing they aren't good at math, science and even computers at a young age -- but providing fun STEM activities at school and home may spark interest and inspire confidence, suggests a new study. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – ComputersPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • Amazon to create 1,200 jobs at first UK warehouse to use advanced robotics
    Fulfilment centre will offer ‘competitive wages and comprehensive benefits’ and will take British staff to more than 18,000Amazon is to create 1,200 new permanent jobs as it opens a new warehouse in Warrington where staff will work alongside the online retail giant’s robots.The US group said the new fulfilment centre, part of a significant expansion across the UK, will take its workforce in Britain to 24,000 by the end of this year. Related: Amazon moves ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Mark Sweney
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  • Fascinating Facts You Probably Did Not Know About Leprechauns
    The leprechaun is perhaps one of the best-known creatures in Irish folklore. Leprechauns are popularly depicted as little men with beards dressed in green coats and tall green hats. Other well-known beliefs about leprechauns include the pot of gold that they are said to keep at the end of the rainbow, and their mischievous nature. Whilst many are familiar with this general depiction of the leprechaun, there are other aspects of these Irish creatures that ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By dhwty
  • The myths embedded in English literature | Letters
    Austen Lynch on Shakespeare’s folk sources and Jan Dubé on the gods that permeate the languageThe Royal Shakespeare Company’s project to celebrate the myth and magic of the influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses will draw upon the roots of classical culture that undoubtedly run deep in Shakespeare’s plays. But deeper still run the wellsprings of fireside tales imbibed since childhood in the myths and magic of folklore and fairytale. Related: RSC plans celebration of Shakespeare's favourite ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: FairytalesPublished on Monday, April 24th, 2017By Letters
  • The Mysterious Stories of Castle Ponferrada: Knights Templar, the Camino de Santiago and the lost Sword of Jacques de Molay
    Every pilgrim who is traveling along the French route of the Camino de Santiago, going to Santiago de Compostela, will pass through the Ponferrada in the Spanish section. Most of them have no idea that centuries ago along the same route passed the legendary Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Templar Order. Did they travel in their famous armors? I don't think so. It is more likely that they wore comfortable clothes, ... Read more...
    Source: Ancient OriginsPublished on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017By Natalia Klimczak
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  • Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability
    A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Bow wow: scientists create definitive canine family tree
    Study sheds light on breed evolution and why certain types of dog are prone to the same diseases despite appearing to be very different It sounds like the ultimate shaggy dog story, but scientists say they have created the definitive canine family tree.The study not only sheds light on the evolution of different breeds, but also reveals why certain breeds are prone to the same diseases even though they appear to be very different. Related: ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By Nicola Davis
  • Indian Frog Secretes Virus-destroying Compound Through Its Skin
    A peptide secreted by a species of Indian frog can destroy variants of the influenza virus. Frogs, with little defensive weaponry to rely on, have armed themselves with a chemical arsenal that gets leached out through their skins. In some frogs, this takes the form of deadly poisons; in others, the chemicals have been known to possess psychoactive properties. Hydrophylax bahuvistara, a species of fungoid frog found in India, secretes a substance that protects against viruses. Researche ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Medicine – GeneticsPublished on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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  • Earth-Mass “Iceball” Planet Found 13,000 Light-Years Away
    The chilly, distant world is the smallest yet found via the “microlensing” planet-hunting technique -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – SpacePublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017By Mike Wall
  • How Old are Martian Gullies
    Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017 Gullies eroded into the steep inner slope of an impact crater at this location appear perfectly pristine in this image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Although at first glance it may appear that there are craters superimposed on the gully fans, inspection of HiRISE stereo coverage shows that the craters lie only on the pre-gully terrain. Distinctive colors in the gull ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
  • Mathematical model of a TARDIS takes the ‘fiction’ out of science fiction
    Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Apr 28, 2017 After some serious number crunching, a UBC researcher has come up with a mathematical model for a viable time machine. Ben Tippett, a mathematics and physics instructor at UBC's Okanagan campus, recently published a study about the feasibility of time travel. Tippett, whose field of expertise is Einstein's theory of general relativity, studies black holes and science fiction when he's not ... Read more...
    Source: Space TravelPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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