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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  • Drunk Man Arrested For Tackling Parking Lot Security Robot
    The battle for the future of humanity escalated last week, thanks to a drunk man who tackled a security robot in a Silicon Valley parking lot.Next stop: “The Matrix,” if we’re lucky. Otherwise? Probably “The Terminator.”Jason Sylvain, 41, attacked the crime-fighting K5 droid in the parking lot of robot manufacturer Knightscope the evening ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Technology – AIPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Uber in the sky is coming: After decades of fantasy and effort, the “flying car” is becoming reality
    Lilium Flying Car (Credit: Lilium) You’ve probably noticed them in the films “Blade Runner” or “The Fifth Element.” They feature prominently in the 1960s cartoon series “The Jetsons” and were a staple of 1950s-era magazine articles making lofty predictions about what life would be like by the end of the past century. But despite many attempts to build and market flying cars — the first patent for one was issued in 1918 — only recently have ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – AIPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017By Angelo Young
  • What if your toothbrush is smarter than you?
    I know, this may sound ridiculous but let us look at the present trends, and you can judge for yourself. In the 19th century, we moved from natural to artificial power. So we took a hand-pump and turned it into an electric pump. A horse carriage and turned it into […] ... Read more...
    Source: Singularity BlogPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By Socrates
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  • If your hair is bouncin’ and misbehavin’, you might get away with it: A new verdict for forensics
    Crime labs are being set back by Jeff Session's order to shut down The National Commission on Forensic Science (Credit: takahashi_kei via iStock) Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Justice Department is closing a federal agency formed four years ago that was designed to instill more scientific rigor in the forensic sciences. The National Commission on Forensic Science had been working on best practices for crime labs and had been funding ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, April 16th, 2017By Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica
  • Ayn Rand’s selfish gene is out of date | Letters
    One of your correspondents likened Ayn Rand’s “selfishness” to “animal behaviour…” (Letters, 13 April). The belief that fierce competition or altruistic cooperation are the only alternatives, in both evolution and socio-politics, is the legacy of Charles Darwin. The science has moved on, providing a justification for the trader principle that has been so successful as the basis of free-market capitalism. As Ayn Rand said: “The moral symbol of respect for human beings is the trader.”The ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, April 16th, 2017By Letters
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  • Ripples in the cosmic web
    Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Apr 28, 2017 The most barren regions known are the far-flung corners of intergalactic space. In these vast expanses between the galaxies there is just one solitary atom per cubic meter - a diffuse haze of hydrogen gas left over from the Big Bang. On the largest scales, this material is arranged in a vast network of filamentary structures known as the "cosmic web," its tangled strands spanning billions of lig ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
  • Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins
    Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017 Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robots have become increasingly affordable, capable, and available to both the U.S. military and adversaries alike. Enabling UAVs and similar assets to perform useful tasks under human supervision-that is, carrying out swarm tactics in concert with human teammates-holds tremendous promise to extend the advantages U.S. warfighters have in field oper ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
  • First global simulation yields new insights into ring system
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 28, 2017 A team of researchers in Japan modeled the two rings around Chariklo, the smallest body in the Solar System known to have rings. This is the first time an entire ring system has been simulated using realistic sizes for the ring particles while also taking into account collisions and gravitational interactions between the particles. The team's simulation revealed information about the size ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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