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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Reducing the harm done by substances: key strategies
    The most recent data on life expectancy for the United States show stagnation over the past three years. This stagnation has happened at a time when the most important causes of death, such as cardiovascular diseases or cancers, have decreased. So, what causes of death are responsible for the stagnation in life expectancy? This can best be seen in the sub-population of middle-aged white non-Hispanics who have experienced increasing mortality rates and decreasing life expectancy ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Sunday, June 25th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • Practising surgery in India
    Being a surgeon in India is very different and probably more interesting than being one anywhere else in the world. Not only are there the usual third world problems to deal with like poor, undernourished patients with advanced diseases who throng the underfunded public hospitals but there is now, in stark contrast, a for-profit and thriving expensive private health sector to which, in spite of its obvious shortcomings, three quarters of the patients go first. ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, June 23rd, 2017By Priscilla Yu
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  • Small scale, big improvements
    Newark DE (SPX) Jun 16, 2017 Methods to improve water purification or build better batteries are problems that have challenged scientists for decades. Advances have inched forward, but rising demand moves the finish line further and further away. At the same time, the chemical reactions that make these improvements possible occur at scales invisible to the naked eye (the atomic scale) where liquids and solid surfaces ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • A chemical solution to shrink digital data storage
    Cleveland OH (SPX) Jun 27, 2017 Chemists at Case Western Reserve University have found a way to possibly store digital data in half the space current systems require. From supercomputers to smartphones, the amount of data people generate and collect continues to grow exponentially, and the need to store all that information grows with it. Computers and other digital devices operate and store data using a binary cod ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • India’s Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures
    New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017 India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficulties. Proper functioning of these clocks is crucial to provide accurate navigation to the Indian armed forces. Last year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) accepted the ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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