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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  • CHRISTMAS GOLD: Funko Releases New 1966 BATMOBILE Variant
    A holiday treat. Check out the complete FUNKO BATMAN ’66 INDEX of stories and features. Click here! — Every day for 12 days, Funko is putting out a special item — and one of them is a gold 1966 Batmobile variant with a red-and-blue Batman figure.   This is now the fifth Batmobile that Funko has released this year for its 3.75-inch action-figure line: There’s been the original black model, which ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • HOT PICKS! On Sale This Week!
    Scott and Dan pick the comics they’re most looking forward to this week … Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension Mister Miracle #5, DC. Over here I wrote about the wonderful job Tom King is doing on Batman. What are the odds he’ll be competing with himself come Eisner time? This series — with art by Mitch Gerads — has been outstanding. — Action Comics #993, DC. Booster’s here! That means things ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Monday, December 11th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • 13 COVERS: A JOHN BUSCEMA Birthday Celebration
    The Marvel great would have been 90! — John Buscema, born Dec. 11, 1927, was one of the architects of the Marvel Age, an artist whose, ahem, vision, helped define modern comics. Remarkably prolific, Buscema was known for many characters and titles but this year our 13 COVERS salute focuses on one of his best known: The Avengers. (If you dig Silver Surfer, click here. Conan? Click here.) Big John died in 2002 but his ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Monday, December 11th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
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  • Model of Galaxy and Star Cluster Formation Is Rectified
    Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017 When galaxy clusters and globular star clusters form, a phenomenon called "violent relaxation" occurs. After interacting intensely, the thousands or even millions of bodies reach a state of relative gravitational equilibrium and a fairly long-lasting spatial distribution. A new study by Brazilian researchers argues that astrophysicists' understanding of violent relaxation is wrong and sets ... Read more...
    Source: Space DailyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Swoops In to Give Jupiter Its Close Up
    These mesmerizing blue and white swirls are giant cyclones and storms that roar in the gas giant’s upper atmosphere. ... Read more...
    Source: Wired – Science – SpacePublished on Saturday, December 9th, 2017By Shannon Stirone
  • Astronomer’s map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas
    The most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the universe around us has now been developed by scientsits. The map covers the entire sky and shows curious clouds of neutral hydrogen gas that are moving at a different speed to the normal rotation of the Milky Way. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – SpacePublished on Monday, December 4th, 2017
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