Monday, 18 December 2017

Spending A Day With Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters”


Guillermo del Toro has created some of the most detailed, immersive fantasy worlds in screen history—environments you feel like you can reach out and touch.
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Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Most Savage Burns of 2017

We’re not haters here. Book Marks is a benevolent oracle, existing only to enlighten. All we want is to spread the gospel of high quality literary criticism so that our readers can find the books they’ll love.
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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Witcher to Be Developed by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix


Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is set to develop The Witcher stories as a series for Netflix, according to Variety. The Witcher stories first appeared in the Polish science-fiction magazine Fantastyka from author Andrzej Sapkowski in the 1980s.
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Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read


Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of some of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to read. So what do you do? You go out and buy books, lots of them.
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ODIN'S GIRL by Kim Wilkins

At three months of age, Sara had crushed her grandmother’s index finger. Turned the bone to sawdust. By ten months she had broken six cots and her mother gave up and let her share the double bed. Nobody was allowed to give her wooden toys.
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

AlphaZero Annihilates World’s Best Chess Bot After Just Four Hours of Practicing


A few months after demonstrating its dominance over the game of Go, DeepMind’s AlphaZero AI has trounced the world’s top-ranked chess engine—and it did so without any prior knowledge of the game and after just four hours of self-training.
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Friday, 8 December 2017

The Oldest Items in 13 Wonderfully Specific Libraries


Some of the world’s best, most interesting libraries are not grand buildings with the extensive collections, but small spaces dedicated to one wonderfully specific type of work. There are libraries that focus on lesbian history and ones that keep only works connected to the human imagination.
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Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water Is a Beautiful Love Story Where the Story Doesn't Matter


In Guillermo del Toro’s latest film The Shape of Water, a mute cleaning lady falls in love with a mysterious fishman. It’s a weird premise, to be sure, but nothing about how it’s handled feels weird.
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Apex Book of World SF 5 Out Next Year!

Apex Publications recently announced a new Apex Book of World SF, expected out next year. This fifth volume will be edited by Cristina Jurado, editor of SuperSonic and Apex Magazine’s international fiction editor. Can’t wait!!!
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Aurora Australis: Superheroes, Merfolk, and Corporate Insects

Welcome to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! In Australia, there’s been controversy over which national politicians are actual dual citizens or not (thus invalidating their election as members of parliament), and we voted yes in
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Monday, 4 December 2017

Rare Manuscript Exhibit Explores How Climate Disasters Create Monsters


In April 1815, a volcano in the East Indies erupted with cataclysmic force, releasing a plume of ash that circled the entire globe. In the weeks and months that followed, the skies grew dim and global temperatures plummeted. Crop failures, famine, disease, and death ensued.
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Robins of the Hood: Robin Hood Retellings and Histories

Robin Hood is another one of those legends (along with Arthurian legend) that grabbed my attention from a young age. I’ve always been an Anglophile, so I was bound to be intrigued by it, but I think it goes deeper than that.
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After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters


At present, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is 21 billion kilometers from Earth, or about 141 times the distance between the Earth and Sun. It has, in fact, moved beyond our Solar System into interstellar space. However, we can still communicate with Voyager across that distance.
Read the full article: After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Islamic Bookbinding


While the Western tradition of bookbinding is well represented in the State Library Victoria collection, the Library also holds a small but fascinating assortment of manuscripts produced in the Islamic world.
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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Cassini’s last portrait of Saturn


The final full mosaic image of Saturn captured by the Cassini probe.
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IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer


IBM established a landmark in computing Friday, announcing a quantum computer that handles 50 quantum bits, or qubits. The company is also making a 20-qubit system available through its cloud computing platform.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

In historic move, Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

It turns out a “Lord of the Rings” TV series isn’t the biggest Tolkien news of the week or the month or the year. Christopher Tolkien, son and literary heir of J.R.R. Tolkien, resigned from the Tolkien Estate. And his departure changes everything.
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

China's 'giant eye' library opens


Tianjin Binhai Library is part of a larger plan to provide a cultural district for the city. The building acts not only as an education centre but as a connector from the park into the cultural district.
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Amazon announce new Tolkien television series


Amazon have today announced that they will be creating a new television series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Following rumours earlier this month, Amazon have today confirmed an agreement on a deal with the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
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Monday, 13 November 2017

Artist Transforms Stranger Things Episodes Into Pulp Novels and Atari Games


Stranger Things is one of those shows that resonates in a very specific way for people who grew up in the 1980s. Much like NBC’s short-lived series Freaks and Geeks, Stranger Things delicately recreates the time period, going beyond nostalgia to something that feels authentic and familiar.
Read the full article: Artist Transforms Stranger Things Episodes Into Pulp Novels and Atari Games

Friday, 10 November 2017

Colliding neutron stars apply kiss of death to theories of gravity


Theoreticians claim to love data. Data is the thing that allows them to test their theories and prove that they are right. Unfortunately for them, the data often doesn't support the theory.
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Can Sapphire Crystals Capture Exotic Dark Matter?


Physicists often build experiments looking for a specific something. Maybe that something consists of dark matter, new kinds of particles, or new ways that particles might interact with one another.
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Warm Water Has Existed on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for Potentially Billions of Years


If you were to fly over Enceladus’ southernmost regions, you’d witness a remarkable sight. With surprising frequency, this ice-covered moon spurts a plume of water into space—a telltale sign that a global ocean lies underneath.
Read the full article: Warm Water Has Existed on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for Potentially Billions of Years

Why Is the World Always on the Back of a Turtle?


Anyone who’s ever heard the expression “it’s turtles all the way down” is probably familiar with the image of the world being carried on the back of a giant turtle.
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Like genes, language evolution involves random chance


Linguists know a huge amount about the historical changes that have shaped the English we speak today, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered. In some cases, new tools that linguists stole from biologists are letting us ask questions that we haven't been able to address before.
Read the full article: Like genes, language evolution involves random chance

Despite All of Our Fancy AI, Solving Intelligence Remains “The Greatest Problem in Science”

Recent advances that let computers play board games and drive cars haven’t brought the world any closer to true artificial intelligence. That’s according to Thomas Poggio, a professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT who has trained many of today’s AI leaders.
Read the full article: Despite All of Our Fancy AI, Solving Intelligence Remains “The Greatest Problem in Science”

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Aurora Australis: Sci-Fi Thrillers and Murder Mysteries

Welcome to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! This month, Alex is back writing after an extended holiday (long service leave is a wonderful thing).
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Vending Library


Post by Luke Dearnley, Kaho Cheung and Paula Bray. Something strange is in our foyer.  It’s a vending machine full of printed Library collection items!
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Artificial intelligence tells nightmare-inducing tales of terror



I remember his face in a look of horror, and it was agony and malice. I was trapped. I was trapped in this hospital bed.
This isn’t the start of the latest Stephen King novel, it’s in fact the start of a horror story told by artificial intelligence. Shelley AI is currently working on a different short scary tale once an hour leading up to Halloween.
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Announcing the 2017 World Fantasy Award Winners

The winners for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! This year’s award ceremony was held at the World Fantasy Convention, November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, with a theme of “Secret Histories.
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Epic Fail: The 19 Movies That Received an F CinemaScore


CinemaScore has been one of the most successful marketing research firms in the film industry in its 38 years of operation, offering box office predictions based on its thorough analyzing of surveys given to audiences at movies to get their opinions on the film and whether they would see it again
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Three Australian artists creating fairytale artwork that'll take your breath away

I have this idea that writing fairy tales is a little bit like doing a colouring-in stencil. These old, old tales supply the outlines, but it’s up to me to imagine the details and add the colours. I think this is why I love silhouette illustrations so much.
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The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries


When you start to think about the oldest books that a library might hold, there are any number of rabbit holes you can fall down.
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The Most Beautiful Space Images on Earth


In February 1984, high above the Earth’s atmosphere, astronaut Bruce McCandless exited the Challenger space shuttle. He wore only a spacesuit and a Manned Maneuvering Unit—a propulsion device that enabled him to move away from the spacecraft unencumbered by any lines.
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A Pilgrimage to the World’s Most Famous Manuscript

The Book of Kells has been reported stolen twice. The second occasion was in 1874. The account in the Birmingham Daily Post and Journal for November 5 is typical of a large number of similar stories in the press across Britain and Ireland that week: “Trinity College, Dublin, is in despair.
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Recognising Australia’s leading female scientists

Three medical researchers and a quantum physicist have won this year’s L’Oréal Australia fellowships for women in science – the nation’s only STEM awards specifically for women. Each winner will receive $25,000 under a program run jointly by L’Oréal and UNESCO.
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Featuring: Dominique Dunstan & The Whiteboard Project at the State Library of Victoria


This post was originally published June 2013. Today, we’re delighted to welcome Dominique Dunstan to the site to share not only her beautiful re-interpretations of natural history, but also the extraordinary library-based artist fellowship that supported their creation.
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An Artist's Dream Comes True With These Blade Runner 2049 Concept Images


Imagine if your favourite movie in the world was Blade Runner and one day, you were asked to work on the sequel. That's what happened to senior conceptual designer George Hull and the result is work bursting with that passion.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Beware of Dragons (Or Not): 50 Of The Best Epic Fantasy Series

Dragons! Magic! Wizards! Sorceresses! 50 of the best epic fantasy series full of them! Okay, I love me some epic fantasy. My first taste came from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series.
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The Fervor Around Blockchains Explained in Two Minutes

Saving the planet, fixing healthcare, replacing conventional currency—there is apparently nothing that the shared-database technology known as blockchains can’t fix.
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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens


Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.
Read the full article: A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Fiction That Gets AI Right


Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder for pop culture.
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Meet the High Schooler Shaking Up Artificial Intelligence


Since its founding by Elon Musk and others nearly two years ago, nonprofit research lab OpenAI has published dozens of research papers. One posted online Thursday is different: Its lead author is still in high school.
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9 Terrifying Books That Aren’t Shelved as Horror

October is the perfect month for horror! But what if you’ve grown tired of everything the horror shelves have to offer? To satisfy even the most jaded of appetites, we’ve rounded up a list of 9 sci-fi, literary fiction, and even non-fiction titles that will still leave you chilled.
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Brain’s autopilot is daydream believer


Pull on your pants, button your shirt, tie your shoelaces. Unless you’re a toddler, you can probably do these things without much thought. Now, a study from the University of Cambridge in the UK has revealed which parts of your brain are active when this ‘autopilot’ mode kicks in.
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

7 Horror Stories in Which Women Are More Than Victims

At this time of year, it seems everyone is looking for a good scare, but I love horror year-round. Still, the “rules” of horror, as it were, are often a challenge for me.
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8 Delusions of Western Democracy We Could Do Without


With our newsfeeds flooded with “fake news,” “post-truth,” and “alternative facts,” it seems harder than ever to know what’s real in politics, or to tell a realistic policy from a crowd-pleasing fantasy.
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Is there anybody out there?


About 2,000 years ago, just before the start of the Common Era, the Romans conquered Spain. The Roman Empire was powered by money, and the currency of the time was silver. Fortunately for the Romans, there were an ample number of silver mines in their new Spanish territory.
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Learn how to control your dreams with this new technique


New research from the University of Adelaide has had unprecedented success in increasing people’s chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming while it’s happening and can control the experience.
Read the full article: Learn how to control your dreams with this new technique