Thursday, 31 August 2017

Stunning jade icebergs leave Antarctic expeditioners in awe


Australian Antarctic expeditioners at Mawson Base have caught a rare glimpse of stunning emerald green hues in the Australian Antarctic Territory.
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Blood, bookworms, bosoms and bottoms: the secret life of libraries

Their history is full of remarkable discoveries that go well beyond the books themselves – they contain our flesh, our souls and ourselves Stuart Kells is an author and book-trade historian.
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Stop Pushing For Comic Book Movies To Win Best Picture


Seeing a picture from the Wonder Woman movie underneath a title implying that comic book movies haven’t been good enough to be the best movie of the year might make you feel annoyed and dismissive. So it’s probably best if I preface my point by clarifying what this article is not.
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Babylonians discovered a strange form of trigonometry


The Babylonian civilization was at its peak roughly 4,000 years ago, with architecturally advanced cities throughout the region known today as Iraq.
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Meet the Draugr: The Real ‘White Walker’ of Norse Myth



After my chat with historian Dan Jones about the Wars of the Roses, a medieval conflict cited by George R.R. Martin as an influence on his A Song of Ice and Fire, I started thinking about other things that might have inspired Martin’s epic fantasy.
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Voyager 40th anniversary: The transformation of the solar system


Earlier this summer, on the second anniversary of the New Horizons Pluto flyby, I tweeted that “Pluto became a real place, and we will never see the solar system the same way.
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The Phantom May Be the Most Eager-To-Please Superhero Movie To Ever Wear Spandex


In the 1990s, between The Rocketeer, The Shadow, and The Phantom, standalone, retro-styled comics films had a moment. Only one, however, featured Billy Zane galloping through the streets of New York City on horseback while wearing a skintight purple unitard.
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Monday, 21 August 2017

St. Vincent to Direct The Picture of Dorian Gray with Female Lead

Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, is set to direct a film version of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray for Lionsgate, according to Variety. In this version, Dorian Gray, a hedonistic man in pursuit of pleasure who stays young while his portrait ages, will be played by a woman.
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The Voyagers at 40: Their greatest hits still look amazingly great


Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 which, at the time, confused the heck out of the press and public because it actually launched before Voyager 1.
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs


Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn’t as hard as it sounds, since all the Peppers were robots.
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Friday, 18 August 2017

Celebrating the 40th anniversaries of the Voyager launches


Sunday, August 20 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Tuesday, September 5, will be the 40th anniversary for Voyager 1.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google's official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

13 Fantasies Inspired by Legends from the British Isles

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King.
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Introducing 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch


Superhero movies are all the rage in the early 21st century, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon. In the earliest days of superhero comics, they were quickly adapted into serialized formats: live action movie serials, radio dramas, and animated shorts.
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Japandemonium Illustrated

English translations of these books have been hard to come by, but now, for the first time, Dover Publications’ new book collects all four under one cover.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Four Incredible Eclipses History Never Forgot


As everyone is undoubtedly aware by this point, on August 21st, folks across the country will be able to see a total solar eclipse—the first one visible coast-to-coast in nearly a century.
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Announcing the 2017 Hugo Award Winners


The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below. The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland.
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Aurora Australis: Awards, Books and Coming Events!

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!
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Friday, 4 August 2017

IBM and Sony cram up to 330 terabytes into tiny tape cartridge


IBM and Sony have developed a new magnetic tape system capable of storing 201 gigabits of data per square inch, for a max theoretical capacity of 330 terabytes in a single palm-sized cartridge.
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Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth


We’ve got to talk about Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth. The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy, but I’m going to guess he was no connoisseur of geography.
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

10 Essential Stephen King Books to Complete Your Quest for The Dark Tower

The wheel of Ka turns, and  a movie based on Stephen King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower is finally coming to theaters, say thankee sai. Even better, it’s both an adaptation of the books and a continuation, meaning there’s sure to be plenty there for fans both old and new to obsess over.
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