Saturday, 19 October 2019

OpenAI’s AI-powered robot learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube one-handed


Artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI has achieved a new milestone in its quest to build general purpose, self-learning robots. The group’s robotics division says Dactyl, its humanoid robotic hand first developed last year, has learned to solve a Rubik’s cube one-handed.
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Saturday, 17 August 2019

When NED rode into town.


This month something truly remarkable has happened for Australia. It won’t make front page news or cause a Twitter storm, but it exists for every one of us. The national, state and territory libraries joined forces to launch one giant national digital collection of Australian publications.
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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Apollo 11 flight manual expected to sell for millions at moon landing anniversary auction


Written by The letter-sized document, which contains procedural notes, checklists and flight records, features extensive handwritten notes by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin -- and would have sat between the two astronauts on the Eagle landing craft, according to auction house Christie's.
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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control


Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin detached their lunar lander from the Apollo 11 command module in preparation for descent.
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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Stan Lee’s First Novel for Adult Readers, A Trick of Light, Announced for September

It seems impossible that a creator as prolific as Stan Lee never ventured into sci-fi novels for adult readers, until now. Entertainment Weekly has announced that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is set to publish A Trick of the Light.
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Monday, 20 May 2019

Folio Society Is Doing Special Editions for All of A Song of Ice and Fire...If It's Ever Finished


A peek inside the special hardcover edition of A Game of Thrones. All photos: Folio Society.Photo: Folio SocietyThe Folio Society recently announced that it was releasing a special collector’s edition of A Game of Thrones, the first novel in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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The Satanic Temple Is No Laughing Matter


The Satanic Temple's Baphomet monument in front of the state capitol building in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Sorry, It Looks Like a Researcher Didn’t Just Crack the Voynich Manuscript After All


A university in the United Kingdom is backpedaling after publishing an article claiming that one of their scientists helped crack the famously indecipherable Voynich manuscript, according to a statement.
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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Friday, 10 May 2019

For a Split Second, a (Simulated) Particle Went Backward in Time


Most of us already sense that the atoms of a scrambled egg can’t be unscrambled back inside a pristine shell. Now it seems that, under general conditions, even a single particle probably can’t go backward without help and careful tinkering.
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2018 Aurealis Awards Winners

The Aurealis Awards management team, on behalf of the Continuum Foundation, would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Awards.
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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Around the World in 105 Cows


While Werner Lampert was living on an alpine pasture, he discovered that cows have an insatiable appetite for, among many things, poetry. Each morning, he’d clamber up a small hill to the pasture where his bovine neighbors were grazing.
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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Mike Mignola shares an exclusive preview of Hellboy: 25 Years of Covers


This year marks the 25th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, which introduced fans to a hero who was technically the Antichrist, but was also the world’s greatest paranormal adventurer.
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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Batman at 80: The Greatest Detective Comics Stories from the First 1,000 Issues

Pop culture rarely stays fresh over a period of years—to say nothing of decades. But at 80 years old, Batman is at least as cool as he ever was. Probably cooler: for much of his career, the Dark Knight settled for second billing behind DC’s high-flying megastar Superman.
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Monday, 18 March 2019

The Tao of Sir Terry: Pratchett and Philosophy

“Build a man a fire and he’s warm for a day,” I say. “But set a man on fire and he’s warm for the rest of his life. Tao of Pratchett. I live by it.” —Jim Butcher, Cold Days (2012)
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Thursday, 28 February 2019

2018 Aurealis Awards Finalists Have Been Announced


The Continuum Foundation (ConFound) has announced this year’s finalists for the 2018 Aurealis Awards.
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Monday, 4 February 2019

Dark Horse Books To Publish Hellboy: 25 Years of Covers

Featuring an All New Preface by Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, A New Introduction by Award-Winning Colorist Dave Stewart And Over 150 Iconic Covers To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Dark Horse Comics is publishing Hellboy: 25 Years of Co
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Stunning Trailer for Apollo 11 Brings Us Never-Before-Seen Footage of the Moon Mission

Last year, the filmmakers behind Apollo 11 were discussing making a documentary to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when an archivist informed them that extensive, unseen 70mm footage of the mission existed at the National Archives.
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Donato Giancola’s book ‘Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend’ to be published


Great news for lovers of Tolkien-inspired art. TORn’s good friend Donato Giancola is to release a new collection of his incredible Middle-earth paintings, Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend.  Published by Dark Horse, the volume will be available in April.
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

THE OUT OF THIS WORLD MOONSHADOW COMES TO DARK HORSE


America's First Fully Painted Graphic Novel, Moonshadow, has a new home at Dark Horse! Known as America's first fully painted graphic novel, the poetic, philosophical, and groundbreaking Moonshadow gets a deluxe hardcover treatment available Spring 2019.
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