Saturday, 21 October 2017

The 5 biggest discoveries from the hunt for gravitational waves

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made waves this week with the announcement of the first direct observation of a neutron star merger.
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Here Are the Best Wildlife Photos of 2017


The Natural History Museum of London has announced the winners of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
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See the Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts in Existence


There are treasures to be found inside many medieval manuscripts, from pointing hands to menageries of misshapen animals and sword-wielding rabbits. But in rare instances, there is actual treasure as well.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

40 of the Creepiest Book Covers of All Time

It’s October, which means everything is now officially just a little bit spookier—and I’m not only talking about your Twitter handles. To celebrate the season, please enjoy this collection of a few of my favorite creepy book covers, from the campy to the gross to the truly unsettling.
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Gattaca is a Profound Sci-Fi Examination of the Human Soul


There’s a certain type of sci-fi story that we all know: visitors from beyond make contact with humans and teach us something important about who we are and where we’re heading. It’s in 2001, Arrival, and Independence Day—well, maybe not the last one so much, but you get the idea.
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The Un-discovered Islands

Be prepared to be captivated by the astounding tales of two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of the imagination, deception, and human error: an archipelago of ex-islands and forgotten lands.
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These Librarians Recreated The Kardashians' 10-Year Cover And It's Hilarious


"We create so much original content that we love, and we can never predict which will go viral and which won't," she said."The reactions have been so positive," she added. "People love the humour of it.
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A new book aims to explore the glorious history of sci-fi cover art


The world of science fiction literature includes some truly out-of-this-world stories, which are often accompanied by astonishing, beautiful, and flat-out bizarre covers.
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This Insane Gremlins Poster Has 84 Different References On It—Can You Guess Them All?


When Randall picked up Gizmo from the antique store in Gremlins, obviously the Mogwai was the standout selection. That may not be the case, however, for this Gremlins poster, which turns that store into a pop culture cornucopia. The poster is by artist Kevin M.
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Bodleian to publish Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth


The Bodleian Library will publish Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth as a companion to the forthcoming exhibition of the same name on 1 June 2018.
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Meet VOX, a proposed mission to uncover the secrets of Venus


This article originally appeared on Van Kane's blog and is reposted here with permission. When I wrote my blog post on the New Frontiers mission proposals, I could identify eleven of the twelve proposals. One, though, then had no public trace.
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Tastunoko's Superhero Team-Up Anime Infini-T Force Is Coming to the West


Image: Viz MediaLast year, Tatsunoko announced it would be celebrating its 55th anniversary with an Avengers-esque mashup of some of its most iconic superheroes for a new anime series—and although Western audiences may only be vaguely familiar with some of these heroes, they’ll be getting to see
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Horror is Good For You (and Even Better for Your Kids)

One of the core reasons I make books now is because Ray Bradbury scared me so happy, that what I am perpetually compelled to do is, at best, ignite the same flame in a young reader today. Most of my comics, certainly the ones I write myself, are scary ones or revolve around scary themes.
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Banned, burned, and now rebuilding: Comics collections in libraries

Comics is both a medium—although some would say it’s an art form—as well as the texts produced in that medium.
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Testosterone Rex triumphs as Royal Society science book of the year

Psychologist Cordelia Fine’s dissection of the myths that sustain assumptions about sexual difference acclaimed by judges as ‘a cracking critique’ A book that rubbishes the idea of “fundamental” differences between men and women has become the 30th winner of the prestigious Royal
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There cannot be two kinds of medicine: EU scientists shred homeopathy, alt med


An organization representing scientific academies throughout Europe released a statement Wednesday that squarely bashed homeopathy as nonsense and warned that the “promotion and use of homeopathic products risks significant harms.
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Why Hellboy is the hero of our time


The end of the world could come any day now. Perhaps that’s an exaggerated reaction to the news these days; most likely, the world will stagger and limp along just like it always has.
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Tolkien’s Map and the Perplexing River Systems of Middle-earth


Remember when I said that the map of Middle-earth had 99 problems and mountains were 98 of them? Well, it’s time to talk about that one remaining problem: rivers. I’ll mostly be talking about the Anduin here, since it’s the most major river on the map.
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

New Andrzej Sapkowski

Earlier this year, Orbit (US) and Gollancz (UK) announced that they will publish a translation of a new book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher universe: Season of Storms. More Polish SFT!
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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Josh Boone to Write Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s The Talisman


The Fault in Our Stars and New Mutants writer Josh Boone is set to write the big screen adaptation of the Stephen King and Peter Straub novel “The Talisman,” according to Variety. The novel was released in 1984 and was nominated for both the Locus and World Fantasy Awards in 1985.
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