Saturday, 23 September 2017

Picturing The Hobbit

The Hobbit has been inspiring artists and readers for generations, ever since its publication 80 years ago today. Artwise, I’ve always had a soft spot for The Hobbit; I love that it lends itself equally well to delightful and weighty interpretations.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Dark Horse Books Announces the HELLBOY Omnibus Collection

In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction and introduced the world to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time.
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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer: An Introduction

Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer, wherein I discuss, praise, and adoringly poke fun at J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal work in a series of essays, spanning twenty or so installments, as a prep for its would-be readers.
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The Reading Lists Hidden Inside 12 Great Books

Earlier this year, I read Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman for the first time, and was immediately delighted—I mean, if you want to seduce me as a reader, you could do no better than to mention W. G. Sebald on page three.
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26 Underrated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Gems You Shouldn’t Miss

With the influx of new sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books hitting shelves every week, it’s easy to miss a few good books here and there. There are more than a few well-hewn jewels that deserve a spot on your to-read pile. Thankfully, it’s never too late to pick up a good book.
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon Join Forces Again


– Gotham’s Dark Knight joins forces with New York’s Heroes in A Half-Shell this December as DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing today announced plans for BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II, a six-issue follow up to the smash-hit crossover series of 2015.
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At the End of the World, Clade Celebrates Human Endurance

It’s the end of the world in Clade, but James Bradley’s unusually beautiful novel of climate collapse isn’t really about the apocalypse. Its natural disasters, and the resulting societal upheaval, are immovable and inevitable—events his characters cannot hope to avert, only overcome.
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The Greatest Adventure: Tolkien’s The Hobbit Turns 80!


In a hole in the ground lived one of literature’s smallest badasses, Bilbo Baggins, who in 1937 burst onto the scene in a ring of smoke. That’s right: 80 years ago this week, J.R.R.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

IBM Has Used Its Quantum Computer to Simulate a Molecule—Here’s Why That’s Big News


We just got a little closer to building a computer that can disrupt a large chunk of the chemistry world, and many other fields besides. A team of researchers at IBM have successfully used their quantum computer, IBM Q, to precisely simulate the molecular structure of beryllium hydride (BeH2).
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History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text


The symbol “0” is a familiar sight, but its origins are far from certain. A recent batch of carbon dating is causing the history of mathematics to be rewritten, as it has discovered zeros dating back to a period 500 years before previously seen.
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Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore


Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his forearms. “This demo is a mind fuck,” says Reardon, who prefers to be called by his surname only.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

This Crazy Concept Art Is for a Fantasy Samurai Movie Made With Puppets


You’ve seen samurai movies, you’ve seen puppet movies, and you’ve seen ghost stories. What happens when you mash the three together? You get The Haunted Swordsman, and we’ve got some super cool concept art from the project.
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Five fascinating questions physicists are seeking to answer


From Copernicus to Einstein, the field of Physics has changed drastically over time. With each new theory, further hypotheses appear that challenge conventional wisdom.
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How to Watch Cassini's Grand Finale at Saturn


The end is nigh: On Friday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will send its last messages back home as it plummets through Saturn’s atmosphere until it is ultimately ripped apart. This death dive marks the final phase of a 13-year mission exploring the ringed planet and its bevy of moons.
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Cassini’s 10 best pictures from its 13-year voyage around Saturn


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been voyaging through the solar system since October 1997. It went into orbit around Saturn in 2004 and has since taken thousands of images of the planet, its rings, and its many diverse moons.
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Your First Look at the New Hellboy!

Holy crap! Your first look at the new Hellboy is here! The first photo of David Harbour as the hero has arrived and can be viewed in the gallery below.
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

EX LIBRIS - The New York Public Library



Frederick Wiseman’s film, EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. With 92 locations throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. The New York Public Library exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in America – everyone is welcome. The Library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

A ball in an air bubble can slip through water with almost no drag


Water will easily stop a bullet, but it can’t stop a ball sinking in a bubble. This is the remarkable result from a series of experiments that have for the first time shown objects sinking in water with close to zero drag, finally proving an 18th century theory in physics.
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London’s Secret Rail Opens to the Public


Deep under the streets of London the ground is riddled with a labyrinth of tunnels, cellars and chambers.
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