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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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