Rape Culture


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

This is not an attempt to equivocate. The victim of an assault is the victim and nothing anyone ever says can or should reduce in any way the victim’s subjective assessment of what they’ve experienced.

That means nobody gets to come along and say “suck it up” or “it’ll be OK.” I’m afraid that the best you can do is help them heal however you can, and show them that you respect their choices and try to understand. …

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Rape victim


Is There Anybody Out There?


(Planetary Blogs) – Jason Davis:

The past, present and future of SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence …

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Parkes radio telescope

Is the Universe Infinite Or Finite?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Either possibility offers a tremendous existence, but philosophically, there’s so much more to think about. …

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Universes arise

All the Da Vincis


(Guardian Art) – Jonathan Jones:

As Salvator Mundi, his potent depiction of Christ, becomes the most expensive artwork ever, here’s our guide to every Leonardo painting in existence, from the masterpieces to the less-than-perfects. …

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Leonardo da Vinci: Salvator Mundi

Lumiere Festival Lights Up Durham


(Guardian Art) – Christopher Thomond:

The fifth biennial edition of Lumiere, the UK’s largest lights festival, this year features 28 installations across Durham city centre. …

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Lumiere festival

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 3


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

So far, Julius Caesar has ignored all the vague premonitions and unscientific ill omens that have surrounded his going to the Capitol this morning. If only someone had specifics about what might befall him and who precisely is involved!

Enter Artemidorus. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 3

Gnostic BS


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Look, I know Christmas has its origins in paganism. But the church of the time had good reasons to adopt the festival as its own.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-11-15: Adopt

Supercomputers Are Linux


(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

It finally happened. Today, all 500 of the world’s top 500 supercomputers are running Linux. …

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Linux rules supercomputers

Original Sin


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A new book titled Original Sin by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi exposes even more corruption in the Catholic Church and is bound to cause a stir. Even though the existence of rampant pedophilia and financial misdoings within the church are by now pretty well known, the new details are still shocking. Barbie Latza Nadeau describes some of the details revealed in the book. …

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Gianluigi Nuzzi: Peccato Originale (Original Sin)

Artemis by Andy Weir


(Guardian Books) – Adam Roberts:

Andy Weir‘s self-published debut The Martian sold 5m copies. The follow-up Artemis offers the same flat, sweary prose, fistfights and scientific mini-lectures – on the moon. …

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Andy Weir: Artemis