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How Art and Science Inspire Each Other ‹ Literary Hub

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While much science fiction is based on theoretical physics, occasionally literature returns the favor and inspires scientific ideas. A perfect symbiosis between the two came about in the early 1980s, when astronomer-turned-novelist Carl Sagan was researching his fictional work Contact and turned to his friend physicist Kip Thorne for advice. Sagan wished to devise a way the main character of his...

Rebecca Boyle on Would It Be Like to Return to the Moon ‹ Literary Hub

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Since the beginning of time, the Moon has controlled life on Earth and shepherded the human mind through a spectacular journey of thought, wonder, power, knowledge, and myth. But this frenzied, multifarious, Earthly history disguises the truth of the Moon. As vivid and lively as our history with it has been, the Moon itself is quiet, barren, and still. This was not always the case: When the Moon...

How Corporations TriedAnd FailedTo Control the Spread of Content Online ‹ Literary Hub

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The more recent history of copyright in music cannot be separated from the rise and rapid obsolescence of technologies for the recording and transmission not just of sound but of text and pictures, too. Each of these evanescent devices sparked panic among stakeholders, whose partly successful resistance to change explains much of the tangle we are now inand the high valuation of Bruce...

How an Icelandic Bird Led to the Discovery of Human-Caused Extinction ‹ Literary Hub

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In 1858, the great auk (Pinguinus impennis) was reported to be in serious decline. William Proctor, keeper of the bird collection at Durham University, had traveled to Iceland in 1833 and 1837, partly in order to seek out great auks, but reported that sightings were now rare in Iceland and that he had not seen any of the birds. Later, student William Milner inquired about great auks on his...

Israel has damaged or destroyed at least 13 libraries in Gaza. ‹ Literary Hub

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February 6, 2024, 12:22pm Librarians and Archivists with Palestinea network of information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determinationyesterday released a report detailing thearchives, libraries, and museums in Gaza that have been destroyed, damaged, or looted by Israeli armed forces since October 7, 2023. Along with the complete destruction of the Central Archives...

Taylor Swift has announced a new album, entitled The Tortured Poets Department. ‹ Literary Hub

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February 5, 2024, 3:02pm You’ve probably heard by now that last night, during the Grammys ceremony, as she was accepting an award, Taylor Swift announced that she has a new album coming out. Many thought that if she were revealing anything, it would be the release date of her re-recording of her Reputation album. Instead, she announced an album of totally new music. Regardless of the dubious...

The Tremendous Power and Lasting Impact of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill ‹ Literary Hub

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Raised in South Orange, New Jersey, by a musical family, Lauryn Hill was destined to be a star from her childhood. At the age of thirteen she performed on Its Showtime at the Apollos amateur night. In high school she founded the gospel choir and led the cheerleading team. At the age of seventeen she played the recurring role of Kira Johnson on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. And when her...

On the Bulletpointization of Books ‹ Literary Hub

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Its the beginning of a new year and you might have seen, floating around on social media, lists like 52 Books To Read in 2024 or 42 Books That Will Change Your Life posted by Library Mindset, an account with 4.6 million Instagram followers. You might notice comments on these lists like Omg I wish all this information was in my head. You might notice what these books have in common: white...

On What We Do (And Dont) Understand About Tornadoes ‹ Literary Hub

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My son picks up a flat package that arrived in the mail. He can tell its a book and wants me to open it. I dont think its for you, I say warily. I open the package and hand him the thin blue volume. Its a history book, I hedge. He flips through ithe cant readand immediately finds an illustration showing a twisting cloud beneath a dark sky. Its a tornado, he says with surprise, and continues...

How Big Data and the Surveillance State Collude to Undermine Immigrant Rights ‹ Literary Hub

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A decade ago, when New Mexico legislators changed the states laws so that unauthorized migrants could get drivers licenses, they had people like Maximo Olivas-Perea in mind. A longtime resident of Santa Fe, Olivas-Perea did not have the federal governments permission to live in the United States. But here he was, nonetheless, living in a mobile home near the citys small airport. Until 2016. Thats...

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