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There are many contenders laying claim to the title of ‘the first SFF novel’. One particularly strong candidate has always been Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, written in 1816 when she was still a teenager. That’s fairly well known. Less well known is the fact that the novel’s preface contains what may be another, quieter first.
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Spintronics is a thriving branch of nano-electronics which utilizes the spin of the electron and its associated magnetic moment in addition to the electron charge used in traditional electronics. The main current practical contributions of spintronics are in magnetic sensing and non-volatile magnetic data storage, and additional breakthroughs in developing magnetic based processing and novel
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Geoff Keighley’s new documentary, The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx, explores the development of Valve’s recent Half-Life VR game and reveals fresh details about several games that Valve canceled over the years. Let’s start with Half-Life. The documentary includes information which suggests that Valve essentially canceled five Half-Life projects that they had been working on
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IMAGE: An illustration of individual atoms of three different noble gases–argon, krypton, and xenon–getting trapped in a 2-D array of nanosized “cages. ” These porous frameworks have a hexagonal prism shape and… view more  Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory UPTON, NY–A research proposal submitted by the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) and Nuclear Science and Technology (NST)
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IMAGE: In the solvent-dominated regime, the dots are capped with long oleic acid molecules, which hamper the flow of electricity. After the transition, these are replaced by linker molecules, allowing the… view more  Credit: © 2020 Ahmad R. Kirmani Better understanding the science that underpins well-known techniques for developing quantum dots–tiny semiconducting nanocrystals–can help reduce the
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IMAGE: The classification from Φ values related to the school’s behaviour. (a) analysis of 2-fish schools. (b) analysis of 3-fish schools. (c) analysis of 4-fish schools. (d) analysis of 5-fish schools…. view more  Credit: University of Tsukuba Tsukuba, Japan – Researchers at the University of Tsukuba used advanced metrics from information theory to describe the collective
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IMAGE: Dr Hyunmin Kim (left; Senior researcher, Division of Biotechnology of DGIST), Prof J.D. Lee (right; Professor, Dept. of Emerging Materials Science of DGIST), Dr Youngjae Kim (front; Researcher, Prof J.D…. view more  Credit: DGIST Photonics, or the science of manipulating light, has various applications in modern electronics–such as in information technology, semiconductors, and health-based devices.
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Hilary Swank is leading the world’s first mission to Mars in Netflix’s new series, Away, and you can check out the trailer right here!  From Executive Producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Away follows American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) as she prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars and reconciles
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Good news, everyone! Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 (or Part Four in the preferred parlance) is on track to air in late 2020. Now some less than good news… TVLine reports that Netflix has canceled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the show will conclude after its eight-episode fourth season. Though Netflix has been on
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From the heyday of Television Without Pity to niche podcasts that cover every small screen angle you can think of, TV show deep dives have always thrived online, and popular platforms like YouTube and Vimeo provide opportunities for talented creators to add a visual angle that can often make a well-edited analysis of your favorite
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They’re back and the shit is truly hitting the fan! Amazon Prime has released a teaser trailer for Season Two of The Boys. Watch it here…  In the second season of The Boys, Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid) and the team are reeling from their losses in Season One. On the run from
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The following contains spoilers for Warrior Nun. We’ve seen nuns kill a gospel medley, but not a bad guy. Fighting demons and assorted baddies isn’t exactly new, but doing it in a full habit is something we haven’t seen on television before. Buffy and the Winchesters take two different approaches to fighting evil, but Warrior
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Humble Bundle is a great way to add some bulk to your digital comics (and games) collection while also doing some good in the world. They offer pay-what-you-want deals that let you divert however much of your purchase you want to charity, and if you spend at certain levels, you get more stuff. Since its
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IMAGE: This programmable balloon could pave the way for new shape-morphing devices view more  Credit: (Image courtesy of the Bertoldi Lab/Harvard SEAS) Balloon shaping isn’t just for kids anymore. A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has designed materials that can control and mold a balloon
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MIT researchers have developed a process to manufacture and integrate “artificial atoms,” created by atomic-scale defects in microscopically thin slices of diamond, with photonic circuitry, producing the largest quantum chip of its type. The accomplishment “marks a turning point” in the field of scalable quantum processors, says Dirk Englund, an associate professor in MIT’s Department
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IMAGE: Peptide nanoparticles glow in different colors of the rainbow; each row shows the colors emitted for a series of three related peptides. view more  Credit: Adapted from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c08259 The discovery of green fluorescent protein (GFP), which is made by a jellyfish, transformed cell biology. It allowed scientists to
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Check out this new sinister poster for sci-fi horror fantasy Peripheral, the latest film by Paul Hyett. For more insight into the film, take a look at the intense trailer…  Still want to know more? Here is the synopsis: Bobbi Johnson (Hannah Arterton) is a young literary sensation facing her difficult second novel. Already
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IMAGE: A solar steam generator has an upper layer (black) of light-absorbing carbon nanotubes, a middle layer (grey) of heat-insulating glass bubbles, and a bottom layer (brown) of water-transporting wood…. view more  Credit: Adapted from Nano Letters 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c01088 According to the United Nations, about one-fifth of the world’s population lives in areas where water
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A unique nanoparticle to deliver a localized cancer treatment inhibits tumor growth in mice, according to a team of Penn State researchers. The nanoparticles, developed by Daniel Hayes, associate professor of biomedical engineering, have a specific chemistry that allows a microRNA (miRNA) to attach to it. A miRNA is a molecule
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IMAGE: An illustration of the boron nitride photocatalysis that destroys the pollutant PFOA in water. view more  Credit: Image courtesy of M. Wong/Rice University HOUSTON — (July 7, 2020) — Rice University chemical engineers found an efficient catalyst for destroying PFAS “forever” chemicals where they least expected. “It was the control,” said Rice Professor Michael Wong,