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Michael Marshall and Rowan Hooper (Image: Marvel/Paramount) A feeble weakling is given an experimental drug that transforms him into a muscled superman in Marvel Studios' latest comic book adaptation. But Captain America: The First Avenger is a far from super movie. Set in the second world war, it follows Steve Rogers ( Chris Evans ), a New Yorker desperate to enlist and fight Nazis, but who is continually rejected because he's short, skinny and unfit, and has a list of health problems longer than his arms. He finally meets scientist Abraham Erskine ( Stanley Tucci ), who invites him to take part in a programme to develop supersoldiers.
The annual Malofiej awards, for top graphics in journalism, were handed out last week. The best map of 2010 went to National Geographic for the World of Rivers . Every river system in the world was mapped and scaled by annual discharge. We live on a planet covered by water, but more than 97 percent is salty, and nearly 2 percent is locked up in snow and ice. That leaves less than one percent to grow our crops, cool our power plants, and supply drinking and bathing water for households.
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A provocative new sculpture has opened at the U.S.-Canada border crossing near Vancouver, BC. It's a billboard advertising...well, nothing. So instead of your usual glimpse of cheeseburgers and red-faced car salesmen, you've got a snarl of stainless steel rods vaguely reminiscent of TV static, but surrounding only the clean air of Blaine, Washington.
Whenever AR sees a face, her thoughts are bathed in colour and each identity triggers its own rich hue that shines across her mind's eye. This experience is a type of synaesthesia which, for about one in every 100 people, automatically blends the senses. Some people taste words, others see sounds, but AR experiences colour with every face she sees.
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and essayist. She is best known for her novels, in which she creates strong, often enigmatic, women characters and excels in telling open-ended stories, while dissecting contemporary urban life and sexual politics.
NC STATE + UCONN - Jorge will be speaking at NC State (6pm, March 27, Hunt Library) and at U. Conn. (5:30pm, March 28, Student Union) this week! Come on by or tell your friends who go to these schools!
What are the biological differences between different races?
Bora Zivkovic an expert about scientific blogging and microblogging , and chair of ScienceOnline states that Twitter forces one to think about the economy of words, to become much more efficient with one’s use of language. It takes work and thought and practice to get to the point of tweeting truly well. I remember Jay Rosen once saying that some of his tweets take 45 minutes to compose and edit until he is satisfied that the text uses the words for maximal clarity and impact. There is no luxury in using superfluous language and the result can be a crystal-clear statement or description that far outshines the often-wordy original [paper, news article, blog post] . Perhaps the best way to think of Twitter as relevant to science was put forth by James Dacey
Should academic journals be in the business of selling content or should they be re-invented as not-for-profit knowledge portals and user communities, funded and regarded in similar ways as public media?