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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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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When the first series of Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford’s autobiographically inspired comedy-drama aired, they were prepared for a mixed reaction. Their dramatisation of life raising a severely learning disabled child would likely shock, cause discomfort, and – in these furious days of gladiatorial online parenting forums – almost certainly provoke judgment and criticism. What
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This review is based on all ten half-hour episodes of Japan Sinks: 2020’s first season and contains no spoilers. “Fingers crossed.” Oddly enough, people seem to love the idea of the end of the world. Perhaps there’s comfort to be found in the escape to some alternate apocalypse scenario when the real world feels like
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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! <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>&#65279;</span> From Executive Producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Away follows American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) as she prepares to lead an
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This THE 100 review contains spoilers The 100 Season 7 Episode 8 Anaconda is almost entirely a backdoor pilot for a prequel spinoff set during and shorty after the first end of the world, over on dear old planet Earth. It rewrites the Grounder origin story and answers some questions you probably never had about the Second
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In Palm Springs, the new romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, things couldn’t be any better, but they certainly couldn’t get much worse. Have you ever been to a resort so idyllic that you never wanted to leave? Well, what if you couldn’t leave even if you tried? First-time director Max Barbakow and
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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… <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>&#65279;</span> In the second season of The Boys, Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid) and the team are reeling
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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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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… <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>&#65279;</span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>&#65279;</span> Still want to know
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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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‘You ordinary bitch!’ snarls Sarah Phelps, ‘put your cheap knickers on and get out of my house!’ The interview hasn’t taken a strange turn; she’s laughing down the phone, quoting along with memorable lines from her BBC One Agatha Christie adaptations.  ‘Oh, it brings me so much joy. It’s like The Witness for the Prosecution’s Romaine screaming in
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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,
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A world-leading materials expert from The University of Manchester is helping to launch a new global task force to drive innovation in digital health to combat pandemics like COVID-19 – and ambitious outputs could eventually include building ‘smart cities’ that feature anti-virus defences. Professor Henry Yi Li, Chair of Textile Science and Engineering at The
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Apple has signed an overall deal with The Maurice Sendak Foundation. Its streaming service, Apple TV+, is looking to extend its range of child-friendly entertainment, and the author’s work will be the focus of new shows and specials in the future, Deadline confirms. Apple TV+ is already working with Sesame Workshop, Peanuts and The Jim
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The character of Dick Tracy has been around since 1931, appearing daily in newspaper comic strips almost continuously since his debut, and achieving a level of popularity during his heyday that few other characters could aspire to. In just his first 20 years of existence, there were four Dick Tracy movie serials, four feature films,
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