Mar 17, 2017

Weekend Reads - RAW 170317

The weekend is once again upon us. If you get some  time to relax this weekend, grab your favourite beverage and have a read of the following articles.

Don't forget to check out my latest article. A discussion of the classic Science Fiction novel  Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg  A Journey Towards Redemption or Damnation | Downward to the Earth

Now on to the rest of the articles...

I've stopped judging and joined the cult of audiobook fans

There was a time in the not so distant past that I wouldn’t touch an audio-book. My thought was that listening to a book being read isn’t really reading it. You don’t read. You listen. That was back when I had lots of time to read, so much so that I had the time to finish books that I didn’t even like. Ugh. What a waste.

14 Reasons Why Reading Is Good For Your Health | Business Insider

When we read, not only are we improving memory and empathy, but research has shown that it makes us feel better and more positive too. Science has shown that reading has some amazing health benefits, including helping with depression, cutting stress, and reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.

Vintage Illustrations for Tolkien’s The Hobbit from Around the World – Brain Pickings

Writing about the allure of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien famously asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” — that’s perhaps why his stories continue to enchant generations and attract admirers of all ages. Tolkien’s first major work, Because the story is driven by visual whimsy, it has also produced a number of vibrant illustrated editions from all around the world, beginning with Tolkien’s own artwork for the original edition, which I wrote about some years ago. Here are a few favourites.

This Is How Star Trek Invented Fandom

As Star Trek celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in Las Vegas, it also commemorates the origins of modern fan culture. In the desert in early August, the temperature nudges 100 degrees, even as the sun dips below the horizon. It’s the end of day three of the five-day Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention, and I am outside, at a Star Trek wedding.

NASA Telescope Reveals Record-Breaking Exoplanet Discovery | NASA

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs — Quartz

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses

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