May 5, 2017

Weekend Reads - RAW 170505

This week we look at which books to start with if you want to read Lovecraft's works. We also look at some beasts both real and fantastical and many more interesting stuff.

So this weekend when you have some time on your hands, grab your favourite beverage and have a read of the following articles. Maybe a Mirkwood Merlot to go with your beastie reads.

Start your weekend reading with my latest articles:

‘If I Were a College President, I Would Require Every Incoming Freshman to Read This Book and Pass a Test on It before Taking Other Courses’ | TGC

The headline is a quote from Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College since 1965, in his book Socratic Logic...

So You Want to Read Lovecraft: Here's Where to Start | Unbound Worlds

here are few names as influential to the horror genre as H.P. Lovecraft, particularly given his relatively scant output and short life. His blend of weird and speculative fiction, gothic horror, and dark fantasy has terrified and enthralled readers in near equal measure for decades. Despite his broad-ranging influence and status as perhaps the most influential author of horror fiction of the twentieth century, engaging with the works of Lovecraft can feel like a daunting task.

The fantastical beasts of ancient Greece | BBC | Culture

We think of the Greeks as the orderly people who gave us drama, democracy and philosophy. But the fearsome creatures in Hellenic art reveal a dark side, writes Alastair Sooke.

Alien Supercivilizations Absent from 100,000 Nearby Galaxies | Scientific American

New results suggest this loneliness may extend out into the universe far beyond our galaxy or, instead, that some of our preconceptions about the behaviors of alien civilizations are deeply flawed. After examining some 100,000 nearby large galaxies a team of researchers lead by The Pennsylvania State University astronomer Jason Wright has concluded that none of them contain any obvious signs

The daily life of a Neanderthal revealed from the gunk in their teeth

The typical vision of Neanderthals has not been particularly flattering, often featuring a giant club and spear and unfortunate sartorial choices. For years, researchers have worked to overturn this view, albeit with limited evidence.

Mosquito flight is unlike that of any other insect | Science News

High-speed video and computer modeling detail forces involved in mosquitoes’ wing rotation that help the insects generate enough lift (lines indicate air flow) to support their body weight in the air.

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