Aug 18, 2017

Weekend Reads - RAW 170818

Welcome! When it's time to relax this weekend, grab your favourite beverage and have a read of the following articles.

Start your weekend reads off with this article about Science Fiction and Literature. Too Deep for A Single Read | Hyperion Cantos


Realising that people who have fled their homes need more than just food and shelter, a pair of volunteers decided to requisition a minivan and turn it into something that would help enrich lives

What’s unique about board books is that they offer a chance to introduce babies and toddlers to the physical properties of books in a safe environment—“they can touch without fear of paper cuts,” Kaplan says.

Imagine a horror/revenge novel in which a character is talked into cutting off his own arm, and then, later, a character is forced to commit cannibalism when he is served human flesh cooked in his meal.

We live in a galaxy known as the Milky Way -- a vast conglomeration of 300 billion stars, planets whizzing around them, and clouds of gas and dust floating in between. Though it has long been known that the Milky Way and its orbiting companion Andromeda are the dominant members of a small group of galaxies, the Local Group, which is about 3 million light years across, much less was known about our immediate neighborhood in the universe. Now, a new article maps out bright galaxies within 35-million light years of the Earth, offering up an expanded picture of what lies beyond our doorstep.

An astronaut wandering the moon next year could use a smartphone to call home. A German startup is preparing to set up the first telecommunication infrastructure on the lunar surface.

Could NASA's space shuttle be the next real-life launch vehicle to enter the LEGO universe? A fan-designed model of the reusable winged spacecraft has soared to more than 6,500 votes on the LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing website since lifting off less than a month ago. The space shuttle needs 10,000 votes to be considered for production by the Denmark-based toy company.

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