Churchill a Kind of Hamlet
The New Yorker examines Churchill’s real legacy and finds he was a "Hamlet in reverse", as well as the greatest modern instance of the romantic-conservative temperament in power.\r\n
Adam Gopnik examines Churchill’s legacy and finds him the greatest modern instance of the romantic-conservative temperament in power. Comparing biographies on the legendary U.K. wartime leader, Gopnik notes differences in the historial revisionism and that in his own land, Churchill is "revered but quarantined". "What is most impressive about his legacy...is that he is one of the rare charismatic moderns who seem to have never toyed with extra-parliamentary movements or anti-liberal ideals." Churchill was, "a kind of Hamlet in reverse, a man who was called on, late in life, to do the one thing he was uniquely able to do, and did it."
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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