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Modern Heroism

By Mark Carrigan In 1986, DC Comics published a four issue mini-series called Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. While few would have predicted it prior…

Beauty on the Big Screen

By Valentine Rossetti The commercial release earlier this year of the film ‘I Am Love [Il Sono L’amore]—directed by Luca Guadagnino and co-produced by Tilda…

What Are Libraries For?

By Jason Smith We all have a soft spot for libraries. Maybe from being taken to the small local library by a primary school teacher…

A Thankless Nation

By Sabreen Maryam Ali To read the morning newspaper in Britain today is to trudge through reams of dissent and disapproval with a worldly air…

Hemingway and His Biographers

By Michael Atkinson Authors’ biographies have traditionally delivered varying ratios of worship and destruction—the first quantity an organic by-product of book-love, the second an equally…

On the Future of Innovation

By Peter Heller Nowadays, the typical presentation of a futurologist is a near-infinite roll call of possibilities. Sometimes more than a hundred slides create something…

Beatus of Liébana

This article [Beatus of Liébana] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2011/04/18/beatus-of-liebana/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to reuse…

The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man

This article [The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/12/07/the-many-lives-of-the-medieval-wound-man/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.…

Dark Energy

Until recently, physicists thought they understood gravity fairly well. Einstein had modified Newton’s theory, but certain characteristics of gravitational forces were firmly established. For one…

Force

We need only explain changes in motion, not motion itself. Aristotle’s ideas about the causes of motion were completely wrong, just like all his other…

Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq

This article [Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [https://publicdomainreview.org/2016/09/21/out-of-their-love-they-made-it-a-visual-history-of-buraq/] under a…

Acceleration in Physics

Definition of acceleration for linear v−t graphs Galileo’s experiment with dropping heavy and light objects from a tower showed that all falling objects have the…

All Complex Ecosystems have Parasites

By Cory Doctorow (Paper delivered at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, San Diego, California, 16 March 2005) AOL hates spam. AOL could eliminate nearly 100…

Why is Hollywood Making a Sequel to the Napster Wars?

By Cory Doctorow (Originally published in InformationWeek, August 14, 2007) Hollywood loves sequels—they’re generally a safe bet, provided that you’re continuing an already successful franchise.…

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