Archives for January 2017

7 Ways to Die on a Trip to Mars (Vox)

outer space, galaxy, universe, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk believes humans can and will travel to Mars. SpaceX plans to establish a human colony on Mars, despite the high fatality risk.

Chris McKay, a senior scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, explains some of the hazards involved in potential Mars missions. Examples include rocket explosion, radiation exposure, and crash landings. Read the full list here.

Studying Fictional Spy James Bond Through the Lens of Critical Theory

Seminar Examines Cultural Significance of Fictional Spy, Including Video Game Representation from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

He drinks, he smokes, he kills people, and he’s a misogynist, but on the other hand, he also frequently saves the world from evil. The fictional British spy James Bond has been entertaining audiences throughout the world since he was created by author Ian Fleming in the 1950s, but he may not seem to some a subject worthy of serious academic study. Not so, says Professor of Theater and Dance Sarah Bay-Cheng, who teaches Performance and Theory in James Bond as a first-year seminar. Bond is such an enduring character, she said, that he is ideally suited to serve as a medium through which to examine the cultural developments of the past six decades.

The Productivity Paradox (Vox)

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Vox discusses the ostensible contradictions in America’s simultaneous rapid innovation and slow economic growth. The “productivity paradox” suggests technological growth may inhibit economic growth, as manufacturing productivity has improved.

Globally, the economic significance of manufacturing has been declining, with more income devoted to personal services. As a result, fewer manufacturers produce far more goods, and human labor is seen as luxury. Read more.

Striking the Right Tone: Why 2017 May Seem a Whole Lot Greener (Hypoallergenic)

Image courtesy: Pantone

Image courtesy: Pantone

Pantone, the acknowledged arbiter of color for years now, has deemed Greenery, “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew,” is the company’s Color of the Year for 2017. Read more about Greenery and how it emerged as the color to watch, wear and witness in the year ahead.