‘The Black Panther’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Last year I was offered the opportunity to script an 11-issue series of Black Panther, for Marvel. The Black Panther—who, when he debuted in an issue of Fantastic Four, in 1966, was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics—is the alter ego of T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, a mythical and technologically advanced African country.

This seems like it could be really awesome. The Black Panther is a character I have wanted to like and appreciate but haven’t really found to be as enticing or exciting as I would have hoped. Hypothetically this character, who has a Batman-esque feel (two separate lives, one very public, the other darker and in the shadows), would be up there with my favorites (as the Dark Knight is), so I am hoping that Coates’ take is a strong and interesting as his other work.

Source: An Exclusive Look at ‘The Black Panther’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates : The Atlantic

Mystery Behind the Slope

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This may be either: the most fascinating things I’ve ever read about Lego or the most esoteric thing I’ve read about Lego… or both. Any which way this investigation of lego brick revision was far more interesting than I thought it would be at first glance.

Source: Rebrickable

On Dormant Cyber Pathogens and Unicorns 

When trying to get at the technical core of what the FBI is asking of Apple, this researcher/hacker/forensic scientist/? seems to have the explanations.

Might I suggest you start here and here and a Summary

Really you should just go read the last 15 or so posts.

This is a controversial topic, but at the core of the debate is a tremendous amount of misinformation and purposeful ambiguity. Fight the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).

Source: Zdziarski’s Blog of Things

Hubble Breaks Cosmic Distance Record

“We’ve taken a major step back in time, beyond what we’d ever expected to be able to do with Hubble. We managed to look back in time to measure the distance to a galaxy when the Universe was only three percent of its current age,” says Pascal Oesch of Yale University and lead author of the paper.To determine large distances, like the one to GN-z11, astronomers measure the redshift of the observed object. This phenomenon is a result of the expansion of the Universe; every distant object in the Universe appears to be receding from us and as a result its light is stretched to longer, redder wavelengths.Before astronomers determined the distance to GN-z11, the most distant measured galaxy, EGSY8p7, had a redshift of 8.68. Now, the team has confirmed GN-z11’s distance to be at a redshift of 11.1, which corresponds to 400 million years after the Big Bang.“The previous record-holder was seen in the middle of the epoch when starlight from primordial galaxies was beginning to heat and lift a fog of cold, hydrogen gas,” explains co-author Rychard Bouwens from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. “This transitional period is known as the reionisation era. GN-z11 is observed 150 million years earlier, near the very beginning of this transition in the evolution of the Universe.”

This makes me think about the difference between a video camera and a still frame camera. A video camera, or video itself, is about capturing images over time, while a still camera, or a picture, is about capturing an image at this specific time. But what if the concept of a picture gets more complex, a photo taken today, right now, of a time in the past (realizing that this is always true of photography just on a incredibly tiny scale), then do we need to change the name of what is happening when the Hubble Space Telescope “documents” the past?

A new space telescope is so exciting but this is an ugly website

Source: Hubble breaks cosmic distance record | ESA/Hubble via Engadget