Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Formation of the Observer in “The Difference Engine”: Political Upheaval and Visual Culture

In his book Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century, Jonathan Crary details two popular models for understanding the change in vision and visuality over the course of the mid- to late-nineteenth century and the sub… Continue reading

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Zodiac Signs

Hi! Have you ever opened a newspaper or magazine, and seen an astrology page showing horoscopes for people with different zodiac signs? Zodiac signs are twelve signs ( Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn) that correspond to roughly a month a year. The signs were named for the 12… Continue reading Continue reading

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The Vast Size and Scale of the Universe

Hello! The world may seem so large, but when you look at the size of the Earth compared to the Universe, it is actually very small. The Earth represents only a tiny fraction of our Solar System and galaxy. When you consider that the Milky Way Galaxy is an astronomically small portion of the entire… Continue reading Continue reading

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“A Knowledge that is Dying to be Born”: Manipulating Knowledge in The Difference Engine

In The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling compose an alternate history depicting technological, environmental, and socio-political crises of the nineteenth century. At the heart of this novel is an overwhelming sense of ambivalence re… Continue reading

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Cholera and Miasma: Technological Progress and Medical Backwardness

In science fiction, cyberpunk, and speculative fiction, technology is often presented as an answer to social problems; we like to think of it as manna delivered from the heavens by an unseen hand to feed a people hungry for progress. However, William G… Continue reading

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A Ghostly Eclispse?

This week, people have noticed that there was a very odd appearance that made the moon look different. They noticed that there was a very slim crescent moon that also shows the black silhouette of the rest of the moon. Although it does look like a eclipse, experts have weighed in and determined this phenomenon […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Biggest Thing in Universe

Things in the universe comes in all shapes and sizes, there are planets thirty times heavier than Jupiter, stars thousands of times larger than our sun, galaxies millions of light years wide… However, what is the largest object in the universe? For a long time the answer used to be the Sloan Great Wall – a cosmic structure formed … Continue reading Biggest Thing in Universe Continue reading Continue reading

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The Search for Habitable Exoplanets

Earlier this month, the Kepler space telescope spotted three planets of Earth-like size orbiting in a nearby star’s “habitable zone,” or the area around the star in which water could exist in liquid form on a planet’s surface. However, the planets they found, along with the other 26 Earth-like exoplanets found thus far, do not […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Skysafari3-Very cool app

Skysafari3 three is an app similar to Stellarium but it can be used on your phone and iPad as well. It is also much easier to use and the pictures of the sky that can be viewed on it make the sky look a lot more beautiful than with Stellarium. You can use your current… Continue reading Continue reading

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Are We Always Living in the Past?

It takes light time to travel any distance. It takes light one-second to travel to Earth from the Moon, and about 8 minutes for light to reach Earth from the Sun (Bennett). So really when we look up at the moon, we are seeing the Moon one-second ago, and when we first see the sun… Continue reading Continue reading

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