Sunday, August 28, 2011

Big Picture Science for 08/29/11 - Into the Unknown

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Big Picture Science - Into the Unknown

During the great age of exploration men risked their lives to set foot upon unknown lands, whether in the humid jungles of Peru or on the barren ice cap of the South Pole. We’ll hear those dramatic tales…

… but also where modern exploration is taking us. Could it be to the deepest, darkest part of the sea?

Or to space? Discover how to build a space suit that will let you move like an athlete on Mars. Also, why some say that the ultimate frontier requires no packing and no travel: voyages into the human brain.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Big Picture Science for 08/22/11 - Swarm in Here... or Is It Just Me?

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Big Picture Science - Swarm in Here... or Is It Just Me?

ENCORE: An ant … can’t … move a rubber tree plant… but the colony can. As a group, ants are an efficient, organized, can-do bunch. And a model for humans trying to manage complex systems.

Find out about the eerie collective intelligence of animals, and how an MIT researcher is hoping to put humans to work collaboratively to solve problems like climate change.

Also … hear how research into flocking behavior helps Hollywood film a herd of stampeding dinosaurs.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Apex Publications Signs Current Hugo Award Nominee Lynne M. Thomas to Head Apex Magazine

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Apex Publications Signs Current Hugo Award Nominee Lynne M. Thomas to Head Apex Magazine

(LEXINGTON, Kentucky) — (August 12th, 2011) — Apex Publications has signed current Hugo Award nominated editor Lynne M. Thomas to head its science fiction, fantasy, and horror periodical Apex Magazine.

One of the top genre fiction publications in the United States, Apex Magazine is a professional level venue currently publishing on a monthly schedule. As of August 10th, twenty-seven issues have been released, and during that time talented writers such as Jeff VanderMeer, Seanan McGuire, and Theodora Goss have appeared within its pages. In 2010, work from the magazine earned Nebula, Million Writer, and Rhysling Award nominations. Under the guidance of its current editor, New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente, the magazine has seen its circulation increase to 12,000 unique visitors a month to its website.

“Under the editorial hand of Cat Valente, Apex Magazine has become one of the leading sources of short form science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” says Apex owner and publisher Jason Sizemore. “Having someone as talented and well-regarded as Lynne Thomas taking over the editorial wheel this November makes me confident that our magazine will only continue to rise in stature and readership.”

The hiring of Lynne Thomas caps a highly successful year for Apex Publications that includes signing multi-award winning authors such as Gary A. Braunbeck and Brian Keene, the release of the highly acclaimed and Stoker nominated anthology Dark Faith, and the parent imprint picking up national distribution via Diamond Book Distributors.

“I'm thrilled and honored to be following in the footsteps of Catherynne M. Valente at such an exciting time for Apex Publications.” said Lynne M. Thomas, editor of the Hugo-nominated essay collection Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. “Apex Magazine has thrived with Cat as its editor, publishing cutting-edge and award-worthy dark science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction and poetry. I look forward to continuing and building upon her editorial legacy.”

Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 50 SF/F authors. She is the co-author of Special Collections 2.0, a book about web 2.0 technologies and special collections in libraries with Beth Whittaker (Libraries Unlimited, 2009), as well as academic articles about cross-dressing in dime novels and using libraries to survive the zombie apocalypse. She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, and Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, essay collections celebrating women involved in media fandoms and the production of television series, published by Mad Norwegian Press.  Her next book will be Chicks Dig Comics, with Sigrid Ellis (2012).

Current plans call for issue thirty (November, 2011) to be Lynne’s first.

 
ABOUT APEX PUBLICATIONS—Apex Publications (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/) is an independent press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the online professional fiction ezine Apex Magazine. In 2006, Apex Publishing branched into producing novellas, collections, and anthologies, earning a Bram Stoker Award for the company’s first title, Aegri Somnia.

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Big Picture Science for 08/15/11 - Skeptic Check: Plotting Along

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Big Picture Science - Skeptic Check: Plotting Along

It’s been ten years since the fall of the Twin Towers, but some still believe that the attack was an inside job. They’re not the only ones to buy into a conspiratorial view of world events. Others deny

President Obama’s American birth… link autism with vaccines… and even claim that the fluo
ride in our drinking water is there to control our minds. Is it the truth – or the fringe groups – that are “out there?”

Find out why some tinfoil hat ideas never go away. Also, the roots of rational argument: did our brains evolve to seek the truth… or just win arguments?

It’s Skeptic Check… but don’t take our word for it!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Apex Magazine Issue 27 released

Just released! Issue 27 of Apex Magazine.
Table of Contents
Fiction:

“The Whispered Things” by Zach Lynott
“The Tiger Hunt” by Rabbit Seagraves
Classic Revisited:
“The Secret Protocol of the Elders of Zion” by Lavie Tidhar
Poetry:
“The Djinn Prince in America: A Microepic in 9 Tracks” by Saladin Ahmed
“Down Cycles” by Elizabeth R. McClellan
Nonfiction:
“Five Genre Books that Raises Mind-numbing Philosophical Questions” by Jason Sizemore
Apex Magazine is edited by award-winning author and editor Catherynne M. Valente.

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Big Picture Science for 08/08/11 - Written in Code

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Big Picture Science - Written in Code

ENCORE Genes – what are they good for? Absolutely… something. But not everything. Your “genius” genes need to be turned on – and your environment determines that. Find out how to unleash your inner-Einstein, and what scientists learned from studying the famous physicist’s brain.

Also, the bizarre notion that your children inherit not just your genes, but also the consequences of your habits – smoking, stress, diet, and other behaviors that turn the genes on.

Plus Francis Collins on affordable personal genomes, and a man who decoded his own DNA in under a week.

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