Image Comics is once again poised to change the comic book industry. The rebel publishing house shook the industry in 1992 when a team of all-star comics creators—including the likes of Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, and Rob Liefeld—decided to band together after they were sick of work-for-hire policies that resulted in them losing the rights to their original creations. Twenty-one years later, the company has caused another industry shake-up. Image Comics is the first major comic book publisher to offer DRM-free digital comics through its Web portal—you can purchase books in the popular ePubs, CBR, CBZ, and PDF formats. This is a major change in a field where digital comics from the major marketplaces (such as Comixology) are locked to the purchaser's device. No sharing. No borrowing. In addition, Image Comics has carved a niche for itself by opening the door to non-superhero genres. It now publishes Robert Kirkman's insanely popular The Walking Dead, Brian K. Vaughn's … [Read more...] about The New Image: Q&A With Ron Richards
Falling asleep is a routine yet mystifying process. Like trying to see the 3D image in a Magic Eye poster, the more you focus on it, the less likely it is to happen. It shies away from scrutiny and is best approached with an air of detached disinterest; so, though most of us fall asleep every night, we can't say exactly how we do it.Even neuroscientists are still struggling to understand the mechanisms the brain uses to switch from a state of wakefulness to unconscious sleep, but research reveals that the transition is a lot more gradual and tumultuous than the flip of a light switch.According to recent work by neuroscientists at Washington University in St. Louis, during the pre-sleep stage of the process — the period when you're in bed with the lights off and your eyes closed, slowly "letting go" of the trials of the tribulations of the day — your brain waves exhibit what's known as alpha activity, typically associated with quiet wakefulness."It is in … [Read more...] about How Do We Fall Asleep?
Ancient hunter-gatherers in Europe, whose meat intake was once limited to wild game, may have enjoyed bacon, ham, pork chops and other tasty bites from pigs they owned starting about 7,000 years ago, researchers say.The new findings suggest these hunter-gatherers had domesticated pigs about 500 years earlier than previously thought, yielding new insights into the movements and interactions of prehistoric humans and the exchange of technologies and knowledge, scientists said.The first humans in Europe were Neanderthals, an early human lineage that may have gone extinct there some 50,000 years ago. Their successors in Europe, modern humans, were hunter-gatherers that by the Mesolithic, or middle period of the Stone Age,were focused heavily on collecting and hunting wild game. [The 10 Biggest Mysteries of the First Humans]Later on, incoming Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers who migrated to Europe from the south between 5500 B.C. and 4200 B.C. owned domestic plants and animals, such as … [Read more...] about Ancient Humans Dined on Bacon from Weird, Spotted Pigs
This month's flooding in the Midwest is reminiscent of the Great Flood of 1993, weather officials now say. But while a repeat of 1993 can't be ruled out, they say, this year is unlikely to match that colossal disaster.Several of the 1993 records have already been broken this year and flooding is forecasted to last for weeks more. Preliminary estimates put damage into the billions of dollars with overall storm deaths put at 24 since late May.But barring unexpected summer rains, National Weather Service officials do not expect a repeat of the incredible intensity and duration of the tremendous flood 15 years ago.Regardless, history is repeating itself as some residents who moved into the floodplain since 1993, with assurances from FEMA and other officials that they would be safe, have seen their towns submerged this month, creating personal financial disasters for people who in many cases have no flood insurance.Looking backFew disasters in U.S. history match the devastation of 1993, … [Read more...] about History Repeats: The Great Flood of 1993
A well-preserved fossil of two dinosaurs locked in a deadly battle is expected to go for $7 million to $9 million at auction later this year, but the sale is already brewing controversy.The Cretaceous combatants in the fossilized duel are Nanotyrannus lancensis, a tiny Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chasmosaurine ceratopsian, a close relative of the Triceratops. Both stood about 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall, measured between 25 and 35 feet (7.6 to 10.6 meters) long and suffered fatal wounds in the fight. The Chasmosaurine skull is pierced with Nanotyrannus teeth and the Nanotyrannus skull and chest seem to have been kicked in.In announcing the Nov. 19 sale, the auction house, Bonhams, said the dinosaurs "may hold the key to answering one of the most puzzling questions for paleontologists today" — whether Nanotyrannus represents a separate genus or just a T. rex juvenile. [Paleo-Art: Dinosaurs Come to Life in Stunning Illustrations]"The Nanotyrannus involved in the 'Dueling Dinos' is only the … [Read more...] about Fossil of Dinosaur Death Match Headed for Auction