Web Round-Up

  • I’m not even a Batwoman fan and I’m excited by these stunning covers. I really hope cover #3 isn’t an indication of Batwoman’s unecessary and sticky end, but I will cheerfully ogle it anyway.
  • Hwaet! Benjamin Bagby recites Beowulf in the original Old English while accompanying himself on the harp and dramatic gesture. Also, sorry, JP, but it doesn’t sound even vaguely like Scottish, but like a delightful mash-up of German and Finnish with teeny bits of English mixed in; there are subtitles so you, too, can exclaim when you recognize “cween” and “hearpe.”
  • Shawn Speakman talks about Terry Brooks and the interrogation school of editing.
  • In a tiny, germy blast from the past, scientists who uncovered a 120,000 year-old microbe trapped in a Greenland glacier have now gotten it to wake up and reproduce. It doesn’t really do anything else, but the team leader says that “these extremely cold environments are the best analogues of possible extraterrestrial habitats” and could be used to further our understanding of what life could survive on other planets.
  • You can’t get something from nothing, but the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology can get water from air. Apparently you can make like a Fremen on a variety of scales, from personal to industrial. It will be interesting to see how this technology gets distributed and utilized once it’s out of the prototype phase.

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