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Memories & History

Femme fatale: The images that reveal male fears – BBC Culture

Three new exhibitions explore how the femme fatale in art reflects evolving anxieties, writes Cath Pound.

By Cath Pound, 31st January 2023

(Image credit: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Photo: Elke Walford)

The figure of the femme fatale is one of the defining literary and artistic motifs of the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Artists were drawn to historical archetypes of female seduction such as Cleopatra or Lucretia Borgia, characters from Old Testament stories including Salome, Judith and Delilah, or mythical figures such as Circe, Helen of Troy and Medea.

Others were conjured from their male author’s imagination – Prosper Mérimée’s Carmen, Émile Zola’s Nana and Frank Wedekind’s Lulu being some of the most notable.

Her emergence is frequently seen as a response to anxieties arising from profound social change as women pushed for greater economic, political and educational rights, challenging the established patriarchal order.

Middle-class women who sought education were, according to the British psychiatrist Henry Maudsley, likely to damage their reproductive organs, turning them into monstrosities who threatened the survival of the human race. Fear of contagious diseases such as syphilis was another factor, with working-class prostitutes being seen as contemporary femmes fatales who could lure their clients to their doom.

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Harrison Ford on Playing Indiana Jones for the Last Time | Variety

By Marc Malkin, January 31, 2023

Lucasfilm Ltd.

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.”

It’s not every day that an action movie stars an 80-year- old.

But leave it to octogenarian Harrison Ford to return as Indiana Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” the fifth installment of the iconic franchise.

While moviegoers may be surprised to see Ford return four decades after making the first film, the actor has long felt he’d be back.

“I always wanted to do it,” he told me at the premiere of his Apple TV+ comedy series “Shrinking.” “I wanted to do the rest of the story to see the end of his career.”

Source: Harrison Ford on Playing Indiana Jones for the Last Time – Variety

NASA Spinoffs Bolster Climate Resilience, Improve Medical Care, More | Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cal Tech

JPL-developed technologies, including VITAL, FINDER, 3D-printing methods, and Voyager spacecraft communications, are featured in the agency’s technology publication.

Published Jan. 31, 2023

To make sure ventilators could be quickly manufactured and administered to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of engineers at JPL created the Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally (VITAL) device, made of off-the-shelf parts.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

When it comes to NASA, most people look to the skies as rockets, rovers, and astronauts push the boundaries of space exploration. But the benefits of going above and beyond can be found here on Earth through products and services born from NASA innovation.

Editor’s Note: Read more, see link below for original item…

Source: NASA Spinoffs Bolster Climate Resilience, Improve Medical Care, More

Welcoming 1927 to the Public Domain – Internet Archive Blogs | Internet Archive

Welcoming 1927 to the Public Domain


Posted on January 1, 2023 by Alexis Rossi

From article…

This year we are welcoming works from 1927 into the public domain in the United States, including books, periodicals, sheet music, and movies.

Big events of 1927 include the first transatlantic phone call from New York to London, the formation of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the first successful long distance demonstration of television, the release of the first popular “talkie,” The Jazz Singer, and the first nonstop transatlantic solo airplane flight, from New York to Paris, by Charles Lindbergh.

Source: Welcoming 1927 to the Public Domain – Internet Archive Blogs

Banned and Challenged: Restricting access to books in the U.S. : NPR

A series on books that are facing challenges to their placement in libraries in some areas around the U.S.

Special Series

Banned and Challenged: Restricting access to books in the U.S.

First in series…

Author George M. Johnson: We must ensure access to those who need these stories most

All Boys Aren’t Blue, a memoir for teens and young adults about growing up Black and queer, appeared on many “best books” lists when published in 2020. It’s being challenged in some U.S. counties.

Source: Banned and Challenged: Restricting access to books in the U.S. : NPR

It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s When You’re Eating | by Ashley Richmond | In Fitness And In Health | Medium

Time-restricted eating may be the easiest path to your health goals.

By Ashley Richmond, Dec 29, 2020

Health is confusing.

There are so many diets to choose from, exercises to try, and different people saying conflicting things about what is best.

For years, I have experimented with different diets and exercises to try to find the best one. And the truth is, there isn’t one. Diet and exercise are highly personal. You can read more about this here.

But there is one strategy that is universal: Time-restricted eating.

Source: It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s When You’re Eating | by Ashley Richmond | In Fitness And In Health | Medium