10 Things Star Trek Discovery Must Do To Avoid Epic Failure

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As a Star Trek fan, I too have heard the reports of ongoing friction and difficulty in producing the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. There is a great deal on the line for the franchise with their return to television after 13 years, and expectations are not high based on the stories coming out of the Trek camp. Before the fans prematurely throw Discovery to the popular culture abattoir, let’s think about how they might get it right. Here are ten helpful suggestions – directives, as it were – to ensure that the show avoids screwing the pooch.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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V-E Day in Perspective: How Different Originally Were Each of the Allies Own Plans to Defeat Hitler?

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Today May 8th, 2017 is the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. The very day the guns fell silent in Europe, and the world rejoiced in the defeat of Nazism. Yet in the popular narrative of the Second World War, the cooperation between the Allies is taken for granted. The reality of the Alliance full of growing pains and family squabbles as they learned to fight as an effective coalition is often glossed over in favor of representing a monolithic force of Allied “good” verses Hitler/Axis “evil”. Though a commendable aim, the process of how such varied and diametrically different global powers as the United Kingdom, United States, and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics could compromise to create a plan to liberate Europe is more laudable still.

So, how did these three very different Allies envision total victory, and how did they make the most successful military alliance in history work?

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Indian Court Rules Ganges River A Living Person – A Useful Tactic Against Pollution?

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Uttarakhand, India On March, 20th, an Indian court in the state of Uttarakhand issued a historic ruling that the Ganges River was a living person, possessing all the rights and protections afforded any individual. This ruling was a creative judicial attempt to protect the famous river, which despite its iconic place in Indian culture’s is believed to be the fifth most polluted on Earth. The possible implications of this ruling are still unknown, and leaves much to be determined.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Opening Day: Understanding Baseball’s Holiday

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It’s early on the morning of April 3rd, 2017. It is a cool and sunny New England morning, the ideal landscape for the day that marks the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, an occasion better known by its official title: Opening Day. Yet if you’re not a fan of the game, it may not be easy to understand the zeal of your baseball loving neighbor. It is a holiday with wide-ranging implications and emotion. A day that celebrates the beginning of a journey.
By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

First Artificial Embryo Grown: A Solution to the Stem Cell Debate

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A Cambridge University research team lead by Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz has successfully grown the first functioning artificial animal embryo in history. Pioneering a hitherto unattempted approach, the experiment managed to grow a “mouse-like embryo” without using a sperm or an egg. Instead, they joined two different types of stem cells – another first in creating animal life from its basic foundation. Zernicka-Goetz’s historic success is a long awaited scientific accomplishment. Yet it’s greatest implications come in helping clarify long standing mysteries of early pregnancy.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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