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Is Interstellar’s Science So Stellar?

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Interstellar features astronauts who take a wormhole ride to another galaxy to explore planets around a massive black hole. In a conversation last week, Berkeley Lab's David Schlegel discussed the science in the movie and what Hollywood could learn from scientists about fantastic settings in outer space.

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Theologian Examines Implications of 13th Century Manuscripts of Saint Francis of Assisi Visiting U.S.

With the arrival in the United States earlier this week of several manuscripts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, a Creighton University theology professor and specialist in St. Francis, has her own tale to tell about encountering these 700-year-old documents.

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Secrets in Stone: Art Historian Cracks the Code of an Ancient Temple

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For 13 centuries, the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in Indian art—a towering layer cake of elaborate, hand-carved friezes populated by a bevy of Hindu deities and symbols. Now Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAB Department of Art and Art History who specializes in Asian art history, has shown that these figures are more than just architectural decoration.

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Cézanne’s Unconventional Muse

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According to a Rutgers art historian, Hortense Fiquet, Cézanne’s “secret” wife, changed the course of modern portraiture.

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Bad Girls Gone Good: How Disney Is Reinventing the Villainess

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Disney made a lucrative industry out of princesses. With the release of “Maleficent” earlier this year — which drops on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download on Nov. 4 — they may have discovered a new vein in that marketing gold mine: misunderstood bad girls.

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CWRU Film Scholar Publishes Handy "Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films"

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Students and moviegoers may find a helpful resource in a new pocket-sized guide to better understanding and interpreting film.

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English Professor Speaks to Trends in YA Literature, Movies

Barbara Bontempo, professor of English and English education at SUNY Buffalo State, can speak to the many trends in YA literature and movies.

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What Makes a Song Sing?

What made Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1983, and other songs, like Madonna’s 1999 “Nothing Really Matters,” flounder at 90 or below? New research from the University of Southern California suggests that back-up singers may finally be getting their due.

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Texas Tech Pop-Culture Expert Can Comment on Educational Uses for Comics and Graphic Novels #NationalComicBookDay

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U2’s Freebie for iTunes Users: Invasion of Privacy, or Worth a Listen? Baylor Prof/Pop Culture Critic Suggests Folks Try It Before They Delete It

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