5 Interesting Links for 02-21-2020

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World Building (Languages)

While revealing an interesting bit of history in itself, this is an important aspect for authors to consider when writing fantasy and science fiction genres among others. The further the distance, the greater likelihood of linguistic drift or change to account for whether you create a new language or posit a trader’s tongue/Galactic Standard. How are these languages maintained, and how easy is it for someone hitting the road to be understood at the other end of it?

Prosthetics (Psychology)

When a Nigerian special effects sculptor realized few of the prosthetics available in Africa offered a realistic skin tone, he turned his talents to filling that gap. The pictured examples go far beyond the usual flat tone of any skin color for prosthetics.

Astrophysics (Research)

A team of astrophysicists has published their study of frame dragging, or the distortion of time and space caused by spinning celestial objects, as seen in the changing orbit of a pulsar around a white dwarf. This research offers further evidence of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.

Digital Art (Tools)

A friend turned me on to Daz3D many years ago, but it wasn’t until I became frustrated in the search for a cover character that I truly adopted the world of 3D digital art. This article offers tips for starting out well so your early creations can spring you forward to greater ones.

History (Women)

The article recounts how American history as taught in schools skips activists who were Black women and explains how the author addressed this weakness in his knowledge. (Via David Bridger)

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