Scientists Name New Spider After Hogwarts Founder: Critical Linking, December 15th

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World, meet Eriovixia gryffindori — the spider that looks like the Sorting Hat and has been named after one of the Hogwarts founders, Godric Gryffindor.

I’ve never been both so terrified and so tempted to pet a spider.

We’ve chosen a group notable nonfiction books, all published this year — from memoirs to history to reportage and essays — that can help bolster our understanding of the world we’ve found ourselves in, support and educate ourselves about the groups under threat by Trumpism, and strengthen the power of our resistance.

Excellent post-election reading list for “bolstering the resistance.”

While the harsh reality that saw the young Liu having to read Jules Verne in secret is four decades gone in China, there is still the ever-present shadow of government censorship. Liu says he and his publisher were concerned about potential issues with The Three-Body Problem, which deals with the Cultural Revolution itself. “It was a sensitive topic and therefore we were worried about related contents causing trouble. However, the book has been out for 10 years now, and we have never had any censure from the authorities,” he says. “Many government officials have read the book.”

Liu Cixin puts Chinese sci-fi in the context of the Cultural Revolution.

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