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Those mesmerized by NASA’s accomplishments and ambitions wanted so much more out of the reticent Armstrong. AP Photo

Neil Armstrong and the America that could have been

Neil Armstrong and the America that could have been Those mesmerized by NASA’s accomplishments and ambitions wanted so much more out of the reticent Armstrong. AP Photo Joe Essid, University of Richmond According to a Gallup Poll from 1999, only 50 percent of those surveyed could even name Neil Armstrong…

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First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures

First Man: a new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon

First Man: a new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures Alice Gorman, Flinders University and Heather L. Robinson, Flinders University The Apollo 11 lunar landing was…

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Even 17 years beyond 2001, spacesuits are bulkier than this. Matthew J. Cotter/Flickr, CC BY-SA

50 years old, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ still offers insight about the future

50 years old, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ still offers insight about the future Even 17 years beyond 2001, spacesuits are bulkier than this. Matthew J. Cotter/Flickr, CC BY-SA Daniel N. Rockmore, Dartmouth College Watching a 50th anniversary screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” I found myself, a mathematician and computer…

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Venom. Sony Pictures

A blueprint for aliens looking to hack a human host

A blueprint for aliens looking to hack a human host Venom. Sony Pictures  Allison E. McDonald, Wilfrid Laurier University The movie Venom, the latest thriller in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise, plays to one of our deepest human fears: the loss of self control. In the movie, journalist Eddie Brock becomes infected…

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Still from '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968)

The great movie scenes: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

The great movie scenes: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Still from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) Bruce Isaacs, University of Sydney What makes a film a classic? In this column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance. 2001: A Space Odyssey was released…

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