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Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


How ‘Captain Marvel’ Was Largely Inspired By ‘RoboCop’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is packed with references and homages to staples of several different genres, from Three Days of the Condor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to Inception (Doctor Strange). One would be forgiven for assuming that with all of the characters wandering around the MCU in metal suits, the 1987 sci-fi action classic RoboCop would have been a mainstay reference in that conversation as well, but it seems like the upcoming Captain Marvel is the first MCU movie to be hea...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, America, Features, Robocop, Ben Mendelsohn, Paul Verhoeven, Marvel Studios, Boden, Jonathan Schwartz, Fleck, MCU, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Captain Marvel


One More 'Special Look' TV Trailer for Boden & Fleck's 'Captain Marvel'

"I have this power, but I don't know where it came from." Marvel Studios + Disney have released a new "Special Look" 90-second TV trailer for the exciting new Captain Marvel movie, starring Brie Larson as the Marvel superhero. This new preview has a bit of extra footage in addition to everything in the first two trailers. Larson plays an Air Force fighter pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien race...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Marvel, Earth, Air Force, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, Larson, Boden, Fleck, To Watch, Marvel Studios Disney, Boden Fleck


‘Captain Marvel’ Is Like An ’80s or ’90s Buddy Cop Movie; Tickets On Sale Now

Shane Black broke into Hollywood as the writer of 1980s action staple Lethal Weapon, and he’d eventually direct a Marvel Studios movie when he made Iron Man 3. But weirdly, it’s Black’s first produced screenplay that’s still providing inspiration for new Marvel Cinematic Universe entries: it turns out the upcoming Captain Marvel is inspired by buddy cop movies from that era, and Lethal Weapon is specifically name-checked in a new interview with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Plus, tickets...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Mississippi, Marvel Studios, Nelson, Fleck, Nick Fury, Nick Fury Samuel L Jackson, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Captain Marvel, Shane Black, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck


Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca being pursued for job by West Virginia

Kirk Ciarrocca has coached under P.J. Fleck since 2013 at Western Michigan. Also, defensive line coach Marcus West is joining Charlotte to become defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and defensive line coach.
Tags: West Virginia, Charlotte, Western Michigan, Fleck, Kirk Ciarrocca, Marcus West


Wednesday round-up

Briefly: A.O. Scott reviews “On the Basis of Sex,” a new movie about the early career of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing in The New York Times that “[t]his is, almost literally, the story of how Ginsburg found her voice.” At Law and Liberty, Mark Pulliam argues that after last term’s decision in union-fees case Janus v. AFSCME, “[t]he rationale for upholding compulsory dues to unified bar associations has been discredited,” and that “the Court’s recent action in Fleck v. Wetch, overturning...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, North Dakota, New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Round-up, Scott, Ginsburg, Janus, Fleck, Eighth Circuit, AFSCME, Mark Pulliam, the Court, Wetch


P.J. Fleck's Gophers view Quick Lane Bowl berth as a gift

It's not 'just' the Quick Lane Bowl for coach P.J. Fleck and his roster full of freshmen.
Tags: Quick Lane Bowl, P J Fleck, Fleck


Nicknames for birds

Some birds have several names (think Peewit, Green Plover, and Northern Lapwing, all Vanellus vanellus). The scientific binomial is usually the definitive name, but even that can change especially in the age of DNA analysis. Either way, there are common names, colloquial names, and others that can add to the rich tapestry of birding life. I asked the members of the UK Bird Identification group on Facebook for a few of their favourite examples, having myself offered Bonxie (the Great Skua), Yaffl...
Tags: Facebook, UK, House, New Zealand, Yorkshire, Leicester, Maggie, Sarah, Chris, Les, Robin, Peter, Wendy, Mick, Neil, Michael Murphy


Wednesday round-up

Ronald Mann has this blog’s argument analysis in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, in which the justices considered yesterday whether the “on sale” bar to the patentability of an invention is triggered by a sale in which the purchaser is required to keep the details of the invention confidential. At Law360 (subscription required), Matthew Butman reports that the justices “wrestled with the idea that the America Invents Act may have narrowed the on-sale bar in patent cases, while leavin...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Ap, United States, North Dakota, Liberty, Associated Press, Oklahoma, Los Angeles Times, Round-up, Mark Sherman, Lyle Denniston, U S Supreme Court, Murphy


Second Trailer for Boden & Fleck's 'Captain Marvel' with Brie Larson

"Your life began the day it nearly ended… you were reborn." Marvel Studios + Disney have debuted the second, full-length trailer for the highly anticipated Captain Marvel movie, starring Brie Larson as the badass Marvel superhero. The first teaser was good, this trailer gives us a look at the sci-fi side of the film. Larson plays Carol Danvers, an Air Force fighter pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two ...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Marvel, Earth, Air Force, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, Carol Danvers, Larson, Boden, Fleck, To Watch, Marvel Studios Disney, Boden Fleck


Tuesday round-up

There are two oral arguments on the Supreme Court’s agenda today. The first is in Biestek v. Berryhill, in which the justices will consider social-security-benefits claimants’ ability to scrutinize the data on which benefits denials are based. David Super had this blog’s preview. Tyler Schmitt and Grace Brosofsky preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. This morning’s second case is Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, which asks whether the “on sale” bar to ...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Court, Alabama, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Indiana, Ap, Pepper, United States, North Dakota, SEC, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal


Two new CVSGs – on a deadline

This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference last week. The justices did not add any new cases to their docket for the term, but they did ask the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on a pair of cases involving the Clean Water Act – and in doing so took the unusual step of imposing a deadline on the federal government. The calls for the views of the federal government came in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Kinder Morgan Energy v. Upstate Forever. ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Mexico, United States, North Dakota, Homeland Security, CWA, Department Of Homeland Security, Maui, Kinder Morgan, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, American Federation of State County, Janus, 4th Circuit


Reschedule Watch

John Elwood reviews next Monday’s likely relists. of the great things about being paid absolutely nothing for writing is that pay is the same whatever you wind up producing. That is comforting indeed when, having staked out one absurdly specialized subject area to write about weekly, you wake up one morning and decide that this week, you really need to write about something even more obscure. That’s what happened today. No point writing about the new relists this week: There aren’t any. Or, ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Montana, Virginia, Austin, Bill Cosby, Cosby, Kansas, Miami, Ohio, Atkins, Oklahoma


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Tuesday’s relists, er, relist. For the longest time, to be called “national,” a thing had to be either really good or really bad. A trip through the alphabet reminds us of such noteworthy things as the national anthem, the National Book Award, National Car Rental, a national disgrace, the National Enquirer, the National Football League, National Geographic, a national holiday, the NIH, the National Journal, the National Mall, national news, NPR, the National Review, national ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Virginia, Alabama, United States, Fca, Kansas, Miami, Ohio, Atkins


Reschedule Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. If you’re reading a blog post that is entirely devoted to cases on the Supreme Court’s docket that haven’t even been granted yet, chances are you’re a law nerd. Thus, I will go ahead and make the heroic assumption that if you’re reading this, you already know about the six relisted cases the court agreed on Friday to review. I will likewise assume that you already know that the court denied review outright in the seven “net neutrality” relists – although you...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Virginia, Alabama, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Kansas, Miami, Ohio, Atkins


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. We at Relist Watch tend to prefer the obscure to the obvious – we like the shadow docket shadowy. So we are not going to start this week’s edition talking about such subjects as the three new cases the Supreme Court agreed to review from among last week’s relists. No, we are laser-focused on the truly important stories of the day. Our lead story this week is that Justice Sonia Sotomayor managed to get out an opinion respecting denial in Townes v. Alabama by ...
Tags: Featured, Fcc, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Virginia, Alabama, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Va, Kansas, Miami


Relist Watch

John Elwood (barely) reviews Monday’s likely relists. I’m preparing for an argument, so this week’s update will be brief. There’s been a lot of movement on last week’s relists. On Friday, the Supreme Court granted review in the twice-relisted Manhattan Community Access Corporation v. Halleck , 17-1702, which asks whether the private operator of a public access TV channel is a “state actor” for constitutional purposes. And on Monday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor (joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Virginia, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Va, Kansas, Miami, Ohio, Atkins, Oklahoma, ANN, Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Tuesday’s relisted cases. We have a new justice and so of course, everything’s back to normal at the Supreme Court. Maybe because it’s a time of change, we had a fairly status quo conference this week. Perhaps Chief Justice John Roberts decided to hang on to all of the long-conference relists so the new guy would have a chance to weigh in on them. Only one of last week’s 17 new relists was denied this week: Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Wellner, 17-1318, addr...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Fcc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Kentucky, Virginia, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Kansas, Miami, Ohio, Atkins


Westlake girls volleyball wins 34th straight match in Marmonte League finale

WESTLAKE >> Westlake outside hitter Katie Fleck and her team never wavered or showed any signs of weakness. Not after losing their senior outside hitter Elizabeth Crisp who went down in agony and tore her ACL against Harvard-Westlake. After an opening season loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Westlake and its unit of depth never flinched or batted an eye. Westlake earned its 34th consecutive win by polishing off Oaks Christian in three sets 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 in its regular season and Marmonte...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, High School Sports, Warriors, Westlake, Samoa, Flagler, Fleck, Oaks Christian, High School Volleyball, Jen Trephan, Trephan, Marmonte League, Elizabeth Crisp


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews the cases the Supreme Court relisted after the long conference. I don’t find much to be amused about recently, so let’s just do this. The Supreme Court relisted 17 cases after the long conference held on September 24. That’s a big increase in raw numbers from last term, but the numbers are inflated because there are a few groups of cases presenting the same issues.  This week’s cases include: A follow-on to last term’s First Amendment challenge to mandatory union dues, Janus...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Washington, United States, Kansas, Miami, Oklahoma, Johnson, Smith, ANN, Wood, Lemon


Full ‘Joker’ Cast List Includes Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, and Other Character Actors You’ll Recognize

The Joker standalone movie continues to add to its unfairly good cast. Two days after we got our first glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix in character as a pre-transformation Joker, and a day after character actor Brett Cullen joined the cast as Thomas Wayne, Warner Bros. has released the full official Joker cast list, which features even more intriguing character actors joining the fray. In the official cast list for Joker, DC confirms that uber-talented character actors Shea Whigham (Fargo), Glenn...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Casting, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Robert-De-Niro, Gotham City, Warner Bros, Barry, Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Skull Island, Warner Brothers, Martin Scorsese, Joker, Phoenix


Brie Larson in First Teaser Trailer for Boden & Fleck's 'Captain Marvel'

"I keep having these memories… I see flashes, I think I had a life here. But I can't tell if it's real." Marvel Studios + Disney have unveiled the first official trailer for the highly anticipated Captain Marvel movie, starring Brie Larson as the iconic Marvel superhero. Larson plays Carol Danvers, an Air Force fighter pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel i...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Marvel, Earth, Air Force, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, Carol Danvers, Larson, Boden, Fleck, Nick Fury, To Watch, Marvel Studios Disney, Boden Fleck


AutoSens Conference Plays Vital Role In The Success of Autonomous Driving

Autonomous driving is the most expansive topic in the automotive industry. At one time, such concepts were science fiction, now they are just science. And the industry is working around the clock to validate, refine, and ultimately mass produce that science. There is an old saying: “what a time to be alive.” Self-driving cars? What a time to be alive. Think about it for a moment. All the cars we see on the road today; all of them driving themselves. Society will forever change as we know it. Cr...
Tags: Events, Autos, Detroit Lions, Brussels, Detroit, Brussels Belgium, Detroit Michigan, Wayne State University, Fleck, Stead, Christoph Stiller, Carl Anthony, Alex Hartman, Future Of Transportation, Michigan Science Center, Michael Watts


AutoSens Conference Plays Vital Role in Autonomous Driving

Autonomous driving is the most expansive topic in the automotive industry. At one time, such concepts were science fiction, now they are just science. And the industry is working around the clock to validate, refine, and ultimately mass produce that science. There is an old saying: “what a time to be alive.” Self-driving cars? What a time to be alive. Think about it for a moment. All the cars we see on the road today; all of them driving themselves. Society will forever change as we know it. Cr...
Tags: Events, Autos, Detroit Lions, Brussels, Detroit, Brussels Belgium, Detroit Michigan, Wayne State University, Fleck, Stead, Christoph Stiller, Carl Anthony, Alex Hartman, Future Of Transportation, Michigan Science Center, Michael Watts


Minnesota RB Smith (knee) out rest of season

Running back Rodney Smith, who injured his knee Saturday against Fresno State, will miss the rest of the Golden Gophers' season. Coach P.J. Fleck said Minnesota will apply for a sixth year of eligibility for Smith.
Tags: Minnesota, Football, Smith, Fresno State, Rodney Smith, Fleck, Golden Gophers


Daily News girls volleyball preview: Teams to watch

The 2018 girls volleyball season has started, and it’s easy to see there are many tremendous teams across the area plus a few surprises. One significant change this season is that the CIF Southern Section will use a new system to set the Division 1 and Division 2 playoff brackets. At the end of the regular season, a committee will place the top teams, based on this season’s performance, in Division 1. This means no more predetermined playoff divisions for the top teams. The best will play the be...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Jordan, Kim, High School Sports, Daily News, Kelly, Lakewood, Westlake, Simpson, UC Santa Barbara, Webb, Wolverines, San Fernando Valley, Lund


Westlake girls volleyball wins Chatsworth Invitational

CHATSWORTH >> Westlake outside hitter Katie Fleck let out a laugh that gave like a crescendo. Going from low to high in a matter of seconds, but the rhythm of her team’s beat has remained the same. It is almost impossible to tell that Fleck and her team of experienced seniors with their laughter have had to weather multiple storms in the first month of their season. If starting the season having played 11 of its first 13 games away from home wasn’t enough, then came tragedy on the court. Startin...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Dolphins, Soccer, Chatsworth, High School Sports, Liz, Taft, Forrest, Westlake, Palisades, Van Nuys, Fleck, Newbury Park, Chris Forrest, Overbeck


Trail Mix – August 2018

It’s funny how each Trail Mix settles out each month. As the list came together, I thought to myself, “Has there even been a better collection of tunes from artists whose names start with A to lead off a mix?” Aaron Lee Tasjan. Amanda Shires. American Aquarium. That’s a hell of an alphabetical start to this August mix. And that’s just the beginning. The rest of the alphabet is pretty well represented, too. Featured also is some poignant alt-country from Memphis, Tennessee’s own Lucero (pictured ...
Tags: Music, Sport, Chicago, Cycling, Bill, Sean Brock, Memphis Tennessee, Lucero, Fleck, Trail Mix, Kevin Gordon, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Darren Jessee, Amanda Shires, Beth Snapp, Walter Salas Humara


Symposium: Free speech for public employees restored — Justice Alito plays the long game.

Matthew Forys is the chief of staff at Landmark Legal Foundation, which filed an amicus brief in support of Mark Janus in Janus v. AFSCME. The Supreme Court upheld the free speech rights of state and local public-sector workers in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and overruled an anomaly in its First Amendment jurisprudence: 1977’s Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. At issue in Janus was whether state government workers who don’t want to join the union rep...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Unions, Congress, Washington, New Jersey, Knox, Michigan, Quinn, SEIU, Illinois, Hudson, HARRIS, Abood