After three years of cruelly keeping its hoard of precious texts away from the prying eyes of scholars from the outside world, the Vatican has re-opened its library, according to Yahoo! News in an article given me by a really nice reader:
The Vatican's Apostolic Library is reopening to scholars following a three-year, euro9-million ($11.5- million) renovation to install climate-controlled rooms for its precious manuscripts and state-of-the-art security measures to prevent theft and loss. [more...]
Curiously, the library has re-opened without its former store of rare historical books on Leonardo da Vinci, its medieval histories of Pope Joan, and its commentaries on the Necronomicon. The Vatican denies having ever had such texts in its possession.*
*(Umm, the way I wrote this article was, like, a joke.)
KEVIN McCARTHY DIES
As reported by Cinematical Kevin McCarthy, who starred in Death of a Salesman and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died at age 96.
SCIENTISTS MAKE REAL-LIFE TRACTOR BEAM...SORTA
According to ScienceDaily, Australian scientists have created a laser beam that can move small particles up to a meter and a half:
Professor Rode said his team used the hollow laser beam to trap light-absorbing particles in a 'dark core'. The particles are then moved up and down the beam of light, which acts like an optical 'pipeline'. [more...]
They say it won't work in space, though.
SF SIGNAL: WHY NO SPACE-THEMED NOVELS ON THE HUGO BALLOT FOR BEST NOVEL THIS YEAR?
Um...I dunno. Cuz people were reading steampunk, urban noir, and third-world dystopia this year? Read it here.
GAME OF THRONES PREVIEW
Also from SF Signal, see the HBO preview for Game of Thrones. Includes an interview with George R. R. Martin. Why do fantasy writers have so many initials?