Henry Cavill as the moody Man of Steel. Image: Warner Bros
This article was written by the psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought — H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. Minor spoilers for Man of Steel follow.
The Man of Steel movie hits theaters today, the latest cinematic reimagining of the iconic character of Superman. And while the “S” logo is recognizable the world over, some people say that the man of steel isn’t the easiest character to identify with, either because he’s too much of a “Boy Scout” with an antiquated moral code, or because his omnipotence and alien origin make him less relatable compared to other superheroes who are more grounded in reality.
But after taking a deeper look into Superman’s psyche, we beg to differ. Sure, he’s from another planet and can fly, shoot laser beams from his eyes, and see through unleaded objects. But, if you look beneath the “S” on his chest from a psychological perspective, you’ll see that Superman is more human than superhuman, with the same sort of conflicts, crises and identity issues as the rest of us.
Why Doesn’t Superman Have PTSD?
Superman’s human experience ironically begins with his birth on an alien planet teetering on destruction. Who can forget the dramatic imagery of a baby Kal-El jettisoned from an exploding Krypton? Although a newborn wouldn’t remember this catastrophe, we can’t ignore the potentially harmful psychological effects of hurtling through multiple galaxies in solitude. So, is Superman’s unscathed infant psyche beyond human?
Astronomers using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Integral space observatory have watched as a black hole woke up to feed on a low-mass object that strayed just a little too close.
The team was using the Integral observatory to study a galaxy 47 million light-years away when they noticed a bright X-ray flare coming from another location.
“The observation was completely unexpected, from a galaxy that has been quiet for at least 20–30 years,” saidMarek Nikolajuk of the University of Bialystok, Poland, lead author of the paper which appeared recently in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
The team analyzed the characteristics of the flare and determined the emission came from a halo of material around the galaxy’s central black hole as it tore apart an object the size of about 14 to 30 Jupiter masses. The size corresponds to that of a brown dwarf
At the D: All Things Digital conference in California, Apple CEO Tim Cook has kicked off the proceedings by showing strong interest in wearable computers — but dissing the concept of Google Glass, while extolling the virtues of a (theoretical) wristwatch-type device.
Speaking to Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at D11, Cook said wearables are “incredibly interesting,” and could be a “profound area” if done right. Seemingly, he doesn’t think all that much of Google Glass, saying it won’t have broad appeal outside of specialized markets. The main problem when it comes to wearable computers, according to Cook, is getting people to actually wear it. ”[There’s] nothing [currently in the wearables space] that’s going to convince a kid that’s never worn glasses or a band or a watch or whatever to wear one… I wear glasses because I have to. I don’t know a lot of people who wear them because they don’t have to… To convince people they have to wear something, it has to be incredible.”
HP’s Ultrabook Is Made Out of Glass
How do you turn heads when everyone on the block has an ultrabook—and most of them look like bootleg MacBook Airs? Make yours fast as hell and built from a bunch of damn glass.
The HP Spectre 14 isn’t made entirely out of glass, but it sure does dominate the thing: wristpad, screen, lid, all covered in a shimmering crystalline layer of “scratch-resistant” (Gorilla?) glass. It makes the thing sparkle, but it’s also glowing inside: Core i7 processor, up to 256 GB of SSD storage, and a potential 8 GB of RAM.