Octobot (Image courtesy Lori Sanders/Harvard University)

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the creation of an Octobot, a robot with the appearance of an octopus produced using soft materials. A Harvard University team put together various disciplines combining mechanical engineering and microfluidics to create with a 3D printer and other production methods a small prototype equipped with an autonomous programming.

Cave bear skeleton

An article published in “Journal of Quaternary Science” describes a research on the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) (photo ©Ra’ike). An international team of paleontologists led by Professor Hervé Bocherens of the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment (HEP) at the University of Tübingen studied the bones of these ancient animals and concluded that their diet was vegan. They also propose the hypothesis that their diet was wat led to the extinction of these bears about 25,000 years ago.

Doctor Who - Colony in Space

“Colony in Space” is an adventure of the eigth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1971. It follows “The Claws of Axos” and it’s a six parts adventure written by Malcolm Hulke and directed by Michael Briant.

The story

Three Time Lords meet to discuss the theft of confidential files about a very powerful weapon. They’re forced to admit that the only person capable of handling such a situation is the Doctor but the mission requires a trip in space and in another time so they have to temporarily suspend his exile to Earth.

The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) is working on the Tardis when it actives and dematerializes carrying the Doctor and Jo Grant (Katy Manning), who had entered it, on the planet Uxarieus in the 25th century. The Doctor realizes that the Time Lord controlled the Tardis remotely and must understand why they sent him to what looks like a small human colony.

Reconstruction of a Thylacoleo carnifex attacking a Diprotodon (Image roman uchytel)

An article published in the journal “Paleobiology” describes a research on Thylacoleo carnifex. Commonly known as the marsupial lion, it was a predator native of Australia that lived between the Paleocene period and the beginning of the Pleistocene period, about 50,000 years ago. Christine Janis at the University of Bristol along with Figueirido Borja and Alberto Martín-Serra of the University of Malaga examined this animal’s elbows and concluded that it had a unique hunting style.

The novel “The Transmigration of Timothy Archer” by Philip K. Dick was published for the first time in 1982.

Bishop Timothy Archer has highly unorthodox ideas about the history of Christianity and the history of Jesus of Nazareth. The discovery of Zadokite scrolls suggests that two centuries earlier what is attributed to him was already preached. To find out the truth and the anokhi scrolls they talk about, Archer wants to go to Israel to research in person.

Angel, Timothy Archer’s daughter-in-law, reamined in contact with him after the death of her husband Jeff but in the course of her life she already had various problems. Being in the midst of the romance between the bishop and his secretary Kirsten and getting involved in the man’s religious quest become an additional burden.