An article published in “Journal of Systematic Palaeontology” describes the identification of a new spiecie of ichthyosaur, a group of marine reptiles that lived in the Mesozoic Era. Called Wahlisaurus massarae, the only known specimen lived in the Lower Jurassic period, about 200 million years ago, in today’s Nottinghamshire, England.
The novel “The Garden of Rama” by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee was published for the first time in 1991. It’s the sequel to “Rama II”.
Nicole Des Jardins, Richard Wakefield and Michael O’Toole remained on the enormous alien spaceship called Rama II when it resumed its journey into space leaving the solar system. During the long journey to the Sirius system they have some children but when they arrive they discover that it’s just a relatively brief stop and the mysterious builders have other plans.
A habitat suitable for human beings is built within Rama and the three passengers are asked to record a video to invite Earth to send 2,000 people to build a colony inside it. The terrestrial governments keep the message secret and the settlers think that their mission is to create a new colony on Mars.
On June 22, 1996 id Software released the shareware version for MS-DOS of the video game “Quake”. It included the first of four episodes included in the full commercial version which also started being sold along with some maps created for the multiplayer mode games.
After three years, the world of supercomputers has a new king: the Top500 ranking crowned Sundai TaihuLight, Chinese as its predecessor Tianhe-2 and the first to use national processors while the previous Chinese supercomputers were still using American processors, especially Intel ones. The computing power of Sundai TaihuLight is 93 PFlop/s, nearly three times that of Tianhe-2.
The short story “A Short Encyclopedia of Lunar Seas” by Ekaterina Sedia was published for the first time in 2012.
This guide to the lunar seas allows to appreciate its inhabitants and its connections with Russia. The lunar seas are full of life and magic, marked by the stories of the people living and working in one of them but also of those of the people who go to visit them for various reasons.