2018

The Godmakers by Frank Herbert

The novel “The Godmakers” – in some editions styled as “The God Makers” – by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in 1972 as an expansion of four short stories published in previous years.

Lewis Orne works for a government agency that aims to identify planets where there’s a risk of war breaking out and to find ways to keep peace. Seeing the signs of that kind of risk is not always easy but his mental abilities seem to develop in such a way that they allow him to perform in-depth analyzes that after various missions lead him to disturbing conclusions.

On the planet Amel, a religious order has the extremely ambitious aim of creating a god and it’s not the first time they have dona that. They don’t know from what creature, or what, it will be born and yet what the Abbod says and does was designed and calibrated with extreme precision because random influences are too dangerous.

John Carpenter in 2010

John Howard Carpenter was born on January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York, USA. He’s been the director of a number of movies that sometimes had little commercial success but in time became cult movies such as “Dark Star”, “Halloween”, “The Fog”, “Escape from New York”, “The Thing”, “Big Trouble in Little China”, “Prince of Darkness”, and “They Live”.

Keyla Detmer (Emily Coutts) and and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in The Wolf Inside (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“The Wolf Inside” is the 11th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Despite Yourself”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “The Wolf Inside”.

While the USS Discovery is in the mirror universe, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in command of the Shenzhou. A mission to inflict a hard blow to the rebel alliance is an opportunity to gather useful information but for some people looking in the mirror has unexpected consequences.

Fossil scales of Jurassic Butterflies and Moths (Image courtesy van Eldijk et al.)

An article published in the journal “Science Advances” describes the discovery of the oldest fossil remains of lepidoptera, the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. A team of scientists analyzed soil samples in which Professor Paul K. Strother of Boston College previously identified fossil remains. The dating at about 200 million years ago indicates that those insects existed tens of millions of years before flowering plants, while many previous estimates suggested a possible coevolution between the two groups.

Biocrust in Utah (Photo courtesy Tami Swenson)

An article published in the journal “Nature Communications” describes a research that seeks to understand how communities of very diverse microorganisms that include fungi, bacteria and archaea can adapt to biocrusts, which means in the biological crusts of soil in very dry and arid environments. A team of scientists led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tried to understand it using the tools of exometabolomics, a big word that indicates the set of all the products of the metabolism of a biological organism.