June 2019

Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit

“The Creature from the Pit” is an adventure of the seventeenth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1979. It follows “City of Death” and it’s a four parts adventure written by David Fisher and directed by Christopher Barry.

After intercepting a distress signal, the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) brings the Tardis to the planet Chloris, where metals are rare. Upon their arrival, he and Romana II (Lalla Ward) discover the remains of a huge egg in the jungle but don’t have time to study it because they get captured by locals.

The two travelers discover that the sentient inhabitants of the planet Chloris are ruled by the cruel Lady Adrasta, who controls the extraction of the very little existing metals. Opponents are thrown into the Pit, where an enormous Creature lives.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The novel “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells was published for the first time in 1897 serialized in “Pearson’s Magazine” and in 1898 as a book. It’s freely available on Gutenberg Project’s website.

When explosions are observed on the planet Mars, they become a curiosity in the scientific community but the phenomenon doesn’t seem to go beyond that. However, months later an object crashes near London and people in the area who go to investigate in the crater area realize that it’s some kind of machine that carries beings that resembles giant octopuses who soon kill one of the people who came near with a heat-ray.

The British army reaches the area while another alien machine lands and a battle begins fought by the Martians using the heat-ray and a black smoke. It’s only the beginning of an alien advance towards London, supported also by other machines that in the meantime have been assembled into huge tripods while civilians try to escape.

Redlichia rex, the T.rex of trilobites, has been identified

An article published in “Journal of Systematic Palaeontology” reports the identification of a new species of trilobites that lived about 500 million years ago, in the Cambrian period. A team of researchers examined fossils discovered in the Emu Bay Shale, on Kangaroo Island, Australia, finding in some specimens characteristics that were different from the majority identified in the species Redlichia takooensis. Due to their size considerable for trilobites, with lengths that could reach 30 cm, and due to their predator characteristics, they decided to name the new species Redlichia rex, similarly to T.rex.

A research on pterosaur embryos indicates that they could fly from birth

An article published in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences” reports evidence that pterosaurs were able to fly from birth. Dr. David Unwin, a paleobiologist at the University of Leicester, and Dr. Charles Deeming, a zoologist at the University of Lincoln, studied fossil pterosaur embryos at the base of the idea that they could fly only after they grew and compared them with embryos of birds and crocodiles concluding that they were only at the beginning of their development. The discovery in China and Argentina of fossil embryos that were about to hatch provided evidence that pterosaurs could fly from birth.

Hugh Laurie in 2012

James Hugh Calum Laurie – this is his full name – was born on June 11, 1959 in Oxford, England. He gained fame on television by participating in the shows “The Black Adder”, “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” with his friend Stephen Fry, and “Jeeves and Wooster”. On several occasions he showed not only his skills as an actor but also as a musician as he learned to play various instruments since his childhood.

After gaining fame for years in his British homeland, Hugh Laurie also became famous in the USA when he started playing the cranky but brilliant Dr. Gregory House in the TV show “House, M.D.” in 2004. During the eight seasons of the show, Laurie won two Golden Globes for Best Actor along with various other awards.