Massimo Luciani

See “About” page for information about Massimo Luciani aka NetMassimo, including the means to contact the author on social media.

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3D model of Caelestiventus hanseni skull (Image courtesy Nate Edwards / Brigham Young University. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature Ecology and Evolution” describes the discovery of a pterosaur that lived in today’s Utah about 210 million years ago. Named Caelestiventus hanseni, it was studied by a team of researchers thanks to a CT-scan that allowed to create a 3D model of the only specimen in the sandstone of the formation in which it was found. It’s one of the oldest known pterosaurs and this will allow to better understand the origin and evolution of that group of reptiles.

Saffaqah Stone Tools (Image courtesy Shipton et al.)

An article published in the journal “PLOS ONE” describes a research on a population of Homo erectus which claims that their extinction was partly due to their laziness. A team coordinated by the Australian National University (ANU) excavated in Saffaqah, near Dawadmi, in central Saudi Arabia, examined remains belonging to the acheulean culture of the Lower Paleolithic, concluding that in the collection of resources and in the production of tools, local Homo erectus used minimal effort strategies with poor adaptability that could have been fatal in the long run.

Entangled Earth by David Lea

The novel “Entangled Earth” by David Lea was published for the first time in 2018.

Mia Green is in Paris for a physics conference and together with her friend Celeste took the opportunity to visit the Eiffel tower when something catastrophic and incomprehensible happens. It almost seems that huge and invisible bullets hit the tower and among the consequences there’s the death of many visitors including poor Celeste. Together with Bruce, another survivor, she manages to leave the tower to look for Abraham Lane, a professor who’s also in Paris for the conference, facing a strange situation in which the catastrophe seems to have struck the city and you can run into invisible obstacles.

When Mia finally manages to find Abraham, he shows her the recording of an experiment held in Cambridge he was watching at the PC where an attempt to create a connection with a parallel universe went very badly with the consequence that another whole Earth started interacting with their one bringing destruction. The authors of the experiment failed to stop it and someone has to do it as soon as possible because the interactions of the other Earth will become more destructive.

Stromatoveris psygmoglena fossil (Photo courtesy J. Hoyal Cuthill)

An article published in the journal “Paleontology” describes a comparative study of various organisms of the so-called Ediacara fauna with the one called Stromatoveris psygmoglena. Jennifer F. Hoyal Cuthill of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the British University of Cambridge and Jian Han of the Northwest University in Xi’an, China, analyzed more than 200 fossils of specimens of this organism that lived about 518 million years ago. A comparison with other organisms that lived later suggests that they were all animals that formed their own group, which was called Petalonamae.

Gillian Anderson in 2011

Gillian Leigh Anderson was born on August 9, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Gillian Anderson’s first experiences as a professional actress were in stage plays. In 1992 she moved to Los Angeles, initially looking for a career in cinema. Not finding work, she decided to accept roles for television productions and, after a small role, she auditioned for “The X-Files” and was cast for the role that changed her life, that of FBI agent Dana Scully. FOX wanted an actress with more experience and sex appeal but showrunner Chris Carter wanted Gillian Anderson and she got the role.

Gillian Anderson is now an actress appreciated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and in the coming months the movie “UFO” and the Tv show “Sex Education” are scheduled to be released, two projects in which she participated. In short, even if “The X-Files” had really come to an end, her fans can still see her in other productions.