Massimo Luciani

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Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos

“Vengeance on Varos” is an adventure of the twentysecond season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1985. It follows “Attack of the Cybermen” and it’s a two parts adventure written by Philip Martin and directed by Ron Jones.

The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is trying to repair the Tardis, which halted in deep space. He realizes that it needs Zeiton-7, a very rare mineral found only on the planet Varos. Using an emergency patch, the Doctor manages to move the Tardis to carry Peri (Nicola Bryant) to Varos and proceed with a proper repair.

The planet Varos used to host a prison that over time turned into a strange democracy. The Governor’s proposals go under a mandatory vote for all citizens and television programs are about torture and executions. Zeiton-7 is purchased by the Galatron Mining Corporation and its representative Sil thinks that the Doctor has come to conclude a new deal for another mining company.

The poster for the documentary Tomorrow

The documentary “Tomorrow” (“Demain”), directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, was released in 2015. It won the César Award as the Best Documentary.

“Tomorrow” is divided into five chapters: agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. This means that it addresses not only the challenges directly affecting the environment and sustainability but also everything around it and regulates human beings’ lives in civil society. From this point of view, it tires to offer a fairly complete view of what’s waiting for us in the coming decades and how our society could evolve.

Cats buried in a 6000 year old pit in Hierakonpolis, Egypt (Photo courtesy Hierakonpolis Expedition. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature Ecology & Evolution” describes a genetic research on wild and domestic, ancient and modern cats. A team of researchers from the Belgian University of Leuven and the Belgian Royal Institute of Natural Sciences led by the paleogeneticist Claudio Ottoni analyzed the DNA of over 200 cats found in archaeological sites in the Near East, Africa and Europe with an age between 100 and 9,000 years to conclude that they were domesticated in two main waves in the Near East and Egypt.

A bush turkey, a kangaroo and a reconstruction of a Progura gallinacea (Image courtesy Elen Shute / Kim Benson / Tony Rodd / Aaron Camens)

An article published in the journal “Royal Society Open Science” describes a research on megapodes, a family of birds widespread in many parts of Oceania that includes various extinct species. A team of paleontologists at Flinders University reviewed several Australian fossils and proposed a new classification in five extinct species with various relationships with extant species.

Effendi by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

The novel “Effendi” by Jon Courtenay Grimwood was published for the first time in 2002. It’s the second novel in the Arabesk trilogy and is the sequel to “Pashazade”.

Ashraf (Raf) al-Mansur was named Chief of Detectives of the Police in El Iskandryia (Alexandria of Egypt) in the Ottoman Empire but his first case quickly turns out to be a big headache. An investigation leads to the discovery of the past of Hamzah Effendi, the richest man in the city and the father of the girl Raf was supposed to marry.

Hamzah Effendi ends up being charged with war crimes in a case that goes far beyond the borders of the Ottoman Empire and draws the attention of both European powers and the USA. International political clashes start provoking chaos in El Iskandryia when various nations start using a number of means to increase their influence in North Africa.