Massimo Luciani

Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber (Italian edition)

The novel “Gather, Darkness!” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1943 in the magazine Astounding. It’s set at the beginning of the XXIV century in a theocracy that took power on the Earth and the space colonies after a terrible nuclear war which took place a few centuries earlier. Humanity is ruled by the Hierarchy of the Great God, whose priests exploit religious beliefs to keep ordinary people in a state of ignorance and submission.

The geoid measured by the GOCE satellite (photo ESA)

The GOCE (Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite was launched in an ESA mission about two years ago with the aim of taking measurements of the geoid with a precision never achieved before. With its gradiometer, an very sensitive gravity detection instrument, the GOCE has collected enough data to create the most accurate image of the Earth we’ve ever seen.

Robert Bunsen

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811 in G├Âttingen in the then kingdom of Hanover, now part of Germany. His inventions and discoveries made him one of the most famous scientists in the field of chemistry.