Stephen Baxter in 2005

Stephen Baxter was born on November 13, 1957 in Liverpool, England.

During his career Stephen Baxter has become one of the most important hard science fiction authors with several works in which the scientific and technological elements are crucial in the plots. The exploration of the future of humanity or other universes with alternative stories for Baxter passes for those advances while developing at the same time their consequences.

Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Into the Forest I Go (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Into the Forest I Go” is the 9th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Into the Forest I Go”.

Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is given the explicit order to immediately leave the planet Pahvo but he doesn’t want to leave it to the Klingons and decides to send Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) on the enemy starship for a dangerous mission.

IBM 50-qubit system (Photo courtesy IBM)

IBM has announced the company’s progress in the field of quantum computing. A 20-qubit processor will be available in commercial systems with offerings within its specific IBM Q quantum systems program. Customers will be able to access its services via cloud and develop applications using the QISKit project, an open source development kit to program on quantum computers. IBM also announced the creation of a quantum processor prototype with 50 qubits.

A possible scenario in the Kayenta formation (Image courtesy Mark Witton)

An article published in the journal “Nature Ecology & Evolution” describes a research on the evolution of mammals from nocturnal animals to diurnal ones. A team of researchers co-ordinated by Tel Aviv University (TAU) and University College London (UCL) analyzed information about 2,415 extant mammalian species using computer algorithms to reconstruct their ancestors’ activity patterns, concluding that they started switching to daytime activity after the extinction of dinosaurs.

The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross

The novel “The Rhesus Chart” by Charles Stross was published for the first time in 2014. It’s part of the Laundry series and follows “The Apocalypse Codex”.

Among the projects Bob Howard is developing at the Laundry there’s one to analyze the causes of death in the territory. This would be useful, for example, to find out if someone died because of the necromantic version of mad cow disease. The first test gives disturbing results with the need to investigate.

While his wife Mo is engaged in a difficult mission abroad, Bob Howard finds himself involved in a task more complex than he expected. In his investigation he has to deal, among other things, with some financial activities related to the use of blood but it’s well known that vampires do not exist.