Albertavenator curriei illustration (Image courtesy Oliver Demuth)

An article published in the journal “Canadian Journal of Earth Science” describes the identification of a new species of bird-like dinosaur. Called Albertavenator Curriei, it belongs to the troodontid family and lived in today’s Alberta, Canada, about 71 million years ago. The name of the species was chosen by the Royal Ontario Museum and the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s scientists after the famous Canadian paleontologist Philip J. Currie.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The novel “The Long Earth” by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2012. It’s the first book of The Long Earth series.

When the instructions to build a Stepper, a device that allows to move to a parallel universe, are made public on the Internet, a new frontier opens up for humanity. Anyone can do it and there seem to be infinite parallel universes where the Earth is similar but with some differences, hence the expression “Long Earth” and in none of them human beings evolved.

When human being move to a parallel universe they feel nausea but Joshua Valienté is an exception. He gets hired to participate in a an expedition to explore the Long Earth along with a truly unique companion, Lobsang, an artificial intelligence who claims to be the reincarnation of a human being.

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor (Image courtesy BBC)

The BBC broadcast a promo announcing that Jodie Whittaker will play the Thirteenth Doctor. The actress succeeds Peter Capaldi and will officially take his place at driving the Tardis in the special episode that will be broadcast on Christmas Day 2017.

Kromberg Formation Microfossils (Image courtesy Dorothy Oehler)

An article published in the journal “Precambrian Research” describes the comparative study of lenticular microfossils dating back to 3.4 billion years ago. Dorothy Z. Oehler and Maud M. Walsh started working on these microfossils and together with other researchers concluded that the ones found in the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa, are related to those found in the Pilbara Craton, Australia. Probably they were autotrophic organisms that for some phases of their life cycle lived like plankton.

The novel “The Mind Thing” by Fredric Brown was published for the first time in 1961.

The Mind Thing was exiled from his world and sent to Earth. He – but it hasn’t a gender – has a physical body with a parasitic nature and seeks to understand which among Earth’s creatures is more suitable as a host. When he wants to change a host, he must kill his former one but to force a human to suicide attracts unwanted attention.

Professor Staunton works on satellite design and goes to Bartlesville just to spend a few days off in the countryside. On the way, however, a dog runs right in front of his car and for him it’s impossible to brake before hitting it. Staunton is puzzled by the dog’s behavior and this helps him think of a connection with a suicide and other strange deaths but what could be the cause?