During the week end the Davis Cup 2010 Final was played in Belgrade. The hosting team was favorite also because of the injuries issue that forced French captain Guy Forget to take difficult decisions about the players that would play.

On Friday, December 3, in my region there was the switch off with the move to digital terrestrial television. In Italy the various regions, sometimes provinces on their own, have been switching to DTT during this year, my region is one of the last to do it.

The bacterium GFAJ-1 grown in arsenic

The news already leaked out and last night NASA confirmed it: a group of researchers who were conducting tests in Mono Lake, a California lake with a harsh environment, found a microorganism capable of thriving in an environment full of arsenic.

The Eyes of Heisenberg and Whipping Star (Italian edition) by Frank Herbert

The novel “The Eyes of Heisenberg” by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in 1966.

In a far future children’s birth is strictly regulated and each individual’s DNA is manipulated right after being conceived. The products of such manipulations are divided in two reproductive classes: the Optimen, naturally sterile, and the Folks, most kept sterile through a special gas while some others are allowed to reproduce.

Harvey and Lizbeth Durant received permission to conceive a child but during the manipulation that is mandatory for a fertilized egg something unexpectedly happens. The consequence is that the Durant family ends in the middle of a power struggle that also includes the Cyborgs, who’s been trying to overthrow the Optimen’s regime for a long time.

Mario Monicelli in 2007

Master of cinema Mario Monicelli died yesterday at the San Giovanni hospital in Rome, where he was admitted a few day ago for a prostate cancer: he wanted to choose the moment of his death so he took his own life jumping from a window.