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Wired UK: #Harry #Potter fans get glimpse of the #wizard’s future in a new story

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Has it really been seven years since the end of the seventh Harry Potter book? It has, and as every Harry Potter fan knows, seven in the most powerfully magical number, which might well be why JK Rowling has chosen this anniversary to release a new short story about everyone’s favourite wizard. [Pipe down, Gandalf]

The new material has been published on the online portal to Harry’s world, Pottermore, and takes the form of a Daily Prophet news report — called “Dumbledore’s army reunited at Quidditch World Cup final” – by the nefarious journawitch Rita Skeeter. As gossip correspondent, Skeeter updates us on what happens to the boy who lived in manhood as well as the exploits of other members of Dumbledore’s Army.

Here’s what we learn about Harry and his chums:

Harry is about to turn 34, is starting to go grey and is a famous Auror. He hasn’t swapped his round glasses for wayfarers, even though this seems to have been a style choice inflicted on him early in life by the Dursleys. He has got another scar — a mysterious mark over his right cheekbone.

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#Doctor #Who’s #Cardiff premiere launches world tour

Cardiff: The Doctor's other home, besides Gallifrey.Cardiff: The Doctor’s other home, besides Gallifrey. © Matthew Dixon / Shutterstock

Fancy seeing Peter Capaldi’s first episode as The Doctor almost a month early? Want to rub shoulders with some of the cast and crew? You’d better get yourself down to Cardiff pretty soon then.

Ahead of its television debut on 23 August, the BBC will hold a world premiere for Deep Breath, the first episode of season eight (or season 34 if you’re counting the original run), in the Welsh capital on 7 August. BBC Wales has produced the show since its return to broadcast in 2005, and the city has become its home.

Described by the Beeb as a “lunchtime red carpet event”, the premiere will have series producer Steven Moffat and the show’s actors in attendance. Tickets will be available to purchase in person only from St David’s Hall box office from Monday, 7 July.

The event is being run as part of the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, which will see genre classics The Day the Earth Caught Fire, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Flash Gordon screened outdoors at the British Museum at the end of August.

The Cardiff premiere also kicks off the Doctor Who world tour, which will take Capaldi and co. to meet fans in London, New York, Mexico City, Seoul, Sydney, and Rio De Janeiro between 7-19 August. The tour does, however, mean that for the first time in years, there won’t be a Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which has previously seen some big announcements regarding the series made. Better keep an eye on tour reports for any TARDIS1-related info.

Wired UK

TARDIS: Time and Relative Dimension in Space

  1. TARDISTime And Relative Dimension In Space 

I did something really stupid today!

Depression & II have lived with depression for most of my adult life and for the past 15 years I have been seeing a psychiatrist on a monthly basis who has helped me an awful lot but today I think I did something really stupid!

I was taking Venlafaxine XL 225 mg daily for the past 3 years and a little over three months ago I stopped taking them because I was feeling nauseated 5 days out of 7, to me that wasn’t living, I couldn’t do anything, yes they did help tremendously with my depression, and for the first couple of years I felt good, great in fact and I don’t know why they made me feel ‘sick’ but they did, the withdrawals were horrendous but I was determined to come off them and I do feel ok now, sort of…

Today when I saw my psychiatrist I was determined not to go back on medication so I did what us depressives do best, I put on an act! When I saw him I was happy, I lied about what I have been doing, making out that everything was going well in my life and I was positive about the future and it worked as I am no longer on any medication, but I’m no longer seeing my psychiatrist either!

He was so pleased with my ‘progress’ that he felt I had no further need of his help and he signed me back to my G.P. and the prospect of not seeing him again, that I am on my own scares the hell out of me.

For you ‘normal’ people who did not know that we depressives put on an act we do, especially with our friends and family who think that when we are depressed we are ‘just sad’ and if we socialise with you and have a good time it will make us better, let me tell you now it doesn’t, we put on an act for your benefit to make you feel better and to get you of our back, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.

Depression is not just about feeling sad, it is a chemical malfunction in the brain and unless you’ve ever suffered with depression you don’t know what it is like, and I’m not talking about the ‘depression’ you get when you break up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, that is not really depression that is just tremendous sadness!

My psychiatrist did tell me that if I needed help all I had to do was tell my G.P. that I want to be referred back to him and I would see him within a week, but I have never asked anyone for help, I don’t know why I just don’t! I only got to see a psychiatrist because I took an overdose and nearly died and that scares me.

Don’t worry I’m not suicidal, well not yet anyway….  :-) see I can smile… I’m just lost and worried about the future that’s all, forgive me for not posting anything today I’m not in the mood, I will try tomorrow, stay save and peace to all.

Fisticuffs drove evolution of the human face

evolution of the human faceUniversity of Utah

Human faces may have evolved in response to being punched repeatedly.

In order to protect the jaw from breaking during punch-ups, an injury that could have proved fatal in our ancient past, humans evolved “protective buttressing”, claims a paper to be published on 9 June in Biological Reviews.

The research follows analysis of the human hand by the same University of Utah team that in 2012 published a controversial paper suggesting that our hands evolved to allow us to punch better.

“If indeed the evolution of our hand proportions were associated with selection for fighting behaviour,” said lead author David Carrier, “you might expect the primary target, the face, to have undergone evolution to better protect it from injury when punched”.

By examining the skulls of modern humans and australopiths, a human ancestor that became extinct two million years ago, the team detected strong evolutionary changes in the bones that are most likely to fracture during fights.

Additionally, the team says, the protective features in those same bones were markedly different between women and men.

“In other words, male and female faces are different because the parts of the skull that break in fights are bigger in males,” said Carrier.

The study contradicts previous research that suggested a diet of tough nuts and seeds helped drive evolution of our faces. Published in 2009, that study used CT scans to analyse the facial biomechanics of australopiths, finding that their jaws may have been adapted to crunching nuts.

Instead, argue Carrier and coauthor Michael Morgan, violence and conflict over resources, land and reproduction, changed the human face.

The idea that our skulls may be adapted to violence is part of a continuing line of research from Carrier and coauthor Michael Morgan on the influence of violence in early human societies.

Their 2012 study on human hands examined the forces exerted on the fists of martial artists when hitting a punchbag and argued that although our hands also evolved to be dexterous, violence was the leading influence on how they came to have the proportions they do today. In short, our hands are adapted to punching.

Not everyone was convinced, as this National Geographic blog post details, with critics variously arguing that ancient humans would not have fought like martial artists today, using their teeth as much as their hands, and that making a fist is not a natural position for the hand.

Carrier and Morgan’s latest paper is sure to attract similar debate, but if they’re right then understanding human evolution could be as simple as imagining a fist punching a human face – forever.

Wired UK