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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

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The butterfly effect

published on 3 05 2016

The weather in Catalonia depends on the atmospheric circulation in the middle of the North Atlantic, thousands of kilometers away. Any slight change in the initial conditions there will trigger a completely different result. This behavior, characteristic of chaotic systems, is known as the butterfly effect and is responsible for the unpredictablility of weather in […]

Pantry of Fall

published on 19 04 2016

Typical autumn products are mushrooms and chestnuts, but actually the list includes many others, such as the strawberry tree, the hackberry, the rose hip, the jujube, the loquat or the rowanberry. We will learn to recognize them. We will also discover that humans are not the only ones to make pantry, gray dormouse also makes. […]

Reading the hand

published on 29 03 2016

Our hand does not reveal the personality or the future, but speaks of evolution and growth, defines the activities we practice, identifies us, allows us to communicate and provides the basis for counting decimal. Although not along the lines of the palm, hands can be read and contain much information. Speakers Josep M. Potau Unit […]

Balloons to the stratosphere

published on 1 03 2016

Catalan industry is a world leader in the manufacture of balloons, used for sport and tourism. We will ascend to 6,000 meters with a balloon made in Igualada and see how the temperature and oxygen decrease rapidly with altitude. Faced with these difficulties, Would you dare to ascend balloon into the stratosphere, 36 kilometers altitude? […]

Masters of wood

published on 16 02 2016

The reporter Pere Renom knows a guitar maker and attends an authentication of a guitar theoretically built in 1867 in Sevilla by a man named Antonio de Torres, the equivalent of Stradivarius in violins. Renom also participates in the construction of a wooden house, greener and quicker to make than conventional homes. And he visits […]

The adventure of submarine Ictineu

published on 19 01 2016

During the nineteenth century Narcís Monturiol designed and built the submarines Ictíneo I and II. A century and a half later Pere Forès has continued the adventure. After 10 years of work, on November 5, 2015 the submarine Ictíneo 3 submerged to 1,000 meters deep in the Canyon of Villefranche-sur-Mer (France) and obtained official certification. […]

Brave as lions

published on 10 11 2015

Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a protozoan capable of infecting virtually any warm-blooded animal, but only reproduces sexually in the intestine of cats and other felines. According to statistics about 20% of the Catalan population has passed the disease unknowingly because symptoms are similar to flu. Basically it is taken from the consumption of […]

Montsant, peace and silence

published on 20 10 2015

The range of Montsant is located away from main roads and has no road and no track that passes. This makes it particularly quiet. For this reason it is a refuge for very sensitive species such as Bonelli’s eagle, the native crayfish, several bats or yew forests. It also locates Somereta an endemic insect species […]

Antennas, in neighbor’s backyard

published on 29 09 2015

It is recommended to turn off the wifi at night? And for what reason? Are its waves a danger to health? And the microwaves from mobile phone? What power density can we receive from a base station? And from our own phone? Are there leaking from microwave ovens? “Quèquicom” provides the basic knowledge to take […]

Tempus fugit

published on 30 05 2015

Time is an unattainable dimension. We live within the time from birth, and it structurates our lives. We have learned to measure it with nanosecond precision in atomic clocks, but we are still experiencing it subjectively. Einstein showed that time is relative and, apparently, on a cosmic scale could be slowing down until stop it. […]