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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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Lightning catchers

published on 18.03.2014

The lightning are highly potent electric shocks that occur in microseconds. Nevertheless, it is possible to catch them with a high speed camera, detect them by antennas, track them on trees or subsurface minerals, lead them to lightning rods, and reproduce its plasma in cutting steel machines, fluorescent or neon. Speakers Oscar Van der Velde, […]

Designing the Catalan keyboard

published on 14.01.2014

The program Quèquicom proposes to the linguistic engineer Lluís de Yzaguirre from the UPF, and to the member of Softcatalà Joan Montané, the design of a new keyboard adapted to the Catalan language. With this new keyboard would be possible to write faster and reduce injuries to hands and wrists. The QWERTY keyboard finally has […]

The swim across the Strait of Gibraltar

published on 10.12.2013

The reporter Pere Renom tries to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar to make a report. Faced with the currents, waves, wind, fog and tides, and avoid about 90 large merchant that circulate daily through the strait. He should cover a distance of about 15 km. Throughout history, less than 800 swimmers have achieved this […]

Copper, the electric metal

published on 5.11.2013

Associated with electricity, copper has helped change the world. Besides being a good conductor some of its compounds are superconductors. In living organisms acts as a transmitter of electrons in many biochemical reactions. Also is part of several blue and green pigments of gothic painting and sometimes can acquire an electric tone.

Gibraltar, a natural border

published on 29.10.2013

The Strait of Gibraltar is the limit of distribution of various species, both plant and animal. There are monkeys, chameleons, Northern Bald Ibis, the last laurel forests of Europe and the most recent remnants of our cousins the Neanderthals. Speakers Eric Shaw, in charge of the monkeys of Gibraltar, Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar […]

Eggs at lab

published on 15.10.2013

Eggs are a valuable food source. A fried egg, a Spanish omelette, cakes and sweets of all kinds, and even the eggs of sturgeon, the exquisite caviar, are different versions of eggs in a dish. But humans also know how to use eggs as privileged medium for research, they are like a miniature laboratory to […]

1714: Science in war

published on 10.09.2013

Why eighteenth century military clothing was very showy colors rather than camouflage like today? How functioned firearms? What factors decided the victory in the open field? How was raised a siege to a city? And how the city was defended? How was medicine and surgery? The report explains what is aposematic coloration, shoots with an […]

Forest fires, adapt or die

published on 25.06.2013

The Mediterranean is an area hard hit by forest fires since it is characterized by hot and dry summers. The recurrent fires have pushed the vegetation to acquire two adaptations for surviving: massive germination after fire and regrowth. But it has also forced the fire department and forest ecologists devote many resources to understand fire […]

Blood in the veins

published on 11.06.2013

The reporter Pere Renom gives blood and follows his blood bag to the Blood and Tissue Bank. There, Eduard Muñiz-Diaz, director of Immunology, explains what are the blood groups and how to take into account in transfusions. He also knows special lighting system to visualize veins in obese people or in children. The device is […]

Wear feathers

published on 26.03.2013

The feathers are used to fly, to warm and to communicate. The reporter Pere Renom hunts ducks with his hands, visits a factory of down blankets, measures the colors of Great tits, observes the courtship of Sison and shows the great diversity of bird colors in a closet. And the presenter Jaume Vilalta explains how […]