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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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De-extinction: to revive a species

published on 19.12.2018

In Masjoan at Espinelves (Girona) there is a collection with more than 250 species of stuffed birds, gathered by the naturalist Marià Masferrer Rierola in the late nineteenth century. Among the various species there is the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), a bird native to the United States, which was extinct in 1918 by hunting and […]

Microplastic: from the clothes to the sea

published on 11.07.2017

For every 6 kg of polyester clothing in the laundry, we release about 4 g of plastic microfibers through the pipes, which will go to the sea and contaminate the waters, bottoms and trophic nets around the world. Participants: Àngels Rovira, Researcher in Advanced Materials, LEITAT, Anna Sánchez Vidal, GRC Geosciences Marinas, UB, Salvador Borrós, […]

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 […]

Legionellosis, a nebula disease

published on 7.04.2015

Legionella is not taken from the air conditioners in offices or homes, but by inhaling contaminated droplets coming from hot water systems of hotels or gyms, spa facilities and many cooling towers of industries. Participants Miquel Sabrià, head of the Infectious Diseases Unit, UAB; Ana Belén Gómez and Neus Cirera, the Public Health Agency of […]

Evolution, after Darwin’s footsteps

published on 14.10.2014

Charles Darwin proposed natural selection as the mechanism of evolution, inspired by the finches of the Galapagos islands, fossils of Patagonia, or domestic pigeons. In Catalonia can be found completely equivalent examples: Pyrenean cave beetles, rodent fossils, or a new breed of mini-pigs intended for biomedical research.

Fishing drowns

published on 3.10.2007

The European Union has suspended the fishing of bluefin tuna because it is near extinction. Meanwhile, the journal “Science” published that in 2048 the markets could run out of fish because the populations of most commercial species are being depleted. What measures should be taken to avoid economic collapse and environmental disaster? Are we on […]