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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

biology

Modeled by hormones

published on 27 04 2019

Everything we are is inscribed in our genes, but its main route of expression are hormones. We grow up to a certain size, we differentiate ourselves in men and women and we regulate the body’s temperature or energy through hormones. If the genes are the project, the hormones are the hands of the sculptor. The […]

Prevent avalanches

published on 6 02 2019

The reporter of the program Pere Renom ascends with skis of mountain to the Cap des Clòsos, a summit of the Valley of Aran of 2.417 meters of altitude, opening trace through the snow. He is accompanied by two experienced mountaineers, one of whom, Ivan Afonso, survived an avalanche 20 years ago. From this experience […]

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 […]

Impressive

published on 9 04 2018

3D printing is a technology for manufacturing three-dimensional objects by superimposing layers of material, that is why it is also called additive manufacturing. In the last 15 years it has grown a lot in the industrial field since it allows to develop prototypes cheaper than the usual technique of molds for injected plastic, without limitation […]

Pain, not so much not so little

published on 19 02 2018

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience, typical of all living beings with a central nervous system. It works as an alarm signal, which warns and protects against physical damage. To survive, it is necessary to perceive the pain and react in time, fleeing or fighting it. In the report we will see that […]

A nursery of scientists

published on 16 12 2017

The center Món Natura Pirineus, in Les Planes de Son, is a nursery for young scientists. Since 2007, the La Pedrera Foundation organizes the Youth and Science stays. For two weeks students from all over Catalonia receive theory classes, practice in the laboratory and field work in the areas of biology or astronomy. To get […]

What small little therapies

published on 15 11 2017

Three revolutionary medical therapies, that act on a nanometer scale, a billionth of a meter, are explained. Self-propelled and dirigible nanorobots designed to transport drugs to target cells and greatly increase pharmacological efficiency. Peptide launchers, small molecules capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and improve the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or brain […]

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, […]

The pig in the heart

published on 16 05 2017

The pig is much more than meat, you get hundreds of different products, some related to health such as heart valves or heparin, an anticoagulant molecule essential in blood transfusions or open heart operations. We will know the case of Joan Fàbregas a patient with a cardiac abnormality who is implanted with a prosthesis of […]

Fleas, ticks and bed bugs

published on 7 02 2017

Fleas, ticks and bedbugs are hematophagous invertebrates, that’s blood-eaters. Each has its own particular life cycle and preferences when itching. Apart from causing annoyance, they can transmit diseases of a certain severity like Lyme, and in exceptional cases, even to be mortal. The following spoke: Joaquim Castellà, parasitologist of the Department of Animal Health and […]