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Pere Renom

“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. […]

Gaudí and the natural forms in the Sagrada Família

published on 10 11 2010

To better understand the relationship between the architecture of Gaudi and the nature, the biologist Pere Renom climbs the canopy of a beech forest over 40 meters high and compare the structure with that of the central nave of the Sagrada Família, designed like a forest of stone. The hyperboloid domes topping the nave are […]

The wood of Pallars region

published on 11 10 2006

The reporter and biologist Pere Renom navigates on a raft through the rapids of the river Noguera Pallaresa. This type of boat was used to transport the wood. Pallars (Lleida) has been, since ancient times, an area of timber production as it has large forest areas and an extensive river network that facilitated transport. The […]

Rescue in the snow

published on 5 04 2006

The reporter Samantha Vall is buried under half a metre of snow to check if electronic tracking systems for avalanche victims are effective. Toni Mestres, from the studio, shows how work those directional antennas, in what principles are based, and explains what happens inside a cloud when forming snow. Meanwhile, biologist Pere Renom describes how […]