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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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Insects that give us wings

published on 24 10 2019

Although insects generally produce rejection and we associate them with annoying or harmful bugs, they are really fundamental animals for the planet since they pollinate most flowers (including our crops), eliminate manure and corpses, they are key in many trophic chains and could even serve as food. The following spoke: Jorge Mederos and Gloria Masó, […]

Climate change, critical level

published on 18 09 2019

Global warming has not stopped since the industrial revolution and in the Quèquicom we are also witnesses. In 2006 we dedicated a report to climate change. In 2019, thirteen years later, we made an update. We will see how has evolved the CO2 in the atmosphere, the temperature of the sea in Estartit, the fish […]

Tractors, from the mule to the microchip

published on 3 04 2019

Since its inception agriculture had several technological revolutions, which have always gone in the direction of saving effort and increasing efficiency: animal traction, mechanization, precision and interconnection. Only robotics is lacking, and the farmer will not have to move a single finger to work in the field. The following spoke: Jordi Terrazas, Equibru, Joan and […]

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 […]

To trust the currency

published on 30 05 2018

Geometrically a coin has three faces: front, back and edge. But metaphorically, it has many more. Numismatics values ancient coins both for art and for the history they contain. Inflation is an economic phenomenon directly related to the availability of currencies. And Bitcoin is a digital currency that challenges the current financial system. Speakers Albert […]

The caganer

published on 18 04 2017

It is often said that Catalans are eschatological. They have the “caganer”, a figure of the Christmas manger of a man defecating, they also have the “tió” a trunk of tree that shits gifts at Christmas, and in the industrial field they have the company Roca, one of the most important of the world in […]

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.