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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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Archeology of a shipwreck

published on 9.01.2019

In the first century BC, a Roman ship sailing along the Costa Brava (Girona) was surprised by a storm, hit the Formigues Islands and was shipwrecked. Its remains were preserved intact at 45 m depth for 2,000 years. The Center of Underwater Archeology of Catalonia (CASC) carries out an excavation campaign to study the loading […]

Artificial intelligence

published on 16.05.2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) was born between the 40s and 50s of the 20th century, as a computer discipline. One of its main founders was the British mathematician Alan Turing. Among his many contributions there is a test to discern if a machine shows intelligent behavior or not. To pass the test, it is necessary to […]

The tower of Babel

published on 11.10.2017

The Castella school, in the Raval district of Barcelona, is an authentic Tower of Babel: in a class of 25 students we can find a dozen nationalities and around ten languages. But this linguistic diversity seems small when we expand the scale of observation. In Catalonia there are inventoried more than 300 different languages, and […]

Extraordinary centenarian

published on 27.12.2016

There is no magic formula to live 100 years, depends on a lucky combination of genetics and healthy habits. We will analyze the case of two extraordinary centenarians and we will understand that aging is rusting. The following spoke: Mireia Farré from Idescat, Reinald Pamplona from UdL-IRBLleida, Manel Esteller from IDIBELL and the centenarian Joaquim […]

Lottery, gambling game

published on 4.12.2012

Are there some lottery establishments luckier than others? A palindrome is more likely that an “ugly number “? On a trip across the chance, Pere Renom interviews Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo , patriarch of the “Pelayos”, a family that won 200 million pesetas applying statistics in the roulette. Leo Margets, outstanding professional poker player, explains that, beyond […]