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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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Brave as lions

published on 10 11 2015

Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a protozoan capable of infecting virtually any warm-blooded animal, but only reproduces sexually in the intestine of cats and other felines. According to statistics about 20% of the Catalan population has passed the disease unknowingly because symptoms are similar to flu. Basically it is taken from the consumption of […]

Rescue in the sea

published on 16 12 2014

The main danger of shipwreck is not starvation or thirst, but dying of cold. When he is lost in the immensity of the sea the rescue is a race against time. Maritime Rescue is a public organization dedicated  24 hours a day to respond to emergencies in the sea. It has twenty centers coordinators spread […]

Lightning catchers

published on 18 03 2014

The lightning are highly potent electric shocks that occur in microseconds. Nevertheless, it is possible to catch them with a high speed camera, detect them by antennas, track them on trees or subsurface minerals, lead them to lightning rods, and reproduce its plasma in cutting steel machines, fluorescent or neon. Speakers Oscar Van der Velde, […]

Forest fires, adapt or die

published on 25 06 2013

The Mediterranean is an area hard hit by forest fires since it is characterized by hot and dry summers. The recurrent fires have pushed the vegetation to acquire two adaptations for surviving: massive germination after fire and regrowth. But it has also forced the fire department and forest ecologists devote many resources to understand fire […]

The strength of the cold

published on 15 03 2006

When water freezes its volume increases. This property can directly affect our body, constituted mainly of water, if either part is frozen. Josep Maria Vilà, an amateur mountaineer, lost 3 teammates and his girlfriend while trying to reach the peak of Balandrau in Ripollès (Girona). The reporter Samantha Vall finds out what happened that fateful […]