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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

Technology

Mobile 5G

published on 26 06 2019

The Mobile World Congress is one of the most important technological events in the world. Since 2006 it is celebrated in Barcelona. The “Quèquicom” program visits it to find out where mobile phones are moving on. In relation to design, they have not moved much in recent years. All companies have very similar models, with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The parabolic flight

published on 13 12 2017

Gravity is an ubiquitous physical magnitude on the surface of the Earth. There is no material or device capable of eliminating it. The only way to not feel gravity is in free fall. Some airplanes make a maneuver that consists in describing a parabola like the one that would make an arrow shot by an […]

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 […]

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, […]

Gravity, a matter of weight

published on 4 04 2017

We will travel to Bremen, in Germany, where there is one of the highest drop towers in the world (ZARM), capable of generating microgravity conditions of almost 10 seconds, and which is used by the European Space Agency (ESA) to test space technology. We will measure the differences of gravity between the level of the […]