How a young discipline revolutionised the study of the past

When female scientists question the state of science and institutions embrace the criticism
Pere Estupinyà

Science communicator, writer and public speaker. That is how Pere Estupinyà (Tortosa, 1974) describes himself. He is also known as «the sex scientist».



The presence of women in scientific careers is more and more significant every day. / Pixabay

Obstacles, virtues and experiences derived from being a woman in science.
Ciència i memòria / Lican Esteve (

Violence resulting from armed and political conflicts has led many societies to carry with them the suffering of those who have disappeared. This issue is dedicated to the role played by social and forensic sciences in the service of shed light on memory. Deadline for submission: 15 September 2018.

JORGE OLCINA answers: Clouds are formed by condensation of air vapour in the atmosphere. Despite their simple, smooth and generally graceful appearance and their varied shapes as suspended bodies in the air, the process of cloud formation is a very complex and largely unknown physical and chemical process. The truth is

Darwin is credited with the opinion that crying only lubricates the eye, but today it is accepted that it has an intrapersonal and an interpersonal function.


Brian Villmoare

This work reviews the main questions surrounding the evolution of the genus Homo, such as its origin, the problem of variability in Homo erectus and the impact of palaeogenomics.

How do decision-making processes affect brain activity? What role do emotions play on finances?

ABSTRACT Science is not «above» politics and ethics: it is intrinsically political, and constantly raises ethical dilemmas. The consequences of evading such issues were made particularly clear in the actions of scientists working in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s. The accusation in 2006 that Dutch physicist Peter Debye


Question sent by Víctor Marqués (València). ALBERT MASÓ answers: The statement is false. Instead of answering the question, we are going to explain the falseness of the implicit premise in the question. That is, we need to understand that scorpions do not commit suicide, not when surrounded by fire and not even



When wildfires burn - front cover

Fire has been a defining element in the formation of human societies. Then, why is seen as an alien element in our society? A look back to Mètode's issue dedicated to wildfires.


Journalist Bievenido León comments on the monograph Living with climate change, published on spring 2015, and dedicated to the cultural challenges proposed by this global change.

To celebrate 25 years of Mètode, Vicenç M. Rosselló recovers The enchanted cove, a study of the science and culture surrounding Mediterranean coves, published in summer 2012.

Domingo Pujante reflects on Mètode’s monograph Itinerancy (spring 2014) dedicated to the processes of human and animal mobility in the search of the best chances for survival and safety.


The environment and biodiversity have been central issues for Mètodeduring these 25 years dedicated to the dissemination of science, along with environmental communication.


Reflections on gender and science from the experience of professionals


Narrating health

Whence pseudoscience?

by Stefaan Blancke, Maarten Boudry & Johan Braeckman

Dismantling the rhetoric of alternative medicine

by Edzard Ernst & Angelo Fasce

Divans and gurus

by Angelo Fasce

The appeal-to-nature fallacy

by José Miguel Mulet

Airplane clouds

by Jordi Mazon, Marcel Costa & David Pino

How to be a reasonable and critical arguer

by Jesús Alcolea Banegas

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