The Science of King Solomon’s Ring

According to legend, King Solomon possessed a magic seal ring that endowed him with the ability to speak to animals, which made him wise and powerful. As it turns out,

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Condorcet

Condorcet was a very remarkable man, who led the French revolutionary thought while it actually lasted, that is, while it subverted outdated ideas and the prevailing reactionary status quo.
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The Itinerant’s Self-Perception

Review of different visions on the migratory phenomenon explored by Spanish cinema, from the 30s until the current day.

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Migrant Literature

This article discusses «migrant literature» in Catalonia, looking at the particular case of Najat El Hachmi, a Catalan writer of Moroccan origin. Here we analyse her first book, the auto-biographical essay Jo també sóc catalana.

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Pensioners’ Coast

This paper investigates the cross-border migration of North European retirees to the Costa Blanca and its influence on the urban expansion of resorts. We also discuss the reasons for these migrations, which are mainly related to climate and lifestyle.

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Refugees and Stateless Persons

Border control policies have been strengthened, making Spain – and indeed Europe as whole – a kind of fortress that is becoming increasingly hard to enter and, consequently, to request asylum.

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The Social Impact of Human Mobility

This article reflects on the social costs and benefits of human migrations, from the viewpoints of both migrating and host populations, and the people that comprise them.

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The Genetics of Human Migration

Studying the genetic diversity of human populations today reveals past demographic and migratory events that left an imprint on our genome, same as current migrations will affect our future genetic diversity.

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Dispersal in Primates

In the animal kingdom, dispersal represents a critical decision as it affects survival and reproductive success, and is also an important component of population dynamics. This article looks at dispersal

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Should I Leave or Should I Stay?

Many factors influence dispersal decisions in animals. However, animals only disperse once they are physically fit enough to reach and settle in the new location successfully.

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The first migration led some groups away from the African continent to colonize the rest of the planet and, ever since, geographical displacement of individuals or groups has remained constant throughout history (despite the restrictions currently imposed by border-control policies).

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The Axis of the Earth and the Eleonora’s Falcon

Planetary geography and bird migration «Mobile organisms occupy territories with abundant resources, take advantage of them in order to breed, and leave when unfavourable conditions occur. Migration is nothing more than

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Interview with Jared Diamond

What can we learn from traditional societies? We might think that nothing, and we would be totally wrong. The World Until Yesterday (Viking Press, 2012), the latest book by the

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Ancient Greece is the birthplace of western culture, in political organization and philosophy, mathematics or natural history. But even such popular stories as the legend of Saint George, who seems

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Scientists of letters? Of Course!

Scientists are used to write, whether for the purposes of taking notes of our observations, experiments or intuitions (notes which are later on consulted and need to be decipherable by the

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Moisturising Lotion

[caption id="attachment_14976" align="alignleft" width="200"] Education Unit of the Botanic Garden of the University of Valencia[/caption]Lotion: semi-solid emulsion for pharmaceutical or cosmetic application. This is our activity for this issue, a

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Diverse pumpkins

Pumpkins are the most impressive of vegetables, due to their great variety and spectacularity. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Besides, we can find almost every colour

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Cows, Vaccines and Vaccinations

According to the dictionary, vaccination is the administration of vaccines prepared with microbes (attenuated or dead), or parts of microbes, for prophylactic or therapeutic purposes. Vaccines provide specific and active

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Nivell de vida

At least in villages,our great-grandparents lived almost as the Romans. To reach their standard of living, it took the whole history of civilized humanity.

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We talked to Hans Peter Peters and Susanna Priest, researchers on science communication, about the breach between the two cultures.

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Interview with Maxwell Boykoff

«When I discuss the shortcomings of media representations of climate change, oftentimes there can be a focus on journalists. But really, this can come back to the scientists themselves»
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A changing media landscape

Economic restructuring in the media industry has eliminated many professional journalists’ jobs, reductions that may have been hardest on specialized journalists reporting areas like science, technology, economics, or international affairs.

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Science, its publics and new media

Scientific journalism faces the challenge of adapting not only to new formats but also to new information exchange dynamics. New online platforms, making it easier to access and produce scientific content, are forcing science publics to evolve.

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Will the Internet save or condemn science press?

The present article reviews the panorama of science communication in France from the perspective of the monthly magazine La Recherche and other French media sources.

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