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[caption id="attachment_5315" align="alignleft" width="200"] Manuel Vicent. Writer and Journalist./ © Jesús Císcar[/caption] Every once in a while, one dreams of what could have happened to the towns, villages and beaches of

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© ABC.COM The title heading today’s section is the same as the last episode of the legendary series Cosmos, in which Carl Sagan asked the following question: «We know who speaks

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24-2012

In the mid-eighteenth century, the famous Encyclopédie by Diderot and D’Alembert, stated that «an interest in chemistry» was really «a madman’s passion». Chemists belonged to «a different race», «very few

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Frans de Waal

Interview with Frans de Waal, Primatology professor at the University of Emory (Atlanta).
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Photo: Jorge Wagensberg

[caption id="attachment_25863" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo: Jorge Wagensberg[/caption] Photo: Jorge Wagensberg[/caption]There are three necessary components for creativity of the human mind: to have a good idea, to recognise the idea is good

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Picture courtesy of NASA

One of science fiction’s unfulfilled dreams was setting up settlements in other worlds. Even though there was a lot of speculation regarding space settlements when the space race was starting,

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Pedro Carrasco Sorlí is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Valencia, a position handed down to him from the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Esteban Morcillo. Holding a Bachelor in

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Laboratori química

Nowadays chemistry is a reality spreading its leafy branches towards medicine and pharmacy. Chemistry is key in the search for alternative energy sources, vital for food and health.
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Ointments, Salves, Creams, Cosmetics and Other Concoctions…

«Ointments are preparations intended for medicinal or cosmetic use»The healing power of plants has always been known. Different cultures have found in them the best way of healing. They are

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Found well

In September of 2011 the 6th Science Centre World Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa. Some of the participants, among which I was, had the privilege to make a four day visit to Welgevonden Park (meaning found well in Afrikaans).
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Given its importance, it is not surprising that through evolution we have developed a system to detect the presence of salt, a system that is incorporated into the sense of taste
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cosmic inventory

In ancient Greece, Empedocles stated that everything was made up of only four elements: water, fire, earth and air. It was undoubtedly the first attempt to describe the content of our universe. Over a hundred years later, Aristotle added a fifth element: ether or quintessence, which formed the stars, while the other four were the constituents of terrestrial substances.
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© V. Peris i J. L. Lamadrid Picture of the Andromeda galaxy. Picture taken by the astrophotographer from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia, Vicent Peris and his

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Figure 1. Satellite images. Differences between a) a Landsat TM image from 2005 and b) a QuickBird image from 2004 of the north of the city of Valencia. Both

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Intellectual

In Sarlat, the Perigord city with a splendid medieval centre, there is a sheltered market inside a desacrilised church. The reform was supervised by the architect Jean Nouvel, born in Fumèl, a nearby town. A quote from Jean Baudrillard can be read over the immense nave door: «Architecture is a mixture of nostalgia and extreme anticipation».
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pain

Pain can have far-reaching effects on people’s quality of life. Improper treatment is a serious healthcare issue and an ethical problem of the first degree, directly affecting people and potentially undermining their dignity.
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Pain in children

Children experience pain just like adults, since nerve pathways develop during pregnancy. Pain in infants has particular connotations because it is difficult to assess, but there are validated methods to detect it and, above all, there are procedures and medicines to treat pain effectively in children.
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types of pain

Pain is one of the symptoms for which patients seek medical treatment most. It affects 12% of the population and is considered severe in one third of these cases. This article reviews the different types of pain, both acute and chronic, and new pain-management treatments.
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pain medication

Numerous drugs with analgesic effect can be used to treat pain. Opioids are effective for moderate to severe pain, while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and especially paracetamol (acetaminophen) are useful to treat mild or even moderate pain. Analgesics should be used according to guidelines, and users should be aware of their adverse effects, avoiding them whenever possible, and steering clear of overuse.
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Can We Measure Pain Intensity?

Pain is a subjective sensation, so to objectify its intensity different types of scales are used whereby the patient can indicate the degree of pain being treated. The effect of analgesic drugs is evaluated in clinical trials subject to strict rules in order to compare the effect of the medication with that produced by substances without analgesic activity.
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Medication

This article addresses the advent of the theory and treatment of chronic pain from the second half of the nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. It would appear that pain medication emerged from the confluence of practices related to treating patients with terminal diseases and those suffering from incurable pain.
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Pain Shows its Face

Pain is the most common symptom of human disease and has accompanied living beings since their advent. It has been argued that pain is part of human identity, not only as an unpleasant sensation –complex from the neurological viewpoint– but because it is accompanied by affective factors, which make us question our reason for being.
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Pregnancies

There are various medical conditions that make women lose babies during pregnancy. That is why several enlightened countries facilitate the transplantation of foetuses either free or at token cost. Unfortunately, Spain is not one of them but many women and groups think it should be. Becoming a mother or father is simply too important to allow red tape to stop volunteers from helping couples have a child.
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pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) declared 2011 the Global Year against Pain. Within this context, September 2011 witnessed the seventh European Conference on the Social Impact of Pain in Europe while the European Week against Pain was held from the 10th to the 14th of October.
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