monstres invisibles

Eleven authors published an article in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet suggesting an apparent link between the MMR vaccine and the onset of autism. This news bomb led to the Wakefield scandal.
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Pingüí carablanc a l'Antàrtida

The chinstrap penguin, a bio-indicator of changes in Antarctic ecosystems, is in dramatic decline due to temperature changes that affect the abundance of its prey.
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Tot a la vegada a tot arreu,

Sometimes the merits of some of the films that have won Best Picture at the Oscars are not easy to understand, as happened to the author in 2022 with Everything everywhere all at once.
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Pressó

The violent crimes committed by ordinary people are, in most cases, the result of the so-called affective aggression.
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la maniobra d’aerofrenat a l’atmosfera marciana, duta a terme per l’ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter l’octubre del 2016.

Jerónimo Muñoz, a 16th-century Valencian astronomer, made important observations of the supernova that exploded in 1572, as well as eclipses, stars, and extremely precise maps.

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Il·lustració: Moisés Mahiques

For the author, the study of sex is much broader and more interesting than we imagine, from the endocrine and physiological side, but also from psychology and sociology.
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focus verd

Some phasmids can change colour or imitate the characteristic swaying of branches and leaves in the wind.
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Absinthe is a distillate of different herbs, most notably Artemisia absinthium (wormwood), which contains several highly toxic molecules and some with hallucinogenic effects.
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ANIRUDH

The discovery of the double helix was the work of four people, and Rosalind Franklin's contribution is on a par with that of Wilkins, Watson, and Crick.
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natulrament

In various species of animals, females exhibit marked preferences for individuals with relatively rare ornaments.
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folch

Are borders established because of differences or are differences the result of borders? The author ponders on this question.
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Xiquetes flotant a l'espai

Dare to take on the new challenge proposed by Chantal Ferrer for «Free fall», related to gravity and our perception of weight.
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Missió DART

Discovering an Earth-bound object is not the same as avoiding it. For the latter, early detection is crucial. The author considers that we can have an effective space defence system.
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Ull mirant fixament

Eye contact can be used to establish and strengthen emotional bonds, but depending on the socio-cultural context, looking directly into another person's eyes can be very intimidating.
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gents

A year before his death, Galton wrote that only those with the best genes should reproduce (to have the best children, of course) and that the mentally deficient and short-tempered should be sterilised.
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Fotograma de la pel·lícula Memento

In Memento, Christopher Nolan used the same solution as nature did when it came to duplicating DNA millions of years before: he told Leonard's story cutting it in ten-minutes sections.
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Paisatge desert amb cotxes apilats

The same will happen with fossil fuels as with the Decauville trains, which were scrapped when automobiles and roads appeared.
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VIH

Since the late 1920s, a number of HIV vaccine strategies have been discarded, but research continues with phase I vaccine prototypes.
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117 web

There is a great diversity of organisms that have adapted to live among us. Not only arthropods, but also vertebrates such as geckos, bats, owls and, in some highly urbanised countries, even foxes, deer, and bears.
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Xiquet menut

The covid-19 pandemic has altered the infection routines of other respiratory diseases and, in some cases, has made us more vulnerable. The ancestral method of immunisation in pre-vaccination times was, precisely, infection.
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Fotograma de Tenet

Could there be a universe where the laws of physics were different and there was no second law of thermodynamics? Christopher Nolan's film Tenet (2020) explores this new reality.
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grups sanguinis

We share blood groups A, B and O with other hominids, but only blood groups A and O with chimpanzees and group B with gorillas.
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Nounat

Humans are born rather undeveloped, compared to other species, which favours a better understanding of language and behaviour in society.
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Ximpanzé

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed them as «endangered». In particular, the West African subspecies – the one pictured here – is listed as «critically endangered».
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