Science loses prestige

[caption id="attachment_44056" align="alignleft" width="320"] Illustration by Moisés Mahiques[/caption] A few days ago, the writer of a radio programme wrote to me asking if I would like to comment on a scientific

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Each domain of knowledge has its own language, content and method. They give it character, and whenever a field of knowledge advances, it is thanks to one of them. Language

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Venereal diseases were a heavy burden in the early twentieth century. Syphilis was the paradigm of physical and psychological degeneration, the destroyer of family and society, and the syphilitic individual was

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In the eighteenth century, the metre, its multiples and decimal submultiples cornered the cumbersome use of sexagesimal systems, still valid until then.
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Deglutition is the physiological process through which the alimentary bolus is transported from the mouth to the stomach.
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Hi ha moltes maneres de divertir-se, però, si es jutja pel calendari de festejos a Espanya, res pot igualar a un excés de morbositat subtilment combinat amb un defecte de compassió.
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119-89 reciclatge

We live in a time, culture and civilisation in which recycling is an educational value for our society, a value added for our everyday habits that should be boosted by

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The main reason for the increase in measles outbreaks and other viral and bacterial diseases in Europe has been the result of the opposition to vaccination.
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In 2007 chaos broke out in some offices of the Government of Chile. An ISA outbreak (infectious salmon anaemia) was detected in the fish farms of the Chiloé Archipelago and

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En el marc de la teoria general de la relativitat, Einstein va postular l’existència de les ones gravitacionals, encara que pensava que mai es podrien detectar.
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Kepler 62f

When I was a kid, I was told that stars were faraway suns, and I asked myself if all of them had planets around. For many years I was convinced

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Hurry up calmly

[caption id="attachment_18596" align="alignleft" width="320"] 2007 commemorative stamp with the face of the physiologist and physician Hans Selye, on the occasion of  the one hundred anniversary of his birth. / Mètode[/caption] It's

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Pyroclast

Els piroclasts són fragments sòlids de roques volcàniques expulsats per la columna eruptiva. Els més lleugers poden arribar a milers de metres d’altura.
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En la alameda un manantial recita su canto entre las hierbas. Y el caracol, pacífico burgués de la vereda, ignorado y humilde, el paisaje contempla. (Federico García Lorca, Los encuentros de un caracol aventurero, 1918) Snails are unique and

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SAPINA-88

The secret of milk is that it is actually a very complex food, a living thing, which can be measured at micro- and nano- scale.
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seeds

When we keep and sow seeds of those plants we are more satisfied with, we are improving cultivation while pushing for our interests, as our ancestors used to do.
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Recently, a star with a very unromantic name, KIC 8462852, became a trend in some social networks. It is a very common star, located in our galactic neighborhood, some 1,500

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CARRAZO

Apart from a keystone ingredient to a healthy gut, microbiota also seem to communicate with our brains.
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The human body is a cultural construct, the convergence point of all kinds of cultural elements: scientific, artistic, and religious. If classical natural philosophies identified the body with the cosmos

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Migrating time after time, we reached every corner of the world. Slowly at first. Then, with the invention of boats, quite fast. Today, thanks to motorised vehicles, at great speed. We are the most migratory species in the world.
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Valerie Jane Morris Goodall won the XXVII Premi Internacional Catalunya this year. It is a perfect occasion to summarise a very long story. In 1958, Jane Goodall travelled to Kenya

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It is clear that there are not only five dwarf planets, but probably many more, possibly thousands.
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What do you see in the picture accompanying this article? The answer will probably be: «two dalmatian dogs, sitting and looking at the front». But they are nothing but black spots over a white background.
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The work of economists, which is so important, is ascribed to the field of human decisions. These are emotional and, therefore, irreducible to the scientific method.
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