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«Even being born results in a loud cry», Raimon sings. There are two crucial moments that demarcate human existence: birth and death. Death comes in many forms, agonising or peaceful,

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I vividly remember a conversation about the importance of basic science at Harvard University with chemistry Nobel laureate Walter Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert stressed the importance of doing research in order to

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The last song in Pink Floyd’s LP The Dark Side of the Moon, published in 1973, mentioned it: «There’s no dark side of the Moon really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark. »
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If anything makes space travel particular is its roughness: fuel bursting in a controlled explosion, which, more than once, end up being uncontrolled. But space exploration based on chemical rockets is well established, it

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Oxytocin promotes both positive and negative social emotions depending on context, sex, previous experience of the subject and personality.
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Promoter of an International Epidemiology Service and World Documentation Centre for Public Health, Rajchman’s indefatigable activism for global health deserves the recognition he never received.
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Mandra  - Sociofolcologia

Lucretian inductions, Galilean evidence or Darwinian deductions were attacks against mental laziness, which is more powerful than any dogma can be. Ideological reasons do not explain human resistance to change. Basically, they tend to sloth.
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Adaptative Optics to Detect Astronomical Giants

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goriles-amb-ebola

Microbes are a constant source of surprise. Their «invisibility» does nothing but increase our puzzlement when a microorganism, or its activity, become evident for the first time. Although microbes are

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An ice cream can be defined as a preparation which is solid or semisolid due to the action of freezing. We have two main groups: water-based products like slushies and sorbets, and dairy products made with milk and cream.
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Creieu que estic sent superficial insinuant que per als universitaris anar a classe no és tan important? Gens ni mica. El món ha canviat, i la universitat també ho ha de fer.
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The sun of a crisp spring morning gently casts its warmth over the immaculate green of a remote North American prairie. Hidden in the tall grass, a male funnel-web spider

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The generation of scientists and physicians who lived during the interwar years (1914-1945) were specially involved in the military and political events that shaped the history of the twentieth century.

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polymath

The World Wide Web does not increase polymathy instrumentally. The Internet rather discourages it. Actually, the Internet generation and the library generation have more than a generational conflict. They stage a cultural rupture.

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The Seven Ages of Culture

Culture, understood as information transmitted via non-genetic means, begins in the animal world when biological evolution is quite advanced. Crows and chimpanzees, for instance, do not only use tools, but

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Reforestation with Clay Seed Balls

The activity we propose for this section of Mètode consists of reforesting using clay seed balls that we will scatter on the lands selected or on our own spaces to

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Truffle, that Obscure Object of Desire

Truffles, like mushrooms, establish a symbiosis relationship with trees and shrubs.
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Miracles and Mirages

In the year of our Lord 1263, Father Peter of Prague doubted the transubstantiation of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. So he went on a pilgrimage

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Thinking Like Scientists, Not Lawyers

A lawyer has a case first and then looks for evidence to defend it, while a scientist – at least in theory – has evidence first and then concludes a

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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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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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