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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Few are those who reject interdisciplinary work, though few are also, interestingly, those who practice it. What is a discipline? It is a kind of knowledge, a way of understanding

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Foto cireres

Cherries, plums, peaches, apricots and almonds are all fruit of trees of the Prunus genus. Cherries, in particular, are the fruit of Prunus avium, and there are around 900 varieties in production worldwide.
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The activity we present to you today will help you observe and realise the vast range of colours that exist in nature, and will also make you have a nice

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In the previous issue of Mètode I wrote about the Mars One project, which intends to send 24 colonists to Mars. The conclusion was that it looked like a spectacular scam.

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In 1949, the Scottish scientist John Boyd Orr was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts to fight world hunger.
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Socioecologia Dieta

One fine day I found I had a Mediterranean diet. Just as Molière’s character, who was happy to learn he was speaking in prose, I experienced the satisfaction of right and proper eating. It turns out humankind feeds wrong.

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[caption id="attachment_14152" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo: Jorge Wagensberg[/caption] We all feel interdisciplinary thinking is necessary, but very few people actually practise it. It is commonly regarded as productive, but it is always

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Foto defenses químiques de l'all i la ceba

Alliaceae is a subspecies of the genus Allium. Some of them are used as food or condiments. These plants have evolved to develop different protection mechanisms against predators, insects and microorganisms.
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You will have probably heard about the Mars One project, a Dutch private initiative that aims to establish a permanent settlement on Mars. The news has had a strong impact

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If we turn our gaze on the past of medicine we will immediately see how medical diagnoses –the terms identifying illnesses– are arbitrary and change over time. After all, diagnoses

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Il·lustració smartphones

My thingy (a smartphone) is not smart. Versatile and fast, yes; intelligent, not at all. It controls a lot of routines and no reasoning. That is not intelligence.
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2013 is the year of quinoa as declared by the United Nations. Quinoa, quinuao kinwa (Chenopodiumquinoa) is a plant that belongs to the same family of beets and spinach. But,

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Valencian peanut

The Valencian peanut is a very particular species. In these article, we review some of these particularities, which we must take into account to grow it in our orchard.

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Hi ha molts factors que intervenen en la nostra percepció dels aliments. En el cas del vi, primer tenim el color.
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Concerning the alleged Mayan apocalypse prophecy, a friend of mine asked: «Well, after this new fiasco, what’s the next scheduled end of the world?» Lists abound on the Internet compiling

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A window to the past: the lake Vostok case

At the centre of Antarctica, under Russian Vostok Station (Vostok being Russian for East), and very close to the South Pole, there is an enormous, elongated lake of around 14,000

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Philip II of Spain was instructed in humanism, was an Erasmus reader and a loved magic and occultism books. He had a soft spot for architecture and geometry, he knew

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Il·lustració de Casuística

In education, urban planning, sustainability, in any domain, we tend to slide down the anecdotal slope of casuistry. Everything becomes a specific case.

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The sense we have of the world is build up with four dimensions, three of them are spatial and one is temporal. In effect, our brains perceive, through our sensorium,

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Carnivorous plants

With a mere mention to carnivorous plants, our imagination is roused. There are a huge number of shapes, corresponding to eleven families, eighteen genera and 671 species. Utricularia, Nepenther and

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Potato field

The modest potato is a tuber of great nutritional value and it should be grown in our garden at least once in a while. Although we would need a big

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microbiota

«I am myself plus my circumstance, and if I do not save it, I cannot save myself», wrote Ortega y Gasset in Meditations on Quixote. Our most immediate biological «circumstance»

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Teoria i opinió

In the vernacular, theory amounts to opinion. Everyone has theories. But in science, a theory is a verified body of knowledge.
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