Half a century after Kubrick’s futuristic metaphor, the mythical creation of Zarathustra survives and continues to be the cosmogonic core for some. This auditive start accompanying the sequence of a primate throwing a bone into the air as a first tool, thus starting the Anthropocene, became iconic.
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The term Xylolithic is completely new. I am sure about it, because I just made it up. It means “made of wood and stone” (from Greek ξυλον [xýlon], “wood”, and λίθος [litos], “stone”).
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[caption id="attachment_44023" align="alignleft" width="320"] Illustration: Anna Sanchis[/caption] When we were little, we knew the following by heart: A metre is the distance between two lines marked on a bar of platinum

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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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No animal is sedentary. All animals are migratory, that is what being an animal is about. Animals move because their existential strategy is based on movement. When they move –

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«Someday all watches will be made this way.» This was the slogan used by Seiko in 1969 to market the Quartz-Astron 35SQ watch. It was a

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Religion is usually a rational attempt to explain the incomprehensible. A rational one, based on available information, naturally. Of course, most religions are very old, so their rationalist effort seems

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The Wright brothers -Wilbur and Orville- finally did it. It was in Kitty Hawk (North Carolina)on December 17, 1903. Their airplane Flyer flew. It did not glide, but, driven by a 19

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In 1612, Ludovico Cardi, aka Cigoli, painted an Immaculate Conception scene in the Pauline Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore, the great Roman basilica. Not the best Immaculate Conception scene in art

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On 29 April 1962, President John F. Kennedy gathered 49 Nobel prize winners for a great banquet at his residence. He told the attendees: «I think this is the most

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Esquisse d'un tableau historique des Progres de l'esprit humain was published in 1795, more than a year after the passing of its author. It had been written in haste, secretly

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I trigger the switch and the light turns on. I open the tap and water comes out. Stores have everything: clothes, food, books and cars. I wait at the stop

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[caption id="attachment_14593" align="alignleft" width="200"] Anna Sanchis[/caption] 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

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[caption id="attachment_14122" align="alignleft" width="200"] Anna Sanchis[/caption] Years ago, I just wanted a phone, but I had to buy a PDA. When I had to change it, the agent broke out laughing:

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[caption id="attachment_13774" align="alignleft" width="200"] Anna Sanchis[/caption] Few precepts have lasted as long as the Regula Benedicti: Rule of Saint Benedict. It dates back to 534, and thus has remained in force

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[caption id="attachment_10080" align="alignleft" width="200"] Anna Sanchis[/caption] Josep Pla, one of the brightest twentieth-century Catalan writers, asserted in an article published in 1945 that commercial aviation was «one of the most catastrophic businesses

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Going unnoticed is a clever way of going around. It is a practical way to survive in hostile environments, prone to make your existence a misery. If you have extra

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The new main exhibition of the completely renovated Museum of Natural Sciences of Catalonia takes a look over the history of life on the planet. Which is like saying over

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[caption id="attachment_5222" align="alignleft" width="200"] © Anna Sanchis[/caption] Technicians are trained to develop projects and solve problems. Scientists are trained to understand things they only observe. When these attitudes are taken to

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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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[caption id="attachment_526" align="alignleft" width="200"] © A. Sanchis[/caption] Her name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler. The thirties found her studying engineering in Austria, at that time it was an unusual activity for

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