A picture and a thousand words

Photography has positioned itself not only as an effective means of collecting data, but also as a tool for sharing scientific information, both inside and outside the academic world.

Janet Browne

Interview with Janet Browne

On Darwin Day, we look at some aspects of the biography of the English naturalist with historian of science Janet Browne.

Martín de Cervera. Lliçó de teologia a la Universitat de Salamanca, amb alumnes de diversos ordes religiosos, 1614. Oli, portes de l’armari del depòsit de manuscrits de la Biblioteca Universitària.

Can theology be a science?

The article defends the idea that theology should disappear from university programmes. It cannot be a science because it is based on faith and authority.


From crayfish to humans

As with other animal species such as crayfish, drugs activate our brain's reward system to induce a false signal announcing the arrival of a great benefit for our survival.


A picture of Lamarck

In Lamarck's revolutionary work, only his failed attempt to elaborate a coherent theory of the evolutionary process has remained in popular teaching.

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The keys to a preventable pandemic

Most probably, the current coronavirus1 pandemic represents the uncertain epilogue of an epidemiological period marked by the renewed prominence of the infectious disease in the last decades of the twentieth century

Mileva Maric and Albert Einstein

The story of Mileva Marić

It is currently widely believed that Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Marić, made significant contributions to his scientific work. But, is there good evidence that Mileva Marić was Einstein’s secret collaborator?

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The miasmas – a frightening name concealing a solid lack of knowledge – were supposed vapours carrying particles of «corrupted matter» that caused infectious diseases.


Mercedes Maestre: revolution from healthcare

Mercedes Maestre was a republican doctor who developed exceptional activism for social reform and the right to health.

former building of the Institute for Experimental Biology

Destroyed research in Nazi Vienna

Academic life in Vienna was hit harder by National Socialism than anywhere else in Germany, due to the high numbers of scientists of Jewish origins.