Will we ever cure cancer?

The German virologist and cancer researcher Prof. Dr. med. Harald zur Hausen (Heidelberg) is one of three Nobel Prize winners for medicine in 2008. In the early 1980s, he had shown that human papilloma viruses (HPV) cause cervical cancer. The other two award winners are also pioneers in the field of virology: Prof. Dr. rer.... Weiterlesen →

The Water War

Water covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface but for the most part it is composed of salt water and even the sweet one is not always accessible: only 0.3 is found in rivers and lakes and can be used by humans . The danger of tensions and conflicts linked to the access and control... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck. Published April 14, 1939 in New York, it is considered the masterpiece of the American writer, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The story tells of the epic story of the 'biblical' transmigration of the Joad family, which is forced to abandon its farm in... Weiterlesen →

The Earth is full

The Earth is in full "climatic emergency", and "untold human suffering" will be inevitable, without profound and lasting changes in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. More than 11,000 researchers from 153 countries state this in a study in the BioScience magazine. The climate emergency declaration is based on the... Weiterlesen →

The future is now – Darpa

Artificial intelligence, atomic GPS, robotic armor, mind downloaded to hard disk, super fast vaccines, "brain from the Pentagon" projects. The 675 North Randolph Street is a modern seven-storey building with large windows that reflect the green of the front lawn. A building like many others, in the business district of Arlington, Virginia, the city on... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

View with grain of sand. The tender touch of a salt grain appears as a symbol of what is smaller and everyday, so often considered not worthy of attention because it is almost imperceptible with respect to the vision of the world, of the future. The Szymborska, does not conceal its constant amazement aimed at... Weiterlesen →

Life on Venus

The Earth's twin planet, barely smaller than ours in diameter and mass, could indeed be a much better candidate for life than its incandescent surface temperature would assume, which, with over 450 ° C, far exceeds the melting point of lead (327.5 ° C).The study raises on the basis of new and more precise data... Weiterlesen →

Basic Editing

Rewrite DNA and cure all diseases? For the first time in history, a new scientific discovery on DNA will correct genetic defects in human embryos Sun Yat-Sen University's team immediately contacted the BBC to communicate the new scientific discovery. The University team carried out a highly precise "chemical surgery" on human embryos which enabled a... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Fiktionen Argentinian writer, poet, essayist, translator and academic, Borges has made a fundamental contribution to philosophical narrative and fantasy as a reinvention of reality, so much so that today Borges is an adjective to express the dreamlike, fantastic, bookish and labyrinthine. A false country discovered in "a pirate encyclopedia", Uqbar, and an imaginary planet, Tlön,... Weiterlesen →

Climate change affects fertility

An international group of researchers has discovered that, through its economic effects, climate change could have a substantial impact on fertility. In fact, it seems that people decide how much time and money to devote to the growth of children and whether to use these resources to have more children or to invest more on... Weiterlesen →

The slow disappearance of the birds

Lost 150 million sparrows in 30 years, a sign of a profound change in the ecology of the territory. The latest data has just been published by the magazine Scienze. A study with data from the last 50 years on 529 species of birds flying over the skies of North America (Canada and the United... Weiterlesen →

Spiral of silence

The theory of the spiral of silence, proposed in 1984 by the German sociologist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, maintains that people always have an opinion on the tendency of the majority on a specific theme and, given that they fear isolation, in the event that find themselves having an opinion that is different from that of the... Weiterlesen →

The Big Hug

The compression cradle looks like a remnant of a world that we haven't seen yet but that we could soon live in. One in which the mechanical touch can be an antidote for today's "connection forever", a behavior that has triggered a solitary disconnection with ourselves. Compression Carpet was presented at the Festival of the... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Poetry from silence He won the Nobel Prize in 2001. A Swedish poet and psychologist, his books have never been translated, except for a couple of volumes published by the publisher. To read Poetry from silence, a collection of poems that seem to emerge directly from the dream, with modernist and symbolist elements, but also... Weiterlesen →

Artificial intelligence

An artificial intelligence system (AI) has passed a third-level science test, correctly answering 90 percent of the questions. The result was obtained by Aristo, an AI made by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in the United States, demonstrating once again the rapid progress in the field of artificial intelligence. In the future, Aristo could... Weiterlesen →

The medicine of nature

Madagascar healers who squeeze the leaf juice that will heal a child from his earache? Yes you can! Taking resources from nature to cure diseases is an ancient practice. The Egyptians themselves had developed a technique to extract essential oils from plants and prepare ointments used especially in the embalming procedure. Until the Middle Ages,... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The garden of delights The garden of delights tells the proletarian America of the fifties and sixties, America white trash, greedy for social climbs and revenge, cyanotic for the fists set in by the bastards in the taverns and by life. Rye fields in the blazing sun of Arkansas. The hands tear the fruit from... Weiterlesen →

The illusion of consciousness

What is consciousness? Although we deal with it every day, it is not so simple to explain. We hear this subject so closely because it is like asking ourselves: what is each of us, what are we, what is each of us, what am I and what are you. Some argue that understanding consciousness is... Weiterlesen →

Google

Doodle for Wanda Rutkiewicz, the woman who climbed Everest: For many, it is still the last great mountain warrior. Wanda Rutkiewicz was a pioneer: of the Himalayan, of high-altitude businesses without oxygen, of impossible challenges, of feminism in mountaineering in a world where then the equal confrontation between man and woman seemed to not exist... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Memoirs The classic and deeply moving memoir by Pablo Neruda, the most widely read political poet of our time and winner of the Nobel Prize: The south of Chile was a frontier wilderness when Pablo Neruda was born in 1904. In these memoirs he retraces his bohemian student years in Santiago; his sojourns as Chilean... Weiterlesen →

Man, physics and God.

The new force would be added to those foreseen by the standard model of quantum physics and to the gravitational force and would modify our understanding of the structure of the Universe. "If it were true, it would be revolutionary," says Jonathan Feng, one of the authors of the research published in Physical Review Letters... Weiterlesen →

Jake

Jacob Barnett 20 years has an IQ (IQ = 170) higher than Einstein's, he is a particular boy, in all senses, and his story is no less. When his parents took him to school, he was told that his son would never be able to learn anything. In fact, a doctor soon diagnosed him with... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The new world The novel begins with a visit from a school class to the incubation and conditioning center, where the embryos are created and indoctrinated. The director of the center explains to the children the conditioning methods used to create the perfect new members of society. There are five castes: Alfa, Beta, Gamma, Delta... Weiterlesen →

We clean the world of incivility

Every year at the end of September, volunteers from all over the world meet in over 120 countries to take to the streets and give a concrete signal of a desire to do and a territorial identity. We clean the world consists of many small gestures for the protection and enhancement of common goods, through... Weiterlesen →

Sustainable and disaster-resistant homes

Geoship The environmental impact is a topic at the center of the debates of recent years: more and more exponents and sectors of the economy carefully evaluate this criterion when they make decisions about daily life or work. In a world where forest fires and hurricanes are more and more frequent, designing innovative homes could... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Blindness Blindness (original title, in Portuguese: Ensaio sobre in Cegueira, literally Essay on blindness) is a novel by the writer and Nobel Prize for Portuguese literature José Saramago, published in 1995.In an unspecified time and place, suddenly the entire population becomes blind due to an inexplicable epidemic. Whoever is struck by this evil finds himself... Weiterlesen →

Green finance is the secret weapon?

In the early 1900s, the English mathematician G. H. Hardy made a very important discovery: mathematics is beautiful. He writes that while he was going by taxi to find his young friend and co-worker Srinivasa Ramanujan, suffering from tuberculosis and dying, he noticed (as always) the car's number. It was 1729. An uninteresting number. I... Weiterlesen →

Less is better for health and for the planet

SUSTAINABLE FEEDING The damage of too much meat does not end at the level of the individual: as cardiologists explained in Barcelona, the unbridled consumption that characterizes societies is closely linked to global warming. And climate change in turn is responsible for innumerable problems for human health: from respiratory pathologies to malnutrition, destined to increase... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

To a God Unknown It was published in 1935 and tells the story of a farmer, Joseph Wayne, who leaves the old Vermont farm to cross America and settle with his brothers in a fertile valley in California. The events, sometimes cruel, that follow one another in the "promised land" reached by this indecipherable priest-colonist,... Weiterlesen →

Hunger in the world

In 2018, around 820 million people did not have enough food, compared to 811 million in the previous year: the increase was recorded for the third consecutive year. This highlights the magnitude of the challenge of achieving the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal by 2030. The increase in global data on hunger mask the fact... Weiterlesen →

Airplanes and environmental impact

2700 kg of kerosene, 722 700 kg of cold air, 850 000 kg of air, 130 000 kg of hot air, 8500 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), of which, as harmful substances: 30 kg of nitrogen oxides, 2.5 kg of sulfur dioxide, 2 kg of carbon monoxide, 0.4 kg of hydrocarbons, 0.1 kg of fine... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The Prophet From the preface by Carlo Bo: "What counts and strikes the reader in Gibran's speech today is the rest of his invocation, it is all that he derived from his impressions and his sorrows. If it had not been so, he would have remained in the context of the most tired and forbidden... Weiterlesen →

A planet to live on

The challenges of sustainability Theories and empirical data uniquely demonstrate that there is a strong and decisive "human footprint" on climate change. That man is the cause, if not the only, by far the main cause of the increase in temperature and the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This demonstration, according to the... Weiterlesen →

Green Economy

“A target within reach „ Important environmental objectives, from the "vertical farmer" to the "digital architect" which will be the most popular professions in fifteen and twenty years, when our children will enter the world of work. As far as clean sources are concerned, interventions are needed to make existing regulations and procedures more effective,... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Confessions of a Mask The protagonist is referred to in the story as Kochan, which is the diminutive of the author's real name: Kimitake. Being raised during Japan’s era of right-wing militarism and Imperialism, he struggles from a very early age to fit into society. Like Mishima, Kochan was born with a less-than-ideal body in... Weiterlesen →

Karakorum Effect

uncertain future From the temperatures that do not increase to the ice that does not melt, from the innocence of human actions to the excessive costs of reducing emissions. The list, as we shall see, is long. Some criticisms have been detailed, others generic. Some have disappeared soon, others have lasted for years, perhaps after... Weiterlesen →

The Secret Life of Trees

memory The ability to store information in the memory and know how to use it to one's advantage is not unique to humans and animals, but also to plants. In fact, many plants are able to learn and store information memory. Trees with memory This is demonstrated for the first time by an experiment carried... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The old man and the sea One of the best known and most successful works of Ernest Hemingway is the novel called The Old Man and the Sea (original title The Old Man and The Sea), published in 1952 for the first time in the magazine Life. The author, thanks to the book, became famous... Weiterlesen →

Bees

The learned scientist, once calculated that if all the bees had disappeared from the earth, four years later, all people disappeared. I do not know if this is an issue that has already been addressed (I was trying to search, but I have not found any similar topics) or that might be of interest, but... Weiterlesen →

Education empowers people

The natural world is much more than a source of beauty and charm. Nature-inspired innovation is today one of the most influential drivers of innovative technologies ... an ideal opportunity to teach in a simple way, which suggests that politicians who focus exclusively on the classroom lack an opportunity: even modest investments in informal science,... Weiterlesen →

Book of the day

Letter to a child never born: The book is the tragic monologue of a woman who expects a child by looking at motherhood not as a duty but as a personal and responsible choice. A woman of whom neither the name nor the face nor the age nor the address is known: the only reference... Weiterlesen →

“White bears„

White bears become cannibalia, due to global warmin It is not enough that they risk extinction by 2100 and it is not enough that chemical pollution causes them to be born hermaphrodites. Now polar bears are tearing each other to pieces because food is scarce, due to global warming that causes ice to retreat. In... Weiterlesen →

To tell fairytales

What are we talking about? A life resource The Earth is also called the Blue Planet because, if we could look at it from the Moon, it would appear to be largely covered with water and therefore blue. If we had fun measuring the surface, we would notice that over two thirds are occupied by... Weiterlesen →

Vegetarian diet

Energy and the food system Part/time vegetarianism could be the key to a healthy planet, as a vegetarian diet reduces soil consumption by 35-50%, which is now increasingly "occupied" by intensive breeding for meat production. A US study also reduces the use of nitrogen fertilizers and greenhouse gas emissions. However, the relationship between energy use... Weiterlesen →

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