Optogenetics!

It's called optogenetics: it's a new discipline that wants to study and interveneon the brain thanks to genetics and optical techniques, to treat various diseases Is it possible to manipulate the brain with light? And, in the future, to treat diseases such as Parkinson's or depression, Alzheimer's or post-traumatic stress disorders? The questions are not... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The shadow of the wind In 1945 the young protagonist, Daniel, lives with his father, owner of a modest used book store, in Barcelona. Daniel, who is also the main narrative voice of the novel, wakes up at the dawn of his eleventh anguished birthday because he no longer remembers the face of his mother,... Weiterlesen →

A hospital for injured turtles

At the turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida, vets are currently taking care of 42 sea turtles. "But five are coming," adds Bette Zirkelbach.The next day, he reports that five others are doing CT scans at a normal hospital - "the human hospital". The Turtle Hospital is a veterinary rehabilitation center that, since opening in 1986,... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Narcissus and Goldmund Philosophy and Moral The contrast between nature and spirit, the fulcrum of the novel, lies in the path to the search for truth. Both Narciso, who represents the spirit, and Boccadoro, who represents nature, feel dissatisfied with their research because they use only the spirit or only the senses as a medium,... Weiterlesen →

Where are the aliens

Are they among us? Are they hiding in some distant galaxy? Have they already visited us and, disappointed, have they left? On the existence of aliens - in particular of intelligent extraterrestrial life forms - literature, cinema, music and science have said practically everything and the opposite of everything. And net of more or less... Weiterlesen →

WE ARE MANY AND WE HAVE NEVER BEEN SO ALONE.

Throughout the course of our history, man has always tried to be part of a community, tribe, society. He always tried to be with others, perhaps because he understood well before the film "Into the wild" was released that happiness is really real only when it is shared.Then something happened. It has happened that man,... Weiterlesen →

Sleep and its importance

On average, adults need 7-8 hours per night, while children can sleep up to 10-12 hours a day. Having said that it is also true that the need for rest is an individual characteristic. The transition from wakefulness to sleep is regulated by a timing that changes from individual to individual and even in the... Weiterlesen →

FIRE IN AUSTRALIA

After Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, Australia is also on fire. It is hard not to break into tears at the sight of the photos that are currently going around the world. Around 500 million animals have already fallen victim to the devastating bush fires in Australia - experts say this corresponds to a third of... Weiterlesen →

Cannabis against disability

Muscular dystrophy is one of the most common hereditary muscle diseases and a cure has not yet been discovered. However, hope is coming from the Cnr Biomolecular Chemistry Institute in Pozzuoli. In fact, according to the researchers, some cannabis molecules would be able to counter the course of the disease and recover part of the... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day) is a novel by the British writer and Nobel laureate in literature Kazuo Ishiguro from 1989 for which Ishiguro was awarded the Booker Prize in the year of its first publication. In 2015, 82 international literary critics and scholars voted The Remains of the Day... Weiterlesen →

Letters,the lost value

Writing a letter is above all an extraordinary tool of self-analysis and reflection.Never as in front of a blank sheet (or screen) our thoughts unravel and reveal our true intentions.Writing a letter, then, is an act of great generosity towards the recipient because as we write we constantly think of him who will read us,... Weiterlesen →

Microbiome Project

A team of scientists has launched an appeal to establish a worldwide microbiota safe that includes "good bacteria" from the most remote populations on Earth. The equivalent of the Global Seed Vault, to ensure the future health of humanity. Animal model studies have highlighted the existence of a causal relationship between microbiota alterations and conditions... Weiterlesen →

Book of the Day

Moral sentiment theory The passage is taken from the "Theory of moral feelings", in which Smith examines the way in which we approve or not approve the conduct of other people, by means of our sympathetic identification. In fact, we evaluate human behavior by judging the actions of others impartially, then transferring this evaluation onto... Weiterlesen →

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HUNDREDS OF SOLITUDE From Jose Arcadio to Aureliano, from the discovery of the ice to the decipherment of the scrolls of Melquíades: seven generations of Buendía pursue an inevitable destiny. With this tumultuous novel that uses the tones of fable, supported by a portentous language and a prodigious fantasy, Gabriel García Márquez has been able... Weiterlesen →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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