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 →

The sun!

The rotational speed of the Sun at a young age also partially influenced the birth of life on Earth. The atmosphere of our planet in the early stages was different and had the appearance of a thin envelope of hydrogen and helium "stuck" to the Earth's surface. The flares of the Sun, within 200 million... 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 →

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 →

Fish wasted

The production of flour and fish oil, growing in West Africa, threatens not only the seas off the African coast but also food security and the livelihood of coastal populations. According to the recent report by Greenpeace wasted fish the stocks of small pelagic fish, fundamental for coastal craft fleets and the feeding of countries... 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 →

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 →

Book of the Day

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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