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21 de Setembro de 2017.

Células solares e bio-sensores

Células solares para o revestimento de edifícios sustentáveis e bio-sensores que monitorizam a presença de toxinas na água são desenvolvidos no Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia, em Braga. São dispositivos medidos ao milímetro, feitos numa sala limpa de ambiente espacial. O pó é o inimigo número um (e dois, e três). Papel não entra — a menos que seja feito a partir de celulose especial —, o telemóvel tem de ser desinfectado com álcool, vários objectos do dia-a-dia estão interditos, sobretudo se tiverem velcro. Quem entra tem de vestir um fato completo, daqueles que lembram filmes de ficção científica, e permanecer numa câmara, onde jactos de ar são libertados, durante 15 segundos. Após perto de 15 minutos de preparação, estamos, […]
18 de Setembro de 2017.

A minha viagem ao Porto Santo

I thought that Madeira has become in another home to me. Today I was in Porto Santo, but it wasn´t an enjoyable trip along the island, even I shouldn’t be there, I just was there because the turbulence in a trip with Madeira island as the destiny. This happened as the end of my holidays and basically it was one of the three things that makes me think about my project (because I had too much time to think about it as the pilot was trying to land). The first the time was when I arrived at Spain and after eating Paella (my favorite Spanish plate) I told my family the history of my experience. It wasn’t just a tell, […]
15 de Setembro de 2017.

Wanderlust

The pros and cons of long hiking Being a perfectionist and a collector (both terrible features), I like to see things through – once I undertake a given task or a project, I’m determined to finish it in 100%. Here, on Madeira, one of those little quests of mine is to walk all the hiking trails listed by the website I always use to consult the trips. I mark every finished trail on my map of the island and each new line drawn on it gives my a sort of perverted joy only weirdos like me would understand. Needless to say, the more lines marked on the map at the end of the day, the merrier. I try to combine […]
13 de Setembro de 2017.

Bolsa de estudo para alunos ciganos

Programa já distribuiu 25 bolsas no ano lectivo passado. O Governo vai aumentar de 25 para 30 o número de bolsas de estudo para alunos universitários ciganos, anunciou nesta quarta-feira o ministro-Adjunto Eduardo Cabrita, no âmbito do programa “Opre”, uma medida “histórica” que permitiu “rasgar mentalidades”. O anúncio foi feito o decorrer de uma cerimónia onde foi feito o balanço da primeira edição do “Opre” (Programa Operacional para a Promoção da Educação), que atribui bolsas de estudo a alunos ciganos para o ensino superior. Na primeira edição deste programa, para o ano lectivo 2016/2017, o Governo atribuiu 25 bolsas de estudo, número que irá aumentar para 30 no próximo ano letivo, anunciou Eduardo Cabrita, que gostaria “de ter não 30, […]
12 de Setembro de 2017.

Live consciously and be happy

The time machine was aimed to show if we live passive or we follow our ideas to be happy. Last year I made kind of an experiment with a friend of mine. In the moment when we should say goodbye and we didn´t know if we will ever see again, we created a “time machine”. We wrote there our current life quotes, things what makes us happy at this time and also plans, wishes and expectations for the next months and for later on. I kept piece of paper with his notes and he kept mine. We promise to Skype exactly next year and see how our plans are going. The effect is charming, because even if I made some […]
8 de Setembro de 2017.

Fado vs Flamenco

I arrived in Madeira and discovered fado music by the Coimbra fado group of the students union of the University of Madeira. Before I arrived in Madeira, I used to spend a few hours a day listening, trying to understand and playing flamenco with my guitar. I discovered flamenco two years ago and love this music. Before I first heard Fado I imagined I would like fado because I’m an open person to all music styles. Additionally, fado and flamenco share some features: • They both come from Iberian Peninsula. • There is evidence of flamenco since the 18th century, but it has ancient roots. In the case of fado, is has been performed since the 19th and there are […]
5 de Setembro de 2017.

Células estaminais do cérebro

Células estaminais do cérebro valem bolsa de 1,7 milhões de euros. Conselho Europeu de Investigação financia a investigadora Catarina Homem. Um projecto sobre a regulação de células estaminais do cérebro vai receber uma bolsa do Conselho Europeu de Investigação (ERC, na sigla em inglês) no valor de 1,7 milhões de euros. A cientista premiada é Catarina Homem, investigadora principal do Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas (Cedoc) da Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Em geral, Catarina Homem quer perceber a forma como as células estaminais embrionárias dão origem a diferentes células do organismo, no sítio certo e no tempo certo. A mosca-do-vinagre, ou drosófila, é o seu modelo de investigação. Ora, as células estaminais são essenciais […]
5 de Setembro de 2017.

Judaism in Madeira

A brief exploration of the hidden history of Jewish people on the island of Madeira. For as long as Madeira has existed as a territory under Portuguese control there has been a notable, if hidden, Jewish population living on the island. During the time following the island’s discovery this primarily comprised of Crypto-Jews, who hid their faith publicly due to the ongoing Spanish Inquisition. The city of Funchal was established in 1508, less than 20 years after the Alhambra Decree which ordered all practicing Jews to be expelled from Spain. In this context it is interesting that many Portuguese historians speculate that Zarco, the official discoverer of the island and first captain of Funchal, was himself of Crypto-Jewish ancestry. In […]
1 de Setembro de 2017.

Um botão não é apenas um botão

Em vésperas de apresentação de novo modelo, a Internet acumula especulações. O fim do botão frontal tem sido um dos temas de discussão. Como acontece todos os anos, as notícias e especulações em torno dos pormenores do novo iPhone vão-se avolumando à medida que se aproxima a data de apresentação, que tipicamente acontece em Setembro. Desta feita, e quando o aparelho que transformou o sector celebra o décimo aniversário, boa parte da discussão tem-se centrado na ausência de um botão na frente, um elemento que tem sido até aqui constante em todas as gerações do iPhone. Desta vez foi a agência Bloomberg a noticiar que a Apple está a planear uma nova interface de utilização do iPhone e que as […]
1 de Setembro de 2017.

Access to forests is our privilege?

Levadas – more than two thousands kilometers of irrigation channels, going through Madeira across and along from the top to the bottom of the island. I can only think about walking along the path surrounding levada by green tropical flora, to feel undiscribed calmness. Even more I like to visit them alone without companions, for better exploration. Every single forest has his own story to discover and it depends on us, do we want to hear them or not. Trees are silent witnesses of history. The rest of the oldest kind belonged to Old Tjikko from Swedish Fulufjället National Park, survived more than nine thousand years. They remeber the time before Jesus Christ, the Roman Empire, Inca Empire, two world […]
21 de Julho de 2017.

Old ones & new ones

Upon the arrival of new volunteers, I realized that I am the “old” one now. When I got here, to Funchal, four months ago, I could count on the help and experience of volunteers that got here several months before me. I perceived them as my “mentors” when it comes to practical stuff regarding living in the residence and getting around the city. They showed me the fastest route to work, where to buy vegetables and of course what does the word “poncha” mean. And their help was even more appreciated when it comes to free-time activities. Like finding great camping spots, recommending hiking trails and levadas, bars, museums and other attractions. Of course I’ve learned and discovered a lot […]
15 de Julho de 2017.

People from the North

Be open, keep short distance, put on smiling face and share it. Two months ago, me and my friends had a pleasure to visit continental part of Portugal. We spent two days in Porto and for a week we could live in a place, where portuguese statehood was born – in Guimaraes. If I can be honest, it was not how I imagined. Only one script “Aqui nasceu Portugal”, which is hanging on the huge, surrounding old town defencive wall inform tourists about this fact. The population of the city is 120 thousend people, but it seems to be even less. Architecture of this place is stunning. Original medieval main square in the heart of the downtown, with a whole […]
9 de Julho de 2017.

Gadgets during your stay

I wondered what is really important to take with me. I wanted be sure I take everything I need. Before my arrival to Madeira I was searching in a google some information about climate on the island to prepare the appropriate clothing and footwear. When I was preparing my suitcase I was thinking in this way: on Madeira is ocean and mountains, so I have to be prepared for sunbathing and hiking. I will work as a guide, so I need comfortable shoes and sun cream. Yeah, sun cream… Definitely need to get a cream with a high filter, like UV 50. I just FORGOT I´ll be on the same level as Morocco and unfortunately I bought cream with UV […]
30 de Junho de 2017.

Rise of a hero

Hero that Funchal deserves – origin In the two previous entries of mine I wrote about some hiking and hitch-hiking experiences I had during my first two months on Madeira. Why such topic? Convenience, I guess. Telling a real-life story has always been easier for me – usually less of an intelectual effort than coming up with a plot or a subject – so I found those texts fast and easy to write. Now… now in all my self-justifying, self-warming, feeling-good-about-itself laziness I think those texts… can actually have their importance. In early May, when we opened my foto exhibition in the Jesuits’ College, I had a few local people telling me that in just two months I had explored […]
26 de Junho de 2017.

Já tenho saudades

10 months on Madeira is a good amount of time. Still, I already know what I’ll be missing when leaving. … the easiness of switching between landscapes: I mostly spend my weekends hiking and camping in different corners of the island. And everytime I head out of Funchal, I am amazed by how easy it is to come from one surrounding to another, how some meters of altitude can change the vegetation and how different the Westcoast for example looks to the Southcoast, even though I only moved a couple of kilometers. And if ever you find yourself in a foggy corner of the island, you can be almost sure to find a sunny spot on the opposite side of […]
23 de Junho de 2017.

Home away from home

The other volunteers are here to comfort me when I’m down or share moments of joy. When you have your ‘student years’ far behind and suddenly you need to move in to a dormitory, you can feel a bit panicked. Accustomed to single bedrooms in quiet neighborhoods, I was definitely concerned with my living situation during EVS. Sharing a bedroom with two other girls and not having a proper kitchen is not how I imagined my late-late twenties to be. Luckily I’ve been blessed with two lovely roommates and I guess it says a lot, that we still like to hang out and travel together, even though we already share a room and workplace. So it turned out not to […]