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2 de Dezembro de 2019.

Amazónia arde, degelo nos Andes

Estudo mostra relação entre os incêndios na floresta tropical da Amazónia brasileira, peruana e boliviana e o aumento do degelo nos glaciares da cordilheira dos Andes. Os incêndios na floresta amazónica, sobretudo na Bolívia, Peru e Brasil, podem estar a acelerar a perda de glaciares nos Andes. O inesperado efeito secundário dos fogos da Amazónia foi confirmado por uma equipa de cientistas que analisou, pela primeira vez, o impacto deste fenómeno no gelo da cordilheira dos Andes. O estudo, publicado na última edição da revista Scientific Reports, alerta para as consequências sociais e ambientais e de longo alcance dos problemas na Amazónia, sublinhando que não podem ser encarados com um problema regional. “A conclusão mais importante deste trabalho é que […]
1 de Dezembro de 2019.

The legend of the loch ness monster

The most famous Scottish Cryptid, the Loch Ness Monster. A man stands on the banks of the great loch, the sky is dark and the fog is rolling in. Something stirs in the water, he squints but he cannot see it clearly. Then suddenly he sees it, a creature peeking above the water, a creature or perhaps a beast? No, a monster. The Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness is the second largest and deepest lochs (lakes) in the country, the water is dark and murky due to the high levels of peat in the area. This, combined with the bad weather frequently experienced in the Highlands of Scotland, makes this the perfect lake for sightings of a cryptid or mythical […]
30 de Novembro de 2019.

O bem-estar financeiro em Portugal

Estudo anual com 24 países europeus faz retrato preocupante. O bem-estar financeiro em Portugal é dos piores. Portugal fica no sétimo lugar a contar do fim, numa lista de 24 países europeus, no que toca ao bem-estar financeiro. A lista é liderada pela Alemanha, Áustria e Suécia. No fundo da tabela ficam Grécia, no último lugar, precedida da Lituânia e da Polónia. A tabela baseia-se na resposta de 24 mil consumidores europeus sobre a capacidade de pagarem as contas a tempo, a aquisição de crédito, as poupanças e a literacia financeira. Portugal fica abaixo da média europeia. O retrato nacional é preocupante. E o europeu não é muito melhor, em termos gerais. “Apesar das melhorias na economia nacional, os consumidores […]
29 de Novembro de 2019.

A legend of Ireland

Michael Collins was a soldier and a politician who was an important part in fighting for Ireland’s independence in the 20th century. Around that time there was a lot of tension in Ireland as Britain was trying to take over.  Michael was born in Cork in 1890. After he left school, he worked in London for nine years and it was here that he became involved in Irish nationalist politics. He became a member of the main nationalist party in Ireland at the time and still today, Sinn Fein, in 1908 and later joined the IRB; the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He then returned to Dublin in January 1916 and took part in the Easter Rising, On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, a group […]
28 de Novembro de 2019.

Enfraqueceu-se uma bactéria

Equipa do cientista português Pedro H. Oliveira conseguiu tirar força a uma bactéria que causa infecções nos hospitais. O grande objectivo é vir a desenvolver um medicamento a partir desta descoberta. A bactéria resistente a antibióticos Clostridioides difficile tem causado muitas infecções em meio hospitalar. Consegue transmitir-se com facilidade devido à formação de esporos – células hibernadas que têm uma actividade metabólica reduzida e resistem praticamente a todos os desinfectantes dos hospitais. E se conseguíssemos tirar força à bactéria através dos esporos? Foi isso que uma equipa de cientistas dos EUA e de França – que inclui o português Pedro H. Oliveira – fez: conseguiu que a C. difficile perdesse a sua capacidade de formar esporos e, dessa forma, enfraquecesse. […]
27 de Novembro de 2019.

The legend of Smok Wawelski

Every nation has its own traditions, and an integral part of these traditions are countless myths and legends. Even though they are considered only partially true they still constitute an important aspect of national heritage. At first oral, then written stories are handed down from generation to generation. Despite changing times and cultural trends the great national value of these stories remains intact across the centuries, enriching the national culture and identity of the people. Poland also has its own legends about kings or princesses but the most famous is about the dragon, well known to every Polish child, is the legendary Smok Wawelski who inhabited a cave near the Wawel Castle in Kraków. “Once upon a time there was […]
26 de Novembro de 2019.

Menos 7,6 % de CO2 até 2030

Este é o valor apontado pelo Programa das Nações Unidas para o Ambiente para se consiguir atingir o objectivo de manter o aumento de temperature abaixo dos 1,5 graus Celsius. A última década foi de “falhanço colectivo”. Os alertas têm sido muitos e cada vez mais prementes: o mundo está em emergência climática e não há tempo a perder – o momento de agir é agora. Isso mesmo é vincado no mais recente relatório do Programa das Nações Unidas para o Ambiente (PNUA) sobre o fosso entre a redução de emissões de gases com efeito de estufa (GEE) que os países conseguirão se cumprirem os seus planos actuais e a redução que precisaríamos de obter para que fossem cumpridas as […]
25 de Novembro de 2019.

Culturally active countries

Macedonia – one of the most culturally active countries The region of Macedonia is one of the most culturally active in Europe. For the last few centuries, the region was determined by the neighbouring states, leaving no room for the local people to establish their own country. It was only in the 20th century that the Macedonian people were able to establish their own state. Ancient times  Humans were settling in these regions since the Neolithic period. Soon after, the region was occupied by the Greeks and was influenced by their culture but, in turn, also influenced Greek politics. With the rise of Alexander the Great, a Macedonian, the region experienced its first peak, which made the ancient kingdom of […]
24 de Novembro de 2019.

Tempo excessivo nas creches

Os bebés até aos dois anos deveriam passar apenas as manhãs na creche. O resto do dia deveria ser passado com a família, defende a vice-presidente da Ordem dos Psicólogos. O tempo que as crianças passam nas creches portuguesas é desadequado para o seu desenvolvimento, considera a Ordem dos Psicólogos, alertando para o perigo de estes espaços se transformarem num mero “depósito de crianças”. Os bebés até aos dois anos deveriam passar apenas as manhãs na creche. O resto do dia deveria ser passado com a família — com os pais ou com os avós, explicou à Lusa Sofia Ramalho, vice-presidente da Ordem dos Psicólogos (OP). “Já entre os dois e os três anos o horário pode esticar um bocadinho, […]
23 de Novembro de 2019.

A brief history of Croatia

Croatia is situated between central and southeast Europe, with a population of around 4 million. There is lots of evidence of Croatia being populated during the prehistoric period, fossils of Neanderthals have been found in the north of the country and the most famous place is in Krapina, where over eight hundred fossils were found. In 9 AD Croatia became a part of the Roman Empire, until the 7th century when the Avar and Croat peoples invaded and destroyed most of the Roman towns. The Roman survivors fled to the coast, islands and mountains. Dubrovnik, a city on the southern coast of the country, was established by these survivors. Duke Branimir, who received recognition from the Pope John VIII, was […]
15 de Julho de 2019.

Head in the clouds

Today you’ll learn about René Magritte, the famous Flemish surrealistic painter.  Because there are already numerous biographies out there and Google provides us so kindly with quite a complete overview in his life and oeuvre, I’ll try to approach him from a different angle. Even for the people who aren’t really actively roaming in the art scene, the image of a pipe with the description ‘ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (French for ‘this is not a pipe) must ring a bell. Or perhaps you have seen the applefaced guy with his bowler hat around? These frequently used images belong to the common visual knowledge, thanks to the many channels they’ve been exposed through. It could be you’ve been hiding from […]
12 de Julho de 2019.

Zdzisław Beksińsk

This Polish painter who loved apocalyptic and dystopian art is now one of the most recognized in Poland. His paintings inspire many – one example is the famous Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who has directed films such as The Shape of Water and Hellboy. Zdzisław Beksiński was a modern-day surrealist painter, photographer and sculptor. He was born in 1929 in Sanok, survived the World War II, finished the university in Krakow and was working as a bus designer for an automotive factory. At the same time was creating art, firstly sculptures and photographs, later he also started to paint. While his art was grim, Beksiński was a kind man with a keen sense of humor. He liked to […]
10 de Julho de 2019.

Maintaining a Union

The next elections for the European Parliament are almost here and more than ever, these elections will affect the future of the European Parliament. Up till now most of the decisions were made by the major parties but this year this could change because of the growing support for smaller parties. Because of this, the decision making in the European Parliament might become more open and democratic. In this way the European Parliament might start to look more like the Dutch parliament where multiple smaller parties form the majority instead of just two big parties. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to be part of the ‘European Coal and Steel Community’ which eventually became the European Union. With […]
8 de Julho de 2019.

The European Union: what future?

The coming months will be very important for the future of the European Union. The next elections to the European Parliament are scheduled for this year. Five years after the last elections, citizens of the European Union can vote for Members of the European Parliament (MEP). One of the major changes this year will be a reduced number of MEPs. After the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, 705 MEPs will be elected. Simultaneously Poland will receive one additional mandate and thus will elect 52 MEPs. One of the most important challenges is the exit of the European Union by the United Kingdom and lack of respect for the rule of law in some countries. The European Parliament is working […]
5 de Julho de 2019.

The European Union and Austria

On the 26th of may the people of my country, Austria, will be going to the polls to elect the members of the next European Parliament. With us, many other people all over Europe will vote and in this way and we will change the future of the European Union. At the moment, we as Europeans are facing many challenges and difficulties. The Brexit (or whatever it’s gonna be?), the immigration issue and climate change problems are just the tip of the iceberg. All of these things could be solved, if the European Union would work together properly – but currently that’s not the case. Right wing and anti-European parties are taking the lead in more and more countries and […]
3 de Julho de 2019.

The European Elections

The European elections never really mobilised people. Since 1979, the rate of abstention is in freefall in France. However, at this time of political and environmental crisis, the next ones in May could represent high stakes for the future of everyone. Usually used by the French politicians as a sort of instrumentalization of the national politics, this year those elections should carry a more important meaning. The opposition of Macron’s politics would like to sell those elections as a referendum against the actual government in power in France. Beyond this national dissension, appears an actual dichotomy through the all European Union between those who still believe in a Union in agreement with the historical project started in 1945 and those […]