A actualidade noticiosa

Consulta as principais notícias do Ensino Superior

3 de Abril de 2018.

Deserto do Saara está em expansão

Estudada a evolução das fronteiras do deserto do Sara num período de 93 anos. Concluiu-se que o deserto aumentou cerca de 10% e entre as causas estão as alterações climáticas de origem humana. O maior deserto (árido) do planeta ainda está a ficar maior. Esta é uma das principais conclusões de um estudo sobre o deserto do Sara feito por dois cientistas dos Estados Unidos e publicado esta quinta-feira na revista científica Journal of Climate. Por um lado, se olharmos para as dinâmicas anuais, este deserto expandiu-se cerca de 10% desde 1920. Por outro lado, se virmos só o Verão, o crescimento é de cerca de 16%. Os cientistas estimam que as alterações climáticas, agora de origem humana, tenham contribuído […]
2 de Abril de 2018.

Genética e ambiente na saúde humana

O plano dos investigadores do Instituto de Saúde Pública e da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto é reunir um grupo de 450 gémeos e outros tantos não gémeos até ao final deste ano e depois acompanhá-los até à idade adulta. Um é loiro, o outro é moreno, pesam (mais coisa, menos coisa) seis quilos e no comprimento a diferença é de apenas 1,5 centímetros. Francisco só quer colo, é mais calmo, e Miguel quer dormir sozinho, é mais irrequieto. São irmãos que nasceram no mesmo dia 29 de Outubro de 2017, na mesma hora, quase no mesmo minuto. Matilde é (para já) filha única, nasceu a 31 de Janeiro de 2018, e dormiu tranquila durante mais de uma […]
2 de Abril de 2018.

King Manuel I of Portugal

The period of his reign was one of the finest times in the history of Portugal. Walking around Funchal you could have came across a square called “Largo Dom Manuel I” (eng. “Square of King Manuel I”) which is located near Sé Cathedral or you could have heard about an architectural style called ‘mannueline’ visible in many buildings in the city. All this reminds us of the times of reign of one of the most famous kings of Portugal, Manuel I also known as the Fortunate (port. o Afortunado) had as the period of his reign 1495-1521. During this time Funchal received city rights (1508) and became an important commercial port in the map of the world. We can even […]
2 de Abril de 2018.

Estação espacial chinesa

A maior parte da estação espacial chinesa ardeu durante a reentrada. O resto caiu ao largo do Taiti. O antigo laboratório espacial chinês Tiangong-1 reentrou na atmosfera terrestre, sobre o Pacífico Sul, às primeiras horas de segunda-feira, segundo informou a China. A “maior parte” da estação espacial chinesa ardeu durante a reentrada na terra, pelas 8h15 da manhã, hora chinesa (1h15 em Lisboa), de acordo com a mesma fonte, que não precisou o local onde caíram os destroços da estação. O porta-voz do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros chinês, Geng Shuang, disse, numa conferência de imprensa, que a China estava a reportar a situação à agência espacial da ONU numa forma transparente e aberta e que de momento não tinha mais […]
29 de Março de 2018.

King Sebastian of Portugal

Probably one of the most famous kings in Portuguese history. King Sebastian of Portugal (20 January 1554 – 4 August 1578) is very popular amongst us volunteers so that it took me a little discussion so that I am finally the one who writes about “the desired”. But why is he so famous? Was it because he invited the Jesuit order in 1569 to the island of Madeira after a huge French privateer attack in 1566 where French soldiers robbed and plundered the archipelago? Or because he was the youngest king Portugal ever had, who became king with just 3 years because his father Prince John died before he was born, his mother Joanna of Spain returned shortly after his […]
28 de Março de 2018.

A meio da corrida

Já la vão 6 meses, já se vê formar um verão pela primavera que vai ficando. Hoje é o dia do Pai, 19 de Março, dia que lembra que nada é efémero, nem pai, nem esta experiência fora de Portugal. Mas que permanece connosco até a vida nos faltar. Na Bulgária os dias mais quentes vão chegando com pequenas mudanças na natureza, a brisa vem fresca e carregada de flores e sementes. O café já é tomado na varanda e o frio vai desvanecendo. Com o passar da estação segue a mudança. Neste momento a aragem está abafada de monotonia e a saudade desprende-me. De pensar que conhecia o meu mundo criei uma ingrata rotina que se consome da saudade. […]
26 de Março de 2018.

D. Maria I – The crazy Queen

D.Maria I was very religious and got completely crazy during her lifetime. Maria Francisca Isabel Josefa Antónia Gertrudes Rita Joana (Maria I) was the daughter of José I de Portugal and Mariana Victoria of Spain. Maria was born in 1734 and grew up with her sisters at the court in Lisbon. They seemed to have a good life, they were loved by their father and they did a lot of things, like riding horses, learning to draw and read French and Latin. But things happened in Maria´s lifetime that slowly drove her crazy. For example the earthquake in Lisbon, which killed thousands of people. She had to marry her uncle (at the age of 17) and apart from that she […]
26 de Março de 2018.

Redução calórica e longevidade

Em suma, os organismos que consomem energia de forma mais eficiente são os que vivem mais. Um estudo revela que uma redução calórica de 15% ajuda a travar o envelhecimento e a proteger os humanos de doenças que surgem com a idade, muitas delas relacionadas com elevados níveis de stress oxidativo. Já se sabia que a redução do consumo de calorias em alguns animais conduzia a uma maior longevidade, mas não se sabia até que ponto é que o mesmo se aplicava a humanos. Agora, um novo estudo mostra que uma redução de 15% das calorias consumidas ao longo de dois anos desacelera o processo metabólico que conduz ao envelhecimento e reduz também a probabilidade de doenças relacionadas com elevados […]
23 de Março de 2018.

Educação Física nas escolas

As resoluções foram aprovadas com os votos do PS, BE, PCP, PEV, PAN e do deputado do CDS-PP Telmo Correia, com a abstenção do PSD. O Parlamento aprovou nesta sexta-feira duas resoluções apresentadas por BE e PCP para o reforço da carga lectiva da disciplina de Educação Física, votação que causou divisões nas bancadas do CDS-PP e do PS. As duas resoluções com recomendações ao Governo foram aprovadas com os votos do PS, BE, PCP, PEV, PAN e do deputado do CDS-PP Telmo Correia, com a abstenção do PSD. Nas duas votações, três deputados do PS (Paulo Trigo Pereira, Luís Graça e Pedro Delgado Alves) e quatro do CDS-PP (Cecília Meireles, Pedro Mota Soares, Teresa Caeiro e Patrícia Fonseca) optaram […]
22 de Março de 2018.

War & Peace: Dom João I

The military successes (and failures) of Dom João I of Portugal. João I reigned as the 10th king of Portugal, succeeding Fernando I in 1385. As the naturalized son of Pedro I and a Galician noblewomen, his ascension to the throne represented the beginning of the Aviz dynasty. His coronation came during a time of conflict with the Castilian crown, who had sought authority over Portugal during a period of anarchy following the death of Fernando. It could be said that turbulent relations with Portugal’s Iberian neighbours defined João’s reign. João is commonly referred to as ‘the good’ or ‘the great’ by the Portuguese, due primarily to his victories over the Moroccan Marinid Empire in Ceuta as part of the […]
23 de Dezembro de 2017.

Christmas time

This moment of the year is for me really important and emotional as I am writing this text few days before Christmas. Funchal looks fabulous with all light decorations but I still cannot feel that this time is just about to start. What am I missing? I have never spent these holidays abroad, even taking into account the fact that I had already lived abroad before. Beyond the whole religious aspect, this time is really significant for me as my entire family can be together which is normally not so easy as we live in different places. What I appreciate most in Poland is the festive atmosphere when you look out the window and see that snowy and cold land […]
20 de Dezembro de 2017.

Funchal

The isolated capital of the pearl of the Atlantic Funchal is, depending on whom you ask either a big or a tiny city. The capital of Madeira counts more or less 112.000 inhabitants and is the largest city of the island. But what is Funchal for me? I have been in Madeira for one and a half month now and had enough time to get the first impression of its landscape and also its capital Funchal. When I arrived here I thought that Funchal has everything one could wish for. And that is right… at least when you are a tourist. Here, you can find a bunch of souvenir shops, a lot of cafes and restaurants and a mass of […]
19 de Dezembro de 2017.

Hiking in Porto Santo

Golden Island is not only the beach! We’ve been told by a number of people that the best time to visit Porto Santo is early Autumn, when the weather is still great but as it’s no longer the high season, the place is more calm and relaxed. Peace and quiet was exactly what we needed, so in the middle of October, after months of waiting for the right moment, we finally got ourselves our tickets to the Golden Island. I imagine most of the people head to Porto Santo with that spectacular 9 km long sandy beach in mind, but I was never too much of a beach person. All my attention and all my curiosity was with the hills […]
18 de Dezembro de 2017.

I have been doing some reading

Reflection. Often by the sea A place I believe often visited by artists… Poets… Suicidal men, in Madeira. Something about the sea, it makes you think… It allows you to breathe… To breathe allows expression. Sailors often say it makes you feel free. But with this freedom comes a price also. The artist, the poet, the brickwork ghost often recount the experience of not being able to write from a point of happiness, for it is oppression, the lashings of Judas that cause one to crucify themselves PUBLICLY. As has been shown in the churches, the people, the icons we have all become so familiar with. The concept of the crucifixion is such a powerful one, Jesus was in many […]
14 de Dezembro de 2017.

A French Guy in Funchal

My first time in Madeira, on an island! From France I miss some things, especially food. But my time here is great! At first I wanted to be usefull and to be helpful to people, so I told myself go check on the Internet to see If a website would bring me answers, in Spain. But there were no results for Spain on the website for French people, because I wanted to go to improve my oral Spanish. But that’s where the random acted: an offer for Madeira to help providing tours to Tourists! I told myself that’s great, I’ll improve my Spanish! But no, It’s a Portuguese island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, so that’s gonna be […]
11 de Dezembro de 2017.

Adventuring myself

I spent my last week in Guimarães, in an on-arrival training that all long-term volunteers will do. Going to the mainland was an adventure itself, but the training was also more an adventure than I expected. During my time there I met some amazing people, learned a lot about different cultures, about myself and also about other volunteers’ projects. I’ve been here in Madeira now seven weeks, and I have made new friends and contacts, went hiking to beautiful places, started a new hobby and made so many wonderful memories already. Living the dream. But the training made me think about the reasons why I wanted to do volunteering, why I came here and what I’m going to do to […]