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3 de Setembro de 2018.

Marianne Thieme

At the front of the European Animal and environmental rights. Animal and environmental rights are a big topic in the Netherlands. The country is the first country in the world with a political party with among its main goals animal- and environmentally friendly policy. Although the Party for the Animals considers itself to be a testimony party – a party which does not seek to gain political power but focuses on its principles and thereby influencing other parties – the party is gaining more followers every year. Last March during the municipal elections in the capital Amsterdam the party went from 12 seats to 33 seats. Represented in the parliament, senate and European parliament, the party is also becoming more […]
3 de Setembro de 2018.

Gene protege os elefantes do cancro

Como conseguem os elefantes ser resistentes ao cancro? É através de um gene que nos elefantes está presente em várias cópias e, descobriu-se agora, de um outro que se pensava que estava desactivado. Olhamos para os elefantes e vemos animais imponentes. E este texto é mesmo sobre a sua imponência, neste caso, contra o cancro. Estima-se que 17% dos humanos morram de cancro, enquanto nos elefantes em cativeiro a percentagem é de menos de 5% (embora tenham cerca de 100 vezes mais células potencialmente cancerosas do que nós). Porquê? Uma equipa de cientistas dos Estados Unidos deu agora parte da resposta ao descobrir no ADN dos elefantes um gene zombie, que estava desligado, que os ajuda a defender do cancro. […]
29 de Agosto de 2018.

Poluição e desempenho cognitivo

Estudo na China concluiu que os efeitos negativos da poluição do ar são mais pronunciados nos homens e à medida que se envelhece. A diferença de género é maior entre quem tem níveis de escolaridade mais baixos. Quanto mais poluído é o ar, pior o desempenho cognitivo de quem está exposto a este tipo de poluição. Foi esta a conclusão a que um grupo de cientistas chineses chegou, indicando que “o efeito indirecto [da poluição] sobre o bem-estar social poderá ser muito maior do que se pensava anteriormente”. O estudo, publicado na revista científica Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), analisou testes de linguagem (34 questões) e de cálculo (24) realizados a 20 mil pessoas com dez anos ou mais, […]
27 de Agosto de 2018.

Jordi Pujol

He kept hidden funds in tax havens for more than three decades. In the last years in Spain have been uncovered many cases of corruption among politicians of different parties. One of the most scandalous committed frauds is leaded by Pujols’ family. Jordi Pujol is a Spanish politician considered a reference and historical leader of the region of Catalonia. When democracy was established in Spain, he won the first Catalan parliamentary elections and remained in the position for 23 years widely supported by the voters. He was the founder of Convergència Democràtica and he is a symbol of Catalan nationalism. But his lasts declarations were not closely related to the independence of Catalonia. He was compelled to confess that he […]
27 de Agosto de 2018.

Concursos para contratar doutorados

Observatório do Emprego Científico, lançado em Julho, criou pressão sobre os responsáveis das instituições a acelerar os processos. Há 1337 concursos abertos, 76% dos que já foram validados pela FCT. Entre meados de Julho, quando o Governo criou o Observatório do Emprego Cientifico, e esta semana, os centros de investigação e as instituições de ensino superior abriram 745 novos concursos para a contratação de doutorados ao abrigo da norma transitória da lei do emprego científico. Esse número corresponde a 56% do total dos concursos que foram iniciados desde o lançamento do processo, em Janeiro do ano passado. Ou seja, num mês e meio foram lançados mais 153 concursos do que nos 18 meses anteriores. Quando o Governo criou o observatório, […]
25 de Agosto de 2018.

Satélite com tecnologia portuguesa

O satélite, que leva equipamentos fabricados pelas empresas aeroespaciais portuguesas LusoSpace e Omnidea, vai permitir aos cientistas obterem informações sobre a velocidade do vento quase em tempo real. O satélite europeu Éolo, que vai estudar os ventos da Terra e incorpora tecnologia portuguesa, foi lançado nesta quarta-feira da base espacial de Kourou, na Guiana Francesa, anunciou a Agência Espacial Europeia (ESA). O Éolo foi lançado às 22h20 (hora de Lisboa) a bordo de um foguetão Vega e terá alcançado a órbita 55 minutos depois a uma altitude de 320 quilómetros, para uma missão de três anos. O lançamento do Éolo (o nome do deus dos ventos na mitologia grega) estava previsto para terça-feira, mas foi adiado devido a “condições atmosféricas adversas”, […]
24 de Agosto de 2018.

Mark Rutte

A Dutch politician serving as the 50th Prime Minister. Mark Rutte, born in 1967 is a national figurehead in the Netherland for nine years as the prime minister of the Netherlands. Besides, he is the Leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie – VVD). Mark Rutte announced that he will not be a politician forever. He already spends one morning a week teaching Dutch and Civics at a nearby secondary school in The Hague. I will focus on his career before he leaves the political field. Mark Rutte, born in The Hague went to a gymnasium high school from 1979 until 1985, specialising in the arts. Rutte his original ambition was to attend […]
21 de Agosto de 2018.

Comunicação de pesar

É com enorme pesar que a Universidade da Madeira participa o falecimento do Professor Doutor João David Pinto Correia. Antigo Presidente da terceira e última Comissão Instaladora da Universidade da Madeira, em mandato que exerceu entre 6 de maio de 1993 e 26 de julho de 1996, o Professor Pinto Correia nasceu em 14 de dezembro de 1939, na freguesia de S. Gonçalo, concelho do Funchal, e era atualmente Professor aposentado da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, onde exerceu a sua atividade docente e se dedicou às áreas de Literatura Oral e Tradicional, Literatura de Viagens, Literatura Portuguesa Medieval, e Literatura Madeirense. Foi igualmente autor de uma vasta produção científica, da qual se destacam os dois volumes de Os […]
20 de Agosto de 2018.

Willy Brandt

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1971. Willy Brandt was born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm on 18 December 1913 in Lübeck (northern Germany) where he became a socialist during his teenage years due to his family background. In 1933, he changed his name and fled to Norway to avoid arrest by the Nazis and worked as a left-wing journalist. After the German occupation of Norway in 1940, he escaped to Sweden where he lived until 1945. Brandt returned to Germany after World War Two. In 1948, he started his political career within the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and becoming a member of the German parliament. Brandt was originally considered one of the leaders of the right wing […]
18 de Agosto de 2018.

A ciência em lugar inesperado

Portugal contava com mais de 500 instituições religiosas nos séculos XVIII e XIX e cada uma representava um verdadeiro mundo de livros. Nunca faltaram os melhores autores, as edições mais recentes e as obras de conteúdos científicos complexos. Poucos sabem hoje que, em 1764, a biblioteca dos Oratorianos das Necessidades, em Lisboa, contava com uma colecção de 20.000 volumes que valia cerca de 100.000 cruzados. Poucos sabem que os antigos códices manuscritos do Mosteiro de Alcobaça da Ordem de Cister eram frequentemente procurados pela sua raridade e pedidos emprestados nas bibliotecas mais célebres da Europa para serem diligentemente copiados. Quase ninguém sabe que os religiosos portugueses tinham celas incrivelmente cheias de livros, não obstante os votos de pobreza e as […]
17 de Abril de 2018.

EVS volunteering in Madeira

7 months in Madeira Island, with all the costs related with travel, accomodations and meals covered! What are you waiting for? SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT A walk through the History of Madeira is a project that intends to present the culture, history and heritage of Madeira through guided tours and other cultural activities such as exhibitions or fado concerts. Throughout the last few years, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has been developing several initiatives with a heavy focus on Tourism and Culture, under the Madeiran Heritage program. These initiatives are also directly connected with its social support programmes, which help the local community of Madeira. Last year, through the contribution of everyone involved (EVS volunteers, portuguese volunteers and staff-members […]
17 de Abril de 2018.

Understanding Chaucer

The life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer, and understanding the contradictory nature of his writing. Before there was Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer was considered the father of English literature. Born in 1343, Chaucer was a prominent member of the royal courts of both Edward III and Richard II, however, he was most well known for his writing, with his most celebrated work being The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer began writing fiction in the late 1360s and pioneered in a new literary style. He introduced a new poetic structure, more similar to the European style than his Anglo-Saxon predecessors. This was presumably inspired by his time in France, where he was a prisoner of war, and this style went on to inspire Shakespeare’s […]
9 de Abril de 2018.

King Manuel I, a King of Portugal

He played an important role in the expansion of the Power of Portugal Hey guys! After telling you my first impressions about the Island, then about food, and last time about a little bit of Flora and Fauna, in this article we will talk about History, and one of the Kings of Portugal. So let’s speak about King Manuel I, a King of Portugal between 1495 (when he received the Crown in Lisbon) and 1521. He was born on 31st of May 1469 in Alcochete (Portugal, facing Lisbon on the East) and died in Lisbon in December 1521. Son of Ferdinand, a little brother of King Afonso V (King between 1438 and 1481), Manuel succeeded to his cousin John II […]
5 de Abril de 2018.

King Dom Carlos

He became king in 1889 which was a time of crisis. Dom Carlos might have not been the last king on the throne of Portugal and the Algarve but his rule is often associated with the end of the monarchy. The image of the Portuguese monarchy was severely damaged after the government showed weakness facing the British. From today’s view, you might say that Dom Carlos had no great talent in politics, as he is still blamed for the end of the Portuguese monarchy. It did not make it easier to seem like a confident king. Instead, the population noticed quite fast that he could not stand its ground against the British Empire. Portugal’s plan was to have sovereignty over […]
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 […]
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 […]