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5 de Dezembro de 2017.

Facebook para crianças

Nova aplicação de mensagens para crianças com mais de seis anos não inclui anúncios nem permite fazer compras. As crianças já não têm de mentir sobre a idade para falar no Facebook. Esta segunda-feira, a rede social anunciou o lançamento do Messenger Kids, uma nova aplicação para smartphone criada para crianças entre os seis e os 12 anos falarem com os amigos e familiares. Tal como o Messenger, podem enviar mensagens de texto ou falar por mensagens de vídeo ou voz. Para a utilizar, porém, as crianças não precisam de ter uma conta no Messenger (continua a ser proibido criar uma antes dos 13 anos). São os pais que definem os amigos e familiares com quem os filhos falam através […]
4 de Dezembro de 2017.

Primeiro SMS enviado há 25 anos

Ainda sem se saber a dimensão que a nova tecnologia iria alcançar, um engenheiro britânico enviou a primeira mensagem escrita para um telemóvel faz hoje 25 anos. A primeira mensagem enviada por telemóvel (SMS, sigla inglesa de short message service) foi enviada há 25 anos pelo engenheiro britânico Neil Papworth. Foi no dia 3 de Dezembro de 1992 que Papworth escreveu no computador – os telemóveis ainda não tinham teclados com letras – a mensagem “Feliz Natal” (“Merry Christmas”, na versão original), enviando-a de seguida para o telemóvel Orbitel 901 de Richard Jarvis, que trabalhava na Vodafone. No site de Neil Papworth, o engenheiro conta que fazia parte da equipa que estava a desenvolver o mecanismo para a Vodafone do […]
4 de Dezembro de 2017.

Porto Santo experience

When you need to change the environment and the cheapest and closest option is another island Being on an island for few months creates a feeling that you are closed in small place and cut off from the real world. To get my mind busy with a bit different place I went to Porto Santo. Although the island is so close and so similar to Madeira, being there feels quite different. It may not be the best place for people who like big cities, but for me it was almost perfect. It was colder and the place was not crowded, in fact, there were almost no tourists and local people were not that much present on the streets because of […]
30 de Novembro de 2017.

Erasmus em Portugal aumenta 13%

Intercâmbio europeu voltou a bater recordes em 2015/16. Houve 17.055 participantes nacionais nas várias dimensões do programa. O número de europeus que estudam no ensino superior nacional ao abrigo do Erasmus voltou a bater recordes. Houve 12.969 alunos a chegar a Portugal em 2015/16 ao abrigo desse programa, revela o relatório anual que foi nesta quinta-feira apresentado pela Comissão Europeia. Isto significa um crescimento de 13% face ao ano anterior. O total de estudantes portugueses que saem do país para estudar também continua a crescer, ainda que a uma velocidade mais moderada: 8,4%. Estes números dizem respeito ao Erasmus Ensino Superior, como é agora designado o intercâmbio para estudantes universitários, que foi o fundador do programa europeu que este ano […]
30 de Novembro de 2017.

So much to do and (not) enough time

I just need to relax and enjoy the beauty of this island. Following that I will not regret anything when I look back. Looking at a map Madeira seems like a tiny island, which could be explored in a few days. There is a big difference between expectations and reality. There are so many hidden places to see, so many Levadas to follow and so many mountains to climb. Being a volunteer for ten months seems long at first but time flies. I have been in Madeira for about six weeks now. At the one hand it feels like I have just arrived a few days ago, on the other hand I feel already home and know my way around. […]
28 de Novembro de 2017.

Centro de Ciência em Sintra extinto

Para a Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e Tecnológica, o centro de Sintra deixou de reunir os pressupostos de qualidade que estiveram na origem da sua criação. O Centro Ciência Viva de Sintra foi extinto, devido ao “incumprimento das obrigações” por parte da autarquia que levaram ao seu “profundo estado de abandono”, anunciou esta segunda-feira em comunicado a instituição que credencia estes centros de divulgação científica. A “falta de diálogo e colaboração” da Câmara de Sintra e de zelo da autarquia pelo “bom funcionamento” do espaço, “património municipal”, nomeadamente em termos de “pequenas obras exteriores” e renovação de exposições, foram os incumprimentos invocados à agência Lusa pela presidente da Ciência Viva – Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e […]
27 de Novembro de 2017.

Real life lessons

Let´s hope that these lessons are only the beginning of many others and that I can keep learning as fast as I did last two months. One week ago, I went to the mainland for the on-arrival training in Guimaraes. This is a training for those who do EVS in Portugal and who just arrived. I had so much fun this week! We didn’t have to cook, which was of course one of the things I appreciated the most and we also talked about A LOT. After this week I realised a few things, I realised how much I had already learned from the beginning until that moment. Let me sum up a few things: – I learned how to […]
27 de Novembro de 2017.

Beber 3 cafés por dia é benéfico?

A investigação, de uma equipa do Reino Unido, consistiu na análise de 218 estudos. As pessoas que bebem três a quatro cafés por dia terão provavelmente mais benefícios na saúde do que problemas, tais como riscos mais reduzidos de morte prematura e doenças de coração, do que aqueles que não bebem café, concluiu um estudo britânico publicado esta quarta-feira na revista médica BMJ. A investigação, que juntou resultados de mais de 200 estudos, também concluiu que o consumo de café está ligado ao baixo risco de diabetes, doenças do fígado, demência e alguns cancros. Três ou quatro cafés por dia trazem benefícios, afirmaram os cientistas, exceptuando as mulheres grávidas ou quem tenha um risco elevado de sofrer fracturas. O café é […]
23 de Novembro de 2017.

The portrait of a nightmare

Once I had a very weird dream, I was in another country, outside of home and alone. This was my dream I woke up at 9 in the morning, and immediately I realized that I wasn’t in my bed, or my room, or my house and suddenly I saw through the window (in this strange room there were 3 beds and 1 window) and I saw that I was even further of my country, just there in the middle of a big square there was a flat that I didn’t recognize it was green and red and with some weird symbols in the middle, suddenly someone entered in the room there was a very tall man with the palest skin […]
22 de Novembro de 2017.

Martha e extinção de espécies

Estudo apresenta os resultados de uma análise genética a alguns exemplares do pombo-passageiro, extinto desde 1914, que fazem parte de colecções de museus. Chamaram Martha ao último pombo-passageiro que vivia num jardim zoológico em Cincinnati, nos EUA. Morreu a 1 de Setembro de 1914 e com Marthadesapareceu definitivamente da Terra toda a sua espécie (Ectopistes migratorius) que, dizem os registos do passado, chegava a escurecer o dia por minutos com bandos de milhões de aves a passar no céu. Uma equipa de investigadores, que integra uma cientista portuguesa a trabalhar na Universidade de Copenhaga (Dinamarca), publicou um artigo na revista Science com os resultados de um estudo genético que quis ajudar a perceber como se extinguiu uma espécie com uma população desta dimensão. Enquanto isso, […]
5 de Junho de 2017.

A day in the mountains

A full day of hiking in the mountains – from Pico do Areeiro to Santana. Eventually. During my first month on Madeira I already had a chance to see the marvellous panoramic views offered by Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak of the island. I enjoyed the experience so much that I even mentioned it in my previous journal entry – together with Beata we hitchhiked a car going from upper Funchal directly to the top of the mountain, but since it was already quite late and we also had other plans for that day, we decided not to go for that 7-kilometre-long trail to Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest. Not just then. It was only a month later, on […]
1 de Junho de 2017.

The importance of the Portuguese

The Portuguese language is official in 9 countries of the world, around four continents. Approximately 250 millions of people speaks this language. After Brazil the countries where the Portuguese is used are Mozambique, Angola and Portugal. Contrary of a lot of people thinks the Spanish isn’t the closest language. The origin of this comes from the Galician-Portuguese that was spoken in the old Kingdom of Galicia and in the north of Portugal. With the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal back in the 12th century, and the consequent expansion to the south of the Iberian Peninsula and later on to South America and Africa, the Portuguese became international, there was the beginning of it importance. An aftereffect of this global […]
29 de Maio de 2017.

Taking part in EVS

Taking part in EVS opens so many doors for those lucky enough to take part but it can also open you up to derision from those who don’t understand the concept of what we are doing. Many believe that this is just a paid holiday, something to do while putting off the inevitability of finding a ‘real’ job and ‘settling down’. While I will admit that this hasn’t been the most straining 10 months of my life, I like to believe I’ve gained much more here than I would have at a regular 9 to 5 job. This experience is not about the monetary benefits but the enrichment you find from time as a whole, seeing new things and meeting […]
26 de Maio de 2017.

So you speak fluent Portuguese?

… is what many tourists ask, thinking living abroad would instantly bless you with perfect language skills. And to be honest: not only tourists think that. I also kind of did, thinking living in Madeira, working with locals and hearing Portuguese all around me, I would playfully pick it up. The only way of language learning I had experienced so far was by regular classes back in school. Lessons twice a week, being tortured with grammar tests, neatly copying vocabulary from the text book, reading articles… I think everybody knows what I mean. These classes gave me a good base and I kept learning and practicing these languages abroad. Meeting people from all over the world started making me curious […]
20 de Maio de 2017.

Things I don’t know

Before I arrived to Madeira, and here as well, I had a chance to meet many people of different nationalities. Here in Funchal I participate in a project that requires learning a big chunk of Portuguese and Madeiran history. My fellow volunteers are intelligent, worldly and conscious people and we talk a lot about cultural differences, economy, politics and history. Thanks to them, and others who I encountered throughout the years, I got to learn about Portuguese dictatorship and Carnation Revolution, liberation of Spanish colonies in South America, Rotterdam bombing during WWII, potato famine in Ireland, Balkan Wars that many people my age remember… Coming from Poland, country in my opinion quite obsessed with its martyrdom, I realized each nation […]
16 de Maio de 2017.

The island of the dreams…

I have enjoyed this month as much as the last one, I have met new friends, and I said goodbye to one of my colleagues, I have been in new places, and I have visited some places again. This month has been very similar and different of the last one, this is because the usual things sometimes change. Today you visit a beautiful square and tomorrow that square will be more beautiful than yesterday. Today you met new people, and tomorrow they will be your friends, and today you are enjoying with your friends and tomorrow, they will come back home and leave you fond memories. I only realized about the changes this month. It is interesting because this island, […]