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 […]
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 […]
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.

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.

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 […]