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2 de Fevereiro de 2018.

Experiência incomparável

O SVE é um projecto fascinante que permite fazer voluntariado noutro país e crescer como ser humano. Eu tive conhecimento do Serviço Voluntário Europeu (SVE) quando estudava na universidade e a minha melhor amiga fez um projecto de SVE em Espanha e, a partir desse momento, a minha curiosidade sobre esta oportunidade desenvolveu-se. Com o final dos meus estudos, decidi que queria ter uma experiência diferente e o que a União Europeia nos proporciona e financia, era o que eu precisava. Iniciei a minha busca por projectos em Itália, país que já tinha visitado e que tinha despertado um interesse particular em mim devido à sua vasta cultura, as suas magníficas cidades e paisagens, a excelente comida e a semelhança […]
2 de Fevereiro de 2018.

We are all one big family

You can learn a lot about different cultures, traditional cuisine and how to rid yourself of stereotypes. Living in a student residence can be annoying, especially when it is overloaded with people or for example the kitchen on the ground floor does not work and all students start to use the one on your floor. But despite all the noise, lack of privacy and a rare state of cleanliness in the kitchen I really appreciate my experience of living in our volunteer and student community. We can always share our experiences and learn from each other and count on each other. On one hand you become more social and open-minded but on the other hand you learn how to enjoy […]
30 de Janeiro de 2018.

Archaeopteryx mais antigo do mundo

Foi descoberto numa formação geológica na Baviera, onde até então não tinha sido encontrado nenhum exemplar do género Archaeopteryx. Tinha o tamanho de uma pomba grande e viveu num ambiente subtropical no período Jurássico. Há cerca de 150 milhões de anos, a actual região centro da Baviera, na Alemanha, tinha uma paisagem e habitantes bem diferentes. Esta zona caracterizava-se por ter um ambiente subtropical com ilhas e lagoas de recife em águas superficiais, onde começava o Mediterrâneo primordial. Aqui habitava o Archaeopteryx mais antigo encontrado até agora. Tinha o tamanho de uma pomba grande, estava na transição entre os dinossauros e as aves e é o 11.º a ser descoberto, segundo um artigo científico na revista Peer J. Este Archaeopteryx […]
29 de Janeiro de 2018.

Primeiros primatas clonados

São duas pequeninas fêmeas que nasceram há cerca de 50 dias, na China. São o resultado “de carne e osso” do sucesso da equipa de cientistas da Academia Chinesa de Ciências que conseguiu ultrapassar a barreira técnica que impedia o “fabrico” de clones de primatas não humanos com a mesma técnica usada com a famosa ovelha Dolly. Não sabemos se é Zhong Zhong ou Hua Hua que, nas imagens do vídeo, tenta uma fuga da incubadora, empurrando as paredes transparentes da caixa. Sabemos apenas que estes dois pequeninos e magricelas macacos são os primeiros clones de primatas não humanos criados com a mesma técnica, transferência de células somáticas, que fez nascer a famosa ovelha Dolly. Está tudo num artigo publicado […]
27 de Janeiro de 2018.

Genética, regeneração e salamandras

Regeneram-se com muita facilidade. Para saber como o fazem, os cientistas descodificaram todo o genoma de uma salamandra e uma planária. Este trabalho é já considerado um marco na investigação da regeneração. Há uma espécie de salamandra que, se perder os membros do corpo, os consegue regenerar. Chama-se axolote e faz este trabalho na perfeição: os ossos, os músculos e os nervos voltam a crescer no sítio certo. Há mais: a planária é um verme que, se for cortada aos pedacinhos, também é capaz de se reconstruir. Portanto, estes animais são uma ajuda no estudo da regeneração de tecidos. Mas como o fazem? Para perceber isso, descodificou-se todo o genoma destas espécies, que vem descrito esta semana em dois artigos […]
23 de Janeiro de 2018.

Hiking together

What if we all (volunteers, Erasmus students, international students and madeiran students) could go hiking together? This idea has stuck in my head since long time. It would be so perfect to have the possibility to go out in the nature, not depending on when and where the few public buses could drive you at the weekend. There are just a few options to gain this freedom of self-determined hiking. Renting a car together with friends, going with a friend who has a car or hitchhike. Although every of these options has its benefits the disadvantages are highly considerable, especially when you want to hike with more than 5 people. So as I heard about the guided nature walks Aauma […]
23 de Janeiro de 2018.

Inventada nova unidade de tempo

Os flicks são ligeiramente maiores que um nanosegundo – o ponteiro dos relógios não os vai marcar, mas podem ser muito úteis para editores de vídeo. Quantos flicks faltam para a hora de almoço? A equipa de realidade virtual do Facebook, a Oculus VR, concebeu uma nova unidade de tempo – o flick. É maior que muitas: num só segundo, cabem mais de 705 milhões de flicks (705.600.000 para ser exacto), o que torna a unidade ligeiramente maior que um nanosegundo (há mil milhões de nanosegundos num segundo). A nova unidade de medida foi concebida, especificamente, para facilitar o trabalho de quem edita filmes no dia-a-dia e divide tempo em imagens por segundo. Começou com uma pergunta, feita no Facebook […]
22 de Janeiro de 2018.

Detecção de oito tipos de cancro

Investigadores apresentam um teste não invasivo que usa a informação de dois biomarcadores: os níveis de proteínas associadas a cancro, bem como a presença de mutações genéticas no sangue. Chama-se CancerSEEK e combina a análise do ADN com a detecção de oito proteínas associadas a oito tipos de cancros. O novo método é apresentado esta sexta-feira na revista Science por uma equipa liderada por cientistas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Johns Hopkins, em Baltimore, nos EUA. O objectivo deste teste não invasivo, que ainda terá de ser validado para chegar à prática clínica, é conseguir uma detecção precoce de vários cancros e a um baixo custo. Para já, foi usado em mais de mil doentes demonstrando uma sensibilidade que […]
20 de Janeiro de 2018.

Island Oddities

The strange case of the Principality of Pontinha. Due to their isolated nature, island nations tend to exhibit a heightened sense of the bizarre. I am well aware of this from my home country, with its Byzantine cultural norms and eccentric Monarchy. Madeira is no different, a notable example being the existence of the Principality of Pontinha. Founded by the now Dom Renato Barros I, a former art teacher, Pontinha is a micronation based around an islet on Funchal’s harbour. It was purchased for just shy of £20,000 from the Blandy family, who had themselves purchased the land from the city of Funchal in order to fund a redevelopment of the port in 1903. Barros himself has speculated that if […]
19 de Janeiro de 2018.

A French Guy in Funchal: The Sequel

My time here on Madeira Island stays very nice, tiring but increasingly interesting. Let’s talk about another subject than food, that is to say food, and two famous pastries in all Portugal! My pleasure, shared I’m pretty sure by many other people, is eating pastries, all bakeries Portuguese have! And the one I could go for from France to Portugal by foot or even by swimming to enjoy is definitely “Pastéis de nata”. This is a little eggs flan tartlet, sold in other countries in a sad way in supermarkets when It’s not artisanal. Indeed I tasted it in France just before coming to Madeira and to Portugal, and that wasn’t such a nice moment. Because when It’s industrial you […]
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 […]
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, […]
12 de Maio de 2017.

Yes, I can’t

Do you suffer from putting off all your daily duties to unspecified time in the future? Are you always waiting for a better moment to do something? If you don’t know: “from where to start…?”, you can’t stand failure or you do the tasks “for now” only because you fear the consequences – it means that you might have a problem with procrastination. What is procrastination? ‘Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task, that needs to be accomplished’ – Wikipedia. In my opinion it is a kind of pathology. Why? Because normally, nobody wants to live in never-ending tension. A procrastinator wants to have everything under control, so that person creates the appearance of normality. She or he knows […]
8 de Maio de 2017.

The (un)importance of age

Age is not as important as you think, there are tons of examples! I have to admit that this is a rather unusual theme to write about. But as I found myself more than once confronted with my age in the last time, I started to think a bit more about the (un)importance of age. I bet every one of us heard it before: “You are too young for this” or “When you are older you will understand that”. But also sentences like: “Are you not a bit too old for that?” or “I did not expect that from a person your age” are really common. I myself assume during my work as a tour guide that old people are […]
2 de Maio de 2017.

Simple life on Madeira

If you feel that your comfort zone is actually a stagnation, just pack your backpack and go for an EVS. I remember my first impression when I arrived to Funchal in the middle of the night, almost month ago. It was three things: fresh air, flowers everywhere and sound of the Ocean. The same day I left my friends, family, job, country … my world, but I had this exciting feeling that is not the end but the beginning of something new and an amazing. The next day I met other volunteers and then I was absolutely sure that was good decision and I arrived to my little paradise. Here, for me every day is a celebration. When I go […]
21 de Abril de 2017.

My first month in the paradise

The island has been excellent, the people have been beautiful, the job has been amazing and I don’t have enough words to describe the other things. I had some expectations for my first month in here, but it was even better than what I expected. This project has been an opportunity to learn about the history of Madeira, about the history of Portugal, and about the different cultures and costumes of this country and the countries of the people who have been around me during this time. I was in beautiful places with my colleagues. I was in museums, parks and beaches, where I saw beautiful places and learn interesting things. Regarding to my job it has been interesting because I’m a […]