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11 de Novembro de 2019.

The History of Belgium

The name ‘Belgium’ is said to come from Belgae tribes that lived in the northern part of what was then Gaul around the 3rd century BC. Belgium is well known for its famous cuisine; its chocolate and waffles, but how much do we actually know about its history? There is a lot of speculation about where the Belgae tribes originated, but many scholars think that they started themselves. They were described as ‘the bravest of them all’ and Julius Caesar found it difficult to conquer them. It took him four years before he succeeded in 53BC. Caesar also found them very different to the other tribes in Gaul. Belgium was part of the Holy Roman Empire and remained part of […]
9 de Novembro de 2019.

Small Country with a Big History

Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km². Officially known as the Republic of Malta, it is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km south of Italy, 284 km east of Tunisia and 333 km north of Libya. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 km2 its makes Malta the world’s tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated country. Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled […]
8 de Novembro de 2019.

Chumbos já não são uma realidade

“É muito importante que se perceba que a alternativa não é, nem pode ser, entre chumbar ou passar sem saber”, defende Maria Emília Brederode Santos, que pede estratégias para que os alunos aprendam sem terem de reprovar. Portugal é um dos países da OCDE com taxas de reprovação mais elevadas. O Conselho Nacional de Educação (CNE) defende que chumbar um aluno “não serve para nada” e acredita que combater esta prática não será uma porta ao facilitismo porque a ideia não é “passar sem saber”. Para a presidente do CNE, Maria Emília Brederode Santos, a recente polémica em torno do programa do Governo de reduzir ao mínimo os chumbos no ensino básico não pode ser vista como um quadro a preto e […]
8 de Novembro de 2019.

Mutação genética atrasou Alzheimer

Uma mulher colombiana pode ter escapado ao seu “destino genético” de perder a memória por volta dos 40 anos — uma mutação genética comum na região conduzi-la-ia à doença; outra mutação genética “salvou-a” da demência. Uma mulher colombiana que quase de certeza viria a ter a doença de Alzheimer escapou ao seu destino genético – em vez de começar a ter sintomas de demência por volta dos 40 anos, como acontece com o resto da sua família, tal só aconteceu três décadas depois. A resposta está na mutação genética rara no gene APOE3ch, chamada Christchurch (esta mulher tinha duas destas mutações raras no seu ADN, uma só não seria suficiente para impedir o desenvolvimento precoce da doença), e o caso […]
7 de Novembro de 2019.

The Radboud University

The best “traditional university” in the Netherlands Being located in Nijmegen, the oldest city of the Netherlands, the Radboud University was founded in 1923. Nowadays approx. 20.000 students study in seven different faculties: the Faculty of Arts, Law, Medical Sciences, Management, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Science and the Faculty of Social Science. Since the university is focused on international research in several fields, most master degrees are taught in English, whereas most bachelor degrees are taught in Dutch. One could name numerous note-worthy alumni of this university, but the most notable would probably be Frans de Waal. After graduating in Primatology and Ethology in 1970, he became very well known for his research in primate social behaviour and the […]
7 de Novembro de 2019.

Relatório de Saúde 2019 da OCDE

Último relatório Health at a Glance da OCDE indica que 67,6% da população portuguesa acima dos 15 anos tem excesso de peso ou é obesa. Tabagismo, consumo de álcool e obesidade são os três principais factores de risco para doenças não transmissíveis, que mais contribuem para a mortalidade em todo o mundo. E segundo o relatório Health at a Glance 2019, divulgado esta quinta-feira pela Organização para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Económico (OCDE), Portugal destaca-se precisamente na obesidade e aparece em quarto lugar, juntamente com a Finlândia, na lista dos países que apresentam a maioria taxa de população com excesso de peso quando comparado com a média da OCDE. Assim e de acordo com o mesmo documento, 67,6 % da […]
6 de Novembro de 2019.

Fósseis de criatura em Portugal

Há cerca de 480 milhões de anos, um grupo extinto de artrópodes marinhos – da família de insetos e crustáceos – agrupou-se em fila para atravessar o fundo do oceano. Há quase 500 milhões de anos, criaturas marinhas semelhantes aos percevejos da atualidade já tinham o seu próprio ritual social. Os fósseis recém-descritos revelam grupos de animais espalhados pelo fundo do oceano, todos alinhados, talvez para migrar em grupo, ou em reuniões de acasalamento. De acordo com dados apresentados pelos investigadores na Scientific Reports, os fósseis confirmam que os animais começaram a coordenar os seus movimentos no início da história evolutiva da Terra. Há cerca de 520 milhões de anos, as primeiras formas de vida desenvolveram órgãos sensoriais sofisticados, como […]
5 de Novembro de 2019.

O que os animais nos podem ensinar

Os animais são o assunto central da 7ª edição da revista Electra, da Fundação EDP, que analisa a emergência da causa animal nas primeiras décadas do século XXI. O tema é mais complexo do que parece e permite até alargar a discussão ao lugar dos seres humanos no mundo. Os animais fazem parte do nosso dia-a-dia mas há hoje uma diferença essencial no modo como os olhamos e falamos deles. Pouco depois de o cinema ter som, por volta dos anos 30, um conjunto de curtas-metragens denominadas Dogville Comedies dava “voz” aos animais na sétima arte, estima-se que pela primeira vez. Isso foi como que um prenúncio do que aconteceria no mundo real muito depois, sem efeitos artificiais, e derivado […]
5 de Novembro de 2019.

University For the Common Good

I attended Glasgow Caledonian University, in Scotland, where I studied business and tourism management. Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a very new university, it was founded in 1993, because of the merger of The Queen’s College and Glasgow Polytechnic. It is the third university in Glasgow, is located in the centre of the city and serves over 20 thousand students and 1500 staff members. There are also campuses in London, New York, and a college of engineering in Oman. The university’s chancellor is currently Annie Lennox, famous singer in Eurythmics, social activist and philanthropist. The chancellor’s role is mostly symbolic, she attends important events such as graduation. In most Scottish universities graduates are “capped” before receiving their degree, which means […]
4 de Novembro de 2019.

Ocean Cleanup chega aos rios também

Depois de conseguirem retirar plástico do Pacífico (com algumas críticas e atrasos), embarcações da Ocean Cleanup chegam a alguns dos rios mais poluídos do mundo. Objectivo é interceptar o lixo antes de desaguar no oceano. Não foi sem percalços na navegação, mas os navios da Ocean Cleanup chegaram finalmente à ilha do lixo do Pacífico Norte no início de Outubro. Agora, o holandês Boyan Slat ouviu algumas das críticas feitas ao seu sistema de limpeza de plástico dos oceanos e virou-se para um dos principais caminhos do lixo: os rios. “Para livrar os oceanos de plástico, nós temos tanto de limpar a ‘herança’ [o lixo que já está nos oceanos] como fechar a torneira, evitando que mais plástico chegue aos […]
12 de Julho de 2019.

Zdzisław Beksińsk

This Polish painter who loved apocalyptic and dystopian art is now one of the most recognized in Poland. His paintings inspire many – one example is the famous Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who has directed films such as The Shape of Water and Hellboy. Zdzisław Beksiński was a modern-day surrealist painter, photographer and sculptor. He was born in 1929 in Sanok, survived the World War II, finished the university in Krakow and was working as a bus designer for an automotive factory. At the same time was creating art, firstly sculptures and photographs, later he also started to paint. While his art was grim, Beksiński was a kind man with a keen sense of humor. He liked to […]
3 de Junho de 2019.

European elections and the future

This year my country celebrates 15 years of being a member of European Union. There were a lot of changes in Poland during that time – in my opinion mostly good ones. And thanks to it I could become an EVS volunteer in Madeira. Being a part of the European Union brought many advantages for young people who can now study or volunteer abroad. My parents didn’t have this opportunity and they are happy that I could go abroad thanks to the Erasmus+ program. In my opinion it’s very important for young people to get to know other cultures, learn languages, meet people from different countries, get experience in new areas. When they learn and get another point of view […]
29 de Abril de 2019.

Christmas in Silesia, Poland

We celebrate it a bit differently than in the rest of the country. Christmas in Poland is a very special time. But in Silesia, the region where I was born and raised and where all my family lives, we celebrate it a bit differently than in the rest of the country. The most important day is Christmas Eve on the 24th of December. At my home, the preparations start early in the morning when all of the women (me, my mother and my grandmother) start cooking dishes for the dinner, bake cakes and make makówki – my favorite Christmas sweet dish made of poppyseed, nuts, and bread. When the kids spot the first star in the sky, the whole family […]
15 de Março de 2019.

The short king of Poland

A small man who was a great king. In XIV century Poland had a king of Piast dynasty, who was famous because of his height. Wladyslaw became the King at the age of 52 years old and his way to achieve this position wasn’t easy. He was the middle son of Kazimierz I Kujawski, his two older brothers were almost adults when he was born. However, they were actually only half-brothers, because his father was married twice before he married the mother of Wladyslaw, Eufrozyna. A legend says that Eufrozyna tried to poison the older sons of Kazimierz I, so Wladyslaw who was still a baby at that time would inherit some lands after his father. The trap of Eufrozyna […]
11 de Fevereiro de 2019.

Moszna castle

It looks like is from a fairytale. The castle in Moszna looks like it is from a fairytale. In the last years, it became one of the most popular monuments on the South of Poland. The castle impresses from the first sight. It has ninety-nine towers and three hundred sixty-five rooms. It was built in XVIII century in Baroque style. In 1896 a big part of the building was lost in the fire but it was rebuilt later and also new wings of the castle were built at the end of XIX and at the beginning of the XX century. The castle belonged to the noble family- Tiele-Winckler from Silesia who lived there until 1945. From that time the castle […]