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23 de Julho de 2018.

Antibióticos e baunilha?

Cientista portuguesa na Alemanha é a primeira autora de uma investigação a quase 3000 combinações de fármacos para combater três bactérias causadoras de doenças. Em tempos de crise, como a que vivemos com as preocupantes resistências antimicrobianas pelo uso e abuso de antibióticos, os cientistas procuram soluções em todas as frentes. Uma equipa de investigadores avaliou a eficácia de quase três mil combinações de fármacos com outras substâncias químicas e também aditivos alimentares e descobriu que há estranhas associações que podem tornar os antibióticos mais eficazes. Entre outros testes, observaram, por exemplo, o que acontecia se juntássemos a vanilina, o principal composto químico da essência de baunilha, a um velho antibiótico que perdeu a eficácia na luta contra a gonorreia. […]
21 de Julho de 2018.

How not waste a summer in Madeira

Let me give you some non-qualified tips for the months to come. To be honest, I have not been in Madeira during the hottest months of summer. My experience started in September what I would still call summer due to the heat. Madeira is very versatile and full of possible activities. That is the reason why I love this island. People who love the sea have several options to explore the Atlantic Ocean. Snorkeling and scuba diving let you discover the biodiversity of the sea dwellers. But not everyone likes to dive in the dark and deep ocean and some rather stay above the surface of the water, at least with their heads. There are still enough activities, such as […]
20 de Julho de 2018.

Porto espacial nos Açores

Ministro da Ciência espera que até ao final do ano sejam concluídos os outros três estudos aprovados pela Agência Espacial Europeia sobre a viabilidade da criação de uma base de lançamentos de pequenos satélites nos Açores. O processo que poderá vir a resultar na criação de um porto espacial dos Açores para o lançamento de pequenos foguetes e micro-satélites, numa carga que não deverá ultrapassar os 150 quilos, está em curso mas ainda há um longo caminho a percorrer. Sem se querer comprometer com prazos, custos ou sequer como a concretização do projecto, o ministro da Ciência, Manuel Heitor, vai avisando que “se o porto espacial vier a nascer nos Açores terá de ser maioritariamente com investimento privado”. E enquanto […]
19 de Julho de 2018.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh: of the most famous artists of the 19th century. This fame is not only because his art, but also because of his life. He was born in 1853, in a village near the Belgian border. When starting adulthood he did not really know what to do. He first became a schoolteacher, then a book salesman, studied theology and became a preacher in a coal mine. He did not really do well in all these jobs and got fired for all of them. Eventually, his brother Theo convinced Vincent to become an artist after seeing the sketches he made. He moved around in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Paris before eventually moving to the village of Arles in France, […]
18 de Julho de 2018.

Terapia genética pré-natal

Experiência em ratinhos demonstrou que é possível activar o gene que produz uma enzima que não está presente nas pessoas com doença de Gaucher, que é rara e nas suas formas mais graves pode ser fatal. Uma equipa de cientistas conseguiu, numa experiência com ratinhos, evitar o desenvolvimento da forma mais grave da doença de Gaucher através de uma intervenção pré-natal. Os cientistas usaram um vírus para conseguir chegar até ao cérebro dos ratinhos ainda em gestação e “acordar” um gene que produz a enzima que não está presente nas pessoas que sofrem desta doença rara. O artigo foi publicado na última edição da revista Nature Medicine. A doença de Gaucher é uma doença genética e autossómica recessiva, ou seja, […]
17 de Julho de 2018.

Jan Matejko

Jan Matejko is probably the most known Polish painter. He born in 1838 in Krakow and he specialized in historical and battle paintings. One of his most famous canvas is “The Battle of Grunwald”, painted in 1872–1878. It represents a really important event in Polish history, the victory of the allied Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania over the Teutonic Order in 1410. It is displayed in the National Museum in Warsaw. His other famous paintings which we can find there are: “Stańczyk” and “The Prussian Homage”, among others. It is worth to mention that Matejko is an author of the 320 or so known oil paintings mainly depicting the most momentous events in Polish […]
13 de Julho de 2018.

Gerhard Richter

The world’s highest paid living artist Gerhard Richter, born 1932 in Dresden, Germany is one of the most famous German painters of all time and called the best living painter by many. He has huge national and international success and won many notable awards again both national and international. His style changed a lot during his long career which he started in the 1950s in East Germany. In 1961 Richter fled with his wife to West Germany, he is said to have burned parts of his paintings before he left. Here he studied art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 1964 he had his first solo exhibition which was the cornerstone for his success. Noteworthy is that Richter is not only […]
11 de Julho de 2018.

“O primeiro grande” dinossauro

Ingentia prima foi o nome dado à nova espécie de saurópodes descoberta na Argentina – expressão em latim para “o primeiro grande” –, que veio revolucionar as teorias sobre a evolução destes animais. Foram descobertos novos fósseis de saurópodes em San Juan, no Oeste da Argentina, que revelaram que os dinossauros gigantes apareceram na Terra cerca de 30 milhões de anos antes do que se pensava anteriormente. Um estudo de uma equipa de investigadores argentinos, intitulado Uma tendência inicial para o gigantismo em dinossauros sauropodomorfos do Triásico, publicado nesta segunda-feira na revista Nature Ecology & Evolution, analisou fósseis de uma nova espécie de saurópodes (os conhecidos dinossauros herbívoros quadrúpedes, de longo pescoço e cauda e crânio pequeno), descobertos em 2015 […]
11 de Julho de 2018.

Alvar Aalto

He did some really nice pieces of art. We were supposed to write about a painter from our own countries. But to be honest, in Finland, we don’t have any painters who would be really impressive for me or either known world-wide. So I decided to write about Alvar Aalto, an architect and a designer I personally like. Alvar Aalto was born in the 3rd of February 1898 in Kuortane. In 1921 he graduated from Helsinki’s technical academy. During his time in the academy, he took part in the civil war in Finland. After graduating he moved away from the capital city, to Jyväskylä. There he made his own architect office, following the Scandinavian design, which was popular at that time. […]
9 de Julho de 2018.

Rinoceronte-branco extinto?

Equipa internacional de cientistas produziu o primeiro embrião híbrido de rinoceronte-branco no laboratório. O objectivo é implantar um embrião numa “barriga de aluguer”, esperar pelo sucesso da gravidez de 16 meses, e ter uma primeira cria daqui a cerca de três anos. Que se saiba, restam apenas duas fêmeas, mãe e filha, da subespécie de rinoceronte-branco-do-norte na Terra. Na tentativa de manter este precioso animal entre nós, uma equipa de cientistas está há vários anos a trabalhar no laboratório, recorrendo às mais recentes técnicas de procriação medicamente assistida e da investigação na área de células estaminais. Para já, segundo um artigo publicado na última edição da revista Nature Communications, conseguiram produzir o primeiro embrião híbrido, com ovócitos do rinoceronte-branco-do-sul e […]
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 […]
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 […]
23 de Março 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 (AAUMa) 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 […]