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12 de Janeiro de 2018.

Future happens now

In 2015, a company from Hong Kong activated a humanoid robot named Sophia. She, because the robot is considered to be of female gender and is modeled after Audrey Hepburn, was interviewed in tv shows and by international organizations, such as United Nations. Although it is surely a great development, many people expressed their concerns that it may be dangerous for our race. Robot assured that she is only a peaceful creature built to help people, although the concerns escalated even more when for the question if she wants to destroy humans, asked by her creator, Sophia answered “OK. I will destroy humans.” Another controversy aroused this year when Sophia, as the first robot, got a nationality. Now she is […]
11 de Janeiro de 2018.

Financiamento às Universidades

“A solução está encontrada. O Governo cumpre o contrato na íntegra”, afirmou o ministro Manuel Heitor, em Évora. Mas não disse quando é que o pagamento vai ser efectuado. O ministro da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior, Manuel Heitor, garantiu nesta quarta-feira o cumprimento “na íntegra” do acordo para o pagamento às universidades e politécnicos do financiamento adicional de 2017, estando em discussão “meramente questões técnicas”. “A solução está encontrada. O Governo cumpre o contrato na íntegra”, afirmou o ministro, em Évora, quando questionado pelos jornalistas sobre a reunião que manteve, na terça-feira à noite, com o Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (CRUP). Segundo Manuel Heitor, “o Governo assumiu cumprir todos os acordos que fez em termos políticos”, acrescentando […]
11 de Janeiro de 2018.

Weather changing

I write about November because it was a colder month in Madeira, a month of surprises. First I didn’t expected such a cold weather here. I mean it’s not so cold but it’s quite more than I expected from a semi tropical island. Also I had some troubles because the changing weather like for instance, I went to one levada, it was so sunny but in the middle of the levada it just rained a lot, so basically I walked for 6h under a really annoying rain (oh course I didn’t bring my umbrella). Another big change was the cold water on the beach, and that’s even in the warm days. Since the fact that November is not a touristic […]
9 de Janeiro de 2018.

LG apresenta televisão que enrola

Há dois anos, o protótipo era do tamanho de um jornal. O objectivo é criar um modelo portátil e conveniente. Há dois anos, a LG apresentou um protótipo de televisor que podia ser enrolado e enfiado numa mala como um jornal. Em 2018, o modelo aumentou no tamanho e na resolução. Durante a CES 2018 – a Consumer Electronics Show, uma das maiores feiras de produtos tecnológicos no mundo – a empresa vai estar a demonstrar o seu novo modelo flexível. Desdobrado, o novo televisor tem 65 polegadas, mais de um metro e meio de largura e vem com tecnologia de ultra-alta definição (4K). São mais de oito milhões de pixéis para criar imagens com mais nitidez. O objectivo é […]
8 de Janeiro de 2018.

A Let’sGOut arranja-te companhia

Let’sGOut: a aplicação que quer arranjar-te companhia para as tuas atividades Um grupo de estudantes do terceiro ano de Engenharia Informática da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias da Universidade de Coimbra desenvolveu uma aplicação móvel para resolver o problema de encontrar companhia para realizar as atividades que tanto queres fazer. Os jovens, apresentados na foto acima, verificaram, através de um inquérito online e de intervenção direta com várias pessoas, que, é muito comum as pessoas desistirem dos seus planos por não terem quem as queira ou possa acompanhar. Neste sentido, decidiram desenvolver esta aplicação onde é possível encontrar outras pessoas que se encontrem na mesma situação, e onde estas possam facilmente comunicar de modo a conseguirem finalmente concretizar os seus […]
8 de Janeiro de 2018.

Revelado como o álcool atinge o ADN

Estudo em ratinhos analisou os danos genéticos provocados por uma substância química que é produzida quando o organismo processa o álcool. Cientista portuguesa participou no artigo publicado na revista Nature. A associação entre o consumo de álcool e um risco aumentado de vários tipos de cancro não é nada de novo. No entanto, ainda há muitos pormenores sobre esta relação e os seus mecanismos por esclarecer. Uma equipa de cientistas do Reino Unido investigou uma das íntimas ligações entre o álcool e o cancro através da análise do ADN em células estaminais. Nas experiências em ratinhos, os cientistas recorreram à administração de etanol nos animais e concluíram que a exposição ao álcool provoca danos genéticos permanentes. O estudo, que conta […]
6 de Janeiro de 2018.

Nature Festival on Madeira

Pros and cons of visiting Madeira in autumn In the end of September I had a few friends coming to Madeira from Porto. Naturally, I wanted to show them some of the most iconic views on the island, so I took them to places like Ponta de São Lourenço, Vereda do Larano, Pico do Areeiro. It was quite a shock to see all of them (places, not friends) completely burnt by summer sun, yellow and grey where just a few months ago, in early spring, everything was intensely green and flourishing. Later on I even compared my photos from April and late September and the difference in color is unbelievable. There can be no doubt about it – Madeira is […]
5 de Janeiro de 2018.

A minha Bulgária.

Bulgária um país tão distante, 18 horas de viagem, 4 aeroportos, 3 aviões, lá fui eu nesta aventura. Após participar em diferentes programas do Erasmus+, vejo o programa EVS como o melhor para uma primeira saída da zona de conforto, principalmente quando vivemos numa ilha e partimos para o mundo. Candidatei-me a este EVS, não pelo lugar onde seria realizado, mas sim pelo programa em questão, estou a fazer voluntariado num Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens, chamado “IN THE PALACE”, onde estou rodeada de pessoas fantásticas, que nos ajudam em tudo o que necessitamos, que nos ensinam e nos vêm não só como meros voluntários mas sim como amigos, em que todos têm algo a acrescentar ao programa. Varna, Balchik, […]
4 de Janeiro de 2018.

Claustrophobia

I never thought that being and living on the island can be so different from living in the mainland in a bigger agglomeration. But actually it differs a lot and I felt it soon after I came here. This strange feeling of being locked and kept in a small island so that you cannot escape from it so easily in case of any human/natural disaster remain in my subconscious. Everything has limits here and sometimes it can make you feel anxious. I wonder if some people has that inborn will of constantly moving from place to place, just getting into the car or taking a plane and travelling at least for a bit or if it is just a feature […]
3 de Janeiro de 2018.

Do outro lado da Europa

Levo comigo boas recordações e experiências que permaneceram para sempre na minha memória e coração, de um país do outro lado da Europa. Após terminar a minha licenciatura este ano, ainda não estava com certezas do que havia de fazer com o meu futuro. Assim que uma amiga me informou do EVS e da possibilidade de integrar num projecto ambicioso e deveras recompensador na Bulgária, o Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens, IN THE PALACE. Inicialmente não estava muito receptivo à ideia, não pelo facto de ter que sair do “conforto” da nossa ilha, pois já participei em dois programas de intercâmbio durante dois semestres, mas por não saber se de facto valia a pena. Após alguma ponderação, decidi embargar nesta […]
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 […]
21 de Agosto de 2017.

Polish accent in Funchal

What I found when I started to look for Polish signs in Madeira. There is about 4000 km distance between Madeira and Poland, so it is rather unlikely that these two countries can have a lot in common. However, if you look closely you can find some similarities. One of them are churches and a lot of other signs of Christian faith which are present at every corner. What is more, in the Jesuit’s church we can find a painting of the Divine Mercy based on the devotion initiated by Polish saint nun Faustyna Kowalska and painted by Polish artist. Also in that church we can see a statue of Polish Jesuit – saint Stanisław Kostka, a patron saint of […]
17 de Agosto de 2017.

The art of being lost

Before arriving on the project – I didn’t completely know what to expect. Am I going to love it, am I going to hate it? Will I pick up the language easily? What will it be like being a non-native of the place I’m in for the first time in my life? Now that I’m here. I can honestly say I still don’t have the answers to these questions … But I do know one thing, it’s the curiosity of NOT knowing that is spurring me on and igniting the inquisitive flames of my heart to continue upon this journey. I always hated children’s shows like Dora the Explorer – I never thought that I’d be buying her books in […]
14 de Agosto de 2017.

Expectations

It has already been a month since I left my hometown in the northeast of France to live this experience of a lifetime in Madeira. How do I feel about that? If anyone would have told me that I would be in Madeira at that time last year, I would have never believed him or her. I was doing my end-of-studies internship in the Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg, and I was expecting, or rather, my parents were expecting me to find a job afterwards. Instead I started working as a volunteer in a non-profit organisation that promotes European values and informs youngsters about all kinds of mobility programmes that exist in the European Union. I was still looking for […]
10 de Agosto de 2017.

British Experiences of Iberia

Comparing my first experiences of Iberian life to the British soldiers who arrived in 1807. Upon arriving in Madeira I read The British Soldier in the Peninsular War (G. Daly, Hobart, 2013) in order to learn more about the history of the island. I have compared my experiences to the soldiers who occupied Madeira from 1807. The first thing that struck me upon arrival was the temperate weather and dramatic terrain. Lieutenant Sherer of the Cumberland Regiment was similarly taken, describing the wooded mountains of Portugal as ‘enchanting’. However upon entering the cities the initial optimism of the soldiers turned to revulsion; John Douglas wrote home complaining of poor hygiene and disease in Lisbon. While I have not been to […]