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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 […]
19 de Outubro de 2019.

Teaching innovation

Artistic architects, pondering physicians and dreaming designers, at the Technical University in Delft they all come together. The vibrant campus, located right next to the historic centre of Delft, is a place where ambitious students are conducting groundbreaking research and realising innovative ideas. TU Delft ranks as one of the top technical universities in the world and is known for its innovative strategies and its attention towards sustainability. With over 20.000 students and 8 faculties TU Delft strives to make a better future for all of us. It’s a place where students work hard to keep their heads above water but also challenge themselves by working on side projects with other students like building a racing car that relies solely […]
7 de Outubro de 2019.

Europe’s impact

A lot is happening in the world right now that can make or break our future and the future of generations yet to come: climate change, wars, natural disasters, overpopulation, starvation. None of these issues can be made undone but we can strive to solve them before they get worse and worse. The European Union plays a big part in this and in shaping the future for not only Europe and its citizens but also the rest of the world. The European Parliament makes a lot of important decisions about issues like the ones listed earlier. To some it may seem like they have no influence on these issues as an individual but that is not true at all. One […]
27 de Agosto de 2019.

Gerwin van der Werf

The Writing Teacher Gerwin van der Werf is not a name that many non-Dutch people know nor are able to pronounce properly. Not a lot of Dutch people know him or his work either. He is not a famous writer of literature that creates complex novels with hidden themes and multiple meanings but he is one of the greatest Dutch writers. He has written four novels, Gewapende Man (2010), Wild (2011), Luchtvissers (2013) en Een Onbarmhartig Pad (2018). Apart from being a writer, he is also a music teacher at the high school I went to in the Netherlands. He is a teacher full of energy, full of empathy for his students and with a great sense of humor. He […]
26 de Julho de 2019.

Pioneer in a world of abstract art

Using simple elements like horizontal and vertical lines and primary colours Piet Mondrian created pieces that have been discussed by many people. Even though his last works are abstract, he has not always been an abstract painter. His arts career started shortly after primary school. From this moment he started taking art classes and had many different teachers. After failing a qualification test for an arts school because of the subject ‘anatomy’, Mondrian started to focus on the painting of landscapes. In the following years his painting style was influenced by other painters like Van Gogh and Matisse. His style shifted from realistic to more expressive, his lines became harsher and colours more dramatic. This change in style became even […]
10 de Julho de 2019.

Maintaining a Union

The next elections for the European Parliament are almost here and more than ever, these elections will affect the future of the European Parliament. Up till now most of the decisions were made by the major parties but this year this could change because of the growing support for smaller parties. Because of this, the decision making in the European Parliament might become more open and democratic. In this way the European Parliament might start to look more like the Dutch parliament where multiple smaller parties form the majority instead of just two big parties. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to be part of the ‘European Coal and Steel Community’ which eventually became the European Union. With […]