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Consulta as principais notícias do Ensino Superior

3 de Setembro de 2019.

Marc Elsberg

An Austrian author of the 21st century: Marc Elsberg If you are interested in scientific thrillers, Marc Elsberg’s books are always a brilliant choice. It doesn’t matter if you choose Blackout, Zero or Helix – they’re all interesting, exciting and teach you a lot. This is why I like his work and why I always enjoy reading any book he wrote. He was born in 1967 in Vienna, grew up in the surroundings of Baden in Lower Austria and studied Industrial Design at the University for Art in Vienna. Later on, he worked in the marketing business as a creative director while he was starting to write his first book, a satirical novel called “Saubermann”. After three more books, he […]
1 de Setembro de 2019.

Kari Hotakainen

A very well known writer in Finland. Kari Hotakainen started his career as a reporter and became a full-time author in 1996. He has written many novels, poetry books, children’s books, radio dramas, newspaper columns, plays, and one TV-series. He has received some literature prizes for his work, for example, the Finlandia Prize for the novel Juoksuhaudantie (Battle Trench Avenue). The same book was later made into a movie. For me, the most meaningful book written by Kari Hotakainen is Satukirja (Storybook). The book is considered for children and young adults, but I think that it suits all ages. All the stories are very imaginative and different. It is a huge possibility, that after reading one story you become addicted […]
31 de Agosto de 2019.

Joseph Conrad

A Polish-British writer, most famous for Heart of Darkness (1899). Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski is known rather as Joseph Conrad which is a combination of his two names. He went to Marseilles as a seventeen-year-old boy to work as a sailor. When he returned from his voyages to the Caribbean and South America, he had troubles with his citizenship, as a resident of the Russian Empire, he was obligated to do military service. Without permission from the Russian authorities to serve on French ships, Joseph fell into debts and consequently he attempted to commit suicide. Later on, he went to Great Britain and began serving in the British merchant navy. After a few years, he received the rank of captain […]
29 de Agosto de 2019.

Half open curtains

I’ll talk about the Belgian writer Herman Brusselmans. Why him? To reply in his own style: because this dickpick is probably the most f*cking interesting choice of them all. That’s right. I didn’t choose him because his oeuvre is close to my heart. Neither his high pitched literary style. Still, he is one of the greatest writers of Belgium. How did this come to be? Well, to start with, he is (unlike many colleagues) in front of the media. He keeps himself in the picture through talk shows and columns, where he likes to mock other celebrities and comments on certain situations. This provocative talk is also very typical for his books. The overall style elements are a Highly autobiographical […]
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 […]
25 de Agosto de 2019.

Erwin Kräutler

An Austro-Brazilian Roman Catholic bishop and also a writer. Erwin Kräutler was born 1939 in Koblach Austria where he grew up as the eldest of six children. In 1980 he was appointed coadjutor prelate of Xingu, the largest diocese in Brazil in terms of area. Upon the resignation of Erich Kräutler, who was his uncle, he became Prelate of Xingu in September 1981. Between 1983 and 1991 and since 2006 he served as President of the Indigenous Missionary Council of the Brazilian Catholic church. Since the 1980s he has helped secure the inclusion of indigenous peoples’ rights into the Brazilian constitution. Especially in the resistance to the Belo Monte dam project, he played an important role. In his book “Mein […]
23 de Agosto de 2019.

Andrzej Sapkowski

The man who created The Witcher. Andrzej Sapkowski was born on 20th March 1948 in Łódź and has lived there until now. He is the second most popular Polish author of fantasy books, which books have been translated into other languages. His literary career started in 1986 with publishing his fantasy story “The Witcher” in Polish monthly magazine “Fantastic”. It was his debut, and then the short story was developed for 5 books saga about The Witcher. Besides this, he published many other fantasy books, however, “The Witcher” is the one, which brought him big fame, not only because of the book. If you don’t know the book, there is a high possibility that you know the game with the […]
21 de Agosto de 2019.

Beyond reality

Giorgio de Chirico and his metaphysical painting as a breath of fresh air in a grey set. Beyond the empirical sensorial experience there is something else, a thin layer that is not above reality, neither below, behind or inside, but lives “within” it. These two layers influence themselves, and sometimes our limits break, so that we can taste a slice of this alternative world. Giorgio de Chirico, father of Italian metaphysical painting, didn’t try to express anything really new. Since humanity became capable of being aware of itself, it had to face the supernatural, it had to deal with those elements that fly away from our sight, which can sometimes be essential for our being, if not life changing. Is […]
19 de Agosto de 2019.

Witkacy – an interwar artist

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz was a Polish writer and painter, commonly known as Witkacy. Witkacy was born on the 24th February 1885 in Warsaw. His father-Stanisław Witkiewicz was a painter, art critic, architect and prose writer. To distinguish from his famous father, he had called himself Witkacy, combining his second name with the last name. He spent his childhood and youth in Zakopane, growing up surrounded by an artistic bohemia. He made his debut as a painter in 1901 in Zakopane, where he had presented his two landscape paintings. Witkacy started his study in the Academy of Fine Arts in 1903 in Krakow. He travelled to Italy, France and Germany several times. After the outbreak of World War One he went […]
16 de Agosto de 2019.

Sonia Delaunay

Her art is remarkable, especially the first period of her work with this kind of cubism, it is even more astonishing if you keep in mind that this was painted before the art of Mondrian. Born in 1885 in Ukraine, Sophia (her first name) will spend her childhood in St. Petersburg then in Germany with her uncle. She studied art and drawing in Karlsruhe in Germany until 1905. At this time she decided to move on to Paris. In Paris she studied art at the Académie de La Palette and spent a lot of time in art galleries. Her work was influenced by the Fauve movement and the Post-impressionist of Henri Rousseau or Van Gogh. After a first marriage of […]
4 de Fevereiro de 2019.

Colocar a felicidade num Frasco

Equipa do ISPA – Instituto Universitário, coordenada pelo investigador Gün Semin, integra consórcio internacional com dez parceiros de oito países que recebeu financiamento de 6,5 milhões de euros do programa Horizonte 2020 para explorar a influência dos odores na interacção social. Uma equipa internacional de cientistas vai tentar decifrar a fórmula química do odor da felicidade e do medo nos próximos cinco anos. Um grupo de investigados do ISPA – Instituto Universitário, coordenado pelo psicólogo Gün Semin, participa numa primeira etapa crucial do projecto que quer sintetizar artificialmente estes cheiros para “influenciar” comportamentos. A recolha dos “cheiros” característicos destas emoções, que se vai tentar descodificar e imitar, vai ser realizada em Lisboa com um grupo de homens e mulheres que […]
28 de Janeiro de 2019.

Células produtoras de mielina

Investigador português coordenou investigação sobre um conjunto de células que pode ter um papel importante na progressão da doença e que pode ser útil para novas abordagens terapêuticas. O alvo já tinha sido escolhido. O que se pretendia era investigar o papel de um conjunto específico de células, os oligodendrócitos, na progressão e origem da esclerose múltipla. Depois de um trabalho que usou o modelo do ratinho, Gonçalo Castelo Branco, investigador português no Instituto Karolinska, em Estocolmo, na Suécia, publicou um novo artigo na revista Nature sobre os resultados obtidos após a análise de amostras post mortem de cérebros de pacientes com esclerose múltipla. Desta vez, a investigação revela a diversidade das populações de oligodendrócitos numa nova perspectiva que poderá […]
21 de Janeiro de 2019.

Vida sob camadas de gelo?

Uma equipa de cientistas dos Estados Unidos levou a cabo uma investigação no lago Mercer, um dos mais profundos lagos escondidos por baixo do gelo que cobre a Antárctida, e encontraram vestígios de crustáceos e de um tardígrado. Sob as camadas de gelo que cobrem a Antárctida há muitos segredos por descobrir. Uma expedição recente ao continente gelado, liderada por uma equipa dos Estados Unidos com cerca de 50 membros, revelou algo surpreendente: sinais de vida nas águas do lago Mercer, por baixo de uma camada de gelo com 1068 metros de espessura, a cerca de 600 quilómetros do Pólo Sul. Dos 379 lagos que existem por baixo da superfície gelada na Antárctida (muitos deles ligados entre si), o Mercer […]
16 de Janeiro de 2019.

Laboratórios, materiais e leis

Universidades e centros de investigação têm dúvidas sobre a aplicação de decreto-lei publicado no Verão. Governo diz que o que falta é uma desburocratização das instituições. Imagine-se a seguinte situação: uma revista de grande reputação publica um artigo sobre um reagente químico que depressa se torna essencial na investigação científica. Esse produto é apenas comercializado por um único fornecedor estrangeiro, que teria que estar inscrito no Portal da Contratação Pública para poder vender o produto aos centros de investigação portugueses. Como essa empresa não o faz, a instituição portuguesa não pode, por isso, fazer a compra. O cenário não é apenas hipotético: tem-se colocado com frequência. O Governo criou, no Verão, um novo regime para simplificar os processos de compra […]
28 de Dezembro de 2018.

NASA explora Ultima Thule

Os cientistas esperam que esta observação, a cerca de 6,4 mil milhões de quilómetros da Terra, ajude a entender melhor como o sistema solar foi formado. O primeiro dia do ano de 2019 vai ficar na história: “Nunca antes uma nave espacial explorou um objecto tão distante”, relevou esta terça-feira o cientista chefe da NASA responsável pela sonda New Horizons, Alan Stern, referindo-se ao Ultima Thule, um objecto localizado na cintura de Kuiper, uma zona mais periférica do nosso sistema solar. Ultima Thule fica a cerca de 6,4 mil milhões de quilómetros da Terra e os cientistas esperam que sua observação ajude a entender melhor como o sistema solar foi formado. A Sonda espacial terá tirado cerca de 900 imagens […]
18 de Dezembro de 2018.

Cientista instalará laboratório

Cientista alemã vai receber uma bolsa para instalar o seu laboratório em Portugal. Claudia Bank vai desenvolver mais o seu estudo no campo da dinâmica evolutiva. A investigadora do Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) Claudia Bank vai receber uma bolsa no montante até 250 mil euros para instalar o seu laboratório. O financiamento, que a cientista alemã vai receber via Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, é promovido pela Organização Europeia de Biologia Molecular, que premeia este ano dez investigadores “em início de carreira que estão a estabelecer laboratórios em Portugal, na República Checa, na Polónia e na Turquia”, refere o IGC, em Oeiras. Claudia Bank, que fez o doutoramento na Áustria e o pós-doutoramento na Suíça antes de […]