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31 de Dezembro de 2019.

Muitos artigos mas poucas patentes

A “maior fragilidade” da investigação em saúde em Portugal é a falta de transferência do conhecimento para empresas e hospitais, alertou esta segunda-feira Manuel Sobrinho Simões, que há 30 anos fundou o Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto. “Continuamos a ser excessivamente investigadores. A maior fragilidade da investigação em saúde é a translação do conhecimento. Falta a dinâmica das empresas e dos hospitais na procura pelos institutos”, salientou. Sobrinho Simões, que falava à agência Lusa a propósito do 30.º aniversário do Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto (Ipatimup), marcado durante este ano por várias iniciativas, admitiu que a “falta de translação” existente na área de investigação em saúde é “um defeito do […]
31 de Dezembro de 2019.

Polish sportswoman

One of the most famous sportswomen in Poland is Anna Lewandowska. People have been practicing sports since forever. Well, not all people as women were not allowed to watch or participate in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The first modern Games did not allow women to compete either. In 1928, women were prohibited from running more than 200 meters, extensive running supposedly caused premature aging. Fortunately, now in 2016 women have been competing in nearly all sport disciplines for a very long time now, despite all the obstacles they have had to face. One of the most famous sportswomen in Poland is Anna Lewandowska. She is not only famous for being the wife of a famous Polish footballer Robert […]
30 de Dezembro de 2019.

Recuperação da camada de ozono

Se continuar a ser lançado CFC 11 para a atmosfera de forma contínua, isso pode contribuir para o atraso da recuperação da camada de ozono durante mais de uma década. Em 2018, verificou-se que a taxa de declínio do clorofluorocarboneto (CFC) 11 tinha abrandado 50% desde 2012, o que significava que esta substância proibida em todo o mundo estava a ser lançada na atmosfera. Já este ano, confirmou-se que essas emissões vinham sobretudo de duas províncias chinesas: Shandong e Hebei. Agora, uma equipa de cientistas do Reino Unido e dos Estados Unidos simulou o que acontecerá se o CFC 11 continuar a ser lançado. Num artigo científico publicado na revista científica Nature Communications, refere-se que a recuperação da camada de […]
29 de Dezembro de 2019.

Aleksander Doba

A Polish kayaker has known primarily for his long voyages crossing the ocean Aleksander Doba (born 9 September 1946) is a Polish kayaker known primarily for his long voyages crossing oceans. In 2010 and again in 2013 he kayaked across the Atlantic Ocean westward under his own power. The two voyages were the longest open-water kayak voyages ever made. He was named 2014 Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. In 2017 he completed an eastward kayaking trip across the Atlantic. Doba was the first person to paddle a 7-meter sea kayak across the Atlantic ocean, a voyage that spanned 5394 kilometers. Doba’s first voyage from Senegal to Brazil in 2010 set a record for the longest open-water crossing ever […]
28 de Dezembro de 2019.

DNA em “chiclete” com 5700 anos

Pela primeira vez, os cientistas conseguiram extrair um antigo genoma humano completo a partir de um achado que não era um osso, mas um pequeno pedaço de alcatrão de bétula com 5700 anos. São menos de três centímetros de alcatrão de bétula mastigado por uma mulher há muito, muito tempo, mas foi o suficiente para retirar um genoma humano completo da amostra encontrada no Sul da Dinamarca. A partir deste pedaço de antiga chiclete com 5700 anos os cientistas traçam o retrato provável de uma mulher de pele morena, cabelo escuro e olhos azuis que baptizaram com o nome de Lola. Os resultados da análise revelados na revista Nature Communications fornecem ainda algumas pistas sobre a evolução das bactérias e […]
27 de Dezembro de 2019.

Christmas in Germany

Silent night, holy night – Christmas in Germany When the air starts smelling like roasted almonds, when the city center is immersed in warm lights and when children start to sing their hearts out on the streets, then you know it`s time for one of the most important German Christmas traditions: The Christmas Market. The idea of this pre-Christmas market originates in the Late Middle Ages when people bought goods to prepare for the cold wintertime. Throughout the years also craftsmen, toymakers and confectioners were allowed to sell their products, contributing to the Christmas market as it is today. Traditionally, the market starts in the last week of November and lasting until Christmas Eve. A very curious thing about this […]
26 de Dezembro de 2019.

Alcatifa sustentável e portuguesa

A alcatifa é feita a partir de materiais têxteis reciclados e, no final do evento, é novamente transformada noutros produtos de gama mais baixa. Uma empresa da Guarda começou este ano a produzir uma alcatifa reciclável, feita a partir de excedentes têxteis, roupas e desperdícios industriais, para utilização específica em recintos de eventos. A startup Karpet2R – Walking to the Future surgiu por iniciativa de Pedro Tavares e João Gonçalves, que também gerem uma empresa de organização de eventos. Segundo Pedro Tavares, a startup de produção de alcatifas recicladas surgiu após verificar que, no final de cada evento organizado, as alcatifas de polipropileno utilizadas eram deitadas fora. “Estamos a falar de quilos e quilos que, no fundo, iam para o […]
25 de Dezembro de 2019.

Time before Christmas in Germany

Some traditions have moved into the background in recent years and others are still very important for the people. Our Christmas starts with the Advent season. It starts four weeks before Christmas day on a Sunday. There we light the first candle from our Advent wreath and every Sunday until Christmas we will light one more candle. So, at Christmas, all four candles will be lit on the Advent wreath. During this time, we have another celebration. On the 6th of December Saint Nicholas visits our houses. He was the bishop of Myra and this is why he has a bishop’s hat and a bishop’s stick. In my hometown, we have this tradition that all girls in the last year […]
24 de Dezembro de 2019.

Viriato e Lusitânia

Viriato e Lusitânia, eis os nomes escolhidos por Portugal para um exoplaneta e a sua estrela. O exoplaneta agora baptizado foi descoberto por uma equipa liderada pelo astrofísico português Nuno Santos. Para comemorar o 100.º aniversário da União Astronómica Internacional (IAU, na sigla em inglês), mais de 110 países organizaram campanhas nacionais para atribuírem nomes a exoplanetas e às suas estrelas hospedeiras. Os resultados desta iniciativa, a IAU100 Name ExoWorlds (Dê Nome a ExoMundos, em português), foram anunciados esta terça-feira numa conferência em Paris. Em Portugal, os nomes escolhidos foram Lusitânia (para a estrela) e Viriato (para o exoplaneta). Esta proposta partiu, de forma independente, de três escolas de Braga, Pombal e da Maia. “Observações astronómicas durante a última geração […]
23 de Dezembro de 2019.

Christmas traditions in Ireland

Ireland has a wide number of Christmas traditions steeped in the Gaelic and Catholic heritage of the country. A tradition that was very widespread in the 1970s but which seems to be dying out somewhat and especially in urban areas is the candle in the window. Symbolically the candle represented a welcome to Joseph and Mary as they wandered in search of lodgings. The candle indicated to strangers and especially to the poor that there may be an offering of food in the house within. During the penal times in Ireland Catholic priests were forbidden to perform mass so the candle would also show people passing by that the person in the house was a Catholic believer and mass could […]
5 de Junho de 2017.

A day in the mountains

A full day of hiking in the mountains – from Pico do Areeiro to Santana. Eventually. During my first month on Madeira I already had a chance to see the marvellous panoramic views offered by Pico do Areeiro, the third highest peak of the island. I enjoyed the experience so much that I even mentioned it in my previous journal entry – together with Beata we hitchhiked a car going from upper Funchal directly to the top of the mountain, but since it was already quite late and we also had other plans for that day, we decided not to go for that 7-kilometre-long trail to Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest. Not just then. It was only a month later, on […]
1 de Junho de 2017.

The importance of the Portuguese

The Portuguese language is official in 9 countries of the world, around four continents. Approximately 250 millions of people speaks this language. After Brazil the countries where the Portuguese is used are Mozambique, Angola and Portugal. Contrary of a lot of people thinks the Spanish isn’t the closest language. The origin of this comes from the Galician-Portuguese that was spoken in the old Kingdom of Galicia and in the north of Portugal. With the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal back in the 12th century, and the consequent expansion to the south of the Iberian Peninsula and later on to South America and Africa, the Portuguese became international, there was the beginning of it importance. An aftereffect of this global […]
29 de Maio de 2017.

Taking part in EVS

Taking part in EVS opens so many doors for those lucky enough to take part but it can also open you up to derision from those who don’t understand the concept of what we are doing. Many believe that this is just a paid holiday, something to do while putting off the inevitability of finding a ‘real’ job and ‘settling down’. While I will admit that this hasn’t been the most straining 10 months of my life, I like to believe I’ve gained much more here than I would have at a regular 9 to 5 job. This experience is not about the monetary benefits but the enrichment you find from time as a whole, seeing new things and meeting […]
26 de Maio de 2017.

So you speak fluent Portuguese?

… is what many tourists ask, thinking living abroad would instantly bless you with perfect language skills. And to be honest: not only tourists think that. I also kind of did, thinking living in Madeira, working with locals and hearing Portuguese all around me, I would playfully pick it up. The only way of language learning I had experienced so far was by regular classes back in school. Lessons twice a week, being tortured with grammar tests, neatly copying vocabulary from the text book, reading articles… I think everybody knows what I mean. These classes gave me a good base and I kept learning and practicing these languages abroad. Meeting people from all over the world started making me curious […]
20 de Maio de 2017.

Things I don’t know

Before I arrived to Madeira, and here as well, I had a chance to meet many people of different nationalities. Here in Funchal I participate in a project that requires learning a big chunk of Portuguese and Madeiran history. My fellow volunteers are intelligent, worldly and conscious people and we talk a lot about cultural differences, economy, politics and history. Thanks to them, and others who I encountered throughout the years, I got to learn about Portuguese dictatorship and Carnation Revolution, liberation of Spanish colonies in South America, Rotterdam bombing during WWII, potato famine in Ireland, Balkan Wars that many people my age remember… Coming from Poland, country in my opinion quite obsessed with its martyrdom, I realized each nation […]
16 de Maio de 2017.

The island of the dreams…

I have enjoyed this month as much as the last one, I have met new friends, and I said goodbye to one of my colleagues, I have been in new places, and I have visited some places again. This month has been very similar and different of the last one, this is because the usual things sometimes change. Today you visit a beautiful square and tomorrow that square will be more beautiful than yesterday. Today you met new people, and tomorrow they will be your friends, and today you are enjoying with your friends and tomorrow, they will come back home and leave you fond memories. I only realized about the changes this month. It is interesting because this island, […]