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15 de Setembro de 2019.

The Bard of Ayrshire

Robert Burns his country’s most influential and celebrated writer. Born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in 1759, he was the eldest of seven children. He was raised in poverty and the difficult farming lifestyle took a toll on his physical health. Despite his poverty, he still gained an education through his father, a local minister and eventually, he was sent to a school for three days a week. After farming for years he began writing and wrote some of the most famous poems in Scot’s language. He died in 1796. A poem of his I read in school at the age of 11, it is possibly his most famous, Tam O’Shanter. First published in 1791 it tells a story of man’s return […]
13 de Setembro de 2019.

Stanislaw Lem

A Polish writer of science fiction, philosopher and futurologist. Lem was born in Lviv to a family of a laryngologist. Between 1940 and 1941, after the occupation of Lviv by Soviet troops, he was not allowed to study at Lviv Polytechnic, as he wished, and due to his father’s connections was accepted to study medicine at the Lviv Medical Institute. In 1946 Lviv was no longer on Polish soil and Lem, like many other Poles, was resettled to Krakow where he took up medical studies at the Jagiellonian University. He received a certificate of completion of studies, nonetheless refused to take the final exams in order to avoid obligatory military service. Lem made his literary debut in 1946 with a […]
11 de Setembro de 2019.

A writer of the Revolution

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos was a French writer from the 18th century. His masterwork is the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, published in 1782. Today, there are several cinematographic adaptations of the book. For a long time considered as scandalous and immoral, the novel was until recently read behind closed doors. It deals with the libertine sexuality of two nobles, la Marquise de Merteuil et le Marquis Valmont, in the time of the coming Revolution. Scholars often highlight how common and ‘normal’ was the life of Laclos. He was a good husband, a good father, and a successful officer. So, a lot of questions abound about how he could have written such an audacious and blazing novel and how paradoxical […]
9 de Setembro de 2019.

George Orwell

A prolific observationalist of the changing nature of the early 20th Century. George Orwell, whose real name is Eric Arthur Blair was born in India in 1903. He was the son of a lower civil servant who was serving in India. As a boy, he was very academic and was able to get into prestigious schools back in England. He joined the Imperial Police in Burma, but soon became disparaged as he realized how much the Burmese detested living under British rule. This experience would lead to him releasing one of his great novels, Burmese Days. After resigning from the police, Orwell went to immerse himself with the lower classes in Paris and London working as a dishwasher and picking […]
7 de Setembro de 2019.

Gramellini: The Word Wizard

Massimo Gramellini is an Italian journalist of the contemporary era whose talent is to turn real stories and event unforgettable forever. He was born in 1960 and he started his career as a sports journalist for an important Italian newspaper. However, he became famous when his professional focus moved into politics. Gramellini documented and investigated the “Mani Pulite” (Clean Hands) season, a period when lots of scandals about the corruption between politics and entrepreneurship were discovered and which changed the development of the Italian politics. In 1993 he was sent to Sarajevo as a reporter during the civil war.  From 2005 to 2017 he has been the Assistant Director of “La Stampa” newspaper and since that moment is a collaborator […]
6 de Setembro de 2019.

Delegação portuguesa no CERN

Físico português Gaspar Barreira, que morreu em Junho, foi homenageado durante visita ao Laboratório Europeu de Física de Partículas, em Genebra. Uma delegação de mais de 50 pessoas, incluindo empresários, engenheiros e cientistas, terminou uma visita de dois dias ao Laboratório Europeu de Física de Partículas (CERN), na Suíça, para reforçar a participação de Portugal em novos projectos. Até porque continuam as obras para melhor o desempenho do grande acelerador de partículas deste laboratório, o LHC, e fala-se da construção do seu sucessor. A visita, que incluiu reuniões de trabalho, terminou esta quarta-feira com a participação do ministro da Ciência, Tecnologia e do Ensino Superior, Manuel Heitor, e do secretário de Estado da Internacionalização, Eurico Brilhante Dias. Em declarações à […]
5 de Setembro de 2019.

Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras and her book “ Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein” Marguerite Duras was born in 1914 in Gia Dinh next to Saigon in the French Indochina. She is a writer, novelist, playwright, and essayist. She became famous in 1950 with the book “The Sea Wall” (Un barrage contre le Pacifique). This book is largely inspired by the life and adolescence of Marguerite Duras in the French Indochina. After this first success, she will publish many new novels. Her style is close to the New Roman, with strange sentences construction, deconstructed characters, storyline, and timeline. The main topics are the wait, love, sensuality, and alcohol. In 1984 she published another great success “The lover” (L’Amant) an auto-fiction about her […]
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 […]
18 de Abril de 2019.

Primeira molécula de sempre

Primeira molécula de sempre formada no universo detetada pela primeira vez no espaço O hidro-hélio surgiu numa temperatura de 3.700 graus Celsius, milhares de anos após o Big Bang. É a primeira molécula de sempre formada no universo e foi detetada numa nébula a três mil anos luz. O mais antigo tipo de molécula foi detetado pela primeira vez de sempre no espaço, revelou esta quarta-feira a equipa de cientistas responsável pelo estudo. A molécula HeH+ surgiu milhares de anos após o Big Bang e trata-se assim da primeira molécula de sempre a ser formada, no início do universo. A molécula, com carga positiva e conhecida como hidro-hélio, terá tido um papel determinante no começo do universo. O hidro-hélio surgiu […]
18 de Maio de 2018.

Lua Europa promissora para ter vida

Satélite natural de Júpiter lança plumas de água no espaço, segundo novos resultados. Ao olhar para dados antigos, os cientistas estão a ter razões para encarar Europa, uma das luas de Júpiter, como um dos candidatos principais para procurar vida fora da Terra, ao encontrarem provas de plumas de água lançadas no espaço. Uma inflexão no campo magnético de Europa observada pela sonda Galileu (da NASA) em 1997 parece ter sido provocada pelo jorro de um géiser através da sua crosta congelada, vindo de um oceano por baixo da superfície – segundo um grupo de investigadores, coordenados por Xianzhe Jia (da Universidade do Michigan, EUA), que reexaminou os dados da sonda Galileu e publicou agora estes resultados na revista Nature […]
17 de Maio de 2018.

Estrelas pouco depois do Big Bang

Tinham decorrido 250 milhões de anos desde a criação do Universo quando as primeiras estrelas estavam a iluminar-se. A descoberta baseia-se nas observações de uma galáxia muito distante onde se detectou oxigénio, um elemento químico cozinhado apenas no interior das estrelas. Usando dois dos mais poderosos telescópios do mundo, o ALMA e o VLT, uma equipa internacional de astrofísicos concluiu que as primeiras estrelas nasceram quando o Universo era muito jovem: tinham decorrido só 250 milhões de anos desde o Big Bang. Esta conclusão vem ao encontro do resultado de uma outra equipa, de Março deste ano, que, tendo chegado lá por outras voltas, apontava o nascimento das primeiras estrelas ao fim de apenas 180 milhões de anos após o […]
30 de Abril de 2018.

Megacolisão de galáxias

Pela primeira vez, observou-se o nascimento de um aglomerado de galáxias – quando o Universo, hoje com 13.800 milhões de anos, tinha então apenas 1400 milhões. Ao olhar para muito longe, quando o Universo era bastante jovem, uma equipa de astrofísicos testemunhou o início de uma colisão entre 14 galáxias, o que vem virar do avesso alguns pressupostos sobre a história inicial do cosmos. Esta megacolisão galáctica foi observada a 12.400 milhões de anos-luz – a distância que a sua luz, a coisa mais rápida que existe, viajou pelo cosmos até chegar à Terra. Ocorreu quando o Universo tinha apenas 1400 milhões de anos de existência. Ou seja, só tinham passado 1400 milhões de anos desde o Big Bang, que […]
28 de Dezembro de 2016.

Morreu Vera Rubin

A astrofísica norte-americana Vera Rubin, que confirmou a existência de matéria escura, um dos grandes mistérios do Universo, morreu domingo em Princeton, nos Estados Unidos. Tinha 88 anos. Estava agora reformada do Departamento de Magnetismo Terrestre da Instituição Carnegie para a Ciência, na cidade de Washington. “Vera Rubin era um tesouro nacional na sua qualidade de astrónoma e um exemplo formidável para os jovens cientistas”, declarou o presidente da Instituição Carnegie, Matthew Scott, em comunicado. Contratada pelo Departamento de Magnetismo Terrestre em 1965, Vera Rubin interessou-se rapidamente pelos movimentos das galáxias e a sua rotação. Nas investigações com o seu colega Kent Ford, nos anos 70, apercebeu-se de que, no centro das galáxias que estudava, a velocidade das estrelas parecia […]