The Christmas Star Tradition

A plant that symbolises the Christmas season, decorating homes and shops and featured prominently by the florists and garden centres in our cities. We are talking about the Poinsettia, better known to everyone in Italy as the Stella di Natale…


Asbestos: an on-going battle

Asbestos, the name of which derives from the ancient Greek term asbestos, meaning “unquenchable”, is also known as amianthus, also from the ancient Greek amiantos, meaning “incorruptible”. As both names suggest, the fibres of the minerals that are classified in…


Superfood: the medicine of the future?

Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Extraordinary elements that grow naturally are able provide our organisms with higher than average quantities of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fibre, enzymes, mineral salts, antioxidants and phytonutrients), and these…


Beyond speech: the language of animals

Telegraph, telephones, radio, television, cell phones, internet… Communications have played a leading role in the last century and continue to shake up the world we live in, changing both the way in which we interact and society. According to anthropologists,…


Italy’s status on renewable sources

Renewable sources in Italy The Energy Services Operator (GSE) periodically publishes data and statistics on the renewable sources used in Italy. The issue of the “Energy from Renewable Sources in Italy – 2015” statistical report (published in March 2017 and…


Chapada Diamantina: a treasure beyond gemstones

White sandy beaches where winter never comes, the most exhilarating Carnivals in the world, the largest forest on Earth: these are some of the rarities for which Brazil is known. Yet, between the layers and folds of very ancient rock,…


Energy and renewable sources: where are we?

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (Ren21) periodically publishes figures and statistics on the market, industry, investments and policies regarding renewable sources in the world. These figures are illustrated and analysed in the “Renewables 2017 Global Status…


Geo-engineering: a contribution to mitigate climate change?

Climate change is a fact. And the role of man in determining such change is scientifically established. Normally depicted by images of advancing desertification, hurricanes destroying the coats or melting glaciers, climate change is nowadays mostly dealt with in terms…


Alexander von Humboldt, the inventor of nature

The Shakespeare of science, comparable in fame to Napoleon Bonaparte, inspiration of Charles Darwin, the father of modern ecological thinking: Alexander von Humboldt is considered by many to be a lost hero of science, and today, almost 250 years since…

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