In search of the riders of icebergs

International Polar Bear Day, set up by Polar Bears International, a non-profit organisation, was held on 27 February. The aim of day is to increase awareness in all of us of the challenges that polar bears must face daily due…


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…


The glow of duck-billed platypuses

It's easy to answer "which is the strangest animal?". The answer: the platypus. These strange creatures live only in Australia and that is the reason for their unique characteristics. Platypuses have remained isolated for millions of years and have evolved…


Wet moon, lucky moon

On Monday 26 October 2020, NASA revealed a sensational discovery about our Moon: there is definitely water, also on its sunlit surface. The announcement was made with a press conference streamed at 5 p.m. Italian time. The notion that there…


Crispr-Cas9, the gene factory

Nobel 2020. The biochemists Emmanuelle Charpentier, French, and Jennifer A. Doudna, from the United States, were awarded the most important prize in science with equal merit and with the following motivation: "For the development of a method for genome editing."…


The Sun is heating up again: a new solar cycle is beginning

Summer has just ended but the sun has yet to start to "warm up". Our star is a huge furnace that doesn't always work the same way but, like our mood, has ups and downs. There are times when the…


Is there life on Venus?

We call them "Martians" because, in science fiction, Mars has always been the natural home of extraterrestrials. In fact, of all the planets in the solar system, Mars is the prime candidate to host life, after Earth, of course. Indeed,…


A simple and ingenious invention

There are objects so simple and ordinary that we forget their existence when we don't need them. Their presence is unobtrusive but important because, almost without us noticing it, they improve the quality of our lives. Very often they are…


The Earth seen from above: signs of fires

This image was taken by the ASTER sensor installed on the NASA TERRA satellite platform. The image was taken on 27 July 2005 and shows the north-eastern part of Sardinia. The RGB representation is composed of the 8-3-2 bands of…

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