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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…

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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…

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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,…

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3D Printing: what can be done with additive manufacturing

If when you hear the word printer you imagine a box that spits out two dimensional sheets of papers, you definitely need an update. Today, in fact, 3D printers are under the spotlight. With 3D printers it is possible to…

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Some like it extreme

In summer we need air conditioning, in winter heating. To climb the highest peaks in the world we need oxygen and if we go underwater we have to be very careful how we return to the surface. The examples one…

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The art of mimicry: what creatures do to survive…

In nature, the struggle for survival is a daily battle, especially if you are smaller or slower than your possible predators. And this is why many animal species have developed very sophisticated camouflage techniques to protect themselves from the perils…

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Biodiversity: the largest seed bank in the world in the ice

Inside a mountain of ice, a thousand kilometres from the North Pole, hundreds of thousands of seeds, the fruit of thirteen thousand years of global agriculture, are carefully guarded. Considered by many the "Noah's Ark" of plant species, the Svalbard…

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Microbiota: the human body is a home for bacteria

As well as allowing us to conduct our everyday lives, our body is home to a huge number of organisms, which all together are identified as the human microbiota. The human microbiota consists of organisms that come from all taxa,…

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The numbers of nature: the Fibonacci sequence

The Fibonacci Sequence has always attracted the attention of people since, as well as having special mathematical properties, other numbers so ubiquitous as those of Fibonacci do not exist anywhere else in mathematics: they appear in geometry, algebra, number theory,…

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