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The super genetics of the potato

The cell nucleus of the humble potato is home to an exceptional tangle of genes and DNA. A recent study published in the leading scientific journal Nature has begun to unlock the tuber's secrets. The potatoes we eat are tetraploid,…

energy

How much do household appliances consume?

It is important to know the consumption of the household appliances we use on a daily basis in order to understand how much we can save in terms of energy and emissions, i.e., how much we can reduce our impact…

life

Strolling with sharks

There is a small shark just under a metre long among the coral reefs of Papua New Guinea that does something quite incredible: it walks on land. It is called Hemiscyllium ocellatum (common name epaulette shark) and has very little…

World Food Day

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day on 16 October, the with the aim of raising awareness on the issues of hunger and malnutrition. The ambitious goal is to achieve a #ZeroHunger world…

space

World Space Week

World Space Week (World Space Week - WSW) is celebrated from 4 to 10 October. This international anniversary celebrates space exploration and the contribution made by space technologies and discoveries to our daily lives. World Space Week was called by…

earth

World Habitat Day

World Days are celebrations that take place every year, are proposed by associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and approved by the United Nations (UN). Each World Day is designed to raise awareness among citizens and institutions on certain issues that…

water

World Rivers Day

Rivers are the Earth's circulatory system and are a vital element in planetary ecosystems. This is why World Rivers Day was established in 1997. It falls on the fourth Sunday in September and is celebrated in 100 countries around the…

space

First day of autumn

Contrary to what we learned as children, the day marking the end of summer and welcoming autumn is not always 21 September. Astronomically speaking, the autumnal equinox, meaning the day when summer ends in the northern hemisphere and there are…

air

21 September, Zero Emissions Day

Everything we do, such as riding in a car, cooking spaghetti, drying our hair or taking a shower consumes some amount of energy and directly or indirectly emits a small amount of gases that contributes to the greenhouse effect. For…

 
 
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