Vampire curiosities

A harmless vampire The bat, called common vampire bat, sucks blood, but rather than Dracula, the protagonist of many terrifying legends, it should be compared to a large mosquito. In fact, it is only 8 cm long and its wingspan…


Bats, facts and fiction

Legend or fact? In ancient Rome, bats were nailed to the door of the house as a protection from witches and diseases. In fact it was believed at that time, that their silent presence announced the arrival of an accident…


Asteroid hunters

The asteroid population Asteroids, also known as minor planets, are rocky fragments ranging widely in size, which originated during the formation of our Solar System about 4.6 billion years ago. The first asteroid was discovered in 1801 by Father Giuseppe…



The sea has always exerted a huge fascination on man: stories, legends, films, books have the blue giant as protagonist. Many remain enchanted watching the reflection of the water, then there are those who can't resist a dip; others, on…


Light in nature

Sunsets, rainbows, shades varying from blue to green in the sea and the immense range of colours of plants and animals are just a few examples of the rich variety of optical phenomena in nature. Our first experiences of light…


Blinded by light!

Lighting up the night brightly until it almost disappears is a great achievement in terms of progress and technology, but what are the real effects of the disappearance of darkness? When humans alter the levels of light naturally present in…


Fish are champions migrators

Migratory fish are true athletes: some of them swim thousands of kilometres during their migration from their birthplace to the places where they feed and reproduce. In order to complete their life cycle, they need free-flowing, unimpeded rivers. On their…


Recycling figures

World Recycling Day is celebrated on 18 April. Where do we stand in Italy? According to the 2021 report of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Italy is increasingly differentiating and recycling waste. Let's give some figures, starting with packaging recycling:…


The thousand uses of lichens

Throughout history, humans have used lichens for a variety of purposes. The oldest evidence of lichen use dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used some species to make bread flour and others for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. They also…

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