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…


How did Cop26 end?

On Saturday afternoon in Glasgow, representatives of more than 200 countries attending the COP26 United Nations climate change conference reached a final agreement on shared commitments and strategies to combat global warming. The conference was supposed to end on Friday…


Cop26, the calendar for the climate conference

1 November was the first day of the summit, the opening ceremony of which began with a speech by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This was followed by statements from world leaders on their climate action. World leaders then began…


Can you be intelligent without a brain?

Can you be intelligent without a brain? The answer is "in a certain sense, yes" and this is demonstrated by a strange organism that looks like yellowish gelatinous mould but that has nothing to do either with moulds or fungi...…


Japanese beetles and other alien species

There is a beetle that has been invading the Italian countryside and cities for some time now, a small insect with iridescent green and brown colouring and a row of black and white tufts along each side of its body.…


Italy’s renewable sources

Renewable energy sources in Italy The Energy Services Operator (GSE) periodically publishes data and statistics on the renewable energy sources used in Italy. The release of the "Energy from Renewable Sources in Italy - 2019" Statistical Report (published in 2021…


A turtle’s life

World Sea Turtle Day is held on 16 June. First established in 2008, the day is now supported by Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC), which campaigns for the survival of these animals. The day also commemorates Dr. Archie Carr, founder of…


The world below

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a famous science fiction novel written by the great Jules Verne in 1864, as well as a series of films based on it, the first of them in 1959, with the same…


Lost ice

According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental glaciers, i.e. those found on mountains or in colder lands, are disappearing. The researchers have mapped more than 200,000 continental…

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