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…


The Fabbrica dell’Aria (Air Factory), an indoor air bio-filtration project

Plants can be valuable allies and provide possible solutions to air pollution, at least in indoors. Plants have an extraordinary ability to remove pollutants from the environment. They can, for example, depollute soil and water and are able to purify…


Etruscan shrews, ferocity in miniature

Which is the tiniest micromammal, i.e. the smallest mammal on the planet? Up until almost half a century ago, it was Italian, or rather, Etruscan. The Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus) may look like a mouse but it is an entirely…


International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021

This year has been designated by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). Promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle, reducing food waste and losses, improving food production and making…


8 March. We remember Rosalind Franklin, the great female DNA scientist.

DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher, a Swiss biochemist in 1869. It was a brilliant, but not complicated operation: DNA can be extracted from a mixture of any cells, even your own, even at home. The recipe for the…


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…


Are we children of stock cubes?

In primary school, we learned that life began in the "primordial soup", that is, in the warm ocean that covered part of the young Earth. On the contrary, perhaps it did not. According to some recent research, life developed on…


Smart as a crow

Some people call them "monkeys with feathers" because they can do clever things comparable to many of our monkey cousins. They use tools, or rather, modify small sticks and leaves to obtain the tools most suitable for carrying out simple…


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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