MOONSTRUCK

It’s the case to state that man has always been “moonstruck” and for this reason has always tried to study the lunar cycles and mysteries.  What if the Moon also influenced human sleep cycle? What if the typical saying “wake up with a bad moon” were true? According to some studies,  lunar cycles appear to…

K2-315b, a new world to explore?

K2-315b is an exoplanet discovered in 2020. It’s about 186 light years away from the Earth and it’s orbiting a red dwarf. It is nicknamed Pi Earth because its year lasts 3,14 terrestrial days, which is an approximation of the pi value. It has been categorized as an ultra-cold dwarf star, with a mass that…

IMPOSTOR

Illusion or reality? Each of us in the world has seven doubles, it is said. What if these doubles take over our beloved ? This is what happens to people affected from the Capgras syndrome, that is with a conflict between two dimensions: the neurological one, which perfectly recognizes the actions and the face of…

FUSION FOR LOVE

If you think that the abysses are the darkest areas of the sea inhabited only by strange fish, a few molluscs and a few plants, well, you are right.  However, seen with a different eye, all this can become more fascinating and curious. In fact, among the abyssal fish there are some funny creatures called…

BORN IN A LABORATORY

SCIENCE CAN EVERYTHING, LULU and NANA KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE! Do you think it is impossible to be “created” in a laboratory? You are wrong! He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, made public the success of his experiment in 2018. He had genetically modified two embryos giving birth, for the first time, to the pair of…

THE PERCEPTION OF TIME – motionless ocean or high speed train?

It’s very hazardous to describe time, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.    In the past, scientists  considered this dimension as a simple succession of events.  Around the mid-19th century, a scientist called Karl von Baer defined a “moment” as the shortest interval of time we are conscious of; but at the…

THE PLANT-LAMP Lighting-up Bacteria

 Creon is a startup project of the University of Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies of Trento that has set the goal of producing light energy from completely renewable sources.    Federico Merz (biotechnologist), Giulia Minghetti (project developer) and Alessandro Turcato (biotechnologist) are working on this innovative method for the production of “biological electricity”.  According to some data,…

THE CURSE OF “SUPER MEMORY”

THE CURSE OF “SUPER MEMORY”      Hyperthimesia is a rare condition characterized by a highly developed autobiographical memory, which allows people to remember almost every detail of their own life from any day in the past.  Up to date, 80 people in the world have been diagnosed with this syndrome, one of them is Rebecca Sharrock,…

ALCOHOLISM DURING ADOLESCENCE

During adolescence many people begin to experiment with alcohol, yet relatively little is known about its effects on this critical stage of development.  During adolescence changes occur in the regions of the brain involved in modulating drug reinforcement, so it cannot be assumed that factors precipitating alcohol use or abuse are the same in adolescence…

QUARANTINE? NOT ALL BAD

 Covid-19 pandemic has brought terrible losses and misfortunes to the whole world and we’ll remember this as a terrible event, but all bad things have something positive. In fact, Covid-19 quarantine had a positive impact on a lot of sectors.  Firstly, the environment has benefitted from a lowered activity of humans. Since March 24th, cities…