Can life be explained through mathematics? Is the universe entirely mathematical? And what is the best way to learn this subject? Renowned researcher and full professor Nuno Crato shares his particular vision on these intricate mysteries.
Numbers are a human invention. A tool developed and refined over millennia. They rule our lives, telling people when to wake up, where to go or that it’s time to leave. We are made of numbers.The question is: how did we get here?
When the first humans arose on Earth, viruses were already here. For a long time, they lived in a delicate balance but human disruption in ecological environments of wildlife unravelled it. Colombian physician and epidemiologist Manuel Tiberio Ayala decodes this intricate evolutionary game.
On a cosmic timescale, the history of the most widespread species of animals on Earth is as brief as the blink of an eye, showing us how magnificently insignificant humans are in the grand scheme.
In the year in which we blow out the candles on the 40 years of Pingo Doce and the 25 years of Biedronka, we look further into the traditions around the anniversary celebration. Why do we eat cake? Why do we sing the “Happy Birthday” song?
Is life some sort of a miracle or merely an unremarkable example of a widely spread cosmic phenomenon? Beyond Earth, the chances of life existing nearby are there. As well as possibly the answers that help explain the existence of life on Earth
The near future is packed with exciting life detection missions. By looking to the same organic molecules that make up life on Earth, scientists try to find signs of extraterrestrial life in the solar system. Portuguese astrobiologist Zita Martins discusses the challenges of these quests.
For Sister Małgorzata Chmielewska, who has devoted her life to the neediest in Poland, to live is to perform a task that has to be completed. Hers is a way of giving back the love she gets every day.
Fear depends on our notion of it. José Palma-Oliveira, specialist in psychology and risk perception, reflects on the way fear affected us collectively in the peak of the pandemic, leading to erratic shopping patterns and panic buying.
António Araújo, expert in contemporary history, draws a connection between humankind and the Greenland shark, a 7-meter long predator capable of living for several hundred years, but incapable of stopping a parasite the size of a penny.
The quest for an answer to the meaning of life is endless showing how hungry for a purpose humankind can be. Colombian philosopher Roberto Palacio shares his perspective on this topic.