400 years ago, the Roman Inquisition condemned the Copernican theory that postulated that the Earth revolved around the Sun. It was a key event that to a great extent divided Europe into two different realities, similarly to what had happened a century […]
Un largo camino, muchas horas dedicadas a leer y a escribir, intentando transmitir lo que hemos recibido y, en la medida de lo posible, nuestra contribución al avance de la ciencia. Para mí, como coordinador de esta bitácora y uno […]
Un nuevo año, el momento para recapitular sobre el que se cierra y reflexionar sobre cómo desearíamos el siguiente. Para la ciencia española, el deseado regalo es la Agencia de Investigación, prometida en la Ley de la Ciencia de 2010 […]
The word revolution has several meanings. Nowadays it has a devalued connotation, referring to relatively substantial but not necessarily radical changes in social, economic, technological or cultural behavior. However, there are in fact real revolutions that are (or have been) extremely important in different areas. Some – political and economic – revolutions have a direct impact, sometimes at a huge human cost. Other – cultural and technological – revolutions are more subtle with long-term effects. The media and associated technology used to transmit the strange phenomenon that we call ‘culture’ also influence what is preserved and for how long.
An exoplanet is confirmed for the first time using an instrument built by the Calar Alto Observatory, Almería, Spain. It is the first planet orbiting a giant star whose confirmation is beyond any doubt. The planetary nature of an […]
Miguel de Cervantes, the great Spanish author, tried to go to the Americas in more than one occasion. I wonder whether he would have been a Fulbright scholar if he would have lived in the modern times. In the end […]