Air as a mixture of gases

By Lucian Pasieka The air we breathe is a very important natural gas mixture without which we could not live. Are we aware that we consume an almost infinite number of gas molecules throughout our lives? From the air, which contains approximately 78% N2, 21% O2, 0.94% Ar as well as 0.04 CO2, our body…

The science of color preference

By Ján Morovič What is your favorite color? If I had to guess, I’d say it is blue. Blue isn’t your favorite color? No problem, but do you like blue? Chances are (and this is based on a wealth of experimental data1), you said yes at least to the second question. And even if you…

Effective communication and interpersonal relationships

By Ornella Valenti I have always been fascinated by language and communication. Studies suggest that languages are somehow associated with our deeper selves, with our genetic background. Although this is still a topic of intense research, the ability to speak and to communicate are definitely gifts of our species and favour our daily lives, as…

Hope for peace inspired by nature

By Micaela Gliozzi, Catherine Belzung, Stefania Papa and Susana Rebelo Nature often appears governed by competition, where only the strongest survive and thrive. However, it also abounds with cooperation, sharing, mutual help, and giving as previous posts of our blog highlighted. During this sad moment of European and World history, the negative aspects of the…

Bonding space, time and starlight

By Gabriel Ferrero “‘In this phial,’ she said, ‘is caught the light of Eärendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.’ “1 These unforgettable words, that J.R.R. Tolkien…

Learning from a negative example

By Zsuzsa Román Today we hear the shocking news of the war in Ukraine, but there are many more military conflicts in the world, including those of Yemen, Syria and Ethiopia. As a result, let us now take a look at war, at the effects of its dark pages of history! The phenomenon of war…

Fire, a gift from the gods

By Antonino Puglisi From the moment when early humans started to control and master fire, i.e., around 1.5 million years ago, the course of our history was changed forever. Fire has turned us from being hunted into hunters. It is through fire that we gradually became warriors, builders and explorers.  No other tool in human…

A brain wired to find a purpose in life

By Valquiria Gonҫalves de Oliveira and Ornella Valenti The pandemic took us by surprise and turned our lives upside down, bringing with it a huge emotional burden, trauma and uncertainty for the future. And yet, never before has the word resilience, the ability to cope with negative emotions and to look to the future with…

Two teams of proteins holding our cells together

By Micaela Gliozzi The extracellular matrix is a large network of proteins and molecules that surround, support, and give structure to cells and tissues in the human body. In addition to its structural function, it facilitates the communication among cells, promoting their growth, movement and other functions that require mutual cooperation within a cell network. To ensure…

Color as constructed relationality

By Ján Morovič and Peter Morovič Our visual experiences result from complex relationships among the signals from our eyes’ light-sensitive cells. What we see are relationships among the different parts of our environment, as opposed to those parts individually. For example, the way an apple looks does not depend only on how our eyes respond…