Welcome to “A Spoonful Of Science”, the blog of CEBE
“A Spoonful of Science” is born as a Science Communication (SciComm) initiative to bridge between society and the scientific world that Spanish Scientists in Belgium (CEBE) represents. In short, to emphasize that understanding and enjoying science are not pleasures reserved for scientists only.
To meet a broad range of scientific fields and interests, “A Spoonful of Science” consists of two blog post types: “The Science Chronicles” seek to cover a scientific topic in depth or record a CEBE SciComm event whereas “CEBE answers” provide a short and accurate explanation written by scientists to open scientific questions. To promote the interaction between scientists and society, the general public has the option to send their questions about science through the blog’s website (see the tool on the right-hand side of this post).
If you are a scientist and you would like to explain your research to a broad audience or answer one of the many questions of our readers, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If writing is not your cup of tea, don’t worry! This is your blog too!! Science is also visual, so you can always help illustrating one of the blog entries.
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2020 came with a pandemic and 2021 brings us various types of vaccines, with a ton of new terms. But do you know how each vaccine works? In this post, I explain what is essential for you to distinguish them.
An opinion article about the value of getting vaccinated in the Covid19 era.
Do you have a recurring stomachache or a certain intestinal discomfort after eating? Have you been told it's not a big deal, or that it might be due to stress? In this post we explain that these ailments have a biological origin and are more common than you thought.
Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to personalities who have made a crucial contribution in bringing benefits to humanity. The relevance of women in these awards has increased over time parallelly with social changes. There is still a long way to go to fill in the current gender gap.
Here you can find the first online seminar of the cycle "Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility"
Here you can find the second online seminar of the cycle "Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility"
Here you can find the third online seminar of the cycle "Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility".
In the first blog entry about cancer immunotherapy, I guided you through the ins and outs of how our own immune system can help us fight cancer and the strategies that are used to help and improve this system in that fight. In this second entry, I am going to explain vaccines based on tumor proteins and those vaccines used against cancer-related viruses.
Mathematics rules most natural and scientific phenomena. But not all problems have been solved yet and here I tell you all about the most famous ones, the Millenium Prize problems!
Have you heard of the Recovery Plan for Europe? Do you know what it consists of? In this post you will find all related information about the three online seminars that CEBE organized, between September and November 2020, to announce the set of initiatives that emerged within the Recovery Plan for Europe in the areas of science, innovation and industry, as well as to analyse the consequences of the health and social crisis caused by the pandemic in terms of mobility and employment.
Here you can watch again the event "Deciphering the human essence", in which the Spanish paleoanthropologist Juan Luis Arsuaga and the Belgian neuroscientist Axel Cleeremans discussed the different aspects of the human essence.
The topic of transgenic food is currently one of the most controversial in the field of science, and the debate around it involves the health of human beings, as well as the interests of farmers and companies in the agricultural and biotechnology industry. In this post I explain what they are and why they are not dangerous to health.
In October of 2020, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for designing the tool that allows modifying the cellular genome in a desired position. But what is CRISPR and how does it work?
Quantum computing is about to start a technological revolution. Here, we will tell you how and why!
Spoiler alert! Shooting stars are not stars but little pieces of a comet that have visited our neighborhood in the solar system. In this post we will explain their formation and origin and we will talk about the most popular meteor showers.
The immune system, our great ally against infections, is also an essential tool in our fight against cancer. But how does it do it?
How many times, due to catching a cold or the flu in those winter days, have we approached our "medicine cabinet" and taken an aspirin, ibuprofen or a frenadol to relieve its associated discomfort. Have you ever wondered how did that medicine you are taking get to your house? Sure, you bought it at the pharmacy…But how does that product reach the market? In this post, we are going to explain the hard life of medicines and the stages that they have to go through in clinical trials so that you can get better from the living room of your house, the typical winter couch day of a sofa, flick, blanket and… a bad flu!
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming part of our lives. However, many people still imagine AI as something futuristic and hard to understand, typical from sci-fi movies but far from our daily routine. But is it really something reserved for computer science experts? In this post we introduce the concept of one of the building blocks of AI: the artificial neural network (ANN).
Nowadays, we all carry with us a disinfecting gel with bactericidal and virucidal properties, but why this distinction? Are virus and bacteria so different? Well, yes, they are and in this blog entry we will cover the main differences between the two.
Question discussed during the roundtable: "Towards gender equality in science: are we on the right track?"
Get to know everything about the first webinar from the series “Translating knowledge: the world of scientific communication and illustration”
Did you miss the webinar on scientific illustration? You can re-watch it and learn more about what the more artistic side of science can offer to you
As part of the event series «Girls and Women in Science», past March 6th CEBE organized a round table «Towards gender equality in science: are we on the right track?». This blog post dives through and deepens into the main topics discussed during this roundtable, which I had the pleasure to moderate.
Questions discussed during the roundtable: "Towards gender equality in science: are we on the right track?"
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This blog is supported by the Arts and Culture section of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium and by the Brussels section of the “Instituto Cervantes”, under the SciComm initiative #SPreadScience.
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