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 comunicacion.cientifica@cebebelgica.es. 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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A tale of stellar dances: the formation of Barium stars

Ana Escorza Santos · 29-06-2021 10:00 · Winners "Your research in one image or 1000 words" - 1st Edition

Winning text of the first prize from the jury and first prize from the public

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Angie, Glob and the Force

Jorge Barrasa Fano · 29-06-2021 10:00 · Winners "Your research in one image or 1000 words" - 1st Edition

Second prize from the jury and second prize from the public

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Computing fertilizer

Daniel Pérez Lozano · 29-06-2021 10:00 · Winners "Your research in one image or 1000 words" - 1st Edition

Honorable Mention from the jury and third prize from the audience.

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A TRiP to the dorsal root ganglia

Ana Cristina Nogueira Freitas · 29-06-2021 10:00 · Winners "Your research in one image or 1000 words" - 1st Edition

Winning image of the jury's first prize and the public's second prize

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Applications of Human Motion Modelling and Recognition using Wearable Sensors

Manuel Gil Martín · 29-06-2021 10:00 · Winners "Your research in one image or 1000 words" - 1st Edition

Winning image of the jury's second prize and the public's first prize

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Biofilms lighting storm - the bright battle against superbugs

Patricia Bondía Raga · 29-06-2021 10:00 · Winners "Your research in one image or 1000 words" - 1st Edition
Jury's honorable mention and the public's third prize
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Why is the sound of fingernails on a blackboard so uncomfortable?

Juan Manuel Sarasua · 25-05-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

Ever wondered why do we have such a strong reaction to a specific sound? Are you one of those people that can’t resist the sound of nails scratching in a blackboard? In this blog post, I explain where your discomfort comes from.

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How does age affect cancer progression?

Mónica Vara Pérez · 25-05-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

According to the World’s Health Organization, cancer (and not Covid-19) was the leading cause of death worldwide with nearly 10,000,000 deaths in 2020. In this blog post, I approach the relationship between cancer and age to answer the question of one of our readers.

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Why is the sky blue?

Jorge Barrasa Fano · 26-04-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

Get ready to travel 148 million kilometers at full speed. It will take only 8 minutes. This is the journey we are going to take to answer this question. However, as you will see, the most interesting stuff will happen in the last 100 km of the trip...

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Spanish: a language for science

Gonzalo del Puerto - Jefe de Actividades Culturales, Instituto Cervantes en Bruselas | Head of Cultural Events, Institute Cervantes in Brussels · 26-04-2021 10:00 · Science Chronicles

This blog post reflects on the extension of Spanish as a language of science.

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Vaccines against Covid19: differently equal

Lorena Sánchez · 29-03-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

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.

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Vaccination under legal or moral obligation?

Ángel M. Fuentes Mateos · 29-03-2021 10:00 · Science Chronicles

An opinion article about the value of getting vaccinated in the Covid19 era.

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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food… when possible!

Javier Aguilera Lizarraga · 15-02-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

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.

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Women and Nobel prizes: a reflection on a path towards gender equality

Montse López · 15-02-2021 10:00 · Gender equality in science · Science Chronicles

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.

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Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility

Comisión de Política y Diplomacia Científica de CEBE; CEBE Science Policy and Diplomacy Committee · 14-01-2021 10:00 · Webinars

Here you can find the first online seminar of the cycle "Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility"

 

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Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility

Comisión de Política y Diplomacia Científica de CEBE; CEBE Science Policy and Diplomacy Committee · 14-01-2021 10:00 · Webinars

Here you can find the second online seminar of the cycle "Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility"

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Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility

Comisión de Política y Diplomacia Científica de CEBE; CEBE Science Policy and Diplomacy Committee · 14-01-2021 10:00 · Webinars

Here you can find the third online seminar of the cycle "Towards the recovery of Europe: innovation, employment and mobility".

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How does immunotherapy against cancer work?

Diana Campillo Davó · 14-01-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

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.

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What are the Millennium Prize problems?

Jennifer Alonso García · 14-01-2021 10:00 · CEBE answers

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!

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Towards the recovery of Europe

Comisión de Política y Diplomacia Científica de CEBE; CEBE Science Policy and Diplomacy Committee · 14-01-2021 10:00 · Science Chronicles

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.

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Deciphering the human essence

CEBE SciComm · 11-12-2020 10:00 · CEBE's online events

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.

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What is transgenic food? Is it dangerous if I eat it?

Laura Ledesma García · 15-11-2020 10:00 · Science Chronicles

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.

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Genome à la carte. How does CRISPR-Cas9 work?

Montse López · 15-11-2020 10:00 · CEBE answers

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?

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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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