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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“Do you have a burning question that you would like a scientist to answer? Or a topic you would like to learn about? Send it to us!”


Is Facebook leaving Europe? The dance of online data and privacy

Mariola Sánchez · 26-08-2022 09:00 · Science Chronicles

A few months ago a piece of news echoed through the different media in Europe. Facebook, now known as Meta, and led by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, threatened to leave Europa by closing most of its services (including the famous Instagram platform). Although the population, in general, considered a risk that this technological giant would leave the European market, for the most expert, this statement was considered a very unbelievable threat.

 

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Towards an Internet of "Important" Things

Esteban Municio · 29-05-2022 10:00 · Science Chronicles

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been promising to revolutionize the world for many years but this revolution is taking longer than expected…

 

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Treatments that modify your DNA: Dangerous?

Alicia Alonso · 15-03-2022 11:00 · Science Chronicles

Can modern medicine alter your DNA? And if so, is that necessarily a bad thing? Let us talk gene therapy.

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Are we alone in the Universe?

Francisco José Pozuelos Romero · 08-01-2022 20:00 · Science Chronicles

We know that life on Earth flourishes everywhere, for every crack, even in the most adverse conditions, life finds a way to breakthrough. But, as far as we know, that only happens on Earth. We do not know if our planet is a rarity, a cosmic anomaly, or if, on the contrary, life is not a coincidence but a consequence, and this, whenever it can, appears.

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Computational simulations to explore sustainable pathways in agriculture

Alba Alonso Adame · 22-12-2021 10:00 · Science Chronicles

Many different disciplines are focused on how to ensure a future that guarantees food security while reducing the environmental impacts of agricultural activity. In short, we are looking at how to make agriculture sustainable.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in the elderly

Rebeca Alejandra Gavrila Laic · 08-12-2021 12:00 · Science Chronicles

A growing problem in an ageing society

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Comic of the Nobel Prize in Physiology of 2021!

Aída García · 11-11-2021 17:00 · Science Chronicles

Aída García explains all you need to know about the Nobel Prize in Physiology of 2021 to David Julius y Ardem Patapoutian in a short comic.

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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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