High school

Why is flying East faster than West?

After we talked about the universe and its wonders, we spent the second half of my last year in high school studying our own planet. Even though we all live here on the same carrousel that spins around its own rotation axe and revolves around the Sun along with the other planets of our solar… Continue reading Why is flying East faster than West?

High school

Are we all made of stardust?

Today I would like to drift a bit aside from Biology and move on to my last year of high school, when after two years of Chemistry and Biology we started studying Astronomy. We moved from studying atoms and molecules in the infinitely small to study atoms and molecules in the infinitely big and in… Continue reading Are we all made of stardust?

High school

How are proteins affecting your hair texture?

After some posts about the DNA, I would like to move on and talk about how the genetic information contained in the nucleus is actually translated into “concrete things” that will eventually generate living beings as we know them. Unfortunately, during the Biology course I did in high school we just received a small sneak… Continue reading How are proteins affecting your hair texture?

High school

Is our life span already written in our DNA?

After that brief lesson on evolution where we learnt how life as we know it was reached by cooperation and by increasing complexity via task differentiation both inside the cells and among cells, we started analysing the different cells' compartments. It was captivating to realise the economy of a system composed by different players cooperating… Continue reading Is our life span already written in our DNA?

High school

When did I first meet my true love, Biology?

Eventually, we got into the topic that will then become my passion: Biology! Again, we started from scratch and this time my teacher did not even have the need to actually relate anything to our everyday life, since Biology, from the Greek word βίος (bíos, “bio-, life”) +‎ -λογία (-logía, “-logy, branch of study”), is literally the science that investigates life… Continue reading When did I first meet my true love, Biology?

High school

When did I realise I was having fun with Chemistry?

After that incredible first chemistry lecture and those exciting questions, I started looking at everything around me slightly differently. In particular I started thinking how actually human behaviour is nothing more than electric impulses operated by chemicals released in our brains. This buzzing thought was leaving not much space for what we can call feelings,… Continue reading When did I realise I was having fun with Chemistry?