Aug 10, 2018

August

August

"Mycorrhizal networks (also known as common mycorrhizal networks or CMN) are underground hyphal networks created by mycorrhizal fungi that connect individual plants together and transfer water, carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients and minerals. The formation of these networks is context dependent, and can be influenced by factors such as soil fertility, resource availability, host or myco-symbiont genotype, disturbance and seasonal variation."  

Aug 2, 2018

Forest

Lombardia, september 2017
‘forest’ means an area of land defined by the minimum values for area size, tree crown cover or an equivalent stocking level, and potential tree height at maturity at the place of growth of the trees as specified for each Member State in Annex II. It includes areas with trees, including groups of growing, young, natural trees, or plantations that have yet to reach the minimum values for tree crown cover or an equivalent stocking level or minimum tree height as specified in Annex II, including any area that normally forms part of the forest area but on which there are temporarily no trees as a result of human intervention, such as harvesting, or as a result of natural causes, but which area can be expected to revert to forest;" 
in Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, and amending Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 and Decision No 529/2013/EU (Text with EEA relevance)

Jul 29, 2018

infinity


Eventually, living in parallel worlds,
they would meet in infinity.
But never in their lifetimes.

Jul 20, 2018

Nature

June

"Close your eyes, prick your ears, and from the softest sound to the wildest noise, from the simplest tone to the highest harmony, from the most violent, passionate scream to the gentlest words of sweet reason, it is Nature who speaks, revealing her being, her power, her life, and her relatedness so that a blind person, to whom the infinitely visible world is denied, can grasp an infinite vitality in what can be heard." J. Wolfgang von Goethe, cited by Andrea Wulf (2016), The Invention of Nature: the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science

Jun 26, 2018

June

June

“The free-radical theory of ageing is one of those beautiful ideas killed by ugly facts. (…) Not one tenet of the theory, as it was originally formulated, has withstood the scrutiny of experimental testing. (…) The findings are clear. Taking high-dose antioxidant supplements carries a modest but consistent risk. (…) Antioxidants can undermine energy availability.” Nick Lane, 2016. The Vital Question: why is life the way it is? Profile Books Ltd, London.

Jun 21, 2018

June


"(...) the power for growth comes from the reactivity of the environment,  wich fluxes continuously through living cells  (in the form of food and oxygen in our case, photons of light in the case of plants). Living cells couple this continuous energy flux to growth, (...) through ingenious structures, in part specified by genes. But whatever those structures may be (...), they are themselves the outcome of growth and replication, natural selection and evolution, none of which is possible in the absence of a continuous energy flux from somewhere in the environment." (Nick Lane, 2016). The Vital Question: why is life the way it Is?)

June

June

Jun 20, 2018

June


"The fact that something so fragile, so unbearably tender had survived, had been allowed to exist, was a miracle." Arundhati Roy, The God of small things. 

Jun 19, 2018

June


"After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?" (Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989. The Remains of the Day)

May 24, 2018

success

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

May 15, 2018

May

May 15, 2018, by...
"Photographs were useful, but somehow always confirmed the memory rather than liberating it." (Julian Barnes, 2018, The only story.)

Apr 30, 2018

smoothly overlaying

April
"(...) there are memories that seem to run like a film, smoothly overlaying all the others, that have such shape and form that you suspect that they are inventions and may have created themselves, and within them your own identity even begins to slide and fade, and is liable to change as in a dream." (Georgina Harding, 2009, The spy game.)

Apr 26, 2018

April


"She sensed that in some strange tangential way, he needed her shade as much as she needed his." Arundhati Roy, 2018. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Penguin Books

Apr 12, 2018

The Goldfinch

April
"(...) even when I couldn't see it I liked knowing it was there for the depht and solidity it gave things, the reinforcement to infrastructure, an invisible, bedrock rightness that reassured me (...) Even in the act of reaching for it there was a sense of expansion, a waft and a lifting; and at some strange point, when I'd looked at it long enough (...) all space appeared to vanish between me and it so that when I looked up it was the painting and not me that was real." (Donna Tart, 2013, The Goldfinch)

Mar 20, 2018

A new cycle


March
It starts now (a)

"We are back to family, to the life cycle, to human fragility and experience (...) above all, the virtues of appreciating relationships with all their attendant conflict, ambivalence, and meaning." (Sherry Turkle,  2005. The Second Self: computers and the human spirit. MIT, Twenty Anniversary Edition, 298)  

Mar 17, 2018

living frame


March

Doing what I know
the best I can
with what I have
wherever I am.

Mar 14, 2018

diversity

March in the garden

Edible forest: fire prevention, energy production (and storage), local resources, earth conservation, sustainable, carbon negative, odorific, creating the conditions to attract long time residents to provide care to the forests, reflorestation, local resources, beauty...

Mar 12, 2018

creative assemblages

March in the garden

"More than conversation at the interface, it is creative assemblages like these that explore and elaborate the particular dynamic capacities that digital media afford and the ways that through them humans and machines can perform interesting new effects. (...) The person figured here is not an autonomous, rational actor but an unfolding, shifting biography of culturally and materially specific experiences, relations, and possibilities inflected by each next encounter (...) in uniquely particular ways." (Lucy Suchman, Human-machine reconfigurations: plans and situated actions, 2009, 281)

Mar 8, 2018

women by child

Os direitos da mulher / Women's rights (circa 1977)
"A mulher tem o direito de descansar, de comer, de amar, de trabalhar, de divertir-se e de viajar. Women have the right to rest, to eat, to love, to work, to have fun and to travel."

Feb 22, 2018

connectivity

"How many millions of other activities begin and end at the same time? How many other «facts» converge in just the right way, creating symbolic connectivity?" (Noah Hawley, 2017)

January in the garden

Feb 19, 2018

Edifício L

Edifício L

"Life is a series of decisions and reactions. It is the things you do and the things that are done to you. And then its over." (Noah Hawley, 2017) 

Feb 13, 2018

living

February in the garden

Life is a distraction from death. Save energy. Adapt fast. Diversity is key for survival. Take some, leave some. Share surplus. Live in harmony. Love.

Feb 2, 2018

strings


"Life is made of this moments - of one's physical being moving through time and space - and we string them together in a story, and that story becomes our life" but, "what if instead of a story told in consecutive order, life is a cacophony of moments we never leave? What if the most traumatic or the most beautiful experiences we have trap us in a kind of feedback loop, where at least some part of our minds remains obsessed, even as our bodies move on?" (Noah Hawley, 2017, Before the Fall)

Jan 11, 2018

Stillness in a mobile world

Bissell, David, and Gillian Fuller (2013). Stillness in a mobile world. London New York: Routledge. 

Stillness:"an ethical choice between stillness as first aid for an overactive world, and stillness as a real slowing down"


Oct 20, 2017

European atlas of forest Tree species

San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A. (Eds.), 2016. European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
European Commission, 2016
"The European Atlas of Forest Tree Species is both a scientific publication, in which researchers and forest specialists can find rigorous and up-to-date information on the many tree species of our forests, and a publication suited for education and the dissemination of information about the richness of our forests to our generation and future generations. (...) Each chapter of the Atlas presents, in addition to the description of each tree species, high quality graphics and photographs showing the climatic preferences and singularities of the different species of trees."

October in the garden

October in the garden

Oct 14, 2017

Passaram 11 anos


... sobre a Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 124/2006 (Diário da República, Série I, de 2006-10-03) onde se anunciava a reviravolta do sistema dos laboratórios do Estado. Entre outras entidades científicas a extinguir, lia-se no ponto 5, do anexo:
"É extinto o Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação (INETI), sendo os seus recursos científicos e tecnológicos, humanos e materiais reorganizados e integrados noutros laboratórios, centros tecnológicos, instituições de ensino superior e consórcios a criar. Em particular, as infra-estruturas do INETI transformam-se em parque de ciência e tecnologia com a participação e gestão de universidades, laboratórios associados e laboratórios do Estado e alargam-se a parcerias com empresas, no quadro de projectos definidos, organizando-se ainda como espaço de acolhimento de programas europeus de I&D."
Para onde foram o que apelidam de "recursos científicos"? E os "recursos tecnológicos e materiais"? E os «recursos humanos»? Onde está o «parque de ciência e tecnologia com a participação e gestão de universidades, laboratórios associados e laboratórios do Estado»? 

Pelo meio, no decurso destes 11 longos anos, foram-se perdendo unidades, recursos científicos, tecnológicos e materiais. As cerca de 1000 pessoas na altura? Umas foram resistindo, outras cedendo, sucumbindo, caindo ou tombando... foram reconvertendo horizontes científicos em reformas antecipadas, em trabalho administrativo, em fragmentos profissionais, em alternativas à ciência. Foram-se esvaziando as competências, as capacidades. As equipas que outrora alimentavam e captavam recursos da UE para o país, foram extintas por uma resolução de quem nos governava. Ao mesmo tempo, acabavam com novas admissões ou valorização dos que ficaram.

O que ganhou o país com esta resolução? que tenha justificado a perda cientifica e tecnologica que existia no INETI, a perda de dezenas de unidades e mais de 750 pessoas? Quais os reflexos e impactos que provocaram (ou ainda provocam)? E na vida dessas pessoas que trabalhavam (trabalham) no INETI (actual LNEG, com cerca de 250 trabalhadores dos 1000 existentes aquando da resolução de extinção)? Quem beneficiou com o desmantelamento do INETI?