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BSRG-iBB at TVI “A Hora da Verdade” Myth-busting Program

BSRG-iBB at TVI “A Hora da Verdade” Myth-busting Program | iBB | Scoop.it

Cláudia P. Godinho, PhD researcher at Sá-Correia’s lab in BSRG-iBB, participated in the clarification of a well-known myth for the TVI news section “A Hora da Verdade”. The participation can be watched here. The 5-second rule states a time window of 5 seconds where it is safe to pick up food after it has been dropped to the floor. The experimental setup organized at the iBB Biological Sciences Research Group Laboratories contributed to demonstrate that the transfer of bacteria from a contaminated floor to food takes less than 5 seconds to happen and that the “rule” is in fact false.

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National Day of the Sea

National Day of the Sea | iBB | Scoop.it

This month we are celebrating the National Day of the Sea (Dia Nacional do Mar). On the 16th of November, BSRG members Nuno Borges, Ruben Silva, Patricia Paula and Tina Keller Costa showcased a bit of their work at the National Museum of Natural History and Science (Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência) in Lisbon. On board they had activities for the youngest generation. The kids did handicrafts of corals, sponges, crabs and sea turtles and painted tiny bacterial symbionts. 

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Why do Fireflies Shine?

Why do Fireflies Shine? | iBB | Scoop.it

Vasco Bonifácio was invited to participate in the program “Explain me as if were 5 years old”, an IST initiative that consists of informal conversations about science for curious children and adults. In this program, which was broadcast live on Facebook on the afternoon of November 28, 2020, Vasco presented the session “Why do fireflies shine?”. In this session, chaired by Joana Lobo Antunes (Communication and Public Relations Office of IST), Vasco Bonifácio explained the phenomena of bioluminescence, chemiluminescence and phosphorescence and how these physical-chemical processes are related to research in the area of cancer treatment that he has been developing in recent years. There was also time to carry out live experiments, which delighted the young audience and to answer many questions! The program was recorded and is available on the program's website (Episode 12).

iBB's insight:

https://explicame.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/episodio-12.html

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