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On 27 November 2005, the Público newspaper presented as part of its main Sunday edition, the booklet "Career: scientist. Portraits of a generation on the move" .The work carried out by the Viver a Ciência team highlighted 14 young Portuguese scientists at the beginning of their career (up to 40 years old) and was distributed free of charge by the paper, to a circulation of 80,000.
The preface, written by Carlos Fiolhais, powerfully explains the concept of the book « in science, young people are an inexhaustable source of creativity». The introductory note, written by the VaC scientists responsible for the project, highlights the fact that the booklet features work of exceptional quality but that is little known by the public in general, work which impacts on our day to day lives and work that shows great promise, that generates great expectations for the future.
They are all presented, in this publication, in a language and a style that makes them accessible to the general public. As for the scientific areas involved, diversity and multidisciplinary approaches are key. We decided to show a range of scientific discoveries that stand out for being recent and made by Portuguese scientists, emcompassing areas such as Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
From "remote control" flies to the use of mathematics to help in the fight against infectious diseases, via an explanation of why Venus turns the "wrong" way, they are stories of discovery that distinguish science. Made in Paris, Washington, Aveiro, Braga or Boston. The themes range from the conservation of nature to the evolution of the universe and mechanisms of memory. The applications of the research of these 14 scientists allow, for example, the prevention of blockages in petrol pipelines in the sea bed or the explanation of why certain medication is effective against AIDS. The ‘worlds' that are unveiled range from the most elementary particles ‘surfing' plasma to chick embryos that tell us about their own development, via the secrets of cell division and the ocult genetic evolution in the patterns on butterfly wings.