A scientastic heritage

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The protective mask through History

If there is one object that symbolizes the coronavirus pandemic that affects the entire planet these days, it is the mask. A small square of plastic or fabric that has become essential to protect ourselves from the spread of Covid-19. This accessory, which acts as a barrier to microbes and other harmful substances, is not new. Thanks to the observation of the first “scientists” and doctors of the past, the mask was created, it must be said, to protect us. Here is the little story of the mask. […]

Animals

How does the chameleon blend into its environment?

When we change clothes, it’s for the pleasure of wearing what we like, playing sports or dressing up. The chameleon makes fun of fashion or carnival, if it changes skin color, it is for more primary reasons. Green, brown, yellow, but also blue or pink, the chameleon is the undisputed master for changing skin. But how does it work? […]

Artistic

How are Gilles de Binche’s masks made?

The Gille is the most important character in the carnival of Binche, a village located in the Province of Hainaut in Belgium. We can easily recognize him by his orange suit, his big white feathers that he wears on Mardi Gras on his head, and by his mask, his mustaches and red favorites, green glasses! But how are these masks made? […]

Chemistry

White chocolate, real or fake chocolate?

Flagship product of Belgium recognized beyond the borders, chocolate is a delicacy that one tastes practically daily. In spreads, in cocoa, or in sticks, accompanied by hazelnut fragments or filled with praline, the possibilities are endless as long as you can lick your fingers afterwards. But chocolate is brown, right? So what is white chocolate? […]

Belgian inventors

Robert Cailliau, the forgotten co-inventor of www!

Two of them have developed the web: an Englishman named Tim Berners-Lee, and a brilliant Belgian scientist who has been forgotten, Robert Cailliau. How could we forget the name of a man behind the technology we use every day? Even the Britannica encyclopedia attributes the invention of the web to the English scientist, neglecting his Belgian colleague. […]

Fun facts

Fun facts

When confinement is used to develop the greatest theories of physics.

Isaac Newton, the famous English physicist who developed the theory of universal gravitation, was also confined 3 centuries earlier. London was then hit by the Great Plague. When he was a student, the University of Cambridge sent the students home to comply with the rules of confinement, as today we have to do with the Coronavirus. This genius knew how to use his time to develop his theories in optics and solve mathematical problems. […]

High tech

Belgian inventors

Robert Cailliau, the forgotten co-inventor of www!

Two of them have developed the web: an Englishman named Tim Berners-Lee, and a brilliant Belgian scientist who has been forgotten, Robert Cailliau. How could we forget the name of a man behind the technology we use every day? Even the Britannica encyclopedia attributes the invention of the web to the English scientist, neglecting his Belgian colleague. […]

Medecine

Belgian inventors

Andreas Vesalius, the father of anatomy

Anatomy is the science that studies the shape, structure, and positioning of the organs in our body. And the father of anatomy is none other than the Belgian André Vésale. […]

nature

Animals

How does the chameleon blend into its environment?

When we change clothes, it’s for the pleasure of wearing what we like, playing sports or dressing up. The chameleon makes fun of fashion or carnival, if it changes skin color, it is for more primary reasons. Green, brown, yellow, but also blue or pink, the chameleon is the undisputed master for changing skin. But how does it work? […]