Avete voluto la bicicletta? E allora… buona lettura!

giugno 9, 2009

L’autore non ce ne voglia…

ne abbiamo parlato tanto tra di noi, ne hanno parlato tanto (!) innumerevoli radio in Italia, il rosa delle locandine ha colorato interi paesi (!!)…

ma nessuno lo ha postato su questo blog.

Cerchiamo di metterci una pezza:

“Il Ciclismo a test”  di MICHELE MARENCO




High speed train in Italy?

dicembre 10, 2008

Next week the new line of high speed train will start between Milan and Bologna: 220 km in 1 hour.

But what happens to the normal  railway lines? Well, let’s start saying that maybe normal is not the correct word, especially for commuters. If weather conditions are bad, like this morning for example, that is snowing in the North of Italy, it takes me one hour to get from Pavia to Milan, just 30 km: in the same time I could have reached Bologna with a high speed train…

And I do not want to talk about the conditions of my trip as my train has been the only one that traveled this morning, so on my train there were the people that usually stay on 4 trains: do you know that battery  chickens are almost illegal? well, commuters’life is even worse in day like this.

High speed trains: that makes me laugh a lot. Italy is going worse every day…




Coming soon in Genoa

settembre 18, 2008

From 24rd october to 4th november, many members of viaginnastica blog will be in Genoa attending and participating directly to the most important science fair in Italy (www.festivalscienza.it)…

…come on and join us!



Via Ginnastica at Esof 2008

luglio 24, 2008

Just back from Barcelona after seven days of intense activity at Esof 2008 and now it’s time to discuss a bit about the conference and the week spent in BCN.

Esof 2008 is the 3rd edition of Euroscience Open Forum (2004 in Stockholm and 2006 in Munich) and because I haven’t seen the other two ones I can’t compare one to the others. I’ll try to do my best.

As a beginner of Esofs firstly I studied a bit.

From the website I know that Euroscience is a “pan-European association of individuals interested in constructing scientific Europe from the bottom-up”.

So during the main conference of the association (Esof) I thought to find thousands of people from the bottom who debate about science.

I really looked for them but I didn’t find lots of people from the bottom, neither from the top.

I found a lot of people from the “middle”: communicators and journalists who talked about their area of interest and discussed about the future of science and Europe. But where the public was?

As a volunteer during the conference I’ve worked in the outreach programme that means with the general spanish/catalan public, chidren, teenagers and above all families.

All the communicators involved in the outreach activities had to run their workshops or shows in a huge area (someone of us -including me- have thought that the area was a parking converted to the fair only for Esof) where there was no indication about what show was going on.

People and children seemed a bit lost in such a big area. You could feel more that you were looking for your car than for a workshop about science.

But it’s not the whole story about Esof 2008. I got in touch with people from all over the Europe and listened to a lot of intersting and clever speeches and discussions.

In this kind of conference you switch on your brain at the beginning of the day and you’re worn out at the end. And you might like feeling exahusted with a lot of ideas.

Again it’s not the whole story about Barcelona. VG community, in order to be a good team of reporters, has also been around the city, visiting all the amanities and enjoying some tapas at night.

We’ve also been to CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of BCN, wondering all the time if CosmoCaixa is more a science museum with a bit of art or an art museum with a bit of science.

I’ve uploaded some pictures from the journey to have an idea of the atmosphere of BCN.



Stenelle striate alla Gorgona – Striped Dolphin near Gorgona Island

luglio 15, 2008

Stenella coeruleoalba, Gorgona Island, may 11 2008

Marina Semiglia


I don’t believe in global warming

luglio 1, 2008

Everything you always wanted to know about sex…

giugno 20, 2008

…but were afraid to ask.

Yes, it’s finally out! The new book “Il Sesso a Test” , Alpha Test (only in Italian at the moment, http://www.alphatest.it) from Silvia Bencivelli.

The author of “Why we like music” (Perchè ci piace la musica, Sironi 2007 – http://www.sironieditore.it), that will be translated soon in french, this time surprise us with 200 funny and scientific questions, as the leitmotiv of this collection is.

From animals to erotism in art and literature, from cinema to hystory, try to answer… Is it real the the Coke is a good contraceptive? What is the right time for an ideal intercourse? What’s a micropenis exactly?

Comics by Giovanni Vannini.