Frankenstein and the origin of life

Frankenstein and the origin of life

This Friday, November 22, our Principal Investigator Juan Manuel García Ruiz, Research Professor at CSIC in the Laboratory of Crystallographic Studies will give the lecture: “Frankenstein and the origin of life” within the 5th “History of Physics: building the future” Course.

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Our Principal Investigator helps reveal the origins of Giant Geode

Our Principal Investigator helps reveal the origins of Giant Geode

The origins of Pulpi’s Giant Geode have been revealed in a recently published paper in the journal Geology. Our Principal Investigator, Juan Manuel García-Ruiz and colleagues have revealed the geological history of the large gypsum crystals within the now world-famous geode of Pulpí, in southeast Spain.

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2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table

2019, 150 years since the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev became famous for discovering the pattern behind what we now know as the periodic table of elements, has been declared #IYPT2019, the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. For this reason, Descubre, the Andalusian Foundation for the Dissemination of Innovation and Knowledge, asked us to reveal our favorite element. Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, Principal Investigator of PROMETHEUS, reveals his own from the Laboratory of…

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Read the PROMETHEUS webcomic: “Something in the water”

Read the PROMETHEUS webcomic: “Something in the water”

Don’t miss Till Lukat’s “Something in the water”, the webcomic based on our own PROMETHEUS project is already on its 7th chapter. Join “Prof. De Arce” and his team on their crystallographic and biomorph seeking adventures on: bit.ly/SomthngWatr “Something in the water”, el webcomic de Till Lukat basado en nuestro proyecto PROMETHEUS ya va por su séptimo capítulo. Únete al “Prof. De Arce” y su equipo en sus aventuras cristalográficas en busca de biomorfos: bit.ly/SomthngWatr

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Temperature can control the growth of biomorphs

Temperature can control the growth of biomorphs

Biomorphs are silica and carbonate materials capable of assembling themselves to create symmetries, forms and structures similar to those of living organisms. The results of this CSIC study have been published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. Calcium carbonate is the mineral most used by living organisms to build complex structures with excellent mechanical properties that they use as exoskeletons. To make them, they only need calcium from sea or river water, carbon dioxide from the…

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PROMETHEUS-TRACES Meeting June 2018

PROMETHEUS-TRACES Meeting June 2018

Our annual ERC Advanced Project PROMETHEUS meeting has been held from the 18th to the 21st of June 2018 at the facilities of Hotel Martin Alonso Pinzon in Mazagón (Huelva), close to the extremely acidic landscapes of the mines of Rio Tinto. We have organised the meeting jointly with ERC Consolidator project ‘TRACES’ led by Dr. Mark van Zuilen, from the Institut du Physique du Globe in Paris. We shared four intense and fruitful days…

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Field trip to Dallol

Field trip to Dallol

The field trips to Dallol have been successfully performed in January 2016 and January 2017. We have collected samples of liquid, gases, air and air particles, etc… and make numerous in-situ measurements of physical and chemical variables such as pH, temperature, pressure, salinity, conductivity, oxygen, redox, visible spectra, etc… The aim of this project is to perform: A rigorous study of the hydrochemistry of the brines including the analysis of the organic compounds and gases. …

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