Winner of the ‘Wonders of Geochemistry’ contest

Winner of the ‘Wonders of Geochemistry’ contest

Congrats to Electra, one of the winners of the EAG geochemical photo contest ‘Wonders of Geochemistry’ to which she submitted the photo ‘The color palette of Dallol’ captured during our second fieldtrip to Dallol, NE Ethiopia (January 2017). Read more about the story behind her photo here: http://blog.eag.eu.com/general/winners-of-the-2017-photo-contest/

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New paper on mineral self-organization, life detection and origin of life

New paper on mineral self-organization, life detection and origin of life

Our last paper on mineral self-organization, life detection and origin of life has just been published in Science Advances: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/3/e1602285.full. This work is one of the dreams of my life as a scientist. For at least 20 years, I have identified the rare and remote places on the planet where there are silica-rich alkaline waters with which I could do the experiments to produce biomorphs. Thus far, without the help of Prometheus, I had not…

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De la rosa y el cristal

De la rosa y el cristal

Vivo en Granada, la ciudad de luces y aguas en la que nació Federico García Lorca. Cada día recorro las mismas calles, bebo las mismas aguas y doy sombra a las mismas luces que iluminaron al poeta. Voy con frecuencia a la casa en que nació y a las casas en que vivió. Lo hago cuando acompaño a los amigos que me visitan, a los que también muestro en Víznar el barranco en el que…

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Sobre los Experimentos de Creación de Vida de Andrew Crosse

Garcia-Ruiz, J. M., Macla 2015, 20, 61-62. Uno de los personajes más exitosos y conocidos de la historia de la literatura y el cine de ficción es el creado por la escritora Mary Shelley en 1817 en su libro “Frankenstein o el moderno Prometeo”. Paradójicamente, uno de los científicos menos conocidos y más misteriosos de la historia de la ciencia británica es Andrew Crosse, el individuo real en el que, según se suele afirmar, Mary…

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Teaching High School students at Limuru

Teaching High School students at Limuru

During the first trip to the Rift Valley of the Prometheus Project, I asked my Kenyan contact Patricia Gitari to seek for the possibility to organize an event to transfer high school teachers in Kenya my experience in popularization and teaching of crystallography. She did a great work, and she organized in Limuru, a town near Nairobi, an exceptional event. She was able to attract more than 150 students and teachers from different schools of…

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Prometheus at the Science Week

Prometheus at the Science Week

Science is essential for the evolution of the humanity. This is the reason why science community should encourage kids, teenagers and adults to explore the magic world of science. The Week of Science (November 7-12, 2016) is an event that offers the opportunity to get a closer look at the work that scientists do. We invited the students of several schools of Granada to join our journeys inside giant crystal caves in Mexico, camp in…

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LEC goes back to Space!

LEC goes back to Space!

Prof. Garcia-Ruiz organized the 1st ‘International Training School on Crystallography for Space Sciences’, supported by the COSPAR, the IUCr, the INAOE and the BUAP with the participation of scientists from UNAM, NASA, ESA, the University of Groningen, the Laüe-Langevin Institute, the UVa-CSIC, the Hokkaido University, the IPGP, the Tohoku University and the McMaster University. For 17 days the 30 MSc-/PhD-students and Post-Doc researchers that attended the School received intensive courses about Crystal Growth, Symmetry and…

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