About Stefano Manfredini

Biotechnologist with a master's degree in molecular biology, after a few years at university, he decided to quit acadamia to look for another job. He then moved to project management, first in the health sector, then in the design sector. Collaborates with Minerva since its foundation, taking care of the coordination of the editorial staff and other tedious matters such as rebuking the editors on the use of punctuation and the copyright of the images. The themes he deals with when he engages in writing are usually environmental, climate or science news.

Fast fashion: how much is fashion that is cheap?

2022-06-23T11:00:30+02:0023 June 2022|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , |

Cosa si intende per fast fashion La fast fashion e’ un business che offre (la percezione di) vestiti alla moda per prezzi contenuti, contribuendo ad un aumento vertiginoso nell'industria tessile. In this case, la parola “fast” non serve solo per descrivere il consumo del singolo capo vestiario, ma anche la velocità con cui i commercianti riescono a trasportare la moda dalle sfilate alle vetrine. Globalmente vengono acquistati 80 miliardi di vestiti al giorno, mainly produced in China and Bangladesh and purchased mainly in America. Cosa causa la fast fashion Questa industria fornisce lavoro ad almeno 40 million of people [...]

Recycling Paper

2022-06-10T11:40:23+02:009 June 2022|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Did you know that, after Germany, we are the European champions of paper recycling? Il riciclo della carta in Italia è un’istituzione e un’eccellenza di ecologia ed economia circolare (that is, it reuses waste to generate new product). Let's see how to play our part in this virtuous cycle of environmental sustainability. As with all materials, those who use paper and cardboard can make ecologically sustainable choices in two moments: when they buy and when they discard them. Let's start from the former, nel quale la scelta migliore è propendere per carta ottenuta più possibile tramite riciclo e, nella porzione in cui [...]

Have you ever wondered if the tuna in your sushi is sustainable?

2022-05-22T13:16:54+02:0022 May 2022|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dear reader attracted by the irresistible memory of sushi, questo articolo non si limiterà a parlare di tonno, ma ti riguarda lo stesso. Il focus è infatti la sostenibilità ambientale di ciò che dal mare arriva sulle nostre tavole, quello che gli inglesi definiscono “seafood”: dal pesce spada ai calamari. La crescente domanda di prodotti ittici a livello globale, dovuta sia all’aumento della popolazione che ad un cambiamento nelle abitudini alimentari, rappresenta una minaccia per la sopravvivenza di molte specie marine e può avere ricadute sull’intero ecosistema. However, per chi come me non resiste a un piatto di cozze ogni tanto, come [...]

Are organic products better for the environment?

2022-05-05T09:20:34+02:005 May 2022|Categories: Nature|Tags: , , , |

L’aumento della sensibilità nei confronti dell’ambiente ha contribuito nell’ultimo decennio alla diffusione del bio, ovvero di quei prodotti coltivati con metodi di agricoltura biologica che assicurano una scelta sostenibile in ambito alimentare. What is organic? In simple terms: organic practices prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, both for direct consumption and as animal feed, and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, or made industrially through chemical reactions. This is an important point: there are fertilizers and pesticides allowed in organic farming, ma questi non sono prodotti per sintesi chimica... while remaining full-fledged chemicals. [...]

Just look up! An X-ray view to discover new stars: Riccardo Giacconi

2022-02-03T21:35:12+01:006 January 2022|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , |

The incredible activity of space telescopes has recently returned to the news after the recent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which has the onerous goal of being a worthy successor to the now aging Hubble telescope. But there have been many others of space telescopes, and if they have contributed so strongly to scientific research we also owe it to Riccardo Giacconi. Riccardo Giacconi was born in Genoa on 6 of October 1931 and graduated in physics at the State University of Milan studying in the field of cosmic rays. He then moved to the United States, dove collabora prima con l’Università di Princeton e successivamente con [...]

The Amazon is burning?

2021-06-28T22:06:15+02:0028 August 2019|Categories: Earth and Sky|Tags: , , , |

by Stefano M. The images and information of the devastation taking place in the Amazon rainforest by various arson are going around the web. Let's try to deepen the question! the Amazon is the largest rainforest on our planet, extends over an area of 5,5 million square km between Brazil (of which it occupies over 40% of the surface), and other neighboring countries. This forest, like others of the rain type, it is an incredible biodiversity hotspot and is home to a huge number of species, thanks to the particular climatic conditions. It is estimated that they live in it 2,5 [...]

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