Carrie

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TITLE: Carrie

AUTHOR: Stephen King

PUBLISHER: Anchor Books

YEAR OF FIRST EDIITON: 1974

GENRE: Horror

PAGES: 290

A girl named Carrie has been harassed by her mom ever since she was little, and now she’s bullied by her classmates. One day she was at the dressing room with other girls and they started tossing things at her. She gets so annoyed she makes a lightbulb explode without touching it. Ever since, Carrie starts suffering from paranormal events, which may harm her and those around.

The book is divided into three parts: Blood Sport, Prom Night and Wreckage. The book doesn’t have a narrator itself, it’s like a compilation of newspaper articles and letters reporting on what happens in the town of Chamberlain where Carrie lives.

The novel has been adapted to cinema several times. I really liked this book, because it portrays the feelings of students who are bullied, as well as the terrible psychological consequences that entails. Everything transformed and mixed with horror fiction, which makes it even more dramatic.

Ana M. Q.

 

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Burj Al Arab & The Palm Islands

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Aerial view of Burj Al Arab hotel and the Palm Islands (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

BURJ AL ARAB

Presentation by Carla S., Aroa B., Carlota G. and Santiago P.

PROYECTO DE BIOLOGÍA: LA SEQUÍA Y SU EFECTO EN LAS FUENTES

La sequía es una anomalía climatológica, en la que durante un período prolongado de tiempo, la disponibilidad de agua se sitúa por debajo de lo habitual en un área geográfica, produciendo sequedad en los campos.

En los últimos tres años, España se ha situado en un nivel hidrológico de sequía por la falta de abundantes y continuas precipitaciones y la constante demanda por parte de la población urbana y los agricultores. Las precipitaciones han menguado notablemente a causa del cada vez más inminente cambio climático. Esta sequía se ha pronunciado todavía más en la Comunidad Valenciana,  donde el Júcar tan solo se encuentra al 27,7% de su capacidad cuando hace un año estaba al 37,5% y almacenaba 1.255 hectómetros cúbicos, 357 más que en las mismas fechas de 2018.

GRAF1La falta de agua no solo ha perjudicado a agricultores y ha provocado restricciones de uso, sino que también ha afectado parajes naturales como la Sierra Calderona. En este entorno el caudal de sus fuentes ha disminuido drásticamente, o incluso, como el caso de la Fuente de Míjar, ha acabado completamente secas ocasionando una gran pérdida de biodiversidad puesto que han desaparecido todos los macroinvertebrados y vegetales que contenía en estaciones anteriores.

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PROYECTO DE BIOLOGÍA: LA BIODIVERSIDAD DE LAS FUENTES DE LA SIERRA CALDERONA

En nuestro proyecto, una de las partes fundamentales es la biodiversidad. Para estudiarla, trabajamos con muestras que nosotros mismos tomamos de las fuentes. En total investigamos el estado de 9 fuentes a lo largo del año, recogiendo datos en cuatro salidas que corresponden con cada estación. De este modo, recopilamos información de la evolución de cada fuente en relación con la biodiversidad el principal factor que la delimita: la calidad del agua en la que habitan los seres vivos.

Los ejemplares que observamos son macroinvertebrados de agua dulce, o dicho de otra manera, animales invertebrados tales como insectos, crustáceos, moluscos y anélidos. Este tipo de organismos que son lo suficientemente grandes como para ser retenidos por redes de luz de malla de 250μm.

Pese a que cada fuente es distinta y cuenta con características diversas en lo referido a los físico-químicos o calidad del agua, en las fuentes de la Sierra Calderona que hemos estudiado, aparecen bastantes organismos comunes debido a la posición geográfica que ocupan las fuentes en el parque natural, tales como ostrácodos, nematodos y dípteros (Chironomidaes).

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Para su clasificación e identificación, nos fijamos en su estructura y en sus características físicas más importantes, ayudándonos de manuales y claves dicotómicas.

Political correctness and academic learning

if-liberty-means-anything orwell.pngPolitical correctness is becoming more present in the academic world, which means that schools, high schools and universities consider that in order to have a good atmosphere in the classroom, they have to restrict or warn about some activities like reading, watching a film, or having debates.

This situation makes some students avoid important novels in literature for their ideas or subjects, as they think that it would convey traumatic effects. The majority of teachers and professors are starting to act like parents more than faculty members, banning elemental contents from exams, or not letting people express their own opinions in free discussions.

Every single student has to be able to express their opinions, no matter if another student does not agree. If some student doesn’t feel comfortable with drama or books on, for instance, abuse or bullying, they shouldn’t just avoid them. Everyone needs to be aware of what happens in this world: abuse, sexual harassment, suicidal tendencies, etc. And I believe reading is the most educational way.

In conclusion, the issue of political correctness in the academic world is excessive, and this has to change.

Carla Ll.

The best year of your life

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Source: University of Michigan

Wouldn’t you like to experience a year out of your country and learn more about other cultures?  You can go study abroad for a year and learn new things about your favorite country.

1 of 50 kids has had this amazing opportunity living in a country far away from home. Specialists say that it is an experience that will get you out of your comfort zone and help you grow up and learn more about yourself in the different situations that you will go through. Also, you will live in a house with a native host family and you will acquire new customs.

Secondly, you would have the chance to learn another language, which may help you in the future to get a job or have better communication with the people in the country that you are visiting when you travel.

Last but not least, it’s an expensive trip that not all the people can afford, but nowadays you have the possibility of getting a scholarship, like the one issued by the Armancio Ortega Foundation, which may make your dream come true.

In conclusion, I think that if you have the possibility to go abroad for one year you will have one of the best experiences in your life you will learn new things, make friends and get out of your comfort zone, so why not do it?

Ana M.