/** * A simple set of functions to check our version 1.0 update service. * * @package WordPress * @since 2.3.0 */ /** * Check WordPress version against the newest version. * * The WordPress version, PHP version, and Locale is sent. Checks against the * WordPress server at api.wordpress.org server. Will only check if WordPress * isn't installing. * * @since 2.3.0 * @uses $wp_version Used to check against the newest WordPress version. * * @param array $extra_stats Extra statistics to report to the WordPress.org API. * @param bool $force_check Whether to bypass the transient cache and force a fresh update check. Defaults to false, true if $extra_stats is set. * @return mixed Returns null if update is unsupported. Returns false if check is too soon. */ function wp_version_check( $extra_stats = array(), $force_check = false ) { if ( defined('WP_INSTALLING') ) return; global $wpdb, $wp_local_package; include( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/version.php' ); // include an unmodified $wp_version $php_version = phpversion(); $current = get_site_transient( 'update_core' ); $translations = wp_get_installed_translations( 'core' ); // Invalidate the transient when $wp_version changes if ( is_object( $current ) && $wp_version != $current->version_checked ) $current = false; if ( ! is_object($current) ) { $current = new stdClass; $current->updates = array(); $current->version_checked = $wp_version; } if ( ! empty( $extra_stats ) ) $force_check = true; // Wait 60 seconds between multiple version check requests $timeout = 60; $time_not_changed = isset( $current->last_checked ) && $timeout > ( time() - $current->last_checked ); if ( ! $force_check && $time_not_changed ) return false; $locale = get_locale(); /** * Filter the locale requested for WordPress core translations. * * @since 2.8.0 * * @param string $locale Current locale. */ $locale = apply_filters( 'core_version_check_locale', $locale ); // Update last_checked for current to prevent multiple blocking requests if request hangs $current->last_checked = time(); set_site_transient( 'update_core', $current ); if ( method_exists( $wpdb, 'db_version' ) ) $mysql_version = preg_replace('/[^0-9.].*/', '', $wpdb->db_version()); else $mysql_version = 'N/A'; if ( is_multisite() ) { $user_count = get_user_count(); $num_blogs = get_blog_count(); $wp_install = network_site_url(); $multisite_enabled = 1; } else { $user_count = count_users(); $user_count = $user_count['total_users']; $multisite_enabled = 0; $num_blogs = 1; $wp_install = home_url( '/' ); } $query = array( 'version' => $wp_version, 'php' => $php_version, 'locale' => $locale, 'mysql' => $mysql_version, 'local_package' => isset( $wp_local_package ) ? $wp_local_package : '', 'blogs' => $num_blogs, 'users' => $user_count, 'multisite_enabled' => $multisite_enabled, ); $post_body = array( 'translations' => json_encode( $translations ), ); if ( is_array( $extra_stats ) ) $post_body = array_merge( $post_body, $extra_stats ); $url = $http_url = 'http://api.wordpress.org/core/version-check/1.7/?' . http_build_query( $query, null, '&' ); if ( $ssl = wp_http_supports( array( 'ssl' ) ) ) $url = set_url_scheme( $url, 'https' ); $options = array( 'timeout' => ( ( defined('DOING_CRON') && DOING_CRON ) ? 30 : 3 ), 'user-agent' => 'WordPress/' . $wp_version . '; ' . home_url( '/' ), 'headers' => array( 'wp_install' => $wp_install, 'wp_blog' => home_url( '/' ) ), 'body' => $post_body, ); $response = wp_remote_post( $url, $options ); if ( $ssl && is_wp_error( $response ) ) { trigger_error( __( 'An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums.' ) . ' ' . __( '(WordPress could not establish a secure connection to WordPress.org. Please contact your server administrator.)' ), headers_sent() || WP_DEBUG ? E_USER_WARNING : E_USER_NOTICE ); $response = wp_remote_post( $http_url, $options ); } if ( is_wp_error( $response ) || 200 != wp_remote_retrieve_response_code( $response ) ) return false; $body = trim( wp_remote_retrieve_body( $response ) ); $body = json_decode( $body, true ); if ( ! is_array( $body ) || ! isset( $body['offers'] ) ) return false; $offers = $body['offers']; foreach ( $offers as &$offer ) { foreach ( $offer as $offer_key => $value ) { if ( 'packages' == $offer_key ) $offer['packages'] = (object) array_intersect_key( array_map( 'esc_url', $offer['packages'] ), array_fill_keys( array( 'full', 'no_content', 'new_bundled', 'partial', 'rollback' ), '' ) ); elseif ( 'download' == $offer_key ) $offer['download'] = esc_url( $value ); else $offer[ $offer_key ] = esc_html( $value ); } $offer = (object) array_intersect_key( $offer, array_fill_keys( array( 'response', 'download', 'locale', 'packages', 'current', 'version', 'php_version', 'mysql_version', 'new_bundled', 'partial_version', 'notify_email', 'support_email' ), '' ) ); } $updates = new stdClass(); $updates->updates = $offers; $updates->last_checked = time(); $updates->version_checked = $wp_version; if ( isset( $body['translations'] ) ) $updates->translations = $body['translations']; set_site_transient( 'update_core', $updates ); if ( ! empty( $body['ttl'] ) ) { $ttl = (int) $body['ttl']; if ( $ttl && ( time() + $ttl < wp_next_scheduled( 'wp_version_check' ) ) ) { // Queue an event to re-run the update check in $ttl seconds. wp_schedule_single_event( time() + $ttl, 'wp_version_check' ); } } // Trigger a background updates check if running non-interactively, and we weren't called from the update handler. if ( defined( 'DOING_CRON' ) && DOING_CRON && ! doing_action( 'wp_maybe_auto_update' ) ) { do_action( 'wp_maybe_auto_update' ); } } /** * Check plugin versions against the latest versions hosted on WordPress.org. * * The WordPress version, PHP version, and Locale is sent along with a list of * all plugins installed. Checks against the WordPress server at * api.wordpress.org. Will only check if WordPress isn't installing. * * @since 2.3.0 * @uses $wp_version Used to notify the WordPress version. * * @param array $extra_stats Extra statistics to report to the WordPress.org API. * @return mixed Returns null if update is unsupported. Returns false if check is too soon. */ function wp_update_plugins( $extra_stats = array() ) { include( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/version.php' ); // include an unmodified $wp_version if ( defined('WP_INSTALLING') ) return false; // If running blog-side, bail unless we've not checked in the last 12 hours if ( !function_exists( 'get_plugins' ) ) require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/plugin.php' ); $plugins = get_plugins(); $translations = wp_get_installed_translations( 'plugins' ); $active = get_option( 'active_plugins', array() ); $current = get_site_transient( 'update_plugins' ); if ( ! is_object($current) ) $current = new stdClass; $new_option = new stdClass; $new_option->last_checked = time(); // Check for update on a different schedule, depending on the page. switch ( current_filter() ) { case 'upgrader_process_complete' : $timeout = 0; break; case 'load-update-core.php' : $timeout = MINUTE_IN_SECONDS; break; case 'load-plugins.php' : case 'load-update.php' : $timeout = HOUR_IN_SECONDS; break; default : if ( defined( 'DOING_CRON' ) && DOING_CRON ) { $timeout = 0; } else { $timeout = 12 * HOUR_IN_SECONDS; } } $time_not_changed = isset( $current->last_checked ) && $timeout > ( time() - $current->last_checked ); if ( $time_not_changed && ! $extra_stats ) { $plugin_changed = false; foreach ( $plugins as $file => $p ) { $new_option->checked[ $file ] = $p['Version']; if ( !isset( $current->checked[ $file ] ) || strval($current->checked[ $file ]) !== strval($p['Version']) ) $plugin_changed = true; } if ( isset ( $current->response ) && is_array( $current->response ) ) { foreach ( $current->response as $plugin_file => $update_details ) { if ( ! isset($plugins[ $plugin_file ]) ) { $plugin_changed = true; break; } } } // Bail if we've checked recently and if nothing has changed if ( ! $plugin_changed ) return false; } // Update last_checked for current to prevent multiple blocking requests if request hangs $current->last_checked = time(); set_site_transient( 'update_plugins', $current ); $to_send = compact( 'plugins', 'active' ); $locales = array( get_locale() ); /** * Filter the locales requested for plugin translations. * * @since 3.7.0 * * @param array $locales Plugin locale. Default is current locale of the site. */ $locales = apply_filters( 'plugins_update_check_locales', $locales ); if ( defined( 'DOING_CRON' ) && DOING_CRON ) { $timeout = 30; } else { // Three seconds, plus one extra second for every 10 plugins $timeout = 3 + (int) ( count( $plugins ) / 10 ); } $options = array( 'timeout' => $timeout, 'body' => array( 'plugins' => json_encode( $to_send ), 'translations' => json_encode( $translations ), 'locale' => json_encode( $locales ), 'all' => json_encode( true ), ), 'user-agent' => 'WordPress/' . $wp_version . '; ' . get_bloginfo( 'url' ) ); if ( $extra_stats ) { $options['body']['update_stats'] = json_encode( $extra_stats ); } $url = $http_url = 'http://api.wordpress.org/plugins/update-check/1.1/'; if ( $ssl = wp_http_supports( array( 'ssl' ) ) ) $url = set_url_scheme( $url, 'https' ); $raw_response = wp_remote_post( $url, $options ); if ( $ssl && is_wp_error( $raw_response ) ) { trigger_error( __( 'An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums.' ) . ' ' . __( '(WordPress could not establish a secure connection to WordPress.org. Please contact your server administrator.)' ), headers_sent() || WP_DEBUG ? E_USER_WARNING : E_USER_NOTICE ); $raw_response = wp_remote_post( $http_url, $options ); } if ( is_wp_error( $raw_response ) || 200 != wp_remote_retrieve_response_code( $raw_response ) ) return false; $response = json_decode( wp_remote_retrieve_body( $raw_response ), true ); foreach ( $response['plugins'] as &$plugin ) { $plugin = (object) $plugin; } unset( $plugin ); foreach ( $response['no_update'] as &$plugin ) { $plugin = (object) $plugin; } unset( $plugin ); if ( is_array( $response ) ) { $new_option->response = $response['plugins']; $new_option->translations = $response['translations']; // TODO: Perhaps better to store no_update in a separate transient with an expiry? $new_option->no_update = $response['no_update']; } else { $new_option->response = array(); $new_option->translations = array(); $new_option->no_update = array(); } set_site_transient( 'update_plugins', $new_option ); } /** * Check theme versions against the latest versions hosted on WordPress.org. * * A list of all themes installed in sent to WP. Checks against the * WordPress server at api.wordpress.org. Will only check if WordPress isn't * installing. * * @since 2.7.0 * @uses $wp_version Used to notify the WordPress version. * * @param array $extra_stats Extra statistics to report to the WordPress.org API. * @return mixed Returns null if update is unsupported. Returns false if check is too soon. */ function wp_update_themes( $extra_stats = array() ) { include( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/version.php' ); // include an unmodified $wp_version if ( defined( 'WP_INSTALLING' ) ) return false; $installed_themes = wp_get_themes(); $translations = wp_get_installed_translations( 'themes' ); $last_update = get_site_transient( 'update_themes' ); if ( ! is_object($last_update) ) $last_update = new stdClass; $themes = $checked = $request = array(); // Put slug of current theme into request. $request['active'] = get_option( 'stylesheet' ); foreach ( $installed_themes as $theme ) { $checked[ $theme->get_stylesheet() ] = $theme->get('Version'); $themes[ $theme->get_stylesheet() ] = array( 'Name' => $theme->get('Name'), 'Title' => $theme->get('Name'), 'Version' => $theme->get('Version'), 'Author' => $theme->get('Author'), 'Author URI' => $theme->get('AuthorURI'), 'Template' => $theme->get_template(), 'Stylesheet' => $theme->get_stylesheet(), ); } // Check for update on a different schedule, depending on the page. switch ( current_filter() ) { case 'upgrader_process_complete' : $timeout = 0; break; case 'load-update-core.php' : $timeout = MINUTE_IN_SECONDS; break; case 'load-themes.php' : case 'load-update.php' : $timeout = HOUR_IN_SECONDS; break; default : if ( defined( 'DOING_CRON' ) && DOING_CRON ) { $timeout = 0; } else { $timeout = 12 * HOUR_IN_SECONDS; } } $time_not_changed = isset( $last_update->last_checked ) && $timeout > ( time() - $last_update->last_checked ); if ( $time_not_changed && ! $extra_stats ) { $theme_changed = false; foreach ( $checked as $slug => $v ) { if ( !isset( $last_update->checked[ $slug ] ) || strval($last_update->checked[ $slug ]) !== strval($v) ) $theme_changed = true; } if ( isset ( $last_update->response ) && is_array( $last_update->response ) ) { foreach ( $last_update->response as $slug => $update_details ) { if ( ! isset($checked[ $slug ]) ) { $theme_changed = true; break; } } } // Bail if we've checked recently and if nothing has changed if ( ! $theme_changed ) return false; } // Update last_checked for current to prevent multiple blocking requests if request hangs $last_update->last_checked = time(); set_site_transient( 'update_themes', $last_update ); $request['themes'] = $themes; $locales = array( get_locale() ); /** * Filter the locales requested for theme translations. * * @since 3.7.0 * * @param array $locales Theme locale. Default is current locale of the site. */ $locales = apply_filters( 'themes_update_check_locales', $locales ); if ( defined( 'DOING_CRON' ) && DOING_CRON ) { $timeout = 30; } else { // Three seconds, plus one extra second for every 10 themes $timeout = 3 + (int) ( count( $themes ) / 10 ); } $options = array( 'timeout' => $timeout, 'body' => array( 'themes' => json_encode( $request ), 'translations' => json_encode( $translations ), 'locale' => json_encode( $locales ), ), 'user-agent' => 'WordPress/' . $wp_version . '; ' . get_bloginfo( 'url' ) ); if ( $extra_stats ) { $options['body']['update_stats'] = json_encode( $extra_stats ); } $url = $http_url = 'http://api.wordpress.org/themes/update-check/1.1/'; if ( $ssl = wp_http_supports( array( 'ssl' ) ) ) $url = set_url_scheme( $url, 'https' ); $raw_response = wp_remote_post( $url, $options ); if ( $ssl && is_wp_error( $raw_response ) ) { trigger_error( __( 'An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums.' ) . ' ' . __( '(WordPress could not establish a secure connection to WordPress.org. Please contact your server administrator.)' ), headers_sent() || WP_DEBUG ? E_USER_WARNING : E_USER_NOTICE ); $raw_response = wp_remote_post( $http_url, $options ); } if ( is_wp_error( $raw_response ) || 200 != wp_remote_retrieve_response_code( $raw_response ) ) return false; $new_update = new stdClass; $new_update->last_checked = time(); $new_update->checked = $checked; $response = json_decode( wp_remote_retrieve_body( $raw_response ), true ); if ( is_array( $response ) ) { $new_update->response = $response['themes']; $new_update->translations = $response['translations']; } set_site_transient( 'update_themes', $new_update ); } /** * Performs WordPress automatic background updates. * * @since 3.7.0 */ function wp_maybe_auto_update() { include_once( ABSPATH . '/wp-admin/includes/admin.php' ); include_once( ABSPATH . '/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php' ); $upgrader = new WP_Automatic_Updater; $upgrader->run(); } /** * Retrieves a list of all language updates available. * * @since 3.7.0 */ function wp_get_translation_updates() { $updates = array(); $transients = array( 'update_core' => 'core', 'update_plugins' => 'plugin', 'update_themes' => 'theme' ); foreach ( $transients as $transient => $type ) { $transient = get_site_transient( $transient ); if ( empty( $transient->translations ) ) continue; foreach ( $transient->translations as $translation ) { $updates[] = (object) $translation; } } return $updates; } /** * Collect counts and UI strings for available updates * * @since 3.3.0 * * @return array */ function wp_get_update_data() { $counts = array( 'plugins' => 0, 'themes' => 0, 'wordpress' => 0, 'translations' => 0 ); if ( $plugins = current_user_can( 'update_plugins' ) ) { $update_plugins = get_site_transient( 'update_plugins' ); if ( ! empty( $update_plugins->response ) ) $counts['plugins'] = count( $update_plugins->response ); } if ( $themes = current_user_can( 'update_themes' ) ) { $update_themes = get_site_transient( 'update_themes' ); if ( ! empty( $update_themes->response ) ) $counts['themes'] = count( $update_themes->response ); } if ( ( $core = current_user_can( 'update_core' ) ) && function_exists( 'get_core_updates' ) ) { $update_wordpress = get_core_updates( array('dismissed' => false) ); if ( ! empty( $update_wordpress ) && ! in_array( $update_wordpress[0]->response, array('development', 'latest') ) && current_user_can('update_core') ) $counts['wordpress'] = 1; } if ( ( $core || $plugins || $themes ) && wp_get_translation_updates() ) $counts['translations'] = 1; $counts['total'] = $counts['plugins'] + $counts['themes'] + $counts['wordpress'] + $counts['translations']; $titles = array(); if ( $counts['wordpress'] ) $titles['wordpress'] = sprintf( __( '%d WordPress Update'), $counts['wordpress'] ); if ( $counts['plugins'] ) $titles['plugins'] = sprintf( _n( '%d Plugin Update', '%d Plugin Updates', $counts['plugins'] ), $counts['plugins'] ); if ( $counts['themes'] ) $titles['themes'] = sprintf( _n( '%d Theme Update', '%d Theme Updates', $counts['themes'] ), $counts['themes'] ); if ( $counts['translations'] ) $titles['translations'] = __( 'Translation Updates' ); $update_title = $titles ? esc_attr( implode( ', ', $titles ) ) : ''; $update_data = array( 'counts' => $counts, 'title' => $update_title ); /** * Filter the returned array of update data for plugins, themes, and WordPress core. * * @since 3.5.0 * * @param array $update_data { * Fetched update data. * * @type array $counts An array of counts for available plugin, theme, and WordPress updates. * @type string $update_title Titles of available updates. * } * @param array $titles An array of update counts and UI strings for available updates. */ return apply_filters( 'wp_get_update_data', $update_data, $titles ); } function _maybe_update_core() { include( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/version.php' ); // include an unmodified $wp_version $current = get_site_transient( 'update_core' ); if ( isset( $current->last_checked ) && 12 * HOUR_IN_SECONDS > ( time() - $current->last_checked ) && isset( $current->version_checked ) && $current->version_checked == $wp_version ) return; wp_version_check(); } /** * Check the last time plugins were run before checking plugin versions. * * This might have been backported to WordPress 2.6.1 for performance reasons. * This is used for the wp-admin to check only so often instead of every page * load. * * @since 2.7.0 * @access private */ function _maybe_update_plugins() { $current = get_site_transient( 'update_plugins' ); if ( isset( $current->last_checked ) && 12 * HOUR_IN_SECONDS > ( time() - $current->last_checked ) ) return; wp_update_plugins(); } /** * Check themes versions only after a duration of time. * * This is for performance reasons to make sure that on the theme version * checker is not run on every page load. * * @since 2.7.0 * @access private */ function _maybe_update_themes() { $current = get_site_transient( 'update_themes' ); if ( isset( $current->last_checked ) && 12 * HOUR_IN_SECONDS > ( time() - $current->last_checked ) ) return; wp_update_themes(); } /** * Schedule core, theme, and plugin update checks. * * @since 3.1.0 */ function wp_schedule_update_checks() { if ( !wp_next_scheduled('wp_version_check') && !defined('WP_INSTALLING') ) wp_schedule_event(time(), 'twicedaily', 'wp_version_check'); if ( !wp_next_scheduled('wp_update_plugins') && !defined('WP_INSTALLING') ) wp_schedule_event(time(), 'twicedaily', 'wp_update_plugins'); if ( !wp_next_scheduled('wp_update_themes') && !defined('WP_INSTALLING') ) wp_schedule_event(time(), 'twicedaily', 'wp_update_themes'); if ( ( wp_next_scheduled( 'wp_maybe_auto_update' ) > ( time() + HOUR_IN_SECONDS ) ) && ! defined('WP_INSTALLING') ) wp_clear_scheduled_hook( 'wp_maybe_auto_update' ); } if ( ( ! is_main_site() && ! is_network_admin() ) || ( defined( 'DOING_AJAX' ) && DOING_AJAX ) ) return; add_action( 'admin_init', '_maybe_update_core' ); add_action( 'wp_version_check', 'wp_version_check' ); add_action( 'upgrader_process_complete', 'wp_version_check', 10, 0 ); add_action( 'load-plugins.php', 'wp_update_plugins' ); add_action( 'load-update.php', 'wp_update_plugins' ); add_action( 'load-update-core.php', 'wp_update_plugins' ); add_action( 'admin_init', '_maybe_update_plugins' ); add_action( 'wp_update_plugins', 'wp_update_plugins' ); add_action( 'upgrader_process_complete', 'wp_update_plugins', 10, 0 ); add_action( 'load-themes.php', 'wp_update_themes' ); add_action( 'load-update.php', 'wp_update_themes' ); add_action( 'load-update-core.php', 'wp_update_themes' ); add_action( 'admin_init', '_maybe_update_themes' ); add_action( 'wp_update_themes', 'wp_update_themes' ); add_action( 'upgrader_process_complete', 'wp_update_themes', 10, 0 ); add_action( 'wp_maybe_auto_update', 'wp_maybe_auto_update' ); add_action('init', 'wp_schedule_update_checks'); De cómo un científico ayudó a Hitler creando amoniaco y 50 historias másSesiónDeControl.com
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Escrito el 29 de marzo de 2013 a las 13:33 | Clasificado en Ciencia

La recopilación de las mejores entradas sobre ciencia en la blogosfera realizada por el editor de la red de blogs de ‘Scientific American’ es una mezcla de historia, curiosidades y narraciones amenas sobre el funcionamiento del mundo

Hitler, dando un discurso (Fuente: Wikipedia)
Hitler, dando un discurso (Fuente: Wikipedia)

Fritz Haber es uno de los seres humanos que más ha hecho por sus congéneres. A principios del siglo pasado, junto a Carl Bosch, desarrolló un sistema para producir amoniaco sin depender de las limitadas fuentes naturales de nitrato de sodio. Hoy, casi la mitad de la población mundial se alimenta con comida producida gracias a los fertilizantes que hace posible ese amoniaco. Por su hallazgo, para escándalo de la comunidad internacional, el químico alemán recibió el premio Nobel en 1918.

Quienes se echaban las manos a la cabeza por la decisión de la academia sueca no eran una banda de ecologistas desaforados sino personas conscientes de las atrocidades cometidas con las armas químicas desarrolladas por Haber.

Fiel a su lema, “En la paz con la humanidad, en la guerra con la patria”, fue uno de los grandes impulsores de las armas químicas que sembraron el terror y la muerte en las trincheras de la Primera Guerra Mundial. Algunos afirman incluso que sin el amoniaco de Haber, tan útil para elaborar explosivos como para producir fertilizantes, el imperio alemán no se habría podido lanzar la Gran Guerra, Lenin no habría podido llegar a Rusia, Hitler no habría alcanzado el poder y por el camino se habrían salvado millones de vidas e incluso el alma de la civilización europea.

Portada de ‘The best science writing online’, de Bora Zivkovic y Jennifer Ouellette

Esta historia, llena de dramatismo y de significado, es la base de una entrada escrita por Biochem Belle en su blog titulada ‘In the shadows of greatness’ (Entre las sombras de la grandeza). En ella, en torno a la apasionante vida del científico alemán, reflexiona sobre la necesidad de ser conscientes de las inmensas y ambiguas posibilidades de la ciencia.

Este intenso relato, que se puede leer en diez paradas de metro o durante la breve espera a un novio que se retrasa, es solo una de las 51 perlas rescatadas de la web para el libro ‘The best science writing online 2012‘ por el editor de la red de blogs de la revista Scientific American, Bora Zivkovic.

En esta colección de narraciones, que para quien no quiera comprar el libro también se pueden encontrar en la Red, se reúne una muestra apasionante de cómo la ciencia está detrás de una parte importante de las historias que tienen un interés más allá de la anécdota.

Eva Amsen, por ejemplo, cuenta cómo una enzima defectuosa de nuestro organismo tuvo un papel fundamental en la colonización blanca de Sudáfrica y las guerras de los Boer, y Eric Michael Johnson trata de explicar cómo nuestra herencia primate y la violencia que late en nuestro interior puede ayudarnos a entender los mecanismos de las revoluciones sociales.

Pero la colección tampoco se pasa de trascendente y aborda también temas más banales, como las razones químicas que subyacen al buen maridaje de la ginebra y la tónica o el curioso caso de un crimen perfecto perpetrado con hielo seco.

Zivkovic, que ya ha realizado cinco recopilaciones similares durante el lustro pasado, nos hace un regalo con muchos usos, porque estas entradas pueden ser una gran fuente de anécdotas para contar de cañas a los amigos, pero también son una fuente de información en formato muy digestivo que nos ayudará a comprender mejor el mundo que nos rodea.

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