Archive for 'July,2013'

The Future is Now

The Future is Now

NASA and Google buy a supercomputer that promises major advances in artificial intelligence, climate change and modern medicine. Global juggernauts Google and NASA have teamed up to buy a supercomputer with endless possibilities. It’s said that this quantum computer could […]

Spain: “natural” leader

Spain: “natural” leader

Spain has the second highest number of biosphere reserves in the world after the United States, and following the creation of three new reserves it now has a total of 45. Biosphere reserves, promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific […]

Caste discrimination banned in the UK

Caste discrimination banned in the UK

Caste discrimination has roots in traditional Hindu society. According to the Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK): “Caste systems involve the division of people into social groups (castes) where assignments of rights are determined by birth, are fixed and hereditary. Inequality […]

Pay-as-you-go solar power turns on the light in rural Africa

Pay-as-you-go solar power turns on the light in rural Africa

IndiGo solar company enables households all over rural Africa to generate their own power via a photovoltaic panel and a battery pack. Users of this new service pay as little as $1 (€0.75) a week for the electricity the device […]

First global arms treaty

First global arms treaty

A total of 154 countries voted in favour of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that will stop the sale of weapons to warlords, pirates and gangs. The treaty, which took six years to negotiate, will regulate an international arms […]

More love letters in the world

More love letters in the world

No one understands the power of love letters better than US-born Hannah Brencher. All the more profound, it turned out, when encountered by total strangers; a discovery inspiring the creation of her website: The World Needs More Love Letters. The […]

Spain: a European leader in paper recycling

Spain: a European leader in paper recycling

The Spanish are famed for their supportive and collaborative spirit. New evidence of this has become clear in their level of commitment to the environment that has made Spain the second largest recycler of paper in Europe. They stand second […]

First evidence of ancient Jewish community in Afghanistan

First evidence of ancient Jewish community in Afghanistan

A batch of ancient Hebrew manuscripts rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan has provided the first physical evidence of a Jewish community thriving there a thousand years ago. The Judeo-Persian language used, along with carbon dating, […]

Goats to help protect the island from forest fires

Goats to help protect the island from forest fires

After the Morna fire of 2011, the Town Councils of Sta. Eulalia and San Juan along with the Balearic Nature Institute (IBANAT ) have put three projects into action to clean Ibiza’s forests, and thus take invaluable steps to prevent […]

Foreign residents in Spain

Foreign residents in Spain

From 19th January of this year onwards, foreigner residents in Spain who come from EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway have been under obligation to renew their driving licence in Spain. The new Directive on the driving permit dictates that […]

Ibiza’s almonds and carob beans rise in value

Ibiza’s almonds and carob beans rise in value

Good news for Ibiza’s countryside. The almond and the carob are two of our most prized trees, both on a cultural and aesthetic level and because of their productivity. Since last spring, their delicious fruits, the almond and the carob […]

New book of Ibiza-inspired author: Richard McNeff

New book of Ibiza-inspired author: Richard McNeff

Richard McNeff was born in Britain. He subsequently lived in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Baku and the Basque Country, finally settling on Ibiza where he stayed for 10 years. During this time, he fronted a band, ran a language school with a […]

Morna International College lead by example

Morna International College lead by example

At the end of May, Morna International College (MIC), in Santa Gertrudis, launched its first ever Environmental Policy at an exciting eco event: Earth Day. Their motto of the day and into the future is: “TO REUSE THE PAST, RECYCLE […]

Think positive for good health

Think positive for good health

Most people have heard about the placebo effect, where patients are given a fake medication or sham procedure, but they are told that it is real. A high percentage of these peo- ple experience relief of physical symptoms even though […]

The blue zone lifestyle

The blue zone lifestyle

For the last eight years Dan Buettner and his team of scientists, together with National Geographic researchers, have explored five so-called blue zones around the world where people stay healthier well into their nineties, and some even become centenarians. These […]

The Science of Compassion

The Science of Compassion

People in the Western countries are better off economically than those in the rest of the world, yet despite this wealth we suffer much more from depression and anxiety. Why is that so? Dr. James Doty of Stanford University in […]

Did you know that…

Did you know that…

Dr William Bates developed a method in the early 19th century which has helped many people recover normal vision without having to use glasses or contact lenses. The method is based on eye exercises combined with relaxation. Dr Jacob Liberman […]

A brave woman stands up to Wall Street

A brave woman stands up to Wall Street

Why is it that the people who caused the financial crisis, and brought hardship to so many, have not been held accountable for their actions? The sad truth is that governments throughout the West have not shown the courage to […]

Nano rockets

Nano rockets

Wouldn’t it be just marvelous if medication got to exactly where in the body it is needed? Chemist, Daniela Wilson, is busy doing just that; she recently received a grant of €1.5 million from the European Research Council (ERC). The […]