Archive for 'August,2013'

Renewable energies, second most important source of world’s electricity by 2016

Renewable energies, second most important source of world’s electricity by 2016

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) second annual report, the ‘Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report’ (MTRMR), published on 26th June, projects that during the next 5 years there will be a planet-wide surge in renewable energies. It is predicted that in […]

Free energy is in the air

Free energy is in the air

The air around us is filled with small amounts of energy that come from heat, light and mechanical motion. Until recently it has not been possible to capture enough of this natural energy to serve any useful purpose… but that […]

Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism

Consciousness and capitalism are two words that are not usually joined together, but a new generation of progressive CEOs is working to change that common perception. Capitalism is normally associated with personal ambition and the desire to accumulate wealth and […]

Mind-reading computers could aid coma patients

Mind-reading computers could aid coma patients

Research that opens up significant new possibilities in communicating with coma patients was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience in a study entitled: The Brain’s Silent Messenger: Using Selective Attention to Decode Human Thought for Brain-Based Communication. Put simply, […]

Expansion of free public transport in Europe

Expansion of free public transport in Europe

Having access to free public transport might seem unrealistically utopian to many people. Nothing could be further from the truth. For some years, free public transport has been in place in various medium-sized French towns such as Aubagne, Compeighe and […]

Notable increase in the consumption of organic products in Spain

Notable increase in the consumption of organic products in Spain

The organic produce sector continues to be on the rise within the Spanish economy. According to the latest data from Ecovalia, the Association of Ecological Value, Spanish organic produce consumption rose by 60 million euros during 2011, rising from 905 […]

Helium-filled balloons to beam Internet around the globe

Helium-filled balloons to beam Internet around the globe

Two-thirds of the world’s population is still without Internet access. To remedy this, Google have started pilot testing their newest brainchild, Project Loon. Project Loon is a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space, designed to connect people […]

Rice revolution in India

Rice revolution in India

Over the last few years, India’s poorest state, Bihar, has become famous worldwide due to the spectacular increase in its rice harvests that have broken all world records – and moreover have been achieved without the use of GMOs (genetically […]

Multi-use stem cells from placentas

Multi-use stem cells from placentas

The research team in Regenerative Medicine at the 12 de Octubre Hospital (i+12) has carried out a study that shows that mesenchymal stem cells from the placenta can become liver cells, making it possible to regenerate this organ efficiently if […]

Blue flag record for Spanish beaches

Blue flag record for Spanish beaches

Spain has once again come out as leader in 2013 in the international ranking (including 48 states and 51 territories) of blue flag beaches, reaping the best results in its history with 648 blue flags (10 more than in 2012), […]

On course for space travel in 2013

On course for space travel in 2013

Virgin Galactic are on course to voyage into space by the end of this year. This news comes after their spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, successfully completed a powered test flight. Although it didn’t break out of the atmosphere during the test flight, […]

Creative prodigy

Creative prodigy

Quite a stir is being created by a new British artist, Iris Grace Halmshaw. Prints of her original works, ranging from €45 up to €340, are selling like hotcakes. Not surprisingly, a private exhibition and auction are planned for later […]

Forbidden Education

Forbidden Education

‘Forbidden Education’ is a documentary that promotes the development of an integral education system centred on love, respect, freedom and learning. It is, moreover, an educational tool, and a mechanism of social transformation in an audio-visual package. This documentary is […]

First major corporation to offer pay-what-you-can dining

First major corporation to offer pay-what-you-can dining

Restaurant chain, Panera Bread, has 1,600 outlets in the US. At five of these, customers are now invited to contribute whatever they choose for what they consume. This is part of an initiative, started in 2010, to help some of […]

8 handy tips for keeping mosquitoes at bay

8 handy tips for keeping mosquitoes at bay

– Wear light clothing Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours – particularly black, blue and red – so wear light clothing whenever possible. – Use a fan Mosquitoes recoil in the face of even low voltage fans – so deck […]

Live long and prosper

Live long and prosper

New hand-held diagnostic system that resembles something out of Star Trek The time has come – welcome to a world full of Trek (like) technologies. Remember Spock’s Tricorder? Well, the device that magically knew everything about people’s health is now […]

Crippled goldfish rescued by owner’s ingenuity

Crippled goldfish rescued by owner’s ingenuity

Goldfish may be small, seemingly uncommunicative, and have…well… the memories of goldfish… but that is surely no reason not to afford them the same levels of respect and care that we might expect? Fortunately for crippled goldfish, Einstein, his owner […]

Why we love music

Why we love music

Research is showing us why listening to music has such an amazing variety of positive effects on people. Music can calm your nerves, ease stress, pump up your energy during a workout, or bring back old memories and emotions. The […]

Say goodbye to your chargers

Say goodbye to your chargers

Amador Menéndez Velázquez, a Spanish scientist from Asturias, has directed a successful research project together with a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he works. The research aimed to develop a technology which would allow […]