Archive for 'October,2013'

Possibly the world’s largest mural

Possibly the world’s largest mural

What to do with drab urban high-rise buildings? This is a question that has been bandied about for decades. However, a look to Berlin tells us that the answer may well lie in a bit of imagination and creativity. Courtesy […]

15,000 signatures for the protection of our Posidonia

15,000 signatures for the protection of our Posidonia

Since August – when the online campaign to protect Ibiza and Formentera’s Posidonia meadows expanded through Spanish social networks and grabbed headlines in the Pitiusas Islands´ main newspapers – citizen-level support for this noble cause has never stopped growing. Led […]

Taking urban nature to new heights

Taking urban nature to new heights

Milan’s ‘Bosco Verticale’ (vertical forest) is the world’s tallest example of “living architecture”. Due to open this year, one of its architects, Stefano Boeri, describes the project as a “model of vertical densification of nature within the city”. The ‘Bosco […]

The compassionate optician

The compassionate optician

Optician, José Carlos Lorenzo, has launched the “no kids without glasses” initiative after seeing firsthand that many families are unable to afford the glasses their children need. Little Carlitos looked at him and said smiling: “I want glasses just so […]

A world alliance to globalise the use of the Internet

A world alliance to globalise the use of the Internet

An alliance of businesses led by Facebook and called ‘Internet.org’ has recently been created with the aim of making Internet use available to all the planet’s inhabitants. At the moment, only 2.7 billion people, just over a third of the […]

The social face of money

The social face of money

Social money is booming. By last February, some thirty social currencies existed in Spain and they are on the increase. These kinds of projects have proliferated with the economic crisis, and as such, more than 5000 people buy products or […]

Electric car sales accelerate in the United States

Electric car sales accelerate in the United States

Sales of electric vehicles in the USA are going at a very good pace, with a significant acceleration compared to 2012. According to data from the United States Energy Department, more than 40,000 vehicles were sold in the first six […]

Light bulb moment for teenage inventor

Light bulb moment for teenage inventor

A teenager in Canada has come up with a cunning twist on an everyday household device. 15-year-old Ann Makosinski has developed a torch powered by the heat of our hands alone. Her light bulb moment was inspired by none other […]

CSIC converts old tyres into fuel and electrical energy

CSIC converts old tyres into fuel and electrical energy

In Spain, 240,000 tonnes of tyres are produced each year. This presents a serious environmental problem, given how difficult they are to recycle. The reuse and removal of this quantity of tyres once they are beyond their useful life implies […]

Sí al contacto padres-hijos en las UCI de los hospitales españoles

Sí al contacto padres-hijos en las UCI de los hospitales españoles

El Ministerio de Sanidad y las comunidades autónomas han aprobado unos criterios comunes que posibilitarán que los padres que tengan a sus hijos en una UCI (Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos) pediátrica o neonatal puedan estar físicamente junto a los mismos, […]

The media is changing for good

The media is changing for good

As a good news newspaper, we were delighted to happen upon this beautifully sculpted article (below). The media is changing for good Having launched a new course to teach ‘constructive news’ reporting, investigative journalist Cathrine Gyldensted explains why she set […]

Ingenious solution for plastic residues in the sea

Ingenious solution for plastic residues in the sea

Ecover, the specialist Belgian ecological cleaning products company with a wide distribution in countries such as the UK and Spain, has confirmed that it will recycle plastic packaging and residues found in the sea in order to make a new […]

Yale University classes free via the Internet

Yale University classes free via the Internet

It seems that attending a Yale University class for free is now achievable at the touch of a button. For a few years, this prestigious US university – known among other things for having housed four of the last seven […]

Global social network inspiring positive change

Global social network inspiring positive change

A new global social network has been launched to promote ideas that will improve our lives and change the world. Evolver.net is aimed at “utopian pragmatists,” who see the present as a time to “rethink, reconnect, and reinvent.” In the […]

Solar energy could increase by up to 400% in the next 5 years

Solar energy could increase by up to 400% in the next 5 years

According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the world’s solar power generating capacity could grow up to 400% over the next five years, depending on the amount of political support attained. At a conference in Italy, the secretary general […]

Ibiza’s spirit of kindness

Ibiza’s spirit of kindness

Island sweetheart, Dave Jeffs (aka Blues Dave), tragically passed away from a heart condition on 22nd August, aged 68. Born in Britain in 1945, Dave moved to the island in 1987. He was renowned as a highly skilled pure rhythm […]

DID YOU KNOW THAT…?

DID YOU KNOW THAT…?

The discovery of a gigantic underground water reserve is without a doubt the best possible gift for Kenya, which was one of the most drought-ridden places in the world. Little by little, we are seeing a transformation from a linear […]

The cerebral treasure map

The cerebral treasure map

The neuroscientist, Rafael Yuste (born Madrid 1963), is co-leading the project Brain Activity Map (BAM) by the University of Colombia, New York, in which researchers from all over the world are attempting to draw an exhaustive map of the human […]

Cunning key-finding device

Cunning key-finding device

Good news for those prone to misplacing their keys, wallets, pets, kids and anything else really… Nokia is soon to launch its ‘Treasure Tag’. This Tile app functions within a range of 50 -150 feet, depending on the environment. Whenever […]