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 […]