Archive for 'November,2013'

Fur ban

Fur ban

September saw the USA’s first ban on the sale of fur being implemented in West Hollywood, California. Women’s Wear Daily reported that “there are many other fabrics and fibres that can easily take the place of real fur” and that […]

Increase in European native fauna

Increase in European native fauna

Native European fauna is showing signs of recovery within many species. A recent study of 37 of these, carried out by the London Zoological Society, in collaboration with Birdlife International and the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), demonstrates, among other […]

Arrival of first fair trade smartphone

Arrival of first fair trade smartphone

Every day all over the world, fantastic initiatives take off that seek to create a new economy based on ethical values towards humans and nature. With the motto: “Buy a phone, start a movement”, the Dutch social business, Fairphone, is […]

Ban on circuses using wild animals

Ban on circuses using wild animals

New government proposals in the UK dictate that from 1st December, 2015, it will be an offence for travelling circuses in England to cage and flaunt any wild animals. In fact, failure to comply with this legislation will incur fines […]

Mobile app could helping save UK woodland

Mobile app could helping save UK woodland

In the UK, 80 million trees are under threat due to an infectious disease sweeping the country. The disease, Chalara Fraxinea, first spotted in the UK in February 2012, had been officially identified in over 200 sites around the country. […]

A four-legged heroine

A four-legged heroine

Sasha is a German shepherd dog who became famous worldwide last August for her heroic action: saving Milena, her 4-year-old friend and daughter of her owners. This event happened in the Argentinian city of Cañada de Gómez. The girl had […]

Deadly crocodile tamed by kindness

Deadly crocodile tamed by kindness

20 years after the rescue of a crocodile named Poncho, his saviour, Chito, has spoken out about the enduring friendship they share to this day. The fisherman fell upon Poncho in the Costa Rican jungle after he’d been shot in […]

Major strides in cancer research

Major strides in cancer research

Scientists have developed breakthrough drugs that cure skin cancer. The treatment is already showing “spectacular” results in seriously ill melanoma patients – and compelling trials suggest it could soon be used to defeat other types of cancer too. One in […]

Organic waste fertiliser to help the developing world

Organic waste fertiliser to help the developing world

According to a report on the University of Cambridge website, “Food and biofuel crops could be grown and maintained in many places where it wasn´t previously possible, such as deserts, landfills and former mining sites, thanks to an inexpensive, non-chemical […]

Sant Joan market celebrates its first birthday

Sant Joan market celebrates its first birthday

On Sunday 6th October, the Sant Joan market celebrated its first birthday with a public party at which a sizeable audience enjoyed traditional dances, live music and a delicious paella. This market, one of the most recently created in Ibiza, […]

Heartbeat detecting device offers new hope to disaster response teams

Heartbeat detecting device offers new hope to disaster response teams

When buildings crumble after an earthquake or hurricane, there are only a few precious hours to locate trapped survivors. Thankfully, a new device that can detect a human heartbeat even under 30 feet of rubble could be ready and available […]

AIDS-related deaths down

AIDS-related deaths down

According to an annual United Nations report, the global rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, predominantly thanks to expanding access to treatment. In its annual update on HIV, UNAIDS reported that AIDS-related […]

Potential for diagnosing and monitoring Alzheimer’s more accurately

Potential for diagnosing and monitoring Alzheimer’s more accurately

According to a study published in the journal, Neuron, researchers in Japan have been busy developing a new brain scan that detects the build-up of a protein called tau, which is involved in Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia. Minor initial trials […]

New findings may help predict pregnancy complications

New findings may help predict pregnancy complications

Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy where the mother develops high blood pressure and protein is found present in the urine. In some cases, this can progress into a serious condition for both mother and baby, leaving delivery of the […]

Bionic leg powered by thought

Bionic leg powered by thought

In a major medical breakthrough, American doctors have developed a bionic leg that is controlled by the wearer’s thoughts. Zac Vawter, a software engineer from Seattle – who lost his leg just above the knee four years ago – is […]

Significant reduction in deaths from heart diseases in the EU

Significant reduction in deaths from heart diseases in the EU

According to a new study, death rates linked to heart diseases have generally reduced in men and women of all age groups in the majority of EU countries over the last 80 years, despite some exceptions and disparities. The study […]

17-year-old wows the world

17-year-old wows the world

This is the extraordinary story of a 17-year-old who already has a firm grasp on no less than 23 different languages! New Yorker, Timothy Doner, has had a passion for languages since he learned Hebrew, aged 13. Since then, his […]

Nine-year-old chess prodigy

Nine-year-old chess prodigy

Carissa Yip, aged 9, and from Massachusetts, has become the youngest American ever to reach expert level in chess. There is no doubt that for someone who encountered her first chess piece a mere three years ago, this is quite […]

Santa Eulalia’s youth volunteers in Europe

Santa Eulalia’s youth volunteers in Europe

The youth department of Santa Eulalia’s town hall has recently been certified as a collaborative organisation within the European Voluntary Service. This will give many of the town’s youths the opportunity to participate as volunteers in exchange programmes within the […]