Archive for 'February,2014'

Formentera goes plastic bag-free

Formentera goes plastic bag-free

Last year, Formentera proudly became the first plastic bag-free municipal in Spain. They launched their campaign by handing out a biodegradable alternative, potato starch bags, to 51 retailers on the island, in the hope of distributing 700,000 such bags by […]

Swedish cinemas strive for gender equality

Swedish cinemas strive for gender equality

Many studies indicate that women are mischaracterised and significantly underrepresented in film. One such study – It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World – conducted by the San Diego State University in 2012, found that of 2011’s top 100 grossing American films, […]

E-commerce doubles in Spain and Latin America

E-commerce doubles in Spain and Latin America

Spain and Latin America have doubled their level of electronic commerce in the last few years. Better known as e-commerce, this is a kind of business that consists in buying and selling through electronic means, such as the Internet and […]

Bargain laptops

Bargain laptops

At the end of last year, Google joined forces with Hewlett Packard to unveil a new $279 (approx. €200) laptop based on its Internet-centric Chrome operating system. The Chromebook 11 enjoys many of the high-end features normally only found in […]

The global gender gap is closing…

The global gender gap is closing…

The latest edition of the Global Gender Gap Report, produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – which examines gender disparities across economics, politics, education and health in 136 countries – has found that women are being treated almost as […]

Ethical Fashion

Ethical Fashion

In line with the Berlin Fashion Week, over 115 fashion exhibitors with an emphasis on environmental and ethical awareness piled in to the Ethical Fashion Show in Berlin last month. The show is based on three main points dictated in […]

Ibiza comes together to stop oil drilling

Ibiza comes together to stop oil drilling

Sometimes the most challenging situations have the potential to unite all of us in a common cause. The plan to drill oil wells in the Mediterranean close to the Balearic Islands is beginning to have this very effect as more […]

UN resolution strengthens women’s role in conflict prevention

UN resolution strengthens women’s role in conflict prevention

In October, the UN’s Security Council turned their focus to a debate entitled: Women, rule of law and transitional justice in conflict-affected situations. “This is a matter of gender equality and human rights,” declared Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, as he opened […]

India polio-free for third year

India polio-free for third year

India celebrates three years since its last reported case of polio, which is a milestone in the global battle against this disease. The 13th January this year marked India’s three years in a row without a single new polio case […]

Ibiza – Round the Island Cycling Challenge returns for its third year

Ibiza – Round the Island Cycling Challenge returns for its third year

The Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF) is gearing up for its third Round the Island Cycling Challenge. The event is organised by Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH) in collaboration with the IPF. All funds raised by IPF participants will go […]

The Novel Cure

The Novel Cure

Ella Berthoud y Susan Elderkin are authors of the book ‘The Novel Cure’: an A-Z of literary remedies, in which they recommend a book for each of the ills that might afflict us, from migraines to the loss of a […]

The world’s oldest map engraved on an ostrich egg

The world’s oldest map engraved on an ostrich egg

One day, at the 2012 London Map Fair, a man bought on ostrich egg upon which was engraved a map of the Americas from the 16th century, decorated with pictures of dragons, waves, and a shipwrecked sailor… The anonymous owner […]

Superfast 4G internet arrives in Ibiza

Superfast 4G internet arrives in Ibiza

A superfast 4G fixed broadband network has been launched in Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Balearic telecommunications operator, IB-RED, will now be the first national service provider to offer this service on the islands; with the aim of providing rural […]

Algae proving its worth

Algae proving its worth

It turns out that algae – the green sludge festering in ponds and other watery confines – is a powerful environmental force. Indeed, French biochemist, Pierre Calleja, has invented a lamp powered by algae alone. It doesn’t need electricity, and […]

Neuroscience reveals the happiest man in the world

Neuroscience reveals the happiest man in the world

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have cited Buddhist monk and molecular geneticist, Matthieu Ricard, as the happiest man in the world. Their revelation stems from extensive trials demonstrating that the 66-year-old’s brain produces staggering levels of gamma waves (attributed […]

Great advances in alternative energy

Great advances in alternative energy

The progress in moving away from fossil fuels towards clean sustainable alternatives has been hampered by two major obstacles: the higher costs of alternatives and the lack of adequate battery technology. However, it appears that we have reached a major […]

Scientists confirm potential for extraterrestrial life

Scientists confirm potential for extraterrestrial life

According to astronomers at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge, the shattered remains of a planetary body, or asteroid, are currently orbiting a white dwarf star called GD 61, about 170 light years away from Earth. Most significantly, both rocks […]

Pluto and its new moon

Pluto and its new moon

Around 1930, came the news of the discovery of a new planet: Pluto; a small planet that seemed to be the farthest from planet Earth. Later on, in 2006, the International Astronomical Union deemed that Pluto should lose its status […]

Discovery of a different kind of star

Discovery of a different kind of star

A team whose participants include members of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has discovered a new kind of pulsating star that forms part of a binary system composed of the nucleus of a red giant star about to become […]