Archive for 'April,2014'

Tunisia’s new constitution guarantees women’s rights

Tunisia’s new constitution guarantees women’s rights

The country of Tunisia has achieved an historic milestone by passing a new constitution that is by far the most modern and progressive ever to be adopted in the Arab world. After two years of tense negotiations and compromises, the […]

A machine that transforms plastics into fuels

A machine that transforms plastics into fuels

The presentation of the “Oil Machine” – the innovative Japanese-designed machine that transforms plastics into fuels – organised by Wake Up Events, took place on Thursday 13th March at Ca Na Negreta recycling centre. Environmental entrepreneur and island resident, Miguel […]

Solar living to the max

Solar living to the max

Freiberg, Germany, is home to a remarkable solar village – Solarsiedlung – bursting with ultra-low energy buildings. The solar settlement (complete with a control centre, fittingly named Sonnenschiff [Sun Ship]), generates 420,00 kWh of solar energy, from a total photovoltaic […]

Augmented reality glasses for the visually impaired

Augmented reality glasses for the visually impaired

The Spanish company, Quality Objects, has developed “augmented reality” glasses which will improve the lives of blind or visually impaired people. The ‘Retriever’ glasses contain sensors similar to those used in cars for parking, which inform users about obstacles in […]

Weelp – the first ethical search engine

Weelp – the first ethical search engine

We all use Internet search engines every day, but now that two young Spaniards from Valencia have created Weelp – the first ethical search engine in the world – we can access exactly the same search results provided by Google™ […]

Hugging helps

Hugging helps

We all know that getting a warm hug from someone you care about feels really good… and now science is showing us why that is so. Recent research into the benefits of physical affection has come up with five great […]

The largest solar energy installation in the world comes online

The largest solar energy installation in the world comes online

On 14th February, the Ivanpah Solar Generating Station began full operation with its amazing array of 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each measuring 2 metres high and 3 metres wide. Located in the desert between California and Nevada, this massive facility has […]

More facilities for cyclists in Sant Antoni

More facilities for cyclists in Sant Antoni

Thanks to an initiative by San Antonio’s town hall, and through an agreement with the Balearic Port Authority (Ports de les Illes Balears), it will be easier to travel by bike along San Antonio’s beautiful coastline. The town council’s Department […]

Stretching the limits of 3D printing

Stretching the limits of 3D printing

Just as the world is beginning to grasp the concept of 3D printing, architects across the globe are excitedly competing to stretch the technology to its limits. Two such projects originate from Amsterdam, Holland: The first is a strikingly curvaceous […]

Second baby ‘cured’ of HIV virus

Second baby ‘cured’ of HIV virus

A baby in the United States may become the world’s second baby to be ‘cured’ of the HIV virus. Doctors reported that the baby girl showed no signs of any symptoms after a series of meticulous tests. Experts at an […]

EU efforts to protect the poor against price spikes

EU efforts to protect the poor against price spikes

Earlier this year, EU negotiators agreed to introduce regulations to prevent speculation by banks and hedge funds which drives up basic food prices and thereby intensifies the global hunger crisis. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive restricts banks and hedge […]

Dementia Village  ̶  avant-garde care for the elderly

Dementia Village ̶ avant-garde care for the elderly

Many experts concur that the lives of dementia patients are considerably enhanced and lengthened with a basic understanding and affinity with the sufferers themselves. A village in Amsterdam called Hogeway – affectionately known as “Dementia Village” – adheres to this […]

92-year-old Ping-Pong world champion

92-year-old Ping-Pong world champion

Can you imagine starting a hobby at 76, and taking part in your first world championship five years later? This is what happened to Inge-Brigitte Herrmann, now 92 years old. After her husband died in 1989, Inge became very ill […]

From office to saving oceans

From office to saving oceans

Since leaving office, former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, certainly hasn’t been resting on his laurels. He has instead set up a $53 million (approx. €38.5 million) grant from ‘Bloomberg Philanthropies’ to revive fish populations in Brazil, Chile, and […]

Spain – Grants to buy electric bicycles and motorbikes

Spain – Grants to buy electric bicycles and motorbikes

As of 6th March 2014, new Spanish government grants are now available to help with the purchase of electric motorbikes and bicycles. The Third Stimulus Plan for the Environment (PIMA Aire 3) includes grants of up to €600 to buy […]

Contact with nature – vital for our health

Contact with nature – vital for our health

In the last decade, various international studies have highlighted the importance of contact with nature as a factor that improves our health and human abilities. A pertinent study carried out in 2012 by psychologists at the Universities of Utah and […]

Cigarette sales reach a historic low in Spain

Cigarette sales reach a historic low in Spain

The sale of cigarettes has reached a new historic low in Spain. 2.375 billion packets were sold during 2013, 11% less that in 2012. The trend of lowering cigarette sales in our country is being consolidated, as tobacco marketing has […]

First social supermarket in Britain

First social supermarket in Britain

The end of last year saw the opening of a ‘Community Shop’ in South Yorkshire, UK, designed to tackle food poverty. It launched under the supervision of Company Shop – an established commercial redistributor of surplus food. Its goal is […]

Environmental, social and ethical transparency for large businesses

Environmental, social and ethical transparency for large businesses

Before too long, European companies with more than 500 employees may be required to report in detail on their environmental and social impact. The directive in question, which awaits approval by the European Commission, calls on statements covering environmental, social […]