Archive for 'July,2014'

US to protect the internet from governmental prejudice

US to protect the internet from governmental prejudice

The US commerce department’s national telecommunications and information administration (NTIA) is committed to relinquishing its control of the internet’s domain name system by enlisting non-profit organisation, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to set up a global multi-shareholder […]

Local politicians colaborate with Greenpeace

Local politicians colaborate with Greenpeace

During its visit to Ibiza between the 11th and 13th of June, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow warrior III was given a warm welcome by both the island government and the local population. On a mission to help the local Mar […]

Mobile phones tackling illiteracy

Mobile phones tackling illiteracy

UNESCO has just completed the world’s largest study ever carried out on mobile reading in the developing world. The year-long study was in collaboration with Worldreader, a non-profit organisation striving to eliminate illiteracy in low-income countries. Nearly 5,000 mobile users […]

Freedom of expression thrives via SMS

Freedom of expression thrives via SMS

As Christopher Wilson, coordinator of the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression, once put it: the media’s higher purpose is “to bear witness, to defend freedom of expression and give people an opportunity to speak truth to power”. To this […]

Robotic arm that surpasses all others

Robotic arm that surpasses all others

Prosthetics have certainly come on leaps and bounds in recent years. In the latest staggering development in the field, the FDA have just approved a robotic arm that goes beyond the basic maneuverability presently on offer, to deciphering signals from […]

Google unveils self-driving car prototype

Google unveils self-driving car prototype

At the end of May this year, technology giant Google presented its 100% electric and autonomous car. It’s a small two-seater vehicle, compact and of futuristic appearance which, once it find its way onto the market, could well mark a […]

Medellin’s meteoric rise from drug cartel to tourist hotspot

Medellin’s meteoric rise from drug cartel to tourist hotspot

Pablo Àlvarez Correa runs Real City Tours – proudly flaunting the transformation that the Columbian city, Medellin, has undergone in recent years. Medellin was previously known only for its drugs cartels, record homicide levels and widespread poverty. Moreover, until recently, […]

Natural Mind and Rawvolution Festival in Camping La Playa

Natural Mind and Rawvolution Festival in Camping La Playa

“Time to change… Walking towards a simpler, healthy, conscious life in connection with nature.” This is the philosophy that permeates the ‘Camping La Playa’ and its well-known beach bar ‘Chirincana’, both located in Cala Martina. This summer, both places will […]

Solar Roadways – the future is now

Solar Roadways – the future is now

Solar Roadways are the brainchild of Idaho-based engineering couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw: “We learned that the US had over 72,000 square kilometres of asphalt and concrete surfaces exposed to the sun. If we could cover them with our solar […]

BLOOP Festival in Ibiza

BLOOP Festival in Ibiza

The international proactive art festival BLOOP, in its fourth year, will offer more than a month of plentiful proactive art, totally free, with murals, interactive installations, music, photography, parties, workshops and much more. This year the main theme of the […]

Covicsa installs solar power

Covicsa installs solar power

Covicsa, the leading manufacturer of building materials in Ibiza and Formentera, has taken another step forward in technological investment aimed at environmental protection. Covicsa will install 900m2 of state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels with a production capacity of 70,000 KW, which will […]

95 and still going strong

95 and still going strong

Yoga teacher and competitive dancer, Tao Porchon-Lynch, is quite a lady. At the ripe old age of 95, she not surprisingly holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. She took up teaching yoga 20 years ago, […]

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

We all know that laughter feels good, and now science is proving that it is incredibly beneficial for our health. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California have found that laughing significantly reduces the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. […]

Reason wins in Wales

Reason wins in Wales

In a victory for the environment, plans to set up a quarry to excavate 160,000 tonnes of slate from a tip of Snowdonia have been ditched after campaigners fervently reasoned that it would decimate local wildlife, compromise the peace and […]

Right to oblivion

Right to oblivion

The Court of Justice of the European Union, in Luxembourg, has ruled that “under certain conditions” Internet search engines (Google, Yahoo…) will be obliged to respond to requests from individuals to remove links to information from the past that may […]

Mystery lottery winner wows the world

Mystery lottery winner wows the world

In what is being heralded as one of the largest charitable donations ever made by a lottery winner, a recent recipient has gifted more than two-thirds of his €72 million jackpot to charity. The man is question has humbly chosen […]

Medicine overcomes Hepatitis C

Medicine overcomes Hepatitis C

25 years after the discovery of the hepatitis C virus – which affects around 150 million people in the world and is one of the main causes of cirrhosis and liver cancer — a formula has been found that could […]

The United States officially recognise indigenous languages

The United States officially recognise indigenous languages

The House of Representatives of the US state of Alaska has recently unanimously approved a law that recognises the 20 indigenous languages of the territory as official languages of the state along with English. These are currently minority languages and […]

Universal communication gets closer thanks to Skype

Universal communication gets closer thanks to Skype

Understanding and conversing with people who speak a different language could soon be a reality… Or at least this could be the case for users of the enormously popular online communication system, Skype. Microsoft announced on 28th May that a […]