Archive for 'November,2014'

Scientists who discovered the brain’s orientation system receive a Nobel prize

Scientists who discovered the brain’s orientation system receive a Nobel prize

This year’s Nobel prize in physiology or medicine will be shared between the British-American neuroscientist John O’Keefe and the fifth couple to receive this prize, Norwegian neurologists, May-Britt and Edvard Moser, for discovering the cells that make up the orientation […]

3D Printed ears for children with birth defects

3D Printed ears for children with birth defects

Children born with facial deformities will soon be given 3D printed replacements using a ground-breaking technique discovered by Professor Alex Selfalian and his team at University College London. This procedure is undergoing final testing for the replacement of deformed ears, […]

Free education for all in Germany

Free education for all in Germany

Germany has become the latest nation to provide free further education for everybody. The region of Lower Saxony was the last in the country to charge students tuition fees for post-secondary courses and degrees but has recently adapted its policies […]

Gothenburg, the Swedish city with shorter working hours

Gothenburg, the Swedish city with shorter working hours

Public sector employees in the Swedish city of Gothenburg will enjoy a shorter working day while being kept on the same salary. The initiative proposes a six hour working day, five days a week. The measure, which is already being […]

Spanish is the happiest language in the world

Spanish is the happiest language in the world

Scientists from Vermont University in the US have recently presented the results of their research into happiness and languages. Firstly, by analysing a body of 100,000 words of frequent use in 24 languages from different world cultures, they reached the […]

The ozone layer recovers

The ozone layer recovers

According to a joint study by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), published on 10th September, thanks to international action the ozone layer is recovering and can be restored at mid-latitudes and in the […]

Alternative spirituality in mainstream education

Alternative spirituality in mainstream education

The oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States has introduced the first-ever post graduate programme that is centred on spirituality. The Teachers College of Columbia University in New York calls this new course of study the […]

The Central European tourism sector against drilling in the Balearics

The Central European tourism sector against drilling in the Balearics

A joint press release signed on 2nd October by the Mar Blava Alliance and international organisations OceanCare and Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) reported how Austria and Switzerland’s major tourism federations early last month requested the Spanish government to shelve […]

A Spanish island with 100% renewable energy

A Spanish island with 100% renewable energy

El Hierro, which is the smallest and most southerly of the Canary Islands, will soon become the first totally energy self-sufficient island in the world. Its population of around 12,000 people – who had previously always relied on diesel generators […]

Rockefeller family to sell fossil fuel assets

Rockefeller family to sell fossil fuel assets

John D Rockefeller built a multi-billion dollar fortune in the late 19th century based on his vast oil business, and now some of his heirs are moving in a different direction. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund recently made headlines by announcing […]

‘Open-Source’ seeds to help poor farmers

‘Open-Source’ seeds to help poor farmers

A new initiative will help farmers overcome the intellectual property laws that deprive them of quality seeds. Many farmers cannot afford the high prices charged for quality seeds by the giant multinational companies that control them. They end up using […]

The Transformational Media Summit

The Transformational Media Summit

Leaders of the media and communications industry will join with thinkers and innovators from around the world at the Transformational Media Summit in Washington DC. This event is focused on how we can change the way media tells its stories […]

Spanish solidarity against Ebola

Spanish solidarity against Ebola

At the request of the International Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross built and opened a field hospital at the end of this summer, called the Ebola Treatment Centre, in an area that is very much affected by this illness […]