Archive for 'December,2014'

Good news about containing Ebola

Good news about containing Ebola

The Ebola epidemic that has ravaged some parts of West Africa appears to be under control in some of those nations. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the outbreak in Nigeria is officially over, as that the country has […]

Spanish technology used for British winds

Spanish technology used for British winds

The strong winds which often stir the British seas are inspiring a new green energy revolution in the United Kingdom – the development of offshore wind farms. The Spanish multinational energy company Iberdrola is actively contributing to this revolution. Recently […]

EU to cut emissions by 40%

EU to cut emissions by 40%

Heralding some major good news for the future of our planet, the EU has agreed to cut carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030. This target has been labelled as “an ambitious signal” to the rest of the world […]

Graphene: the material of the future

Graphene: the material of the future

Graphene is a form of carbon that is only one single atom thick. It is the thinnest material known to exist, yet it is incredibly flexible, strong and a powerful conductor of both heat and electricity. Studies at the American […]

The world’s highest urban cable car

The world’s highest urban cable car

Earlier this year, in La Paz, Bolivia, the second line of what has become the highest urban cable car in the world was opened, joining various neighbourhoods of the Bolivian capital with the neighbouring city of El Alto. The cable […]

The US and China reach a potentially historic agreement on pollution

The US and China reach a potentially historic agreement on pollution

In a surprise move President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a joint statement on 12th November in Beijing saying that they had reached an agreement to attempt to reduce carbon emissions. As part of the agreement, Mr Obama […]

Progressive education in Finland

Progressive education in Finland

Students from Finland achieve consistently higher scores in math, science and reading compared to those from other countries. This is puzzling to international educators, because the Finnish system goes against the tide of the conventional standard known as the “global […]

Paralysed man walks again after pioneering surgery

Paralysed man walks again after pioneering surgery

A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. The patient, 38-year-old Darek Fidyka, suffered his injury four […]

India bans import of animal-tested products

India bans import of animal-tested products

The Indian branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA India) has scored a major victory in its efforts to protect animals. It is a sad reality that every year millions of animals suffer and die as the […]

France fights planned obsolescence

France fights planned obsolescence

Many of the products that we purchase, especially household appliances, have been manipulated by their manufacturers to shorten their life spans and/or not be easily reparable. These include such items as washing machines, refrigerators, coffee machines, mobile phones… just about […]

Japan’s maglev bullet train

Japan’s maglev bullet train

Japan has always been a world leader in high-speed train technology, and now they are taking this to the next level with maglev (magnetic levitation) bullet trains. The Japanese were the first to deploy high-speed rail trains when they inaugurated […]

DiCaprio becomes Messenger of Peace

DiCaprio becomes Messenger of Peace

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been honoured with the title of U.N. Messenger of Peace as a result of his effort and generous donations supporting the protection of marine life and the world’s oceans. The Wolf of Wall Street actor […]