Archive for 'March,2015'

A steep decline in oil prices

A steep decline in oil prices

The price of crude oil has dropped dramatically since the middle of last year. In July 2014 oil was selling for over $100 per barrel, but since January it has been hovering at around $50 per barrel – a 50% […]

New app does math instantly

New app does math instantly

A new app has made solving mathematical equations faster and easier than ever before. You simply use the camera of your smartphone to scan the problem and the PhotoMath app instantly shows you the solution. It works with basic arithmetic […]

Denmark’s green economy

Denmark’s green economy

Green roof buildings, bicycle highways, biomass power plants, abundant wind farms… Denmark is often in the news for its environmentally friendly economy. For several decades this small northern European country has been investing in a sustainable economy, green growth and […]

The first Apple computer is sold at auction

The first Apple computer is sold at auction

In 1976 young Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance the production of his first computer the Apple-1. He and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak assembled 50 of these machines in the garage of Job’s parents’ home. They put […]

Portable homeless shelter could save lives

Portable homeless shelter could save lives

Students in the US city of Pittsburgh have come up with a potentially life-saving solution for people living on the streets this winter. A group of students at Carnegie Mellon’s Integrated Innovation Institute have devised a “super portable and durable” […]

Greece’s Solidarity Movement

Greece’s Solidarity Movement

A combination of the economic crisis six years ago, plus drastic austerity measures demanded by international lenders, has left much of the Greek population in dire straits. The unemployment rate is 26% (mostly without benefits), 32% of the people live […]

Saharan solar energy to fuel Europe

Saharan solar energy to fuel Europe

The renewable energy investment company Low Carbon and solar developer Nur Energie reached an agreement last October to implement Project TuNur. This huge solar power plant of around 10,000 hectares will be built in the Tunisian Sahara to supply electricity […]

Teenager’s invention gives hope to those in need

Teenager’s invention gives hope to those in need

A determined 19 year old has developed the design for a prosthetic limb that can be made for a fraction of the current cost. Easton LaChappelle was just 15 when he was inspired by the plight of a 7-year-old-girl whom […]

Airport Yoga on the rise

Airport Yoga on the rise

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest in the US, has recently installed a special Yoga room. The new facilities are designed to help make travel as relaxing and stress-free as possible, and will provide a “space for Yoga […]

Revolutionary glasses allow blind to see

Revolutionary glasses allow blind to see

A mother who was able to see her newborn son despite the fact that she is legally blind has started a campaign to help others recapture some of their sight. Kathy Beitz longed to see her child at birth. Her […]

Eco-friendly batteries

Eco-friendly batteries

Researchers at Uppsala University’s Ångström Laboratory in Sweden have come up with a ground-breaking alternative to the traditional battery. It is an eco-friendly version made with pine resin and lucerne seeds which can be renewed each time it is used […]

Oil prospecting in Canaries abandoned

Oil prospecting in Canaries abandoned

The Spanish energy company Repsol has discontinued its oil and gas exploration off the coast of the Canary Islands after an initial survey yielded insufficient results. The project, which started last November, had faced stiff opposition from local politicians and […]

Spain leads the world in organ transplants

Spain leads the world in organ transplants

For more than two decades Spain has been the world leader in organ donations and transplants. The country’s National Transplant Organisation (ONT) set a new record in 2014 with a total of 4,360 transplant patients and a donation rate of […]

Light comes to brighten refugee camps

Light comes to brighten refugee camps

Around 52 million people are currently unable to return to their homes as a result of conflicts and wars. Approximately 17 million of them are classified as refugees, and are under the care of the United Nations High Commissioner for […]

Man awakens from a coma after 12 years

Man awakens from a coma after 12 years

Martin Pretorious of South Africa enjoyed a normal, healthy childhood until 1998, when at the age of 12 he contracted Cryptococcal Meningitis. This disease robbed him of his ability to move, speak or even think. Martin was in a complete […]

The village of memories

The village of memories

The Dutch government has come up with an innovative way to take care of Alzheimer’s patients that is completely different from the nondescript buildings of the typical nursing home. On the outskirts of Amsterdam they have created the “village” of […]

London phone boxes go green

London phone boxes go green

While London’s iconic telephone boxes are no longer being used to make calls, some are being transformed into a modern day utility as solar powered stations where you can recharge your smart phone. It’s called Solarbox, and it is a […]

Major new revelations about Stonehenge

Major new revelations about Stonehenge

For the first time ever, researchers have scanned an extensive area around the ancient grounds of Stonehenge, in England’s Wiltshire, to a depth of three metres, with unparalleled resolution. Amongst the instruments they used for this in-depth research was a […]

Alegria looks for Superstars

Alegria looks for Superstars

Since 6 years Alegria has given young riders and horsemen- and women the possibility to show off their know-how in front of a large audience. Audiences in different stables across the island and the racing track saw that success with […]