Archive for 'May,2015'

Training in kindness changes your brain… in a good way!

Training in kindness changes your brain… in a good way!

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have discovered that human kindness is teachable; in other words, we can learn to feel compassion for others just like we learn many other skills. This is one of the first studies of its […]

Vancouver pledges to go 100% green

Vancouver pledges to go 100% green

The Canadian city of Vancouver is the latest to announce plans to achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning. The pledge from city hall comes as a refreshing counterpoint to the Canadian federal government’s relatively poor […]

Museum helps the blind to ‘see’ paintings

Museum helps the blind to ‘see’ paintings

An ingenious 3D exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid allows some of the most important art works in history to be ‘seen’ by the blind. Running until June 28, ‘Touching the Prado’ is designed to give the blind, […]

The Eiffel Tower goes green

The Eiffel Tower goes green

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has historically been an iconic symbol of ingenuity, and now it is even more so with the addition of two wind turbines on the second level. These stylish machines are mounted about 100 meters above […]

The world’s largest marine reserve

The world’s largest marine reserve

Our planet’s oceans received some fantastic news recently from George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer. He announced in parliament on 18 March, that the United Kingdom will pledge to create the largest marine reserve in the world. It […]

The world’s first holographic protest in Madrid

The world’s first holographic protest in Madrid

On the evening of 10 April, thousands of people marched past the Spanish parliament building in Madrid to protest a new law that they say endangers civil liberties… but none of them were actually there. The demonstrators were taking part […]

Stackable shelters for disaster relief

Stackable shelters for disaster relief

As Michael McDaniel watched the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he was shocked by the grim living conditions of the victims. First they were herded into large stadiums with crowded facilities, and separated families holding up signs in search […]

Israel and Jordan sign historic water treaty

Israel and Jordan sign historic water treaty

The Israeli and Jordanian governments have signed a bilateral agreement to exchange water and jointly funnel Red Sea brine to the shrinking Dead Sea. As part of the agreement a large desalination plant will be constructed in Aqaba, on the […]

Mindfulness classes in UK schools

Mindfulness classes in UK schools

According to Dr Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, giving time for “a daily stillness period” helps students to concentrate, and can also aid in preventing mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Speaking ahead of an international conference for […]

McDonald’s chicken to be free of antibiotics

McDonald’s chicken to be free of antibiotics

McDonald’s, the world’s biggest restaurant chain, has announced that they will only buy chicken raised without antibiotics that are used in human medicine. They plan to phase in this change over the next two years, and experts in the food […]

Rosemary can boost your memory

Rosemary can boost your memory

Since ancient times, many have extolled the virtues of rosemary as a memory enhancer and symbol of remembrance. Even in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia observes, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” It has also long been used as a symbol for remembrance […]

Altruistic scientist capitalises on 3D printing

Altruistic scientist capitalises on 3D printing

Joel Gibbard graduated with a first-class degree in robotics from Plymouth University, England, in 2011, but soon gave up a prestigious job to focus all of his efforts on creating a robotic hand. The result was the Dextrus – a […]

Ancient words of inspiration

Ancient words of inspiration

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” “Practice really hearing what people say.” “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.” These […]

Promoting a sharing culture

Promoting a sharing culture

In an increasingly resource-challenged world many online companies are proving that sharing and collaboration are exemplary ways for people to both save money and reconnect. It all started with eBay which offered people a platform to sell their personal items […]

Laughter increases productivity

Laughter increases productivity

Seriousness has long been associated with professionalism, but new studies are questioning this notion. According to experts on the subject, the lack of humour in the workplace is a major cause of stress, and for this reason a new trend […]

Hope for Parkinson’s relief

Hope for Parkinson’s relief

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered a non-invasive technique which could help to control the debilitating tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. The therapy is called transcranial alternating current stimulation (TACS) and it is delivered via electrodes placed on the outside […]

Cyber security in the simplest form

Cyber security in the simplest form

Internet security to protect millions of users in developing countries could come in the form of a $35 (approx. €27) system. A simple computer called the Raspberry Pi could be used to create a firewall that will improve “security hygiene” […]

Spirulina, the food that could eradicate malnutrition

Spirulina, the food that could eradicate malnutrition

Spirulina is a micro-algae with such huge nutritional potential that it could eradicate malnutrition in the world. The United Nations support its use as an important ally against food scarcity. Various nutritional tests underline its exceptional properties due to its […]

An app for people with food restrictions

An app for people with food restrictions

“What can I eat” is a new app for Android mobile phones, designed to help people affected by celiac disease, food allergies and food intolerances do their food shopping. The initiative, which was introduced by a platform with the same […]