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 […]