Archive for 'March,2016'

The Netherlands bans wild animals in circuses

The Netherlands bans wild animals in circuses

The Netherlands recently became the tenth country to officially ban the use of wild animals in the circus. The ban includes big cats, elephants, giraffes, zebras, sea lions and primates that regularly appear in the Netherlands’ 22 circuses. The animals […]

Helping to preserve Ibiza’s water supply

Helping to preserve Ibiza’s water supply

Having enough fresh water has always been a challenge here on Ibiza, but the island has historically recovered from its long dry summers during the wetter, less busy autumn and winter. However, during the past decade greater consumption during the […]

Rooftop wind turbines for clean and free energy

Rooftop wind turbines for clean and free energy

A new invention could see smaller scale wind turbines being used in residential areas to allow homes to live off-grid. It’s called the Liam F1 turbine, and it looks like a spiralled Nautilus shell. The designers say that it is […]

Housing in Europe for only one euro

Housing in Europe for only one euro

With the aim of rehabilitating homes, buildings and even whole neighborhoods, a number of city councils in Europe have been promoting the sales of houses for the symbolic price for 1€. In exchange, the buyers must commit to reform and […]

Waiter returns $32,000 to grateful customer

Waiter returns $32,000 to grateful customer

A waiter at Applebee’s restaurant in southern California found $32,000 (€29,000) on a table and promptly returned it to the forgetful family who left it there. Brian Geery found the canvas pouch with what seemed to be a rectangular object […]

Ban on ivory sales protects elephants

Ban on ivory sales protects elephants

In a very positive turn of events, the endangered African elephant has received a much needed reprieve this year, with two decisions that will greatly help the much-loved mammal’s prospects of survival and well-being. The first announcement comes from Hong […]

The Pope’s popular video messages

The Pope’s popular video messages

Pope Francis has joined the viral video fashion with the objective of spreading his message to a wider range of audiences. “The Pope’s Video” is the name of the project that is promoted by the Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of […]

Sierra Leone free of Ebola

Sierra Leone free of Ebola

Sierra Leone made headlines just over a year ago for being one of the African countries most seriously affected by the Ebola virus. Many people suffered and died as a result, but that tragedy is finally over as the country […]

Amazing cataract surgery in five minutes!

Amazing cataract surgery in five minutes!

A remarkable Nepalese doctor has restored the vision of over 100,000 of the world’s poorest blind people with a simple yet revolutionary five minute procedure. Millions of people in poor countries have impaired vision due to cataracts, and traditionally there […]

Sunglasses made from Pacific Ocean waste

Sunglasses made from Pacific Ocean waste

Two forward looking companies have come together to create a line of sunglasses that are made from debris cleared from the Pacific Ocean. One of the most harmful forms of sea pollution worldwide comes from the fishing nets that are […]

Israeli restaurant uses hummus for peace

Israeli restaurant uses hummus for peace

Could the decades long Israeli Palestinian conflict be solved with a plate of pureed chickpeas and tahini? One family restaurant near the coastal city of Netanya in Israel is giving it a try. Arabs and Jews are invited to break […]

3D printed homes

3D printed homes

A revolutionary new construction method uses 3D printing and recycled materials to build small houses for less than €5,000 each. The first test of this system created a staggering 10 homes in just one day! This was achieved by the […]

Norway, the electric car country

Norway, the electric car country

Norway is one of the world’s leading countries in terms of electric car usage. It has the highest percentage of electric cars per inhabitant and currently almost one in every five new cars sold in the country is electric. A […]

The warning sign of pain

The warning sign of pain

Pain plays an important role in our lives as physical warning, motivator, and as a source of anxiety when it is anticipated. The warning sign of pain acts to motivate us to seek relief, but due to anxiety about what […]