Archive for 'July,2016'

Reusable rocket lands on ocean platform

Reusable rocket lands on ocean platform

SpaceX is a private company started by Elon Musk that uses rockets to supply the International Space Station. On a recent mission they did what had never been done before – landing the used booster rocket on a floating platform […]

Honest waiter gets a big reward

Honest waiter gets a big reward

In an ode to honesty and the kindness of strangers, a homeless part-time waiter who returned $3,000 he found on the floor has been rewarded with almost 10 times that amount. Johnny “Thumper” Duckworth lives at ‘no fixed address’ in […]

Berlin limits Airbnb rentals

Berlin limits Airbnb rentals

The city of Berlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and other similar websites in an attempt to protect affordable housing. The growing popularity of these online rental portals has greatly reduced the number of properties available […]

Millionaire changes a town

Millionaire changes a town

One man’s 20 years of dedication to helping a poor neighbourhood turn itself around has had some spectacular results. Harris Rosen grew up as a poor kid in New York City, but he eventually made his fortune as a hotel […]

English village goes carbon neutral

English village goes carbon neutral

The small Cheshire village of Ashton Hayes in England is celebrating 10 years of its drive to become completely carbon neutral. This project has been a roaring success with strong support from local residents, businesses and organisations. By simple measures […]

App boosts freedom in Iran

App boosts freedom in Iran

An app to help protect young Iranians from the brutal police punishment meted out if they are caught freely expressing themselves, has been downloaded by thousands. In Iran the Gashte Ershad, which is commonly known as the ‘morality police’, patrols […]

Government backing for green energy in Ibiza

Government backing for green energy in Ibiza

Ibiza has over 2700 hours of sunshine a year, and the government has finally decided to use this natural resource to help solve the problems of air pollution. All of the major government institutions including the Balearic Islands Government, the […]

Syrian Refugees show their Gratitude

Syrian Refugees show their Gratitude

Syrian refugees who were welcomed into Canada after fleeing the destruction in their homeland, are now giving back to Canadians whose own homes were recently destroyed. All 88,000 citizens of the town of Fort McMurray had to be evacuated under […]

Stem cell dental implants

Stem cell dental implants

Professors at Columbia University in New York may have found the answer to re-growing missing teeth thanks to a revolutionary technology that uses the body’s own stem cells. This new process could potentially replace the need for artificial false teeth […]

Innovative sleeping bag for the homeless

Innovative sleeping bag for the homeless

A 15-year-old Irish girl has invented a life-saving sleeping bag for the homeless. Emily Duffy came up with the idea after “living rough” for a day on Dublin’s streets as part of a program to raise money for the homeless. […]

The first ethical and modular mobile phone

The first ethical and modular mobile phone

“Ethical, open and built to last” is the promotional slogan of a very special mobile phone called Fairphone 2. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the Dutch manufacturing company behind it puts ethics at the core of its business. […]

Gum talk

Gum talk

The majority of people over time will accumulate hard, difficult to remove deposits of mineralised bacterial layers around the necks of their teeth where the teeth emerge from the gums. The speed of this ‘tartar’ or ‘calculus’ formation depends on […]

Fancy coloured Diamands

Fancy coloured Diamands

Diamonds can come in all the colours of the rainbow: white, yellow, red, green, orange, blue, purple, black etc., but the majority are colourless, very light yellow, brown or grey. Diamonds with very vivid colours are the rarest and therefore […]