Archive for 'August,2016'

Peruvian farmer defeats giant mining company

Peruvian farmer defeats giant mining company

An illiterate Peruvian subsistence farmer named Maxima Acuña has prevented a powerful multinational mining company from stealing her family’s ancestral lands. By promising employment for local people and a boost to the economy, Newmont Mining was granted government approval for […]

Campaign to save water on Ibiza

Campaign to save water on Ibiza

The Alliance for Sustainable Water Management in Ibiza and Formentera (SWM) has launched a water saving campaign called “Vive la Isla, Cuida el Agua” (Live the island, watch the water). The Alliance is a platform made up of local authorities, […]

Drumming more effective than Prozac

Drumming more effective than Prozac

The drummers at Benirràs would certainly agree with a recent study which found that participating in group drumming sessions is a powerful and effective treatment for depression. In fact, it proved to be considerably more effective than the widely prescribed […]

Beautiful art from recycled wood

Beautiful art from recycled wood

Enterprising and passionate eco-artist and designer Thomas Dambo has turned a lifelong love of recycling scrap wood into an absolute art form. Whilst many of us struggle to assemble a simple Ikea wardrobe, Thomas has the extraordinary talent to create […]

Prolonged life vs obsolescence

Prolonged life vs obsolescence

Measures are now in place in Ibiza to minimise the impact of planned obsolescence. The international environmental organisation Friends of the Earth is championing a Spanish initiative called “Alargascencia”, which essentially means “prolonged life”. It plans to adopt a series […]

Palestinian woman wins prize for teaching non-violence

Palestinian woman wins prize for teaching non-violence

More than 8,000 teachers from around the world were nominated to be Global Teacher of the Year, and the winner was a former refugee who decided to teach children about self respect and non-violence. Hanan Al Hroub grew up in […]

Global carbon emissions have peaked

Global carbon emissions have peaked

Global emissions of carbon dioxide have not grown for the second year in a row according to a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris. This finding reflects two recent trends: the positive effects of the increased […]

France bans pesticide that kills bees

France bans pesticide that kills bees

The French National Assembly has approved a bill that will completely ban the pesticides known as neonics. These chemicals have been shown by scientific studies to be detrimental to wildlife – particularly bee populations. The new Biodiversity Bill not only […]

Crosswalk illusions instead of speed bumps

Crosswalk illusions instead of speed bumps

To get drivers to slow down at crosswalks India is experimenting with painted optical illusions instead of speed bumps. These artistic street paintings appear to approaching drivers to be 3D road blocks, and this forces them to slow down in […]

Library on a bicycle in Afghanistan

Library on a bicycle in Afghanistan

Saber Hosseini was dismayed by the plight of countless children living in remote areas of central Afghanistan who, after years of war and conflict, were still unable to read or write. These children were completely without access to books, so […]

Acupuncture used for anaesthesia

Acupuncture used for anaesthesia

Patients in the US are increasingly being offered acupuncture as an alternative or compliment to chemical anaesthesia for some types of surgery. It is said that the use of acupuncture means less use of potentially dangerous anaesthetic drugs, whilst also […]

Penguin swims 8,000 km to see the man who saved it

Penguin swims 8,000 km to see the man who saved it

In a heart-warming story of loyalty, a South American penguin by the name of Dindim, is so devoted to the man who saved his life that he swims 8,000 km each year to reunite with him. It was back in […]

Recharge your electric car as you go

Recharge your electric car as you go

‘Highways England’, the company responsible for managing the country’s core road network, embarked a trial of the first wireless charging lanes for electric cars. The initiative consists of green lanes equipped with power lines and coils that generate an electromagnetic […]

Bite

Bite

Recently we had a couple of patients attend with problems relating to their bite, or in technical terms their ‘occlusion’. There are four main muscle pairs attaching the lower jaw to the skull and together they can generate significant force […]