Archive for 'October,2016'

A futuristic Dutch village

A futuristic Dutch village

A new neighbourhood is being built near Amsterdam with an innovative design that has the potential to change the way we live. This will be the first ReGen Village – a new type of community that will be fully self-sufficient: […]

Anchoring restrictions in Cap Martinet

Anchoring restrictions in Cap Martinet

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has declared a four km section of the Ibicencan coast between S’Estanyol and Salt d’en Serrà, in the Santa Eulalia municipality, as a Special Area of Conservation. The area, known as Cap […]

A ship to vacuum plastics out of the sea

A ship to vacuum plastics out of the sea

From the UK comes an innovative idea that could offer a solution to the huge amount of plastic that is building up in our oceans. A small British company, Bluebird Marine Systems (BMS), has conceived the ‘SeaVax’, an un-manned ship […]

Victory for indigenous people in the Amazon

Victory for indigenous people in the Amazon

Brazil’s environmental agency has announced the cancellation of licensing for the controversial São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam that was planned for construction in the heart of the Amazon. The news is a victory for environmentalist groups that succeeded in […]

US and China seal climate agreement

US and China seal climate agreement

China and the US have formally ratified a historic agreement to cut emissions and fight climate change. Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping delivered documents to the UN Secretary-General which certify that the two countries – the world’s largest polluters […]

Heimlich comes to the rescue

Heimlich comes to the rescue

When a women began to choke while having dinner at a restaurant in Ohio (US), a man from a nearby table jumped up and saved her by applying the famous Heimlich Manoeuvre. What makes this story such a twist of […]

Live around the world with ‘Roam’

Live around the world with ‘Roam’

Here’s an exciting alternative to consider before you commit to a long term rental – how about a global ‘co-living lease’. It costs about the same as rent but allows you to hop from place to place, and live your […]

A website to help refugees

A website to help refugees

With so much news about Syrian refugees pouring into Europe, it’s refreshing to hear that many people are embracing this as an opportunity to provide these people with a warm welcome. Tech entrepreneur Lasse Landt of Berlin has been proactive […]

Learning music increases intelligence in children

Learning music increases intelligence in children

An investigation carried out by the University of Toronto (Canada) and published in the North American journal “Psychological Science”, concludes that singing lessons and learning to play an instrument (not just listening to music) can increase children’s IQ. The study […]

Sharing instead of purchasing

Sharing instead of purchasing

“Creating more meaningful connections with the things all of us use,” is the central idea of a rather clever initiative based on lending items rather than buying them. ‘Share’ started as a small shop in Frome, Somerset where people could […]

Dogs can understand human language

Dogs can understand human language

The results of an investigation carried out by the University of Sussex (UK) were published recently in ‘Current Biology’ magazine, and they conclude that dogs process some parts of human speech in a similar way that we do. Study co-author […]

Self-filling water bottle

Self-filling water bottle

A revolutionary invention that collects humidity from the air and turns it into drinkable water will not only be a godsend for thirsty cyclists on long bike rides, but potentially a system to be utilised in areas of the world […]

The Super Bowl goes green

The Super Bowl goes green

One of the world’s most hotly anticipated sporting events took place in a brand new 68,500 seat stadium that was designed so that big games generate ‘net-zero energy’. The American football Super Bowl was played in the $1.2 billion Levi’s […]

Electricity from plants

Electricity from plants

The Dutch company Plant-e, has announced that it is now powering more than 300 LED streetlights in Holland with its breakthrough technology of harnessing electricity from living plants. After initially using their system to power mobile phone chargers and Wi-Fi […]

Houses from discarded plastic

Houses from discarded plastic

An incredible innovation could provide housing for millions of people in poor countries, while at the same time helping to solve the problem of plastic pollution. Conceptos Plásticos of Bogota, Colombia, has developed a process that makes bricks out of […]

Balancing emotions

Balancing emotions

It is evident that a change is taking place. We can perceive that a part of humanity is engaging in an effort to expand its consciousness. There are a number of tools available to help us understand and act upon […]

Dental implant Tooth

Dental implant Tooth

A patient emailed me this week asking for more information about the time needed and number of appointments to have a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant tooth. So I thought I would try and simplify what is actually […]