Archive for 'August,2017'

Billionaire gives away his fortune to save the oceans

Billionaire gives away his fortune to save the oceans

A man who has profited from the abundance of the oceans through his fishing business, now wants to give back to the waters that gave him so much. Kjell Inge Røkke, a Norwegian billionaire, is investing “the lion’s share” of […]

Light therapy to treat Alzheimer’s

Light therapy to treat Alzheimer’s

An hour a day of light therapy has been found to break down Alzheimer’s-like brain deposits in mice. That’s a long way from it working on people, but because it seems to be such a completely harmless therapy, it could […]

Better efficient light bulbs

Better efficient light bulbs

Ever since the EU restricted sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, people have complained about the shortcomings of their energy-efficient replacements. The clinical white beam of LED and fluorescent (CFL) bulbs is not as attractive as the warm glow of […]

Portugal promotes healthy food

Portugal promotes healthy food

The government of Portugal has launched a series of measures this year to fight the global epidemic of obesity and diseases related to poor diet. The first action was the so-called “fat-tax” on soft drinks that exceed a certain level […]

Balearics ask for alcohol limit on flights

Balearics ask for alcohol limit on flights

The Balearic government wants to crack down on anti-social behaviour on planes and in airports by limiting the amount of alcohol that passengers can drink. Tourism minister Pilar Carbonell has recently requested urgent action on this matter from both the […]

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage

The German parliament has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. This prompted a joyous celebration that saw Green party politicians tossing glittered confetti across the chamber, while gay couples sitting in the public gallery kissed and embraced. The German […]

Sant Joan rejects four beach clubs

Sant Joan rejects four beach clubs

The Sant Joan Town Council rejected a proposal from the company Touristic Web, which had sought to convert four beach bars into beach clubs. This Valencia company submitted offers to take over the management of the following beach bars near […]

Resident travel discounts increased

Resident travel discounts increased

Due to a recent agreement with the central government, residents of the Balearic islands now enjoy an increase in their travel discounts for both air and boat transport. The discount on inter-island flights was raised from 50% to 75%, and […]

Pavement lights for ‘smartphone zombies’

Pavement lights for ‘smartphone zombies’

The lights that signal pedestrians when to cross the street are no longer just at eye-level in several cities across Europe. In order to catch the attention of people looking down at their smartphones, these municipalities have installed LED lights […]

Diagnosis using your ‘Breathprint’

Diagnosis using your ‘Breathprint’

An international team of researchers, led by scientists from the Israel Institute of Technology, has developed a device that can detect and distinguish between certain deadly diseases on the basis of a breath sample. In the same way that we […]

A town in Galicia with free electricity

A town in Galicia with free electricity

The city of Muras pays almost all of the electricity bills for its citizens by using the taxes it charges to the companies that exploit the 20 wind farms that exist within its borders. This small Galician town has 668 […]

Ikea refugee shelter

Ikea refugee shelter

Millions of displaced refugees could benefit from an ingenious flat pack shelter designed by Ikea. It has the durability of a small house, solar panels on the roof to provide power, and can be easily dismantled to fit inside two […]

3D printed ears

3D printed ears

Doctors in the US and Scotland have announced a revolutionary breakthrough in tissue engineering, having perfected a technique for growing a fully formed human ear using the patients’ own stem cells. The current method for creating new ears involves a […]

Ireland to divest from fossil fuels

Ireland to divest from fossil fuels

Ireland has voted to become the world’s first country to fully divest its public money from fossil fuels. In 2015 Norway’s sovereign pension fund divested from some fossil fuel companies, but not all. The Irish Parliament voted to drop coal, […]

Change aisles to encourage veggies

Change aisles to encourage veggies

In an effort to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables and less meat, a group of supermarkets in the UK are heading up a project entitled Our Planet, Our Health. They have found that the placement of foods […]

A bicycle path that glows in the dark

A bicycle path that glows in the dark

Cycling is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel, and a new solar-powered bike lane that glows in the dark has the potential to make it even more so. This luminous blue cycling strip is made from a synthetic […]

“Solar Paint”: a new source of clean energy

“Solar Paint”: a new source of clean energy

A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia has developed a paint that can be used to generate clean energy. Combining the titanium oxide already found in many wall paints with synthetic molybdenum-sulphide, the material […]

The Myths (Part 3)

The Myths (Part 3)

FITNESS MYTH #1: 
You should drink while training. Correct. It is very important to take fluids before, during and after exercise. This compensates for the water lost through breathing and sweating. FITNESS MYTH #2: Sweating lots means you are unfit. […]

Old and the New

Old and the New

Wow! The latest new thing – all these benefits … these experts vouch for it … latest is best! And mostly this is true. The techniques and materials I use are cutting edge. Like the new ear inserts that relieve […]