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 […]