Archive for 'December,2017'

Magic mushrooms to treat depression

Magic mushrooms to treat depression

New studies are showing that psychedelic ‘magicmushrooms’ can effectively relieve depression by resetting key brain circuits. Researchers at the Imperial College London used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms – to treat patients with depression, and the results […]

Headphones that translate 40 languages

Headphones that translate 40 languages

Language barriers are becoming easier to cross in our increasingly technological world. In recent months several devices have emerged that facilitate communication between people who speak different languages. One of them is already on sale and it could revolutionize the […]

Exercise keeps the brain young

Exercise keeps the brain young

We all know that physical exercise strengthens your body, but recent studies have shown that it also strengthens and renews your brain – particularly the areas associated with memory and learning. The converse is also true – a sedentary life […]

Recovering addicts restore chairs

Recovering addicts restore chairs

The London-based social enterprise, Restoration Station, showcased ten unique up-cycled chairs at this year’s London Design Festival. Each of the chairs was made by someone in long term recovery from addiction. The aim of the project is to end the […]

The amazing Wikkel House

The amazing Wikkel House

It can be built in one day and it’s three times more sustainable than a normal house – plus you can take it with you to wherever you want to live. It is called the Wikkel House, and it is […]

A ‘Forest City’ to fight pollution

A ‘Forest City’ to fight pollution

The ecological vision of Italian architect Stefano Boeri is starting to take shape with two of his ‘vertical forest towers’ soon to be constructed in Switzerland and Milan. But it is in the Southern Chinese region of Liuzhou where he […]

New Balearic law aimed at climate change

New Balearic law aimed at climate change

The Government of the Balearic Islands is preparing a regional regulation to fight against climate change. 98% of the energy consumed in the Balearics is generated through conventional sources, which places our community at the bottom of Spain’s list for […]

Scotland wind power record

Scotland wind power record

Scotland has outdone itself when it comes to embracing renewable sources. They have increasedt heir greenpower production to the point where it can provide more than double the country’s energy needs on a given day. Recently it was reported that […]

GERMANY Solar motor home

GERMANY Solar motor home

Imagine never needing to stop at a petrol station ever again! This is the promise of a motor home that was recently unveiled in Dusseldorf, Germany which runs entirely on solar power. Dethleffs is the company behind this super-green ‘e.home’ […]

SOUTH KOREA Healing wounds with no scars

SOUTH KOREA Healing wounds with no scars

Scars could potentially be a thing of the past thanks to the discovery of a new type of therapy that uses a natural source from the sea to heal the skin seamlessly. The research was conducted by a team at […]

Smartphone proximity makes you less smart

Smartphone proximity makes you less smart

Your cognitive capacity is greatly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s turned of. That’s the fndings of a new study from the University of Texas (US) which found that participants whose phones were in another […]

Preschool inside a nursing home

Preschool inside a nursing home

Providence Mount St Vincent in Seattle (US) is a nursing home with a difference. Five days a week the 400 elderly residents share the building with 125 children aged five and younger. This program is known as the Mount’s Intergenerational […]

Human blood cells grown in lab

Human blood cells grown in lab

In a revolutionary breakthrough, the stem cells which produce our blood have, for the very frst time, been created in a laboratory. This is a potential solution for treating people who have blood diseases with their own cells. It could […]

Clothes that grow with your child

Clothes that grow with your child

Ryan Yasin of London has received the James Dyson student innovation award, for designing a range of clothing that expands to fit growing babies and toddlers. Based on principles he studied for his degree in aeronautical engineering, and inspired by […]

One man turned a wasteland into a forest

One man turned a wasteland into a forest

Almost forty years ago an Indian man named Payeng lived on an island that was completely barren. Seeing how his home was threatened with erosion, he made it his mission to reforest the island… and what’s more, he did it […]

Refugees breathe new life into an Italian village

Refugees breathe new life into an Italian village

The sleepy village of Sant ‘Alessio in the south of Italy has been given a new lease on life thanks to its decision to take in a group of refugees. In 2014 the village welcomed 35 vulnerable migrants and families […]

Sustainable urban agrihood in Detroit

Sustainable urban agrihood in Detroit

At the end of 2016, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) revealed its plans for America’s frst Sustainable Urban Agrihood in the city of Detroit. An agrihood is an alternative neighbourhood growth model which has agriculture as the centrepiece of […]

USA Solar water wheels clean the harbour

USA Solar water wheels clean the harbour

With his massive eyes and a gaping mouth, ‘Mr Trash Wheel’ and his compatriot, ‘Professor Trash Wheel’, wouldn’ t look amiss in a fun fair. But these cute, cartoonish-looking fellows have a serious job to do. From their perch on […]

Sustainable tableware made from leaves

Sustainable tableware made from leaves

A research team at Naresuan University in Thailand has developed degradable food bowls made from leaves. The project, which took just over a year to perfect, was inspired when an engineering professor from the university saw mounds of plastic waste […]

Celebrating freedom, equality and justice

Celebrating freedom, equality and justice

On 10 December, the world will celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the end of World War II, when huge atrocities were committed, the UN decided to create an instrument to represent those victims […]