Philippine students need to plant 10 trees to graduate

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 6, 2021

Philippine students need to plant 10 trees to graduate

To regain its forest cover and see forests grow again, the Philippines introduced an interesting law that requires each student to plant 10 trees before graduation. Deforestation constitutes one of the great global problems, constituting a serious threat to existing biodiversity, a decrease in the absorption capacity of CO2, and the loss of habitat for millions of animal and plant species…

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Artificial intelligence now allows us to recover lost languages

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 1, 2021

Artificial intelligence now allows us to recover lost languages

An artificial intelligence system developed by the MIT Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) aims to decipher missing languages and learn more about the people who spoke them. The algorithms they have designed can automatically decipher a lost language using only a few thousand words (far less data than is commonly used to train algorithms). The records that have survived to our days of the languages ??that have been lost throughout history are so minimal (often la…

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A mobile for the elderly invented by a young man who wanted to video call his grandmother

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 22, 2021

A mobile for the elderly invented by a young man who wanted to video call his grandmother

The invention of Jorge Terreu, 22 years old, from Aragón (Spain), has become an ideal tool to fight against loneliness. The device is named after Jorge's grandmother, Maximiliana. Jorge completed his third year in Computer Engineering in France, in 2018. Although he spoke with his family often, he missed seeing his grandmother Maximiliana, 86, who did not handle video calls or cell phones. So, in three months he reprogrammed a smartphone to automatically answer calls and he sent it home…

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Transforming a mountain of garbage into a green lung, among other everyday ecology practices

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 17, 2021

Transforming a mountain of garbage into a green lung, among other everyday ecology practices

Bullas is a wine-producing municipality of 12,000 inhabitants in Murcia (Spain). Hills, vineyards and low houses. The scene could belong to any other peninsular municipality, but on a walk through its streets, unexpected elements emerge. A reused glass roundabout and an old oil tank converted into a bus stop. On the outskirts, there are immaculate community gardens…

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An autonomous drone that pollinates with a bubble gun

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 8, 2021

An autonomous drone that pollinates with a bubble gun

Scientists from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, AIST (Japan), present a drone that can pollinate an orchard in much the same way as the bees do. Many plants rely almost entirely on bees as natural pollinators to produce some of nature's most nutritious foods, but bee species have declined significantly in recent decades. To compensate for declining pollinator populations, scientists have been trying to create robotic pollination technologies, and this initiative ap…

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A marine animal from Ibiza, key to the promising Spanish antiviral against COVID-19

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 14, 2021

A marine animal from Ibiza, key to the promising Spanish antiviral against COVID-19

The Spanish company PharmaMar has created and developed an antiviral drug, called plitidepsin, that has been shown to be capable of reducing viral loads caused by coronavirus by 99%, something that has been achieved so far in the lungs of treated animals. The company is actually already immersed in clinical trials and is negotiating the beginning of phase III. To have been able to develop plitidepsin, PharmaMar has used a marine animal called ascidiacea, belonging to the subphylum urochordata.…

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An algorithm capable of detecting Alzheimer

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 2, 2021

An algorithm capable of detecting Alzheimer

All efforts to improve the diagnosis and early care of Alzheimer's are few. The Stevens University of Technology in New Jersey has developed an algorithm that detects the language deficits typical of the early stages of the disease. According to data from the World Health Organisation, dementia affects about 50 million people worldwide, of which about 60% live in low and middle-income countries…

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Proven that training in cold weather makes you prevent wrinkles and lose weight

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 14, 2021

Proven that training in cold weather makes you prevent wrinkles and lose weight

According to a study conducted by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, training time in a cold environment reduces the possibility of getting the flu by 20 or 30%…

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The puppet company that has filled with life a town in the Pyrenees (Spain)

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 4, 2021

The puppet company that has filled with life a town in the Pyrenees (Spain)

They arrived more than 30 years ago in a small town with a fabled name, Abizanda, in the province of Huesca (Aragón - Spain). There they embarked on what seemed to many an adventure full of fantasy and illusion but with little consistency…

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Israeli scientists claim to have managed to reverse the ageing process

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 29, 2020

Israeli scientists claim to have managed to reverse the ageing process

A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University and Shamir Medical Center, in Israel, claim to have found an effective way to stop cellular ageing. In an article that has appeared in the journal Ageing, scientists say that pure oxygen treatments inside hyperbaric chambers (HBO) can stop, in healthy adults, the ageing of their blood cells, and even reverse the ageing process…

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