Pakistan offers work to unemployed people planting trees

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on July 2, 2020

Pakistan offers work to unemployed people planting trees

Pakistan is one of the countries in the world hardest hit by climate change: between 1999 and 2018 it has experienced more than 150 extreme weather events, from floods to heatwaves, with total losses of $ 3.8 billion…

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Producing electricity using the shadows

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 29, 2020

Producing electricity using the shadows

Solar panels have a main problem, they cannot always be used. They have to be outdoors and it has to be sunny. A new device, developed by a team at the National University of Singapore, takes advantage of the difference between shadows and light to generate energy from darkness, so it is much more effective than solar panels. Its generates energy when part of its solar cells are not receiving direct sunlight…

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Drones bringing medicines

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 24, 2020

Drones bringing medicines

In a time of pandemic, drones are being used to reach the most remote rural areas to bring medical supplies. There are companies like Zipline, delivering medical supplies to Ghana and Rwanda, or Zapallar in Chile. Fast delivery allows these items to land as quickly as possible in these rural hospitals…

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3D printed houses in just 48 hours

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 15, 2020

3D printed houses in just 48 hours

The construction of 3D printed houses has been trying to take off for several years, but is still in an initial stage. However, a company in the Czech Republic, Prvok od Burinky, has presented an ecological, solid and stylish house that can be built in up to 48 hours, around seven times faster and costing half as much as a brick house. With three rooms and a living area of 43 square meters, the house will be built layer by layer using a reused robot arm from the automotive industry…

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Hydrogen trains getting ready in Germany to combat pollution

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 12, 2020

Hydrogen trains getting ready in Germany to combat pollution

During a year and a half, two passenger locomotives with a battery that transforms hydrogen and oxygen into electricity have been tested successfully…

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Planting 1 billion trees with a drone in Canada... and beyond

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 8, 2020

Planting 1 billion trees with a drone in Canada... and beyond

Plants are essential to reduce pollution and curb global warming, as they absorb carbon. To plant a tree, we usually use sacks and shovels. However, technology allows now to do it 10 times faster and 20% cheaper. How? Using drones! A Canadian startup is reforesting a forest in Toronto with 40,000 pine and fir trees after a fire…

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A Norwegian village with sunlight thanks to three huge mirrors

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 28, 2020

A Norwegian village with sunlight thanks to three huge mirrors

Did you know that vitamin D keeps depression away and regulate circadian sleep cycles? The biggest natural resource of such vitamin is natural lighting. However, there are places on our planet where people receive very few hours of sunlight, especially in certain seasons. In a remote Norwegian town called Rjukan, people live without light for six months a year! The reason, the shadow of the mountains surrounding their deep valley do not let the sun light the streets…

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A new high-resolution robotic eye wired to the optic nerve

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 21, 2020

A new high-resolution robotic eye wired to the optic nerve

A group of researchers from the University of Hong Kong (China) have managed to create the most accurate artificial replica that exists of a human eye. The prosthesis is completely autonomous, works with solar energy and replicates the retina of the human eye with a viewing angle of 100º (only 30º less than a real human eye)…

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Using artificial intelligence to save coral reefs

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 13, 2020

Using artificial intelligence to save coral reefs

CORaiL, an artificial intelligence-based solution to monitor, classify and analyse the resistance of coral reefs is currently being developed by Intel, Accenture and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation. Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with more than 800 coral species providing habitat and refuge for approximately 25% of the world's marine life…

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Antibody that attacks coronavirus discovered in Japan

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 11, 2020

Antibody that attacks coronavirus discovered in Japan

A team of researchers from the University of Kitasato, one of the most prestigious in the field of research in Japan, together with the biotechnology company Epsilon Molecular Engineering and the commercial firm Kao, dedicated to medical and cosmetic research, have announced the discovery that the VHH antibody has the potential to suppress and neutralise the coronavirus, and therefore could be used for therapy against Covid-19. The communication with which the group has announced its discovery …

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