Neurons regenerate most of our lives

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on November 13, 2020

Neurons regenerate most of our lives

It has always been said that the neurons that we have when we die are the same that we have when we are born. Our neural network does not regenerate and, for this reason, the weakening of our grey matter can cause memory loss, learning difficulties or different diseases. However, a study published in the journal "Nature Medicine" has shown that there is an area of the brain in which new neurons are born. Llorens-Martín's team analysed brain tissue samples from 13 healthy donor subjects…

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Artificial intelligence helping the farms: Google's farmer robot

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on November 9, 2020

Artificial intelligence helping the farms: Google's farmer robot

Can you imagine a plantation where each plant was monitored? And where each one received exactly the nutrients it needs by measuring each of its reactions? From the bowels of the still quite unknown Google Laboratory X — that branch of the company always surrounded by a halo of secrecy — comes the robotagricultor! Actually, this project, called Mineral, is much more than that: it is putting artificial intelligence at the service of agriculture…

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14-year-old teenager awarded for achieving a breakthrough in the treatment against Covid

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 30, 2020

14-year-old teenager awarded for achieving a breakthrough in the treatment against Covid

Anika Chebrolu, a student from Independence High School in Frisco, Texas (USA), has developed a molecule that binds to a protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stops this virus from working. It is a hopeful finding to find a cure. This discovery has led her to win a contest, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, awarded with $ 25,000. Using a computer program, she discovered how the molecule could bind to the virus, based on a database of more than 682 million compounds…

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The first public bus without driver in Spain

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 27, 2020

The first public bus without driver in Spain

The new buses are called EZ10 and are 100% electric. They are presented by the company Alsa, a Spanish subsidiary of the UK company National Express. After a period of trial, they are already available from 7.45 AM to 4 PM at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), circulating at 20 kilometres per hour and for the moment with a driving assistant, expecting to be improved over time. This first model may be used in the future for hospitals, last-mile mobility or tourist use in historic cit…

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New inventions to preserve the oceans

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 14, 2020

New inventions to preserve the oceans

Seven-tenths of the world is covered by oceans. They put food on our plates, provide up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe and regulate the climate. Fortunately, there are people working in new technologies that can help keep our oceans healthy…

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Biodegradable hemp fiber masks

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 5, 2020

Biodegradable hemp fiber masks

Currently, it is estimated that 129 billion disposable masks are used and thrown away every month in the world, representing serious public health and environmental problem…

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A young Indian invents ecological bricks

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on September 24, 2020

A young Indian invents ecological bricks

Binish Desai started working on an eco-friendly brick made from recycling and waste when he was 11 years old. He said to himself that one day he would build the least expensive house in the world for these people, build it with bricks made of chewing gum and waste paper! How? Keep reading… His big inspiration was a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated television series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers…

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Your parents told you to be nice to people. Guess what? They were right. This is why

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on September 19, 2020

Your parents told you to be nice to people. Guess what? They were right. This is why

Doing good doesn't just benefit other people. It also helps us.Studies show that helping others increases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel satisfied. Another benefit of feeling rewarded when we do good: it reduces our stress levels. It feels good to do good. In a 2016 study, researchers asked participants about settings in which they gave or received support…

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A giant mural in Warsaw that absorbs pollution like 780 trees

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on September 10, 2020

A giant mural in Warsaw that absorbs pollution like 780 trees

A giant mural located in Warsaw (Poland), next to the Politechnika metro station, has been painted by local artists Dawid Ryski and Maciek Polak using special pigment. Such pigment has been created as part of the Converse City Forests project that, through murals, aims to cleanse pollution from the environment as if they were real trees. The pigment uses light energy to break down harmful pollutants in the air and turn them into harmless substances like nitrates…

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An aquatic device that can save people

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on August 6, 2020

An aquatic device that can save people

It is estimated that 320,000 people die from drowning every year in the world. Now, a startup in Valencia (Spain), called Proteus Innovation, has created a small device, similar to a drone, designed to help reduce one of the most tragic figures in the sea. This device, one meter long and 12 kilograms of weight, receives the name of 'Nàutic'. It is controlled by radio control, which allows reducing the time it takes to rescue people in the water…

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