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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The biggest recovery in Europe from a contaminated place: 42,000 tons of tar extracted from a toxic lagoon in Madrid, Spain

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on August 4, 2020

The biggest recovery in Europe from a contaminated place: 42,000 tons of tar extracted from a toxic lagoon in Madrid, Spain

With the extracted waste, 60.7 million kilowatts of energy have been obtained through alternative fuel, which is the equivalent of the total energy (thermal and electrical) consumed by 17,416 Spanish households in a year…

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Thousands of primary school children writing to lonely care home residents thanks to a 16-year-old student

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on July 16, 2020

Thousands of primary school children writing to lonely care home residents thanks to a 16-year-old student

Nina Andersen, a 16-year old student from London, first set up Community Senior Music, where semi-professional musicians performed concerts at various care homes. After, when the COVID-19 crisis started, she then set up Community Senior Letters, an initiative that has helped match more than 120 primary schools and over 100 care homes, to write letters to elderly with the aim to alleviate their boredom and loneliness. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced there is currently no evide…

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A new air filter capable of killing the coronavirus instantly

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on July 9, 2020

A new air filter capable of killing the coronavirus instantly

A team of researchers from the University of Houston (USA), in collaboration with the Medistar company, has announced the development of a new air filter that is capable of "catching and killing" the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 instantly. The work has been published in the Materials Today Physics magazine. It has been proved that the virus can stay in the air for about three hours…

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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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