A robot that builds the walls of a house in one day

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 6, 2021

A robot that builds the walls of a house in one day

This robot, called Hadrian X, is an invention of the Australian company Fast Brick Robotics (FBR) They created the first prototype in 2005. After a time of doubts and issues, Hadrian X's precursor arrived. Its name was Hadrian 105 and, in 2016, it built the first block structure from a 3D CAD model. In 2017, a contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build 50,000 houses was the definitive push for this project. And in 2018, this robot was already a reality…

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Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 26, 2021

Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

Researchers from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and their partners have reported that they have achieved 77% efficacy in a randomised, controlled, double-blind, phase IIb trial conducted at the Nanoro Clinical Research Unit/Health Sciences Research Institute (Burkina Faso), with 450 participants from between 5 and 17 months recruited in the Burkinabe department of Nanoro, which includes 24 villages and a population of approximately 65,000 people. The participants were divided into th…

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Scientists create hybrid human and monkey embryos, which may help 'build' organs for transplantation and study cancer and ageing

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 16, 2021

Scientists create hybrid human and monkey embryos, which may help 'build' organs for transplantation and study cancer and ageing

The experiment makes it possible to advance in the knowledge of the first stages of pregnancy and paves the way for obtaining, in the future, organs for transplantation in animals. An international team of researchers, led by the Spanish Juan Carlos Izpisúa, from the Salk Institute in the United States, and with the collaboration of the Kunming University of Science and Technology in Yunnan, China (led by Weizhi Ji), has generated hybrid human and macaque embryos in the laboratory…

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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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