Posts published on: August 2018

Laurent Simons, the Belgian boy who will start university at age 8

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by Rosa Ruiz

Posted on August 1, 2018


Laurent Simons, the Belgian boy who will start university at age 8

At age 8, he received his high school diploma and made the difference. At first glance, he seems common among the thousands of students who graduate in schools around the world

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Found a lake 20 kilometres long under the ice of Mars

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 2, 2018


Found a lake 20 kilometres long under the ice of Mars

The finding came after a year-long search, led by a group of Italian scientists. The salt water mass is hidden in the south pole of the red planet. After years of the expedition in search of water, the European Mars Express probe seems to have paid off

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At last! The dolphins of the Barcelona Zoo will be transferred to a sanctuary

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by Rosa Ruiz

Posted on August 3, 2018


At last! The dolphins of the Barcelona Zoo will be transferred to a sanctuary

This was ruled by the City Council of the Catalan city after a strong complaint from the Foundation for Advice and Action in Defense of Animals, with great support in social networks. #AdeuDelfinari - goodbye dolphinarium, in Catalan - was the campaign slogan used by the Foundation for Advice and Action in Defense of Animals (FAADA) to ensure that the 6 dolphins that were in the Barcelona Zoo were finally transferred to a sanctuary, where they will spend the rest of their lives

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They create a plastic bag that dissolves in water and does not contaminate

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 6, 2018


They create a plastic bag that dissolves in water and does not contaminate

Researchers at the Chilean company "SoluBag" have created water-soluble plastic bags that do not harm the environment. The innovation does not contain the harmful petroleum derivatives of ordinary plastic, which here have been replaced by derivatives of a non-polluting limestone. It is a product developed with a material similar to plastic, but which disappears when it comes into contact with water

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A boy of 12 years, the youngest university student in Mexico

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 7, 2018


A boy of 12 years, the youngest university student in Mexico

With the amazement and energy of a child but with the maturity and responsibility of an adult, Carlos Santamaría will study in one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. With only 12 years old, this child will study biomedical physics at the UNAM. When Carlos Santamaría goes out to play like the other kids his age, few imagine that his IQ is so high that he will start a university career this week

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Sweden opens the first electric road that charges your vehicle while driving

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on August 7, 2018


Sweden opens the first electric road that charges your vehicle while driving

Sweden has inaugurated the first section of an electric road designed to recharge the battery of zero-emission cars. The project, called eRoadArlanda, consists of a two-kilometer stretch of a road near Stockholm that connects the Arlanda airport and a logistics center outside the capital and where rails have been installed on the asphalt. Also, battery vehicles that have been tested have a mobile arm to connect to the track

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Successfully transplanted the liver of a minor donor to a 13-year-old girl and an 8-month-old baby

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 8, 2018


Successfully transplanted the liver of a minor donor to a 13-year-old girl and an 8-month-old baby

The Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona has successfully performed a liver transplant performed by the split procedure, which consists of dividing the donor's liver to obtain fully functional grafts for two recipients, in this case, a 13-year-old girl and a 8-months baby. The liver donor was also a minor and the receiving girls were in a critical situation that could only be resolved with a transplant. The head of the hepatobiliopancreatic surgery and transplant service at the Vall d'Hebron ho…

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California slashes emissions to 1990s level, reaches climate goal years early

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 9, 2018


California slashes emissions to 1990s level, reaches climate goal years early

The California Air Resources Board just announced that greenhouse gas pollution in California fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—an achievement roughly equal to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year.   “California set the toughest emissions targets in the nation, tracked progress and delivered results,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr

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Fresh pickings: prescribing produce, not pills

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 10, 2018


Fresh pickings: prescribing produce, not pills

Detroit-based prescription service is not for drugs, but for fresh fruit and vegetables

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In a Turkish city, it is customary to give a hot dish to those who need it most

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 13, 2018


In a Turkish city, it is customary to give a hot dish to those who need it most

The Merkez Restaurant located in a city east of Turkey, in Karakocan. He was the pioneer of the tradition of feeding the needy. This custom has been passed from generation to generation for decades, today in the hands of Mehmet Ozturk, its current owner. At 55 years old, Mehmet says that he always maintains at least three tables free of diners and reserved for the neediest, even at busy times. And at least 15 people come to your restaurant every day to receive a free plate

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NASA tries to reach the Sun

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on August 14, 2018


NASA tries to reach the Sun

NASA's Parker solar probe Explores the Sun's atmosphere on a mission that began early Sunday. This is the agency's first mission to the Sun and its outermost atmosphere, the corona. After being delayed on Saturday, the probe was successfully launched at 3:31 a.m

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A board game with 20 million units sold that encourages collaboration

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on August 15, 2018


A board game with 20 million units sold that encourages collaboration

At the end of the 80s, Klaus Teuber was on the verge of ruin. The bank was going to seize his house because the family business - a modest dentist's office in Darmstadt, a few kilometres from Frankfurt - entered a phase of difficult difficulties to overcome. To escape from the problems, Teuber locked himself in a small clinic room and designed board games. A friend suggested that he should show it to a company, and they published it

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Students develop one-passenger vehicle that runs on air

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 17, 2018


Students develop one-passenger vehicle that runs on air

A team of Egyptian college students has designed a vehicle that is powered solely on oxygen. The current prototype can transport one person at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour (40 kph) and make it almost 20 miles without needed a refuel, but the engineers plan on developing the vehicle further so it can push at least 62 mph (100 kph)—and travel 62 miles on a canister of oxygen. In addition to running on one of the most common substances found on Earth, the go-kart-like vehicle only…

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A new educational platform to learn better

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on August 19, 2018


A new educational platform to learn better

Researchers from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) worked in primary schools in Thailand to test how a specially designed Internet of Educational Things (IoET) device could improve both active learning engagement and outcomes. To do this, the researchers developed a platform called OBSY (Observation Learning System) that featured several components, such as a light reader and temperate monitor, which could then send data wirelessly to computers the children had already been provi…

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Chris Pratt surprised young fans at a 'Jurassic World' screening

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 20, 2018


Chris Pratt surprised young fans at a 'Jurassic World' screening

Chris Pratt reprises his role as raptor trainer Owen Grady in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — and the leading man’s fans know he’s a hero in real life, too. Before the much-anticipated sequel stomps into theaters, Pratt staged a very special surprise for some young viewers

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The Philippines will have its first ecological resort that looks like a dream!

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 21, 2018


The Philippines will have its first ecological resort that looks like a dream!

The Nautilus Eco-Resort, which will be in the Philippines, is one of the most innovative projects in the world for its construction based on recycling, solar energy and its futuristic imprint. It will be an ecological resort built from the reuse of materials, in the shape of a snail and with revolving towers. Its spiral shape will have visually appealing designs and can accommodate more than 500 guests

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A study reveals that tea leaves destroy up to 80% of cancer cells

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by Belén Gázquez

Posted on August 22, 2018


A study reveals that tea leaves destroy up to 80% of cancer cells

It could be a non-toxic alternative to make quantum dots with chemical products, the researchers say. A study by the University of Swansea, in the United Kingdom, has revealed that tea leaves can reduce the risk and even serve to treat cancer

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Top School of Medicine is now paying tuition for all of its med students

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 23, 2018


Top School of Medicine is now paying tuition for all of its med students

The NYU School of Medicine just announced that it is offering full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD degree program regardless of need or merit—a bold effort to simultaneously address the rising costs of medical education and still attract the best and brightest students to careers in medicine. The announcement from the medical school’s trustees, leaders, and faculty was delivered earlier this week to first-year medical students and family members as …

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America’s largest grocery store chain is saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 24, 2018


America’s largest grocery store chain is saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags

Kroger, America’s largest supermarket chain, has just announced that it will be phasing out all of its single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable alternatives by 2025! Kroger operates 2,800 stores across the country, as well as their additional subsidiary stores including Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, and Ralphs. Their QFC stores in the Pacific Northwest will be the first to eliminate single-use bags by their 2019 deadline, as they are already working around Seattle’s m…

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Disney offers to pay tuition for 80,000 hourly workers

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 28, 2018


Disney offers to pay tuition for 80,000 hourly workers

The Walt Disney Corporation has just announced that it will now be offering free tuition to all of their hourly part-time and full-time workers in the United States. Their program, which will be available to 80,000 employees nationwide starting in the fall, will help staffers pursue their high school diplomas, college degrees, or trade certifications for free. “The Walt Disney Company will cover 100 percent of tuition upfront and will also reimburse application fees and required books an…

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Electric shock collars for pets to be banned in England

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 29, 2018


Electric shock collars for pets to be banned in England

The English government has just announced that they will be banning the use of electric shock collars on cats and dogs. Shock collars can deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity, sometimes for as long as 11 seconds. Other collars can release noxious smelling chemicals as a means of dissuading pets from certain behaviors

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Indian man cooks for a village

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on August 30, 2018


Indian man cooks for a village

In India, a wiry, weathered man wearing a white lungi (a type of sarong) and no shoes, holds up an enormous steel tray of a hundred raw chicken legs for the camera filming him. He douses them with turmeric, red chili powder, garlic, and yogurt, and then sets a rusted wok over a fire built from hunks of bark. He fills the wok with a puddle of oil and sets the meat bubbling with spices over the roaring fire. Farm animals whistle and bark in the distance, and people mutter in Tamil offscreen

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