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A vaccine / treatment is closer and closer

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 6, 2020

A vaccine /  treatment is closer and closer

These days of uncertainty, and in spite of the plenty of fake news that is out there, we are receiving messages from different sources that invite optimism. The "race" to find a medicine to control the pandemic that is causing the coronavirus has a number of participants…

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An "edible forest" to fight desertification

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 22, 2020

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In Cádiz (Spain), by the Sierra de Grazalema, an infertile land has been transformed into a forest where 15,000 trees and shrubs have already been planted, implementing a system based on biodiversity and the conscious management of natural resources. Now, animals like donkeys, alpacas, horses, sheep and chickens live freely in that area. Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, British, was always clear that she wanted to dedicate herself to helping others find harmony and balance…

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A new edible and biodegradable packaging to avoid the use of plastic in the supermarket

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 16, 2020

A new edible and biodegradable packaging to avoid the use of plastic in the supermarket

This sustainable container, developed over two years by The Catalan Plastic Center of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and the researcher Farayde Fakhouri, is an alternative to plastics and comes from plant sources formed by natural compounds that offer different properties that, combined with other materials, allow the interaction of food with the atmosphere to be modified, protecting the food and extending its useful life. With a budget of 10 million euros financed between ACCI…

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Successfully test coronavirus vaccine in mice

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 14, 2020

Successfully test coronavirus vaccine in mice

Laboratories around the world collaborate and work against the clock to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus. Now, after successfully testing it in mice, a team of researchers from Imperial College London (UK) believes they are close to being able to develop a vaccine against coronavirus disease. The group led by the expert in Mucosal infections and immunology Robin Shattock is currently working with colleagues in Paris to test the antidote in monkeys, so if the results are positive, …

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It is now possible to produce energy from nothing!

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 26, 2020

It is now possible to produce energy from nothing!

Can you imagine a device that produces electricity from nothing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley, both of the University of Massachusets Amherst (USA), have created a device called 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator that uses a natural protein to generate electricity from just the humidity of the air. This air generator connects electrodes to the protein nanowires (just 7 microns thick, one-tenth of a human hair), generating electric c…

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The first solar plant in Kenya that converts ocean water into free drinking water

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 17, 2020

The first solar plant in Kenya that converts ocean water into free drinking water

Yes, a solar plant that is capable of converting salt water into drinking water. The system, built by The GivePower company, is capable of generating potable water for 35,000 inhabitants without negative effects on the environment, since basically water and a clean and renewable source of energy are used without generating toxic substances or waste. Most current water purification systems are expensive because they consume a lot of energy…

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A new approach to treat Alzheimer using sound and light to trigger brain waves

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 9, 2020

A new approach to treat Alzheimer using sound and light to trigger brain waves

By applying sound and light at the same frequency, the cognitive function can be improved, and also helps remove plaque displaying symptoms of the disease. The treatment has at the moment been used in mice and now is intended to be tested in humans. The practical applications of the method seem limited though, as the effect is limited to visual parts of the brain, bypassing important zones that are key in memory formation and retrieval…

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Scientists discover the reason of the metastasis (cancer), and open new hopes to treat it

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 20, 2020

Scientists discover the reason of the metastasis (cancer), and open new hopes to treat it

Metastasis is the spread of cancer to other regions of the body, and is responsible for 90% of cancer deaths. The Spanish oncologist Joan Massegué and other scientists at the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York have finally discovered the reason why the cancer cells extend to other parts of the body. It is not because of genetic mutations, as it was believed until now. Instead, they spread following the same process of regenerating a wounded tissue…

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