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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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Two monkeys manage to "see" without using their eyes thanks to a brain stimulation device

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 21, 2020

Two monkeys manage to

There are currently 40 million blind people in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. The Vision and Cognition group of the Dutch Institute of Neuroscience and the Neuroprosthesis and Visual Rehabilitation Unit of the Bioengineering Institute of the Miguel Hernández University in Spain have created high-resolution implants that made possible to create interpretable images for animals through electrical stimuli…

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Using artificial intelligence to save coral reefs

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 13, 2020

Using artificial intelligence to save coral reefs

CORaiL, an artificial intelligence-based solution to monitor, classify and analyse the resistance of coral reefs is currently being developed by Intel, Accenture and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation. Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with more than 800 coral species providing habitat and refuge for approximately 25% of the world's marine life…

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Achieved partial recovery of vision in blind mice

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 27, 2020

Achieved partial recovery of vision in blind mice

A study, published in the journal Nature, shows the partial restoration of vision in blind mice using a method that chemically generates new photoreceptors, the cells responsible for converting light into nerve impulses that the brain transforms into images. Experts hope to move therapy to humans in 2-3 years. The method consists of chemically reprogramming dermal fibroblasts (a type of cell that serves to maintain the structure between tissues and heal wounds) to photoreceptor cells similar t…

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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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Rescuing dolphins

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by Susana Díez

Posted on November 14, 2019

Rescuing dolphins

When it comes to rescue dolphins, we are willing to make any effort. What happened recently in Florida proves it. Volunteers in St. Petersburg, Florida, are being lauded for a job well done after helping a group of dolphins find their way out of a canal and back to their home in more open waters. With some frequency, dolphins have difficulty returning to the sea. It is not known exactly what is the reason for the loss of orientation…

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A retired elephant

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by Susana Díez

Posted on September 30, 2019

A retired elephant

The last elephant that worked in a circus in Denmark has been bought by the authorities. The government wants the animal to have a quiet retreat. It is a sample of the change in the sensitivity of the people towards animals. The amount of money paid is not known exactly, but it is said that it has reached $1,6 million. Also, a new law will prevent the presence of animals in circuses from the end of this year. It is not the only elephant that the government has bought…

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A friendship between porcupine and dog

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by Susana Díez

Posted on September 16, 2019

A friendship between porcupine and dog

The stranged couple formed by a baby porcupine and a sausage dog has surprised everyone.    The history began when Diablo, the porcupine was rejected by his mother. He was born in Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire, England. His mother previously had twins and she was still taking care of them. She wasn't really ready for another baby. So the zookeeper Estelle Morgan picked him up and took him home…

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Less packaging more breathing

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by Susana Díez

Posted on September 5, 2019

Less packaging more breathing

We have a problem with ocean pollution, but we have also the solution: producing less plastic packaging. There are a lot of countries and companies are working for recycling and created solutions for an environment cleaner. For example:   In New Zealand, a supermarket called “New World” doesn' t pack fruit and vegetables so they save tonnes of plastic every year…

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A living shark could be the clue to improve expectations of life in humanity.

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by Zoralys Rojas

Posted on August 15, 2019

A living shark could be the clue to improve expectations of life in humanity.

A living shark could be the clue to improve expectations of life in humanity.   Scientists from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada discovered a shark believed to be more than 500 years old. They claim that the sea creature is the world’s oldest living vertebrate. The news was published by Diary The Sun on August 13th. Scientists filmed the rare and massive Greenland shark…

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