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Algae, a new form of ecological construction

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 26, 2021

Algae, a new form of ecological construction

Currently, algae are being used to feed livestock, produce textiles and biofuel. These plant organisms are also now being used in construction as an environmentally responsible solution…

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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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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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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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Proven that training in cold weather makes you prevent wrinkles and lose weight

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 14, 2021

Proven that training in cold weather makes you prevent wrinkles and lose weight

According to a study conducted by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, training time in a cold environment reduces the possibility of getting the flu by 20 or 30%…

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Scientists turn plastic into a clean source of hydrogen

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 14, 2020

Scientists turn plastic into a clean source of hydrogen

Today, the 4.9 billion tons of plastic currently on earth end up in landfills or in the wild, and this number is increasing year after year, making ballast one of the most serious environmental problems of our time. A new light appears at the end of the tunnel: chemists at the University of Oxford in the UK have found a way to turn plastic bottles, bags and other packaging into a clean source of hydrogen that has the ability to be reused as a clean fuel…

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Artificial intelligence helping the farms: Google's farmer robot

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on November 9, 2020

Artificial intelligence helping the farms: Google's farmer robot

Can you imagine a plantation where each plant was monitored? And where each one received exactly the nutrients it needs by measuring each of its reactions? From the bowels of the still quite unknown Google Laboratory X — that branch of the company always surrounded by a halo of secrecy — comes the robotagricultor! Actually, this project, called Mineral, is much more than that: it is putting artificial intelligence at the service of agriculture…

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The first public bus without driver in Spain

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 27, 2020

The first public bus without driver in Spain

The new buses are called EZ10 and are 100% electric. They are presented by the company Alsa, a Spanish subsidiary of the UK company National Express. After a period of trial, they are already available from 7.45 AM to 4 PM at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), circulating at 20 kilometres per hour and for the moment with a driving assistant, expecting to be improved over time. This first model may be used in the future for hospitals, last-mile mobility or tourist use in historic cit…

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New inventions to preserve the oceans

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 14, 2020

New inventions to preserve the oceans

Seven-tenths of the world is covered by oceans. They put food on our plates, provide up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe and regulate the climate. Fortunately, there are people working in new technologies that can help keep our oceans healthy…

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