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14-year-old teenager awarded for achieving a breakthrough in the treatment against Covid

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 30, 2020

14-year-old teenager awarded for achieving a breakthrough in the treatment against Covid

Anika Chebrolu, a student from Independence High School in Frisco, Texas (USA), has developed a molecule that binds to a protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stops this virus from working. It is a hopeful finding to find a cure. This discovery has led her to win a contest, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, awarded with $ 25,000. Using a computer program, she discovered how the molecule could bind to the virus, based on a database of more than 682 million compounds…

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A young Indian invents ecological bricks

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on September 24, 2020

A young Indian invents ecological bricks

Binish Desai started working on an eco-friendly brick made from recycling and waste when he was 11 years old. He said to himself that one day he would build the least expensive house in the world for these people, build it with bricks made of chewing gum and waste paper! How? Keep reading… His big inspiration was a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated television series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers…

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Your parents told you to be nice to people. Guess what? They were right. This is why

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on September 19, 2020

Your parents told you to be nice to people. Guess what? They were right. This is why

Doing good doesn't just benefit other people. It also helps us.Studies show that helping others increases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel satisfied. Another benefit of feeling rewarded when we do good: it reduces our stress levels. It feels good to do good. In a 2016 study, researchers asked participants about settings in which they gave or received support…

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A giant mural in Warsaw that absorbs pollution like 780 trees

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on September 10, 2020

A giant mural in Warsaw that absorbs pollution like 780 trees

A giant mural located in Warsaw (Poland), next to the Politechnika metro station, has been painted by local artists Dawid Ryski and Maciek Polak using special pigment. Such pigment has been created as part of the Converse City Forests project that, through murals, aims to cleanse pollution from the environment as if they were real trees. The pigment uses light energy to break down harmful pollutants in the air and turn them into harmless substances like nitrates…

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An aquatic device that can save people

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on August 6, 2020

An aquatic device that can save people

It is estimated that 320,000 people die from drowning every year in the world. Now, a startup in Valencia (Spain), called Proteus Innovation, has created a small device, similar to a drone, designed to help reduce one of the most tragic figures in the sea. This device, one meter long and 12 kilograms of weight, receives the name of 'Nàutic'. It is controlled by radio control, which allows reducing the time it takes to rescue people in the water…

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Thousands of primary school children writing to lonely care home residents thanks to a 16-year-old student

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on July 16, 2020

Thousands of primary school children writing to lonely care home residents thanks to a 16-year-old student

Nina Andersen, a 16-year old student from London, first set up Community Senior Music, where semi-professional musicians performed concerts at various care homes. After, when the COVID-19 crisis started, she then set up Community Senior Letters, an initiative that has helped match more than 120 primary schools and over 100 care homes, to write letters to elderly with the aim to alleviate their boredom and loneliness. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced there is currently no evide…

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Pakistan offers work to unemployed people planting trees

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on July 2, 2020

Pakistan offers work to unemployed people planting trees

Pakistan is one of the countries in the world hardest hit by climate change: between 1999 and 2018 it has experienced more than 150 extreme weather events, from floods to heatwaves, with total losses of $ 3.8 billion…

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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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Tabletop gardens for people in wheelchairs

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by Susana Díez

Posted on October 31, 2019

Tabletop gardens for people in wheelchairs

Terry Garret is the creator of gardens adapted for people with reduced mobility. The idea occurred to him when he saw how his brother had to leave the hobby that he liked the best. His illness forced him to move in a wheelchair and he had to give up gettings his hands on the ground. He also didn't have the physical strength to face the effort that gardening requires. They designed and built the first tabletop garden that was a resounding success…

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Ice cream from special hands

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by Ezgi Yilmaz

Posted on August 29, 2019

Ice cream from special hands

An ice cream shop in Dallas, Texas, had a special and precious idea which was "to employ people who have Down syndrome and autism". Tom Landis, the company's founder, opened Howdy Homemade, the idea belongs to him. He facilitates work experience teens and adults with special needs. Howdy Homemade Ice Cream has around 13 employees, ages 16 to 31, who all have special needs…

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