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Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 26, 2021

Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

Researchers from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and their partners have reported that they have achieved 77% efficacy in a randomised, controlled, double-blind, phase IIb trial conducted at the Nanoro Clinical Research Unit/Health Sciences Research Institute (Burkina Faso), with 450 participants from between 5 and 17 months recruited in the Burkinabe department of Nanoro, which includes 24 villages and a population of approximately 65,000 people. The participants were divided into th…

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A mobile for the elderly invented by a young man who wanted to video call his grandmother

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 22, 2021

A mobile for the elderly invented by a young man who wanted to video call his grandmother

The invention of Jorge Terreu, 22 years old, from Aragón (Spain), has become an ideal tool to fight against loneliness. The device is named after Jorge's grandmother, Maximiliana. Jorge completed his third year in Computer Engineering in France, in 2018. Although he spoke with his family often, he missed seeing his grandmother Maximiliana, 86, who did not handle video calls or cell phones. So, in three months he reprogrammed a smartphone to automatically answer calls and he sent it home…

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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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The puppet company that has filled with life a town in the Pyrenees (Spain)

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 4, 2021

The puppet company that has filled with life a town in the Pyrenees (Spain)

They arrived more than 30 years ago in a small town with a fabled name, Abizanda, in the province of Huesca (Aragón - Spain). There they embarked on what seemed to many an adventure full of fantasy and illusion but with little consistency…

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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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