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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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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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Israeli scientists claim to have managed to reverse the ageing process

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 29, 2020

Israeli scientists claim to have managed to reverse the ageing process

A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University and Shamir Medical Center, in Israel, claim to have found an effective way to stop cellular ageing. In an article that has appeared in the journal Ageing, scientists say that pure oxygen treatments inside hyperbaric chambers (HBO) can stop, in healthy adults, the ageing of their blood cells, and even reverse the ageing process…

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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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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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Neurons regenerate most of our lives

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on November 13, 2020

Neurons regenerate most of our lives

It has always been said that the neurons that we have when we die are the same that we have when we are born. Our neural network does not regenerate and, for this reason, the weakening of our grey matter can cause memory loss, learning difficulties or different diseases. However, a study published in the journal "Nature Medicine" has shown that there is an area of the brain in which new neurons are born. Llorens-Martín's team analysed brain tissue samples from 13 healthy donor subjects…

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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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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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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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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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