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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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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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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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Biodegradable hemp fiber masks

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on October 5, 2020

Biodegradable hemp fiber masks

Currently, it is estimated that 129 billion disposable masks are used and thrown away every month in the world, representing serious public health and environmental problem…

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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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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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A new air filter capable of killing the coronavirus instantly

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on July 9, 2020

A new air filter capable of killing the coronavirus instantly

A team of researchers from the University of Houston (USA), in collaboration with the Medistar company, has announced the development of a new air filter that is capable of "catching and killing" the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 instantly. The work has been published in the Materials Today Physics magazine. It has been proved that the virus can stay in the air for about three hours…

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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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Drones bringing medicines

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 24, 2020

Drones bringing medicines

In a time of pandemic, drones are being used to reach the most remote rural areas to bring medical supplies. There are companies like Zipline, delivering medical supplies to Ghana and Rwanda, or Zapallar in Chile. Fast delivery allows these items to land as quickly as possible in these rural hospitals…

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