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A Norwegian village with sunlight thanks to three huge mirrors

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 28, 2020

A Norwegian village with sunlight thanks to three huge mirrors

Did you know that vitamin D keeps depression away and regulate circadian sleep cycles? The biggest natural resource of such vitamin is natural lighting. However, there are places on our planet where people receive very few hours of sunlight, especially in certain seasons. In a remote Norwegian town called Rjukan, people live without light for six months a year! The reason, the shadow of the mountains surrounding their deep valley do not let the sun light the streets…

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A new high-resolution robotic eye wired to the optic nerve

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 21, 2020

A new high-resolution robotic eye wired to the optic nerve

A group of researchers from the University of Hong Kong (China) have managed to create the most accurate artificial replica that exists of a human eye. The prosthesis is completely autonomous, works with solar energy and replicates the retina of the human eye with a viewing angle of 100º (only 30º less than a real human eye)…

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Antibody that attacks coronavirus discovered in Japan

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 11, 2020

Antibody that attacks coronavirus discovered in Japan

A team of researchers from the University of Kitasato, one of the most prestigious in the field of research in Japan, together with the biotechnology company Epsilon Molecular Engineering and the commercial firm Kao, dedicated to medical and cosmetic research, have announced the discovery that the VHH antibody has the potential to suppress and neutralise the coronavirus, and therefore could be used for therapy against Covid-19. The communication with which the group has announced its discovery …

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Quantum computing can now operate at 15 times higher temperatures, saving millions of euros for their implementation

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 17, 2020

Quantum computing can now operate at 15 times higher temperatures, saving millions of euros for their implementation

Quantum computers, that use quantum-mechanical phenomena to perform computation, have the potential to revolutionise computation by making certain types of classically intractable problems solvable…

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A vaccine / treatment is closer and closer

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 6, 2020

A vaccine /  treatment is closer and closer

These days of uncertainty, and in spite of the plenty of fake news that is out there, we are receiving messages from different sources that invite optimism. The "race" to find a medicine to control the pandemic that is causing the coronavirus has a number of participants…

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A new edible and biodegradable packaging to avoid the use of plastic in the supermarket

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 16, 2020

A new edible and biodegradable packaging to avoid the use of plastic in the supermarket

This sustainable container, developed over two years by The Catalan Plastic Center of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and the researcher Farayde Fakhouri, is an alternative to plastics and comes from plant sources formed by natural compounds that offer different properties that, combined with other materials, allow the interaction of food with the atmosphere to be modified, protecting the food and extending its useful life. With a budget of 10 million euros financed between ACCI…

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It is now possible to produce energy from nothing!

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 26, 2020

It is now possible to produce energy from nothing!

Can you imagine a device that produces electricity from nothing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley, both of the University of Massachusets Amherst (USA), have created a device called 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator that uses a natural protein to generate electricity from just the humidity of the air. This air generator connects electrodes to the protein nanowires (just 7 microns thick, one-tenth of a human hair), generating electric c…

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The first solar plant in Kenya that converts ocean water into free drinking water

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 17, 2020

The first solar plant in Kenya that converts ocean water into free drinking water

Yes, a solar plant that is capable of converting salt water into drinking water. The system, built by The GivePower company, is capable of generating potable water for 35,000 inhabitants without negative effects on the environment, since basically water and a clean and renewable source of energy are used without generating toxic substances or waste. Most current water purification systems are expensive because they consume a lot of energy…

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Fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery

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by Susana Díez

Posted on October 24, 2019

Fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery

The industry is interested in materials that have a high density. Lithium-carbon dioxide batteries can store up to seven times more energy than lithium-ion ones. The search for materials that are capable of storing as much information as possible, has developed exponentially in recent years. The fields for applications are very wide, for example, electric cars. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, they have managed to develop the first lithium-carbon dioxide battery…

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Less packaging more breathing

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by Susana Díez

Posted on September 5, 2019

Less packaging more breathing

We have a problem with ocean pollution, but we have also the solution: producing less plastic packaging. There are a lot of countries and companies are working for recycling and created solutions for an environment cleaner. For example:   In New Zealand, a supermarket called “New World” doesn' t pack fruit and vegetables so they save tonnes of plastic every year…

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