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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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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An algorithm capable of detecting Alzheimer

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 2, 2021

An algorithm capable of detecting Alzheimer

All efforts to improve the diagnosis and early care of Alzheimer's are few. The Stevens University of Technology in New Jersey has developed an algorithm that detects the language deficits typical of the early stages of the disease. According to data from the World Health Organisation, dementia affects about 50 million people worldwide, of which about 60% live in low and middle-income countries…

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Proven that training in cold weather makes you prevent wrinkles and lose weight

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 14, 2021

Proven that training in cold weather makes you prevent wrinkles and lose weight

According to a study conducted by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, training time in a cold environment reduces the possibility of getting the flu by 20 or 30%…

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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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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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