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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A new approach to treat Alzheimer using sound and light to trigger brain waves

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 9, 2020

A new approach to treat Alzheimer using sound and light to trigger brain waves

By applying sound and light at the same frequency, the cognitive function can be improved, and also helps remove plaque displaying symptoms of the disease. The treatment has at the moment been used in mice and now is intended to be tested in humans. The practical applications of the method seem limited though, as the effect is limited to visual parts of the brain, bypassing important zones that are key in memory formation and retrieval…

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Scientists discover the reason of the metastasis (cancer), and open new hopes to treat it

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on January 20, 2020

Scientists discover the reason of the metastasis (cancer), and open new hopes to treat it

Metastasis is the spread of cancer to other regions of the body, and is responsible for 90% of cancer deaths. The Spanish oncologist Joan Massegué and other scientists at the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York have finally discovered the reason why the cancer cells extend to other parts of the body. It is not because of genetic mutations, as it was believed until now. Instead, they spread following the same process of regenerating a wounded tissue…

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Soft Science

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by Susana Díez

Posted on December 5, 2019

Soft Science

This is the history of how a teenager overcame the pressure she felt in her family to devote herself to science. His father wanted her to study hard science with more enthusiasm. He wanted his daughter to win the science fair. But Deirdre Bowen did not want to study the sciences proposed by her parents. She was not interested in dissecting frogs or investigating monkey's skulls…

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T-shirts made from Wood and Algae

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by Susana Díez

Posted on November 28, 2019

T-shirts made from Wood and Algae

The clothes industry is the second most contaminating only behind oil. Although some companies are trying to reduce their waste, great advances have not been achieved. Now, a little startup located in London has developed a system to make t-shirts that are completely recycled. They don't use the usual tissues, they have created a new one. The T-shirts are made of wood pulp and algae and at the end of their life, they can be composted or buried it…

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Gang leader helps children

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by Susana Díez

Posted on November 21, 2019

Gang leader helps children

Original Gangster United, a pathway to ending gang opposition, promoting peace, and saving young generations from senseless of violence. These former leaders are familiar with the problems young people face and can offer solutions. In the city of Dallas, OGU has been formed to eliminate violence from its streets. One of its founders, Antong Lucky never aspired to be part of a band or to end up in jail…

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Rescuing dolphins

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by Susana Díez

Posted on November 14, 2019

Rescuing dolphins

When it comes to rescue dolphins, we are willing to make any effort. What happened recently in Florida proves it. Volunteers in St. Petersburg, Florida, are being lauded for a job well done after helping a group of dolphins find their way out of a canal and back to their home in more open waters. With some frequency, dolphins have difficulty returning to the sea. It is not known exactly what is the reason for the loss of orientation…

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Toys help children to spark their imaginations

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by Susana Díez

Posted on November 6, 2019

Toys help children to spark their imaginations

Today, despite the invasion of digital devices, children still prefer classic toys. Toys are more than just fun and games for kids. Most toys provide at least some opportunity for children to learn. The best toy engages a chid's sense, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others…

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Tabletop gardens for people in wheelchairs

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by Susana Díez

Posted on October 31, 2019

Tabletop gardens for people in wheelchairs

Terry Garret is the creator of gardens adapted for people with reduced mobility. The idea occurred to him when he saw how his brother had to leave the hobby that he liked the best. His illness forced him to move in a wheelchair and he had to give up gettings his hands on the ground. He also didn't have the physical strength to face the effort that gardening requires. They designed and built the first tabletop garden that was a resounding success…

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