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  • Mapping Irish Wetlands

    By Victoria on June 24, 2017
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    A new online software is now available making Ireland’s wetlands and their wildlife easier to find. The country has thousands of wetland sites that are valuable havens for animal and plant life, and a new, online map entitled ‘Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland’, is making such sites easier to find. The map was created by Peter Foss and Patrick Crushell […]
  • Fresh Fruit That Would Have Been Waste Is Now Feeding A Community

    By Victoria on June 21, 2017
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    In San Diego in the United States, Nita Kurmins Gilson is a woman who is bringing fresh fruit to thousands of San Diegans in need. In 2009, she learned that one in six people in her county were going to bed hungry, and she also saw an abundance of fresh produce going to waste all over the city. Nita decided to […]
  • Navigating Drones Through Air Traffic

    By Victoria on June 18, 2017
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    In Belgium, a company is working on a project that aims to avoid dangerous close encounters between drones and other air traffic. Drones have taken on an important function, be it for surveillance, transport, work tools or simple toys, but they can pose a threat to air traffic if they veer into airspace reserved for scheduled flights. Koen Vrints, owner of Friend […]
  • Europe’s Future in Space

    By Victoria on June 15, 2017
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    Europe’s future in space was recently discussed at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) space summit held in Lucerne, Switzerland. The agency’s 22 member states spend 48 hours debating this one subject. The focus of this discussion was the ExoMars project and the International Space Station. The ExoMars project constitutes a two-part Martian astrobiology project to search for evidence of life […]
  • UK Council Install Disabled Swing in Local Park

    By Victoria on June 12, 2017
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    In the UK, the South Lanarkshire Council built a park near two eight-year old twins Naomi and Isaac Gwynne’s home. However Naomi was sad to realise her twin brother wouldn’t be able to use the new swings there. Both twins have autism, but Isaac also has visual impairment due to a brain tumour and severe learning difficulties, which means he […]
  • Apple’s Voice Assistant ‘Siri’ Helps 4-Year-Old Save A Life

    By Victoria on June 9, 2017
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    Apple’s personal voice assistant ‘Siri‘ helped a quick-thinking boy in England save his unconscious mother’s life. Roman aged 4, used his mother’s thumb to unlock her iPhone before asking the Apple’s voice assistant ‘Siri’ for help after she recently passed out at their home in South London. Siri dialed the emergency service number and the child informed a dispatcher what had happened – Roman had […]
  • Scientists In Estonia Prepare To Launch Their First Nanosatelite

    By Victoria on June 6, 2017
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    In Tallinn, Estonia, students at the Mektory Space Centre are preparing the launch of their first nanosatellite. The nanosatellites are tiny satellites the size of a small cube and are jam-packed with the most advanced nanotechnologies and could be the future of space exploration – from Mars missions, to the surveillance of asteroids, which could potentially be dangerous for our […]
  • Virtual Reality Drum Kit ‘Freedrum’

    By Victoria on June 3, 2017
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    In Sweden, drummer Philip Robertson is the leader of a project known as Freedrum. Robertson is a keen drummer and like any musician, he knows the importance of practice. Rather than practicing in a rehearsal studio, he rehearses by sitting down in the middle of Malmo city in Sweden to make a racket. Freedrum is a virtual reality drum kit that […]
  • Swedish Supermarket Laser Marks Food Instead of Stickers

    By Victoria on May 31, 2017
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    In an experiment called “Natural Branding”, Swedish supermarket giant ICA is trialling the laser marking of its sweet potatoes and avocados. The approach is being used to seek an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic stickers or packaging. The experiment involves using a low energy carbon dioxide laser to quickly remove pigment from the outer skin of a fruit or vegetable. According […]
  • Making Healthy Foods Fun For Kids

    By Victoria on May 28, 2017
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    Sometimes, parents have to go the extra mile to get their child to eat their five-a-day fruit and vegetable intake. In Britain, Tam Fry spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum has suggested placing small amounts of cash into a bank account as an inducement for kids to eat their greens.  In the United States, a 2016-published study has found that […]

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