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🧠 The coronavirus has kidnapped our brains
Meet Doctor Mouna Esmaeilzadeh.
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In this article Doctor Mouna explains how the coronavirus kidnapped our brains, and that the world's progress is much better than almost everyone thinks.
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Fact-based optimistic news of the week
🐦 Reduced air pollution has saved 1.5 billion birds.
Stricter air pollution laws have saved many birds in the United States over the past 40 years.
🚀 An easier way to make rocket fuel on Mars.
Researchers have found a more efficient way to produce methane, making it an even more attractive fuel for Mars trips.
🛰 Elon Musk delivers internet of the future with Starlink satellites.
Slow connections and lagging video calls will be extinct with Elon Musks’ Starlink satellites. SpaceX's division Starlink is building a network of satellite-routers with the capacity to globalize the internet once and for all.
📱 An app that plants trees.
Ant Forest, the app that reforests the earth by turning the choice to live a lower-carbon lifestyle into a game and plants trees. The project won the Champions of the Earth price in 2019.
🌳 African countries use satellites to reduce deforestation.
In just two years African nations have been able to reduce deforestation with 18%, all thanks to a satellite monitoring system created by GLAD.
🚰 MyH20 turns data into drinking water.
Xiaoyuan “Charlene” Ren, a winner of Young Champions of the Earth, uses data to provide households with clean water. MyH2O network has provided tens of thousands of villagers with clean, drinkable water.
🥼 Swedish government decides on billion-dollar investment in research and innovation.
Last year's pandemic resulted in a decision by the government to allocate more money for research. Two of the areas that will get the most money are research on viruses and the environment.
🔌 This charging robot charges an electric car where there are no fixed chargers.
If there are not enough charging posts in the parking lot, a charging robot can come to the rescue.
💉 Vaccine against meningitis can reduce the risk of mental illness.
Research points to a link between meningitis in childhood and mental disorders later on.
🐬 Scientists find coral sanctuary.
A newly discovered coral sanctuary with abundant marine life is not affected by the warming oceans.
⚡️ Great Britain windfarms break the record for clean power generation.
On Friday, December 18th, 40% of Great Britain’s electricity was generated in wind farms. All thanks to the stormy winter weather.
☀️ New solar cells will be 20 percent more efficient than today's panels.
Solar panels built with a combination of silicon and the material perovskite are the most efficient panels to date.
🇮🇸 Iceland’s nature allows for 100% renewable energy.
It’s well known that Iceland’s nature and scenery are epic. It’s one of the main reasons people travel there. But the island's majesty isn’t just a sight for sore eyes - it allows the country to use almost 100% renewable energy.
🔬 AI speeds up materials research 40,000 times.
With machine learning, a research team has found a method that makes it possible to tailor materials in a fraction of the time it takes today.
🛩 Jet fuel made of CO2, is it possible?
The aviation industry is really trying to reduce its global carbon footprint. Now a team from Oxford University in the UK might have found an experimental process turning CO2 into jet fuel.