Science & Technology

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Liquid gold is essential for health

2010-01-23 OILS are essential for our health and beauty. But this liquid goodness has to be used and consumed with care for too much of it can wreak havoc on the body.A dash of aromatic sesame oil can do wonders for a hasty stirfry dish. Likewise, a slice of...

Salt reduction could save lives

2010-01-23 SHAVING three grammes off the daily salt intake of Americans could prevent up to 66,000 strokes, 99,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths in the United States, while saving US$24 billion ($33.6 billion) in health costs per year, researchers reported...

Strength training aids stroke-weakened hands

2010-01-23 STRENGTH training improves hand grip and arm function in people who have suffered a stroke without causing increased muscle spasticity or pain, according to combined data from multiple studies.Stroke commonly weakens muscles and may temporarily...

Friday, 22 January 2010

Tips for healthy heart

2010-01-22 HERE are the seven secrets to a long life: Stay away from cigarettes. Keep a slender physique. Get some exercise. Eat a healthy diet and keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar in check.Research shows that most 50-year-olds who do that...

Himalayan glaciers warning not backed by data: UN

2010-01-22 A UNITED NATIONS warning that Himalayan glaciers were melting faster than any other place in the world and may be gone by 2035 was not backed up by science, UN climate experts said on Wednesday an admission that could energise climate change...

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Most British men owe life to ancient farmers

2010-01-21 MOST men in Britain are descended from the first farmers to migrate across Europe from the Near East 10,000 years ago, scientists say. Ancient farmers left their genetic mark on modern males by breeding more successfully than indigenous hunter-...

Circumcision for newborn boys lowers costs of Aids treatment

2010-01-21 CIRCUMCISING newborn boys to stop them becoming infected with the Aids virus in later life is more cost-effective than circumcising adult men, Rwandan health experts said on Tuesday.A study by Agnes Binagwaho and colleagues at Rwanda's health...

Rising seas threaten tigers

2010-01-21 ONE of the world's largest tiger populations could be wiped out this century as rising seas threaten to engulf their dwindling habitat in the coastal mangrove forests of Bangladesh, researchers said yesterday.A projected sea-level rise of 11 inches...

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Filipino scientist finds new anti-malaria vaccine

2010-01-20 RHOEL DINGLASAN, an entomologist and biologist from John Hopkins University, is rocking the science world with his discovery of a new vaccine against malaria. It prevents mosquitoes from spreading malaria if they bite someone who's been inoculated...

Almost, but not quite human

2010-01-20 OSAKA University Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro is one of the few people who could mean it literally when he says: "When my daughter was 4 years old, I made a copy of her." Ishiguro, leader of the Communication Robot Department of ATR Intelligent...

Urgent measures needed to tackle school-related stress in China

2010-01-20 ATHIRD of primary schoolchildren in China are suffering from psychological ill-health as a result of classroom stress and parental pressure, according to a study published yesterday.The problem is so bad that urgent measures are needed, warns the...

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Story of Newton's encounter with apple goes online

2010-01-19 AN 18TH-CENTURY account of how a falling piece of fruit helped Isaac Newton develop the theory of gravity is being posted to the Web, making scans of the fragile paper manuscript widely available to the public for the first time.Newton's encounter...

Why coastal oil spills can pollute for decades

2010-01-19 OIL from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill that devastated Alaska's Prince William Sound still lies trapped beneath its beaches, continuing to pollute once pristine shores, scientists reported Sunday.As climate change opens the Arctic region to oil...

Diabetic patients to be more mindful about that foot

2010-01-19 I HAD the opportunity to meet Dr Ajith Kumar Varma when he was recently in Lucknow to attend the 55th Foundation Day Celebration of Department of General Surgery, CSM Medical University, where he charmed everyone with his suave manners and modesty,...

S Korean scientists develop robot maid

2010-01-19 SOUTH KOREAN scientists have developed a walking robot maid which can clean a home, dump clothes in a washing machine and even heat food in a microwave. Mahru-Z has a human-like body including a rotating head, arms, legs and six fingers plus three-...

Monday, 18 January 2010

Japan fears push for tuna trade ban

2010-01-18 SEAFOOD-LOVING Japan having faced years of international pressure to stop whaling finds itself with a potentially bigger fight over a highly prized type of tuna that conservation groups say is being fished to extinction.A proposal to ban the...

Space shuttle for sale, anyone?

2010-01-18 HERE'S a recession bargain: the space shuttle. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has slashed the price of these 1970s era spaceships from US$42 million ($58.42 million) to $28.8 million apiece. The shuttles are for sale once...

Antarctica goes green with launch of wind farm

2010-01-18 A SMALL part of Antarctica turned green on Saturday as the ice-covered continent's biggest wind farm, which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was formally switched on.The joint New Zealand-US project's three huge turbines will...

Saturday, 16 January 2010

High tech gadgets lighten handbags

2010-01-16 TECHNOLOGICAL advances have led to a sharp fall in the weight of women's handbags, research from British department store chain Debenhams has revealed.Women's handbags now weigh an average of 1.5kg, 57 per cent less than the average of two years ago...

Bigger Kindle goes global from Jan 19

2010-01-16 AMAZON has started taking pre-orders for a global version of the big Kindle DX ebook reader, which will be released on January 19 at the same as last May's US launch price: US$489 ($679).The DX will ship from the US to more than 100 countries...

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