Thursday, 18 February 2010

Indian firm makes armoured car to face terrorist assault

2010-02-18 A MINI armoured car, designed for use in confined spaces like airports, hotels or stadiums and inspired by the trauma of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, drew admirers at an Indian arms fair yesterday.The battery-operated Anti-Terrorist Assault Cart (Atac...

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Hormone oxytocin may aid social development

2010-02-17 A HORMONE thought to encourage bonding between mothers and their babies may foster social behaviour in some adults with autism, French researchers said on Monday.They found patients who inhaled the hormone oxytocin paid more attention to expressions...

Toys in 2010: 'Green,' high-tech... and cheap

2010-02-17 US TOY makers are coming out of a long recession tunnel this year, hoping to ride the recovery wave with new lines of classic, "green" and high-tech toys, and a sales pitch centred on affordability.The American International Toy Fair 2010...

Future electric car could be light-weight, long-range

2010-02-17 A NANOSCALE material developed in Britain could one day yield wafer-thin cellphones and light-weight, long-range electric cars powered by the roof, boot and doors, researchers have reported.For now, the new technology, a patented mix of carbon fibre...

Some jobs lead to lung cancer in men

2010-02-17 CERTAIN occupations can increase the risk of lung cancer for men with Italian researchers finding five per cent of male lung cancers are job related although smoking remains by far the greatest cause of the disease.Dario Consonni of the Foundation...

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Samsung, Sony Ericsson roll out new smartphones

2010-02-16 SAMSUNG Electronics and Sony Ericsson unveiled their new top smartphone models on Sunday, both hoping to improve their positions in the more lucrative part of the phone market.Samsung, the world No 2 handset maker, unveiled its flagship smartphone...

Use of silicon wires can lead to cheaper solar cells

2010-02-16 US RESEARCHERS have devised a way to make flexible solar cells with silicon wires that use just one per cent of the material needed to make conventional solar cells.The eventual hope is to make thin, light solar cells that could be incorporated into...

Astronauts wait to gaze earth's lookout

2010-02-16 ASTRONAUTS successfully moved the International Space Station's fancy new observation deck to its final resting place Monday after a long, frustrating night spent dealing with stuck bolts and wayward wiring.But they will have to wait a few more days...

Monday, 15 February 2010

Former US officials in cyberattack simulation

2010-02-15 FORMER top US intelligence officials will become cyberwarriors on Tuesday in a simulation of how the US government would respond to a massive cyberattack on the United States."The scenario itself is secret," said Eileen McMenamin, vice...

Seeking comeback, Microsoft to show phone software

2010-02-15 MICROSOFT Corp is expected to announce a major revamp of its phone software on Monday, in an attempt to regain momentum in a crucial market where it has been overshadowed.CEO Steve Ballmer will be speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,...

Astronauts turn plumbers, hook hoses

2010-02-15 THE International Space Station's newest room came alive with power yesterday after spacewalking astronauts managed to hook up plumbing despite an ammonia leak.Even though Nicholas Patrick's suit got hit with ammonia, none of the frozen toxic drops...

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Older mothers may pay expensive price for IVF babies

2010-02-13 OLDER women can end up paying more than five times as much as younger women to successfully have an IVF baby, according to an Australian study.Researchers from the University of Sydney set out to examine a boom in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other...

Medicines not working? Then there's an app

2010-02-13 NEED to check your blood glucose level? There's an iPhone app for that, just one example of drugmakers going high-tech to improve their performance.By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can...

Bolivia to launch a space satellite

2010-02-13 THE impoverished South American country, famed more for llamas and Andean peaks than technology, has created a space agency to build and launch a satellite with Chinese help.Named after Túpac Katari, an Aymara Indian leader who fought Spanish...

Perfect sunbed tan could cost you

2010-02-13 YOU MAY need a sunbed to get that especially fine tan over this long winter, but the EU warned yesterday that some tanning beds and operators violate safety regulations, putting users at risk of skin cancer.The European Union's executive arm said on...

Astronauts install space observation deck

2010-02-13 TWO astronauts from the US space shuttle Endeavour successfully completed the first phase of installing a new observation deck on the International Space Station yesterday, Nasa said.A giant robot arm hoisted the Tranquility node and cupola from the...

Friday, 12 February 2010

Finding 'miracle' for Baltic Sea

2010-02-12 LEADERS from Baltic region countries pledged urgent action to generate the "miracle" needed to save one of the world's most polluted seas at a summit in Helsinki Wednesday.Over-fished, polluted by agricultural nutrient discharge and uncared for, the...

UN climate panel needs overhaul

2010-02-12 THE nobel-winning UN panel that serves as the scientific bedrock for global climate negotiations needs a serious makeover, several of its most senior members said Wednesday.Their recommendations included scrapping the panel, which is run by...

Why Valium can be addictive

2010-02-12 SCIENTISTS on Wednesday said they had figured out why people get hooked on a class of prescription drugs that includes Valium, along with other antidepressants, muscle relaxants and sleeping pills.The findings, reported in the British science...

Odyssey of Siberian hunters

2010-02-12 HAIR preserved in permafrost for 4,000 years has shed light on a tribe of Stone Age hunters who crossed from Siberia to Greenland in an unsung odyssey of migration, scientists said on Wednesday.Unearthed at a site in western Greenland, the hair...