Science & Technology

Thursday, 8 October 2009

School kids track LCROSS crash landing on the moon

2009-10-08 USING a colossal radio telescope in the Mojave Desert, school kids around the world are helping NASA track the LCROSS spacecraft as it heads for a crash landing on the Moon.On Friday, LCROSS will smash into the inky-dark shadows of a crater near the...

Nobel honours Hong Kong's 'enlightened one'

2009-10-08 YOUNG engineer Charles Kao met nothing but scepticism and disbelief in 1966, when he presented a London research group his "wild" idea to use glass fibres to transmit data.His sceptics would never have imagined that, more than four decades...

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

In parkour, the city is the gym

2009-10-07 A ZEN saying goes: "the obstacle is the path".That's true of parkour, the gritty urban sport that evolved from obstacle course training for the French military into a fitness option for urban youths.In parkour, the city is the gym. The...

RETRO GIZMOS: The quest continues

2009-10-07 THE high-tech industry has been working itself into paroxysms of excitement lately over an idea that is not exactly new: tablet computers.Quietly, several high-tech companies are lining up to deliver versions of these keyboard-free, touch-screen...

Facebook, Twitter inform friends and burglars also!

2009-10-07 FACEBOOK users enthusing about an upcoming holiday or a recently purchased high-tech gadget may not just be telling their friends but also potential burglars, warns an insurance company.A survey of 2,092 social media users by British-based Legal...

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Time, US magazines plan online newsstand

2009-10-06 TIME INC is gathering US magazine publishers to start a jointly run digital newsstand next year that would deliver their titles to mobile devices like increasingly popular electronic book readers.Time Warner Inc is leading the effort, and has...

Watching TV thousands of miles away

2009-10-06 SO YOU'RE moving from the United States to another country and the most important thing you can think of is how you can watch the new season of "American Idol"?You're not alone — "placeshifting" is one of the hottest new...

Scientists develop antidote for new class of drugs

2009-10-06 A NEW compound can quickly counteract the action of an emerging class of drugs, offering a way to reverse the drugs' actions if a patient develops serious side effects, US researchers said on Sunday.They designed the compound to work with a new...

Multitrons unveils new Sony HD camcorders

2009-10-06 MULTITRONS Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Sony products in Brunei Darussalam, expands its high definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) Handycam camcorder offerings with three new HD models as well as two new additions in standard definition (...

Monday, 5 October 2009

Is Windows 7 worth the big upgrade?

2009-10-05 WITH the October 22 world-wide release looming, Microsoft's Windows 7 is bound to make the legions of existing Windows users wonder whether they should upgrade. And it will make those who have put off hardware purchases in anticipation of the new...

Singapore targeting e-govt contracts

2009-10-05 THOSE in Brunei looking for a good example to follow in how to successfully roll out a comprehensive battery of e-government (e-govt) services need look no further than Singapore. Representatives from the city-state were invited to make a...

Answer that phone call

2009-10-05 AS SCIENTISTS around the world eagerly await the official announcement of who has won Nobel prizes this year (see World pages), many are likely to have their phones set on maximum volume, especially after what happened to US scientist Martin Chalfie...

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Discovering the fountain of youth

2009-10-03 THE fountain of youth may exist after all, as a study showed Thursday that scientists have discovered means to extend the lifespan of mice and primates.The key to eternal, or at least prolonged, youth lies in genetic manipulation that mimics the...

Calling all adventurers

2009-10-03 FINALLY there is a phone that may be tough enough to take all that Borneo can throw at it. Land Rover has released a rugged mobile phone that will not have the same high-end impact that the iPhone has enjoyed, but it will survive nearly every...

Today's babies could live to 22nd century

2009-10-03 MORE than half of the babies born today in rich countries will live to 100 years if current trends of life expectancy continue, a study appearing in the medical journal The Lancet said on Friday.In the 20th century, most developed countries saw an...

Wave released for testing

2009-10-03 GOOGLE's highly anticipated real-time communications service is not "ready for prime time", but the company on Tuesday said it was on track to begin the biggest field test yet of the potentially groundbreaking Google Wave.The Internet...

Friday, 2 October 2009

Viruses target banks, social networks

2009-10-02 CYBER criminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on the hundreds of millions of users of social networks and on bank security systems, security software vendors said on Wednesday.At the same time, spam email messages rose sharply in the third...

Cosmic rays hit space age high

2009-10-02 PLANNING a trip to Mars? Take plenty of shielding. According to sensors on NASA's ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) spacecraft, galactic cosmic rays have hit a Space Age high."In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19 per cent beyond...

Deadly Dust Storms

2009-10-02 HUGE dust storms, like the ones that blanketed Sydney twice last week, hit Queensland a few days later and turned the air red across much of eastern Australia, are spreading lethal epidemics around the world.However, they can also absorb climate...

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Asian hornets head for UK

2009-10-01 FOR five years they have wreaked havoc in southwestern France, scaring locals with their venomous stings and ravaging the bee population to feed their rapacious appetites.Now, Asian predatory hornets have been sighted in Paris for the first time,...

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