Science & Technology

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Jury still out over links between phones, tumors

2009-10-15 STUDIES on whether mobile phones can cause cancer, especially brain tumors, vary widely in quality and there may be some bias in those showing the least risk, researchers reported on Tuesday.So far it is difficult to demonstrate any link, although...

Boy grows new cheekbones in groundbreaking procedure

2009-10-15 BRAD GUILKEY is your average American teenager in most respects. He likes to play basketball and baseball, but in doing so he takes a much greater risk than most youngsters. He has a rare genetic condition known as Treacher Collins syndrome, which...

Data and contacts vanish from Sidekick phones

2009-10-15 OWNERS of Sidekick phones may have lost all the personal information they put on the device, including contact numbers, because of a failure of servers that remotely stored the data.The incident is a huge blow to the reputation of the Sidekick and...

Microsoft releases biggest patch ever

2009-10-15 MICROSOFT issued its biggest software patch on record on Tuesday to fix a range of security issues in its programs, including the yet to be released Windows 7 operating system.In a monthly update sent to users of its software, long known as "...

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Race is on for ultimate mileage

2009-10-14 WHO says gasoline engines have reached their limit?A race to seek out the best mileage is out to prove that when it comes to frugal driving, a 50cc motorcycle engine can go a long way.In the annual "Eco-Run" event, sponsored by Honda Motor...

Sidewalks, parks, farm markets cut diabetes risk

2009-10-14 PEOPLE who live in neighbourhoods with safe sidewalks, ample parks, good public transportation and ready access to fresh fruits and vegetables are 38 per cent less likely to develop diabetes than others, US researchers said on Monday.They said...

Ageing heart can be prevented

2009-10-14 SCIENTISTS in Japan said they have uncovered evidence that shows it may be possible to delay or prevent heart failure in humans.In a paper published in the journal Circulation, Tetsuo Shioi, lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine at...

2012 Olympic site workers face biometric scans

2009-10-14 WORKERS on London's Olympic Park will have to go through biometric scanning to access the 2012 Games site in a bid to protect it from terrorists, a newspaper reported Sunday.From this week, machines that have hand and iris recognition technology...

Trapeze: Fitness and the fear of flying

2009-10-14 DARING young men and women, not always with the greatest of ease, are taking flying trapeze classes to give their fitness workouts a jolt.Enthusiasts, who swing, jump, flip and fly through the air, say "flying" builds muscle strength,...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Today's babies could live to 22nd century

2009-10-13 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 recently."In the 20th century, most developed countries saw...

Antarctica climate survey begins

2009-10-13 THE National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) this week begins the most extensive aerial survey of Earth's surface to chart the impact of global warming, with six years of flights over Antarctica to understand the frozen continent's...

Fancy a new Giorgio Armani handphone?

2009-10-13 ITALIAN fashion house Giorgio Armani presented a new €700 ($1,441) mobile phone on Friday, a stylish device aimed at complementing the designer's suits.Founding designer Giorgio Armani, widely regarded as the doyen of Italian fashion, made a...

Skin cancer can be inherited

2009-10-13 WANT to reduce your risk of skin cancer? Wear sun screen, of course. But two new studies suggest that choosing your relatives carefully could also be helpful.One found that having an identical twin with melanoma increased a person's own risk of...

New Hewlett-Packard touch-enabled printers are coming

2009-10-13 HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP) recently unveiled the industry's first consumer line-up of touch-enabled HP Photosmart printers enabled by its new, breakthrough TouchSmart user interface, according to a statement from HP representtaives here.This new...

Whole grains may help keep blood pressure in check

2009-10-13 EATING lots of whole grains could ward off high blood pressure, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.In the study, men with the highest whole-grain consumption were 19 per cent less likely to develop high blood pressure...

Monday, 12 October 2009

Book trade seeks a deal with Google

2009-10-12 THE world's book trade meets in Frankfurt this week on the brink of a long-feared transformation of the industry for which few are well prepared.Electronic reading devices such as Amazon's Kindle are set to enter the mass market, starting with a...

Windows 7 to slam shut on local pirate copies

2009-10-12 AS THE October 22 worldwide official release of Windows 7 approaches, computer users in Brunei are asking whether the upgrade is worth it.The spiralling interest in Windows 7 prompted a free seminar at Concepts Computers main branch in Kiulap last...

Matter in hand: Jugglers have rewired brains

2009-10-12 NEUROSCIENTISTS have discovered that learning to juggle causes changes in white matter, the nerve strands which help different parts of the brain communicate with each other.University of Oxford researchers recruited 48 healthy young adults who were...

Saturday, 10 October 2009

That's one giant thud for mankind

2009-10-10 FOR as long as man has looked up, the moon has inspired romance, poetry and songs. Man also likes blowing things up. Now we get to do both, in the name of science.The aim of Friday's deliberate crash of two unmanned NASA spacecraft into the moon is...

Sony's latest PSP Go now in Brunei hands

2009-10-10 GADGET geeks and gamers in the Sultanate have a new toy to add to their collection: Sony's lightest and smallest PlayStation Portable (PSP) to date, the "PSP Go", has arrived in Brunei.As its name suggests, PSP Go was designed for people...

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