Friday, 26 February 2010

Germany unveils World's biggest solar-powered boat

2010-02-26 WHAT its makers say is the world's biggest boat powered by the sun was unveiled in Germany yesterday ahead of its planned circumnavigation of the globe in 2011, the first under solar power."This is a unique feeling to see in front of me today a boat...

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Jaipur puts amputees back on their feet

2010-02-25 WHEN Bhoopnarayan Jha lost his leg in an accident, this government employee also lost his will to live, until he got a "Jaipur Foot".Made from locally available and cheap materials, the rapid-fit, prosthetic limb is handed over for free...

Raw milk debate spills across US

2010-02-25 DEBATE about the health attributes and risks of raw milk is spilling into statehouses and courtrooms across the United States as proponents of unpasteurised dairy products push to make them easier for consumers to buy.Supporters of the raw milk...

Climate refugees build new village in Alaska

2010-02-25 RESIDENTS of a tiny Yup'ik Eskimo village in Alaska are preparing to become the United States' first climate refugees and flee their homes as the thawing permafrost beneath washes away.Residents of Newtok, a settlement of 350 people on the banks of...

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Ford Kuga knows Borneo roads very well

2010-02-24 FIRST things first, let's talk about its name.The Ford Kuga might not have the best of monikers and it certainly doesn't reflect its kerb appeal.But though it's not a head turner, the 'kinetic design' exterior easily maintains the rugged looks which...

Main features

2010-02-24 Engine2.5 L VCT TURBO GSL ENGINE5 cylinders inline engineEngine drive mechanism: BeltPerformanceMax horse power: 147kw/225PSMax torque: 320nmTop speed: 202km/hAcceleration: 8.8secVehicle typeCrossover/SUVAll Wheel Drive/real time 4WDTransmission5-...

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Endeavour lands in Florida

2010-02-23 THE US space shuttle Endeavour successfully landed in Florida late Sunday after a two-week mission to install a new module on the International Space Station.The shuttle touched down on a coastal runway at the Kennedy Space Centre here at 10.20pm (...

Teens too need enough sleep

2010-02-23 WHAT starts with an "s" that seniors need more of than younger adults, is great to get a bit of in the middle of the day and could cause teens to turn to drugs if they don't get enough of it?The answer is sleep, according to several...

Childhood poverty can shape neurobiology

2010-02-23 LIVING in poverty can shape the neurobiology of a developing child "in powerful ways", affecting children's behaviour, health and how well they do later in life, according to a study .US researchers found what they called "a biology...

Scientists warn of stem cell 'banks' fraud

2010-02-23 CLINICS that offer to "bank" stem cells from the umbilical cords of newborns for use later in life when illness strikes are fraudsters, a top US scientist said.Clinics in many countries allow parents to deposit stem cells from their...

Monday, 22 February 2010

Scientists help stroke victims regain speech through singing

2010-02-22 US SCIENTISTS have restored speech to stroke victims by getting them to sing words instead of speaking them, a leading neurologist said Saturday.Gottfried Schlaug, an associate professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and...

Electric bikes on a roll in China

2010-02-22 CHINESE commuters in their millions are turning to electric bicycles — hailed as the environmentally-friendly future of personal transport in the country's teeming cities.Up to 120 million e-bikes are estimated to be on the roads in China,...

Park your car, power the nation — and get paid!

2010-02-22 US RESEARCHERS have unveiled a vehicle that can earn money for its owner while it's parked doing nothing in the garage.A converted Toyota Scion xB shown at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Las Vegas is...

China to beat US in race for the moon

2010-02-22 CHINA aims to land its first astronauts on the moon within a decade at the dawn of a new era of manned space exploration — a race it now leads thanks to the US decision to drop its lunar programme.US President Barack Obama earlier this month...

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Aids vaccine effects may wear off, researchers say

2010-02-20 AN AIDS vaccine that appears to have worked at least partly in Thailand may only temporarily protect patients, with the effects starting to wane after a year or so, researchers reported on Thursday.That may explain why results of the experimental...

US project seeks to make the family car a cash cow

2010-02-20 US researchers unveiled a vehicle on Thursday that earns money for its driver instead of guzzling it up in gasoline and maintenance costs.The converted Toyota Scion xB, shown at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of...

Vancouver Games site sets new record: officials

2010-02-20 THE official website of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, for which AFP supplies content in English and French, has beaten all previous Olympic Games records for Internet traffic, sport officials said on Wednesday. "We're getting greater...

Astronauts winding up space mission

2010-02-20 NASA'S orbiting astronauts celebrated the addition of the International Space Station's new observation deck and the near completion of the orbiting outpost with red ribbon and moon rocks.Thursday night's formal opening of the seven-windowed...

Friday, 19 February 2010

Origin of key cosmic explosions unravelled

2010-02-19 ASTRONOMERS who have long used supernovas as cosmic mile markers to help measure the expansion of the universe now have an answer to the nagging question of what sparks the massive stellar explosions.'These are such critical objects in understanding...

Happiness lowers heart disease

2010-02-19 PEOPLE who are usually happy and enthusiastic are less likely to develop heart disease than those who tend to be glum, scientists said on Thursday, and boosting positive emotions could help cut heart health risks.US researchers said their...