Science & Technology

Monday, 19 October 2009

SCIENCE NEWS IN BRIEF

2009-10-19 Mission finds ribbon at solar systemWASHINGTON: A bright ribbon of hydrogen atoms marks the edge of the solar system, where the Sun's wind meets emissions from the rest of the galaxy, researchers reported last Thursday. They used telescopes aboard...

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Energy savings in black and white

2009-10-17 ANYONE who has ever stepped barefoot onto blacktop pavement on a hot sunny day knows the phenomenon very well: Black surfaces absorb the sun's heat very efficiently, producing a toe-scorching surface.In the wintertime, that can be a good thing: A...

Twitter launches Japanese mobile site

2009-10-17 TWITTER Inc now speaks more Japanese and it plans to be multilingual within months.The popular microblogging service launched a Japan-based mobile version on Thursday, hoping to penetrate a country where other US social networking sites including...

Twitter goes to Aussie university

2009-10-17 SOCIAL networking upstart Twitter has made the jump to academia's hallowed halls, with "tweets" made compulsory writing for would-be journalists at an Australian university."Some students' tweets are not as in depth as you might like...

Nissan rolls out new Fairlady Z Roadster

2009-10-17 FOR sports car lovers who seek new models, good news is coming their way. Nissan Motor unveiled the latest addition to their lineup, the new Fairlady Z Roadster, which goes on sale from Thursday onwards at Nissan dealers nationwide in Japan.Based on...

Mind what you eat

2009-10-17 THE mention of one opting for eating healthier would no sooner draw raised eyebrows and questions about your possibly failing health as if implying that the perfectly healthy do not need to watch what they eat.Although many would share the same...

Friday, 16 October 2009

Movie studios open their ears to online buzz

2009-10-16 HOLLYWOOD is increasingly relying on Twitter and Facebook to gauge popular buzz on movies even before they come out, in a move reflecting the power of average filmgoers over once-mighty film critics and detailed surveys.Studio executives are finding...

Guerrillas in our midst: ex-rebels help locate literacy in brain

2009-10-16 FORMER guerrillas in Colombia have helped neuroscientists locate which parts of the brain are involved in literacy, according to a study published on Wednesday in the British journal Nature.Language is an innate human ability that evolved after...

Modern male is worst man ever

2009-10-16 MANY prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions.Some Tutsi men in Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 metres during initiation ceremonies in...

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Style icon Dyson brings desk appeal to fans

2009-10-15 BRITISH entrepreneur James Dyson, who famously brought sex appeal to the lowly household vacuum cleaner, is back with another high-tech invention: but does the world really need a US$300 ($423) room fan?Yes, Dyson says, citing the personal health...

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 "...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

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...

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