Science & Technology

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Aussie doctors separate conjoined twins

2009-11-18 AUSTRALIAN doctors successfully separated joined-at-the-head Bangladeshi twins after more than 24 hours of surgery yesterday, saying the girls were "in great shape" but faced a difficult recovery.Two-year-old Trishna and Krishna, rescued...

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Space shuttle Atlantis set for launch

2009-11-17 THE US space agency was readying the space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts for a launch yesterday to deliver a load of spare parts to the International Space Station (ISS).Liftoff is set for 2.28pm (1928 GMT) from the Kennedy Space...

Geeky 'tweeters' to report on blast-off

2009-11-17 FINGERs will be flying when space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on Monday: About 100 of Nasa's geekiest fans will be on hand, pecking away at iPhones, BlackBerrys, laptops and other Twittering gadgets.They plan to let loose with electronic messages...

Egypt launches first Arabic Internet domain

2009-11-17 EGYPT'S communications minister on Sunday announced the introduction of the first Arabic domain, in a step easing Internet access to millions of Arabic speakers around the world.From midnight (2200 GMT), registration was to begin for the .misr...

Hawaii's white sandy beaches shrinking

2009-11-17 JENN Boneza remembers when the white sandy beach near the boat ramp in her hometown was wide enough for people to build sand castles. "It really used to be a beautiful beach," said the 35-year-old mother of two. "And now when you look...

Monday, 16 November 2009

Robot probes depths for quake clues

2009-11-16 A STATE-OF-THE-ART underwater robot called "Bob" — which stands for Bubbles OBservatory module — may hold the key to protecting millions of people around Turkey's biggest city against a massive earthquake scientists say is all...

Global warming a threat to Arctic reindeer

2009-11-16 ON NORWAY'S border with Russia, the consequences of climate change are affecting the reindeer population as rising temperatures hit food stocks and industry growth eats into vital grazing land."Over the past three years, I've had to give some...

Boreal forests, peatlands need more protection

2009-11-16 THE world needs to do more to protect boreal forests and peatlands, which store more carbon than any other ecosystem and help mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a Canadian report.Boreal forests, found in northern areas like Canada...

Water discovery paints new image of Moon

2009-11-16 THE dramatic revelation of a "significant amount" of frozen water found on the moon has been hailed by the jubilant US space agency as heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration."The discovery opens a new chapter in our...

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Peru slum goes cutting edge as 'fog catcher'

2009-11-14 MANY of Peru's grittiest slums can only dream of access to water. But thanks to a German NGO, simple technology and hard work, some humble homes are the first to use plastic netting to harvest water from the fog cloaking the night sky.In sprawling...

Food production not enough to end global hunger

2009-11-14 WORLD majors in agriculture and food sectors have tripled their investments in boosting global food security but need to spend more to help eradicate hunger, participants at an international forum said on Thursday.With the number of hungry people...

Trouble thinking? Go see the dentist

2009-11-14 GOOD oral care such as regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist, may help aging adults keep their thinking skills intact, according to a US study.Research has already established an association between poor oral health and heart disease,...

Smoking decline stalls in the US: officials

2009-11-14 PROGRESS in the effort to reduce smoking, seen as the leading cause of preventable death, has stalled since 2005 despite aggressive and expensive campaigns, a government report said on Thursday.In 2008, 20.6 per cent of American adults smoked,...

Food-borne ills can have lasting consequences: report

2009-11-14 MORE than just a bad bout of stomach flu, some food-borne illnesses can cause long-term consequences, especially for young people, a report released on Thursday has found.Researchers at the Centre for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention in...

Friday, 13 November 2009

Twin issues for climate change

2009-11-13 VIETNAM will be one of five nations most affected by climate change. Worst-case scenarios see large parts of the low-lying and flood-prone Mekong Delta area, which produces much of the nation's rice crop, flooded.A one-metre rise in sea level,...

New life for Croatia's griffon vultures

2009-11-13 RESCUED and nurtured for nearly a year, then fitted with a satellite transmitter, Letricia appeared reluctant at first to leave its island sanctuary and embark on its long, uncertain migration.The last of eight griffon vultures to be released into...

Sanofi's slow gestation of swine flu vaccine

2009-11-13 LABORATORY workers stare at an incubator full of eggs where the next batch of H1N1 vaccine is slowly hatching: ground zero for Sanofi Pasteur's efforts to fulfill a US innoculation drive against the swine flu pandemic."Vaccine manufacturing is...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Chinese scientists' artificially induced snow stirs storm

2009-11-12 CHINESE scientists artificially induced the second major snowstorm to wreak havoc in Beijing this season, state media said yesterday, reigniting debate over the practice of tinkering with Mother Nature.After the earliest snow to hit the capital in...

No paid sick leave hampers US fight against H1N1 flu

2009-11-12 ALONG with scarce vaccine and shrinking stocks of antivirals, the United States faces another enemy in the fight against H1N1 flu: workers who go to work when they're ill because they don't get paid sick leave. The A(H1N1) virus "is causing an...

Path to good health, less pollution is the sidewalk

2009-11-12 US pressure groups joined forces on Monday to urge authorities to spend more to improve Americans' health and cut greenhouse gas emissions. But it was neither health care reform nor cap-and-trade that they were talking about, but a call for state...

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