Science & Technology

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Twitter and LinkedIn link up

2009-11-11 LINKEDIN and Twitter have linked up. Starting immediately, users of LinkedIn and Twitter can cross-file to each other's services, by checking a box on either Twitter or LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the largest professional social network, with 50 million...

The world won't end in 2012, says Nasa

2009-11-11 THE world is not coming to an end on December 21, 2012, the US space agency insisted on Monday in a rare campaign to dispel widespread rumours fuelled by the Internet and a new Hollywood movie.The latest big screen offering from Sony Picture, "...

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Plastic bags fly high in China as eco-friendly kites

2009-11-10 PLASTIC bags, the scourge of the environment, are flying high in Beijing, thanks to a retired engineer who is turning the waste into colourful kites.Kites are believed to have been invented in China more than 2,000 years ago, where they were...

Poor health puts older workers off staying

2009-11-10 WORKING conditions must be improved for older people if governments and companies are to persuade them to continue contributing to economic growth into their old age, according to Swedish and British scientists.Researchers analysed almost 15,000...

New hope for world's biggest flower

2009-11-10 DEEP in the jungles of Southeast Asia blooms the world's biggest flower — a massive fleshy orb designed by nature to attract insects by mimicking the colour and stench of rotting meat.The bizarre bloom, named Rafflesia after famed British...

Monday, 9 November 2009

Technology doesn't isolate people, says US study

2009-11-09 CONTRARY to popular belief, the Internet and mobile phones are not isolating people but enhancing their social worlds, according to a United States survey.The survey was sparked by a 2006 study by US sociologists who argued technology is advancing a...

Mercury probe fly-by maps mysterious inner planet

2009-11-09 THE US space probe Messenger's third and final fly-by of the planet Mercury in September revealed an almost complete view of the solar system's smallest planet, leaving only the polar regions to be surveyed, National Aeronautics and Space...

Japan plans to build space solar system

2009-11-09 IT MAY sound like a sci-fi vision, but Japan's space agency is dead serious: by 2030 it wants to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves.The government has just picked a group of companies and a team of...

'Modern Warfare 2' strikes tomorrow

2009-11-09 THE latest game, "Modern Warfare 2" (MW2), will strike tomorrow in a worldwide assault eagerly anticipated by lovers of the blockbuster role-playing battle videogame franchise.Videogame publisher Activision Blizzard believes that the sixth...

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Search for Malaria vaccine draws closer

2009-11-07 AFTER 20 years of trials, scientists have announced they are on the threshold of discovering a malaria vaccine.Researchers warn that Africa may not be ready to make use of the vaccine should it be approved as expected within five years....

Caribbean, Gulf spared widespread coral damage

2009-11-07 LOWER-THAN-FEARED sea temperatures this summer gave a break to fragile coral reefs across the Caribbean and the central Gulf of Mexico that were damaged in recent years, scientists said Thursday.Unusually warm water in recent years has caused the...

Golfers can cut handicap three strokes with better sleep

2009-11-07 GOLFERS with the nighttime breathing disorder obstructive sleep apnea can improve their game and cut their handicap by up to three strokes by treating their sleeping problem, according to a small US study.Researchers found that golfers could reduce...

Scientists halt brain disease with new gene therapy

2009-11-07 SCIENTISTS have managed to halt a rare and fatal brain disease with an experimental gene therapy technique using a deactivated version of the AIDS virus, a study published on Thursday showed.The international team used a disabled form of human...

Friday, 6 November 2009

Russian leech grower taps into rising demand

2009-11-06 NATALYA LEPYOSHKINA smiled as she fed her three-week-old "children" a meal of warm cow's blood, rinsed them off with water and poured them into an array of glass jars."They're happy, they're full," she said as the young leeches,...

Success in 'space elevator' competition

2009-11-06 A ROBOT powered by a ground-based laser beam climbed a long cable dangling from a helicopter on Wednesday to qualify for prize money in a US$2 million ($2.79 million) competition to test the potential reality of the science fiction concept of space...

Great Whites hang out in Pacific's 'shark cafe'

2009-11-06 GREAT WHITES may be loners, but the ocean's most feared predators also hang out together between Mexico and Hawaii at a deep sea watering hole known as the "White Shark Cafe", a study reveals.No animals inspire more fascination and...

Bypass surgery safer using heart-lung pump

2009-11-06 ALLOWING the heart to keep beating during coronary bypass surgery is riskier than stopping the heart and using a heart-lung machine to keep the patient alive, researchers reported on Wednesday.Doctors at 18 veterans affairs medical centres found...

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Older people most likely to succumb to H1N1

2009-11-05 TINY infants are most likely to be hospitalised with H1NI flu, but people over the age of 50 are most at risk of dying in hospital from the disease, US researchers said on Tuesday. "Despite having lower hospitalisation rates, persons aged 50...

X-ray named top achievement by British museum

2009-11-05 THE X-ray was named the most important modern scientific achievement yesterday in a poll conducted for Britain's Science Museum, beating Apollo spacecraft and DNA.Nearly 50,000 members of the public voted in the museum or online on 10 of the...

US tracking 800 satellites for possible collisions

2009-11-05 THE US military said on Tuesday it is now tracking 800 maneuverable satellites on a daily basis for possible collisions and expects to add 500 more non-maneuvering satellites by year's end.The US Air Force began upgrading its ability to predict...

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