Science & Technology

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Japan's mobile phone marvels go back to the future

2009-12-31 IN THE Japan of 2020 a stressed-out salaryman may unwind from his hectic futuristic lifestyle by time-travelling back a few centuries and taking a virtual stroll through medieval Tokyo.As he walks over arched wooden bridges, he will chat with the...

Pressure rises to ban antibiotics in agriculture

2009-12-31 MORE and more Americans are at risk from the widespread practice of feeding livestock antibiotics. These animals grow faster, but they can also develop drug-resistant infections that are passed on to people. The issue is now gaining attention...

Russia to save Earth from asteroid collision

2009-12-31 RUSSIAN scientists will soon meet in secret to work on a plan for saving Earth from a possible catastrophic collision with a giant asteroid in 26 years, the head of Russia's space agency said yesterday."We will soon hold a closed meeting of our...

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Mobile phone mania drives mad scramble for airwaves

2009-12-30 WIRELESS devices such as Apple's iPhone are transforming the way Americans go online, making it possible to look up driving directions, find the nearest coffee shop and update Facebook on the go. All this has a price: in airwaves.As mobile phones...

Researchers develop see-through goldfish

2009-12-30 FIRST came see-through frogs. Now Japanese researchers have succeeded in producing goldfish whose beating hearts can be seen through translucent scales and skin.The transparent creatures are part of efforts to reduce the need for dissections, which...

Swim-proof hearing aids a boon for active elderly

2009-12-30 THEY are not your grandfather's hearing aids. Today's newest models range from the completely invisible it sits deep in the ear canal for months at a time to Bluetooth-enabled gadgets that open cell phones and iPods for hearing-aid users.Now the...

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Paper plane enthusiast sets flight record

2009-12-29 IN THE world of competitive paper airplane throwing, a 20-second flight is exceptional, 25 or better is world class. Thirty is the stuff dreams are made of.Only one man Japanese paper airplane virtuoso Takuo Toda has ever come close to breaking...

2009 is year of Twitter, Facebook

2009-12-29 TWITTER, fuelled by smartphones and online bursts of 140 characters, soared to lofty heights over the past year while Facebook eclipsed MySpace to become the world's leading social network."Those are the big winners," said Jason Keath, a...

Lice alert for Norwegian salmon

2009-12-29 NORWEGIAN salmon is a must-have for many during the holidays, but the pink delicacy is increasingly threatened by a small parasite spreading rapidly among farmed salmon, and, more alarmingly, their wild cousins.This past autumn, fish farmers...

Apple poised to launch tablet computer

2009-12-29 APPLE is expected to start the new year with the launch of its latest gadget: a tablet computer that will allow users to surf the web, watch TV shows and read the next generation in online magazines and newspapers.Speculation is rife that the...

Monday, 28 December 2009

Bakun dam project threatens Borneo tribes, wildlife

2009-12-28 A MASSIVE tract of Borneo jungle, an area the size of Singapore, will soon disappear under the waters of the Bakun dam, a multi-billion-dollar project nearing completion after years of controversy.The dam, which forced thousands of indigenous people...

21st century sees cattle 'black death' banished to history

2009-12-28 AN ANIMAL "black death" that has devastated livestock around the world for thousands of years, causing famine and untold human misery, is about to be permanently consigned to the history books.The United Nations Food and Agriculture...

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Dark matter holds key to universe

2009-12-26 WHEN Henri Becquerel spotted that photographic plates became fogged if kept in a drawer next to uranium salts, the discovery of radioactivity was immediate. By contrast, other scientific findings — global warming, for instance - take place...

Common bacteria cuts spread of mosquito-borne disease

2009-12-26 A COMMON type of bacteria could help curtail the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by making the pests more resistant to infection, according to a study published on Thursday in the US journal Cell.The research built on an earlier study that found...

Bugs look, don't reach, for footholds: study

2009-12-26 A LOCUST-SIZED ladder and a slow-motion camera have shown that bugs can look rather than reach for footholds, researchers said on Thursday.This visually-guided limb control is a complex task that researchers had thought was too sophisticated for the...

Innovation leads way to technology

2009-12-26 THOMAS EDISON used to say that invention is 99 per cent perspiration and one per cent inspiration. What he really meant was that the 99 per cent perspiration was spent on the process of innovation and perhaps only at the last minute could he have a...

Friday, 25 December 2009

Ecosystems strain to keep pace with climate: study

2009-12-25 EARTH'S various ecosystems, with all their plants and animals, will need to shift about a quarter-mile (.42 km) per year on average to keep pace with global climate change, scientists said in a study released on Wednesday.How well particular species...

New Yorkers beware! New cockroach hits the Big Apple

2009-12-25 NEW YORKERS are used to fighting each other for space, but there may be a new contender in town according to a Rockefeller study that appears to have uncovered a new species of cockroach."The cockroach is genetically modified. Species don't...

Experimental Pfizer drug may help rare bone cancer

2009-12-25 AN EARLY study of Pfizer's experimental drug figitumumab has found it could help fight a rare bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma, researchers said on yesterday.Scientists reporting in the Lancet Oncology journal said their results showed the anti-...

Down with vices: How I quit smoking

2009-12-25 AFTER a decade-long indulgence in smoking, I have been smoke-free for just over two years. In the past, I used to compare smoking to the art of seduction.Becoming addicted was uncannily similar to being seduced by someone you've admired for a long...

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