Thursday, 11 February 2010

Penguin future looks brightwith marine zone: study

2010-02-11 A BAN on fishing around a colony of threatened penguins in South Africa has brought swift benefits to the beleaguered birds, marine biologists reported on Wednesday.The population of the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) fell by 60 per cent...

Companies try hard to halt tuna collapse

2010-02-11 IN THE the Seychelles' only cannery, the din of thousands of empty tuna cans rattling on narrow metal troughs is incredible as they bustle along, soon to be filled with Skipjack tuna that only days ago were swimming freely in the inky blue Indian...

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Even third-hand smoke carries carcinogens

2010-02-10 OLD tobacco smoke does more than simply make a room smell stale — it can leave cancer-causing toxins behind, US researchers reported on Monday.They found cancer-causing agents called tobacco-specific nitrosamines stick to a variety of surfaces...

Wildlife group urges India to save tigers

2010-02-10 AS CHINA prepares to usher in the Year of the Tiger next week, a massive publicity drive has begun in neighbouring India, where the big cat is the national animal, to save it from extinction.Conservation group WWF-India has enlisted the support of...

Autism risks detailed in children of older mothers

2010-02-10 A WOMAN's chance of having a child with autism increase substantially as she ages, but the risk may be less for older dads than previously suggested, a new study analysing more than five million births found."Although fathers' age can...

UAE hospital offers treatment for birds

2010-02-10 UNDER the watchful eyes of a white-coated doctor, two orderlies in scrubs sedate the patient on a paper-covered stainless steel table, then begin the procedure — trimming her vital hunting tools.One of the orderlies carefully snips the brown...

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

8,000-year-old human remains found

2010-02-09 SKELETAL remains believed to be those of a pre-historic human were found in the Gua Bewah Cave in the Kenyir Lake area here.The remains were estimated to be between 8,000 and 11,000 years old, said deputy director of the Institute of the Malay World...

Google to host future cold war

2010-02-09 AS WRITTEN by the novelist William Gibson in a justifiably famous aphorism, "The future is already here: it's just not evenly distributed." The challenge is to spot those unevenly distributed peeks into our future. The Apple iPad...

Endeavour blasts off

2010-02-09 ENDEAVOUR and six astronauts rocketed into orbit yesterday on what's expected to be the last nighttime launch for the shuttle program, hauling a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station.The space shuttle took flight before...

Fewer than 50 wild tigers left in China

2010-02-09 FEWER than 50 wild tigers remain in China, a conservation group said yesterday, voicing hope that the Year of the Tiger would not be the last for the endangered cats.Xie Yan, director of the China programme for the US-based Wildlife Conservation...

Monday, 8 February 2010

Planting the forest of the future

2010-02-08 EXOTIC tree seedlings grow next to native species in the southeastern German village of Laufen, at a site where researchers are experimenting with ways to restore forests lost to the effects of global warming.The forest of the future — made up...

Earth telescopes join quest for life in space

2010-02-08 ASTRONOMERS have peered into the atmosphere of a faraway planet using a telescope in Hawaii, a feat that marks a major step forward in the search for life beyond the solar system.Until now, scientists have only been able to analyse the atmospheres...

Insects hitchhike rides on fast winds to migrate

2010-02-08 MIGRATING insects seek out the fastest winds to help them cover vast distances much quicker than birds, reaching warm winter climes in just a few days, a British study revealed recently.Scientists have long been fascinated by how insects can fly far...

World misses 2010 goal of slowing extinctions

2010-02-08 LOSSES of animal and plant species are an increasing economic threat and the world needs new goals for protecting nature after failing to achieve a 2010 United Nations target of slowing extinctions, experts said on Friday.Losses of biodiversity...

Saturday, 6 February 2010

iPad's entry sends shockwaves into market

2010-02-06 LIKE everything Apple designs, the iPad is intended to satisfy our cravings for simplicity and clarity. Steve Jobs had already sneered at the idea of netbooks, labelling the cheap, low-powered laptops that have proved phenomenally popular with...

Ancient dinosaur had stripes, say researchers

2010-02-06 SOME dinosaurs had russet-coloured feathers, and one jazzy specimen had a Mohawk crest and stripes, researchers say in the first reports to confidently assign colours to dinosaurs.Their colours have long been a subject of speculation among...

Excessive Internet use linked to depression: Research

2010-02-06 BRITISH psychologists have found evidence of a link between excessive Internet use and depression, research published last week has shown.Leeds University researchers, writing in the Psychopathology journal said a small proportion of Internet users...

Friday, 5 February 2010

Vegetative patient 'talks' using brain waves

2010-02-05 A MAN in a deeply unconscious state for five years has been able to communicate with doctors using just his thoughts in a study scientists say is a "game changer" for care of vegetative state patients.British and Belgian researchers used...

Quest in search of another Earth

2010-02-05 THE quest to find another world that sustains life has been boosted by a technique that should let less expensive ground-based telescopes join the search, a recent study said.So far, more than 400 so-called exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other...

Top scientific advances in Muslim world

2010-02-05 From the elephant clock to the camera obscura, here are six amazing inventions from between the 9th and 15th centuries. THERE is no such thing as Islamic science for science is the most universal of human activities. But...