Science & Technology

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Rising seas 'threaten thousands of Australian homes'

2009-10-28 AUSTRALIA may have to force people to evacuate coastal areas as rising sea levels threaten thousands of homes, an official report has warned.The National Sea Change Taskforce said urgent action was needed to protect Australia's coast from seas...

Calorie count on menu changes eating habits

2009-10-28 NEW YORK'S mandate that fast-food restaurants post calorie information on their menus has changed consumer habits, the city said on Monday, contradicting a recent independent study showing no effect.The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene...

1 in 5 children doesn't get enough vitamin D

2009-10-28 AT LEAST one in five US children aged one to 11 don't get enough vitamin D and could be at risk for a variety of health problems including weak bones, the most recent national analysis suggests.By a looser measure, almost 90 per cent of black...

Simple lifestyle tweaks key in climate change fight

2009-10-28 THE United States could cut greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of France's total annual emissions by getting Americans to make simple lifestyle changes, like regularly maintaining their cars or insulating their attics, a study showed Monday....

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Internet set for change with non-English addresses

2009-10-27 THE Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names or addresses that can be written in languages other than English, an official said yesterday....

US panel pitches public-private space taxis

2009-10-27 THE United States could get astronauts back into space faster and spend less money by scrapping the Ares rocket designed to succeed the shuttle and turning instead to public-private space taxis, a presidential advisory panel said on last Thursday....

Gene therapy experiment restores sight in a few

2009-10-27 NINE-year-old Corey Haas can ride his bike alone now, thanks to an experimental gene therapy that has boosted his fading vision with a single treatment.The gene therapy helped improve worsening eyesight caused by a rare inherited disease called...

Sun gives power to Andean villages

2009-10-27 A PIONEERING solar energy project is using green technology to improve the lives of isolated villagers living beyond the reach of power lines on Argentina's windswept Andean plains.Llama-herding communities have relied on firewood to cook and to...

Monday, 26 October 2009

Climate change causes worsening disasters: UN

2009-10-26 CLIMATE change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.Holmes, in Indonesia for...

Why organic food matters

2009-10-26 WE ARE what we eat and in a way our choices define who we are — this is something that we've always been told. Consumers are constantly bombarded with choices upon choices of things to buy and food to eat. So if what you choose to eat says a...

Internet 'a teenager' at 40 years old

2009-10-26 LEONARD KLEINROCK never imagined Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that day 40 years ago when his team gave birth to what is now taken for granted as the Internet."We are constantly surprised by the applications that come along," Kleinrock...

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Future human space flight too underfunded to fly: experts

2009-10-24 NATIONAL Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) human space flight programme is too underfunded to fly, an independent panel of experts said on Thursday in their final report to US President Barack Obama.The 155-page document is pretty much...

Football fields deforested each minute: WWF

2009-10-24 THE equivalent of 36 football fields are being stripped from the world's forests each minute, the environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said in a statement released here on Thursday. The group, presenting its figures during a UN-...

Advanced biofuels will stoke global warming study

2009-10-24 A NEW generation of biofuels, meant to be a low-carbon alternative, will on average emit more carbon dioxide than burning gasoline over the next few decades, a study published in Science found on Thursday.Governments and companies are pouring...

Scientists seek origins of obesity

2009-10-24 WHEN Kathy Perusse had weight-loss surgery and shed 54kg, she may have done more than make her own life easier.She went on to have two daughters, and she may have boosted their chances of avoiding becoming obese, like her two older children are.That...

Friday, 23 October 2009

Net advertising regaining momentum

2009-10-23 AFTER bogging down in the recession, Internet advertising is regaining the momentum that has made it the decade's most disruptive marketing machine.The signs of an online revival are emerging even while advertising in print and broadcasts remain in...

Flu spreading from schools

2009-10-23 RESULTS of tens of thousands of flu tests indicate that the pandemic H1N1 virus is spreading from school-aged children to the rest of the US population, makers of the tests say.Quest Diagnostics, which makes a commercially available test that can...

Chicago most stressed city in US

2009-10-23 STRIVING to attain that perfect life, work balance? You're not alone, but if you live in Chicago you're more unlikely to find it with residents of the Windy City the most stressed in the United states.A survey by Harris Interactive found Chicago is...

Few coffees a day keep liver disease at bay

2009-10-23 RESEARCHERS in the United States have found another good reason to go to the local espresso bar: several cups of coffee a day could halt the progression of liver disease, a study showed yesterday.Sufferers of chronic hepatitis C and advanced liver...

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Parents, care groups venture into children's digital limbo

2009-10-22 TWENTY years after the international community expanded the frontiers of protection for children, child carers and officialdom are slowly venturing into uncharted territory: cyberspace.Since November 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights...

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