Science & Technology

Thursday, 5 November 2009

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...

Space junk threatens future missions

2009-11-05 A GROWING storm of debris flying around in space is dramatically increasing the risk of orbital crashes, and steps to avoid them will add greatly to the costs of future space flight, British space experts say.Their study into the future of space...

Pregnant women should get flu shot as winter bites

2009-11-05 PREGNANT women and other people at high risk should be vaccinated against the H1N1 swine flu virus as the cold weather begins to bite in the northern hemisphere, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.It voiced concern that some...

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Worms infesting computers worldwide

2009-11-04 A MICROSOFT security report released on Monday warns that cyber crooks are digging into computers for weak spots to penetrate with worms — malicious software that steals control or data.Rogue security software remained the top hacker threat to...

Over 1,000 fish species facing extinction: IUCN

2009-11-04 MORE than 1,000 freshwater fish species are threatened with extinction, reflecting the strain on global water resources, an updated global "Red List" of endangered species showed yesterday.The list by the International Union for...

Driverless car in high-speed rally assault

2009-11-04 IMAGINE driving at top speed on a steep, winding mountain pass in the Alps, or the Himalayas, or the Rocky Mountains.Now, take your hands off the steering wheel and cover your eyes. Or grab a camera and take some pictures of the snowy mountain peaks...

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

UN: US$39b would stem child pneumonia deaths

2009-11-03 PNEUMONIA kills more young children than any other disease, but an investment of US$39 billion ($54 billion), or just $12.9 per child, could save 5.3 million lives in developing countries by 2015, the United Nations said on Monday.The disease, which...

Probe to track impact of climate change

2009-11-03 A 315-MILLION-EURO satellite that will gauge the impact of climate change on the movement of water across land, air and sea was hoisted into space early on Monday, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS)...

Now, welcome to space hotel

2009-11-03 A COMPANY behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multi-billion dollar project.The Barcelona-based architects of...

Diabetes forum seeks to reduce public healthcare costs

2009-11-03 APPROXIMATELY 92.4 million people in China have diabetes, said Prof Yang Wenying, chairman of Chinese Diabetes Society, at The Diabetes Leadership Forum 2009 in Beijing on October 31.The forum was an international conference co-hosted by the Chinese...

Monday, 2 November 2009

The hunt for the shape-shifting H1N1

2009-11-02 VACCINATING more children might help slow the evolution of the constantly changing flu virus, United States government scientists reported recently.Influenza is a mighty mutator. Sometimes it makes big changes that result in never-before-seen...

Russia plans nuclear ship to fly humans to Mars

2009-11-02 RUSSIA should build a new nuclear-powered spaceship for prospective manned missions to Mars and other planets, the nation's space chief said last week.Anatoly Perminov first proposed building the ship at a government meeting last Wednesday but didn'...

Genes drive behaviour, but culture selects genes

2009-11-02 CULTURE, not just genes, can drive outcomes, according to a study released recently that compares individualist and group-oriented societies across the globe.Bridging a rarely-crossed border between natural and social sciences, the study looks at...

Coffee may lower endometrial cancer risk

2009-11-02 WOMEN dread a diagnosis of endometrial cancer, but those who drink at least two cups of caffeinated coffee a day may have a lower risk for this cancer of cells lining the uterus.Coffee drinking seemed to particularly protect overweight and obese...

Diarrhoea kills 'more than thought'

2009-11-02 DIARRHOEA kills at least three times more people than previously thought, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, citing latest data showing that 1.1 million people die yearly from the ailment."The burden of disease from diarrhoea ... is...

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Antibody as protection against Nipah virus

2009-10-31 A NEW antibody treatment protected animals that had been exposed to the deadly Nipah virus, raising hopes for a treatment for this and the related Hendra virus that affect humans and livestock, an international team reported on Thursday."We now...

When moms get flu shot, babies benefit too

2009-10-31 WHEN pregnant women get vaccinated against flu, their babies are bigger, healthier and less likely to be premature, researchers reported on Thursday.The studies show that influenza vaccines protect not only women, who are extremely vulnerable to flu...

Greenpeace asks EU to help Indonesia protect forests

2009-10-31 FROM its "climate defender camp" in Riau, Greenpeace Indonesia has called on world leaders to help Indonesia protect its forest and to cut emissions in its fight against climate change.The Greenpeace activists placed two large banners with...

Scientists back bluefin tuna trade ban

2009-10-31 SCIENTISTS who advise fisheries regulators support a ban on trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, a sushi staple, to protect the species from over-fishing, environmental groups World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace said Thursday.International...

Fibre may keep asthma, diabetes at bay: study

2009-10-31 AN APPLE a day may keep the doctor away but a fibre-filled diet could also hold the key to keeping asthma, diabetes and arthritis at bay, according to Australian research released Thursday.Scientists at Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research...

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