Science & Technology

Thursday, 4 February 2010

China now in the lead in moon race

2010-02-04 THE Chinese space agency could land its first astronauts on the moon within a decade in a move that would mark the beginning of a new age of lunar exploration, experts said Tuesday. The decision by the Obama administration to scrap Nasa's plans to...

Researchers find new clue to infant deaths

2010-02-04 BABIES who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) make low amounts of the message-carrying brain chemical serotonin needed to regulate sleep, breathing and heart rate, US researchers said on Tuesday.The finding, published in the Journal of the...

US study links infectionsin womb to asthma

2010-02-04 US researchers have linked mothers' infection during pregnancy to asthma, the most common chronic disease among American children, in their offspring.A 16-year study following nearly 400,000 births in California found that when mothers had an...

Amazon is not going to stay eternal

2010-02-04 THE Amazon jungle "is very close to a tipping point," and if destruction continues, it could shrink to one third of its original size in just 65 years, warns Thomas Lovejoy, world-renowned tropical biologist.Climate change, deforestation...

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Researchers squeeze more life out of tomatoes

2010-02-03 RESEARCHERS in India have managed to extend the shelf life of tomatoes by an extra 30 days by suppressing enzymes that promote ripening, helping the fruit stay fresher for longer.Such advances are important for developing countries which rely...

Australians eye drug cure for long-sightedness

2010-02-03 AUSTRALIAN researchers yesterday said they had discovered a gene associated with long-sightedness, a development they said could lead to drug treatments that will replace glasses.Scientists at Melbourne's Centre for Eye Research Australia said the...

No-kill researchers sail to study Antarctic whales

2010-02-03 RESEARCHERS set sail from New Zealand on Tuesday to study whales off Antarctica without killing them — an open challenge to Japan's killing of up to 1,000 whales a year in the name of science.Japan has a six-boat whaling fleet in Antarctic...

Obama cuts Nasa's moon travel

2010-02-03 PRESIDENT Barack Obama has ditched US plans to return to the moon and hitched the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (Nasa) future to private industry in a budget calling for the space agency to stay close to Earth and do research.In...

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Muslim washing rite goes hi-tech with 'wudhu' machine

2010-02-02 A MALAYSIAN company has invented a machine it says will help Muslims purify themselves before prayers without excessively wasting water.The ornate, green-coloured machine comes with automatic sensors and basins to curb water usage during wudhu, an...

First science academy is 350 years old

2010-02-02 FROM its classical pillars and porticoed entrance to its oil paintings of great men and women and archives that include the death mask of Sir Isaac Newton, history sits grandly on the Royal Society.Scientists who visit its headquarters overlooking...

Monday, 1 February 2010

Russia loses science powerhouse standing

2010-02-01 POLITICAL turmoil, a brain drain of scientists and waning interest have transformed Russia from a nation that launched the first satellite into an increasingly minor player in the world of science, according to a Thomson Reuters report.An analysis...

Painting roofs white could cool cities: study

2010-02-01 PAINTING all the world's city rooftops white could significantly cool urban areas and perhaps ease the impact of global warming, according to a climate study released last Thursday.Considered a fanciful notion by some critics, the white-roof idea...

UN climate panel based claims on student essay: report

2010-02-01 THE UNITED NATIONS climate change panel based claims about ice disappearing from the world's mountain peaks on a student essay and an article in a mountaineering magazine, a British newspaper reported yesterday.The claims risk causing fresh...

Obama trims US space ambitions

2010-02-01 FACING budgetary constraints, President Barack Obama will scale back US space ambitions, abandoning plans to return to the moon by 2020 and confining Nasa to lower orbits for years to come.The shift is expected to be unveiled today when Obama...

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Brand experts say name's not so bad: iPad

2010-01-30 YOU have to wonder whether there were any women in the room when the marketing geniuses at Apple decided to call the company's new gadget the "iPad".Because the jokes about feminine hygiene products are flying. "Will women send their...

Climate: the long road after Copenhagen

2010-01-30 AFTER the near-train wreck of last month's Copenhagen climate summit, what lies ahead for efforts to beat back global warming?Next week may yield the first clues. Countries are being asked to say by this Sunday whether they will endorse an 11th-hour...

Friday, 29 January 2010

Apple unveils new tablet computer, iPad

2010-01-29 APPLE chief executive Steve Jobs on Wednesday revealed the culture-changing company's latest must-have device, a touchscreen tablet computer anointed the "iPad"."We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and...

Technology gives 3-D views of arteries

2010-01-29 CARDIOLOGISTS could soon have 3-D images of patients' coronary arteries at their fingertips and better treat heart disease thanks to a new software unveiled by researchers on Tuesday.The technology, which has just been tested for the first time on...

Avoid extremes in diabetes treatment

2010-01-29 MODERATION appears to be the best approach to controlling blood sugar in a form of diabetes that affects many adults, researchers said on Wednesday, since lowering it too far can be as risky as letting it stay too high.The scientists also found that...

Dinosaurs' true colours for the first time

2010-01-29 SCIENTISTS have recreated the colourful plumage of some of the earliest dinosaurs to grow feathers in research that shines fresh light on the evolution of the beasts.The flesh-eating Sinosauropteryx, which lived 125m years ago, sported a mohican-...

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