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German Aerospace Center’s Asian Expansion

German Aerospace Center’s Asian Expansion

WORLD

  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Nanyang Technological University join forces to expand operations in Asia
  • Chinese and British aerospace professionals encourage cooperation between the two countries

The German Aerospace Center is teaming up with a Chinese university to expand their operations into Asia. The German Aerospace Center, also known as DLR, will be conducting joint research with Nanyang Technological University, or NTU, in the areas of satellite navigation, sensor processing, and aerial vehicles.

DLR conducted a study to determine a key location for expansion; the study showed that Singapore and Asia were the places to be.

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Endeavor Begins Its Final Mission

Endeavor Begins Its Final Mission

WORLD

  • Endeavor successfully launched final mission after electrical problem
  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords able to watch her husband take off in space shuttle
  • Scientific equipment "Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2" to locate dark matter and antimatter

The space shuttle Endeavor, which replaced Challenger after it was destroyed twenty-five years ago, has lifted off for its final voyage.

Endeavor's launch had to be postponed for two weeks due to electrical trouble, and its final mission involved carrying five Americans, an Italian, and scientific equipment to the International Space Station.

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Swiss Take off in First Solar Flight

Swiss Take off in First Solar Flight

WORLD

  • Solar energy aircraft ‘Solar Impulse’ flew successfully from Switzerland to Belgium
  • Pilot and co-founder flew 13 hours to cover 370 miles
  • Solar Impulse team working on a larger solar-powered aircraft to travel the world in 2012 or 2013

Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse made its first international flight on May 13. The plane lifted off at a small airfield at Payerne, Switzerland at 8:40 in the morning, despite a flight delay caused by strong wind gusts.

The journey led the pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg across France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Thirteen hours later when the 370 mile flight was complete, the plane landed at Brussels airport in Belgium. Borschberg believes that the project is symbolic of his vision for the future, where homes and cars can be powered by using existing technology and the sun.

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China's Interest in Organic Boosted by Food Scandals

China's Interest in Organic Boosted by Food Scandals

WORLD

  • Tainted food supplies have made more consumers interested in organics
  • Consumers pay up to 33% more for organic food in China
  • Heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides are obstacles for organic growth

The organic food industry in China is gaining ground thanks to recent negative news surrounding the nation's food industy.

China’s latest food scandal involves a forbidden addictive, called Clenbuterol, which was found in consumer pork products. Clenbuterol causes dizziness and heart palpitations, and serves to help reduce fat in pigs, providing a leaner food product. According to the China Post, the pork processing company issued an apology.

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Sanofi-Aventis & Medicines for Malaria Venture to Create Powerful Malaria Drugs

Sanofi-Aventis & Medicines for Malaria Venture to Create Powerful Malaria Drugs

WORLD

  • Sanofi-Aventis and Medicines for Malaria Venture signed a contract to develop new anti-malaria treatments
  • The two organizations to conduct a 3-year research survey
  • Over 90% of deaths from malaria take place in Africa

Sanofi-Aventis, a pharmaceutical industry leader, and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of malaria, signed a contract earlier in 2011 to research new malaria treatments.

The two organizations will conduct a 3-year research survey entitled “Orthology Malaria,” which aims to create anti-malaria treatments from compounds (from Sanofi-Aventis) that are known to have anti-malarial activity. Each stage of the project will be carefully managed by both organizations.

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Tokyo Electric Launches Investigation into Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

Tokyo Electric Launches Investigation into Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

WORLD

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co is investigating initial cause of Fukushima meltdown
  • If reactors were damaged in the earthquake, the debate could become complicated
  • Contaminated water continues to gather under failed reactors; experts warn of radiation spreading

The Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is looking into the possibility that nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant were damaged during the March 11 earthquake, and not during the ensuing tsunami that hit the country’s east coast.

Reports have until now said that the tsunami knocked out backup generators that consequently cut power to cooling systems, resulting in the meltdown in three of the plant’s reactors.

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FluPhone App Monitors Spread of Infectious Diseases

FluPhone App Monitors Spread of Infectious Diseases

WORLD

  • FluPhone app could help track the spread of diseases and limit possible epidemics
  • Researchers aim to use data collected as a simulation of social interaction during a real epidemic or pandemic
  • Influenza vaccine can prevent up to 90% of flu-specific diseases, according to the World Health Organization

A new mobile phone application may help monitor the spread of infectious diseases like the flu.

Developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, the Java-based FluPhone app uses Bluetooth to allow phones to “talk” to each other, recording how many people a supposedly infected person comes into contact with.

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Ukraine Marks 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Disaster

Ukraine Marks 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Disaster

WORLD

  • Reactor four of the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded on April 26, 1986, marking the world’s worst nuclear accident
  • Recent disaster in Fukushima, Japan, has renewed concerns about nuclear safety

Today the Ukraine is observing the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, 110 km north of the capital Kiev.

On April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant exploded, spewing forth a radioactive cloud that contaminated vast areas of Eastern Europe and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. The explosion was estimated to have dumped around 400 times more radiation than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

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Google Android: Uncle Sam's Latest Recruit

Google Android: Uncle Sam's Latest Recruit

WORLD

  • US Department of Defense chooses Google’s Android OS to power military communications device
  • New army OS platform expected to boost developer interest, number of apps in Android Market
  • Release date planned for July 2011

Google’s Android platform has been chosen as the operating system for the US Army’s new handheld military communications device, the US Army announced on its official blog.

Android OS is increasing in popularity around the world, with surveys in the United Kingdom indicating that devices powered by Google’s operating system have unseated the behemoth of the smartphone world - the Apple iPhone. The same has been observed in the United States, and not just in the mobile consumer industry, it would seem.

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Use of Online and Mobile Banking Soars

Use of Online and Mobile Banking Soars

WORLD

  • Over 100% of new online banking users in China, Kenya and Brazil use mobile banking technology
  • 25% of online banking users in China use mobile banking apps, compared to 10% in 2010
  • Sub-Saharan Africa interest in mobile banking logged at 63%
  • Use of mobile wallets growing faster in emerging markets than industrialized

The use of mobile financial applications has risen globally within the last year due to an increase in technology, allowing consumers to bank while on the go.

A recent study from TNS Mobile Life shows that more than 100% of new online banking users in China, Kenya and Brazil began to use mobile apps rather than typical customer service options in the last year.

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