WORLD May 18, 2011 | 11:38 AM
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.Read more »
WORLD May 18, 2011 | 10:44 AM
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.Read more »
WORLD May 17, 2011 | 6:24 PM
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.Read more »
WORLD May 17, 2011 | 12:04 PM
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.Read more »
WORLD May 9, 2011 | 3:23 PM
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.Read more »
WORLD May 9, 2011 | 11:03 AM
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.Read more »
WORLD May 4, 2011 | 2:59 PM
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.Read more »
WORLD April 26, 2011 | 4:15 PM
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.Read more »
WORLD April 25, 2011 | 12:28 PM
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.Read more »
WORLD April 20, 2011 | 4:13 PM
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.Read more »
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