WORLD August 23, 2011 | 5:50 PM
NASA-funded researchers say they have produced the first complete map which details how ice flows across Antarctica.
Published online by leading magazineScience, the map was constructed using detailed satellite images that show the great glaciers and all the ice streams surrounding them.Read more »
WORLD August 23, 2011 | 11:08 AM
The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has unveiled a plan to upgrade the communications technology that runs the country’s 911 emergency response service.
The move towards IP-based communications will see the public being offered a far broader range of methods for contacting the service – including text messaging.Read more »
WORLD August 19, 2011 | 5:54 PM
A modified form of the drug ecstasy could be helpful in fighting certain types of cancer, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham.
In 2006, researchers at the university discovered that ecstasy, an amphetamine derivative chemically known as MDMA, was capable of destroying some forms of cancer including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. In addition to the recreational drug, anti-depressants like Prozac and some weight-loss drugs were also found to have the potential to impede the spread of cancer.Read more »
WORLD August 19, 2011 | 1:57 PM
The US Office of Naval Research successfully tested a new explosive substance that has five times the explosive power of materials available today. The revolutionary new High-Density Reactive Material (HDRM) is a mix of polymers and metals that is reported to have the density of mild steel but the strength of aluminum.
Traditional military projectiles, like missiles and shells, are built with a steel casing that houses explosive materials that explode on impact. The new method replaces the steel casing with HDRM, which combines with warhead explosives and only explodes once the target has been penetrated, explains Clifford Bedford, a scientist working for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) on the development of the new substance.Read more »
WORLD August 10, 2011 | 6:14 PM
The riots devastating London have now spread to other cities in England, with local residents flocking to social media sites to share stories and discuss damage. Along with Facebook and Twitter, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is playing an important role in organizing clean-up efforts.
BBM, which allows encrypted messages to be passed to hundreds of users in just minutes, was first believed to have helped rioters secretly communicate on when and where to meet. The Guardian reported a BBM message was sent during the riot action, instructing: “Everyone in edmanton enfield wood green everywhere in north link up at enfield town station at 4 o clock sharp!!!”Read more »
WORLD August 10, 2011 | 4:25 PM
A 26-year-old man has suffered a fatal gunshot wound in Croydon, South London, marking the first death caused by the riots. Hundreds of others have been injured since the violence began a few days ago, with chaos tearing through the streets of London and now spreading to other major UK cities as youth continue rioting, looting and committing arson.
The unrest comes in backlash to the fatal police shooting of local man Marc Duggan in Tottenham in North London on August 4. A police squad, whose main focus is to investigate gun crime in the capital’s black communities, was following the 29-year-old father-of-three in the course of a planned arrest. It is alleged that Duggan was involved in an exchange of gunfire, but ballistic tests have raised questions as to whether or not Duggan shot at the police.Read more »
WORLD August 5, 2011 | 4:40 PM
It has recently come to light that more than 70 organizations have been targeted in cyber attacks. Far from a new phenomenon, the attacks are estimated to have been carried out over the past half decade with some infiltrations lasting over two years.
Western companies were targeted for the most part along with the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and high-profile government bodies in the US, Taiwan, South Korea and India.Read more »
WORLD August 5, 2011 | 4:17 PM
The U.N. atomic watchdog confirmed last week after a visit that Japan was on track to take control of the Fukushima nuclear power plant hit by an earthquake and tsunami over four months ago.
The July target date of reducing radiation in the country has been met, but the natural disasters triggered meltdowns and radiation leaks that the government and Fukushima operator, Tokyo Electric Power, say will take over 10 years to stop.Read more »
WORLD August 3, 2011 | 11:31 AM
In June, Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay revealed that Canada had spent CDN$26 million on its military mission in Libya, and that this amount could balloon to $60 million by September.
According to the CBC, these funds paid for: two CP-140 Aurora patrol planes, six CF–8 fighter jets, the HMCS Vancouver (a multi-purpose warship including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter meant to patrol for danger), over 400 laser-guided bombs from March-June 2 and 650 Canadian Forces personnel.Read more »
WORLD August 3, 2011 | 9:44 AM
Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak is on trial facing charges of corruption and ordering protesters be put to death during the uprising that began on January 25.
The trial is being held at Cairo’s police academy to maintain security where 3,000 government security officials were posted to keep the peace on the opening day of the trial. Emotions are high as the proceedings began and unrest was rife outside the police academy where clashes broke out between those supporting and opposing Mubarak, with more than 53 wounded reports news network Al Jazeera.Read more »
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