Archive for ‘Science & Technology’

June 9, 2011

Now the rush is on not for the iPhone 5, but for Apple’s swanky new iOS 5

[Jenna Klimes, Technology News Contributor]

Out in Autumn this year, Apple‘s new iOS 5 promises to delight even the most unimpressionable by its stunning display of features designed to uprate the iPhone into a never-seen-before must-have communications marvel.

Practically all the functionality of the existing iPhone OS infrastructure has been upgraded and refined, from notifications, text and photo editing to messaging and media management.

Check it out and give your iPhone a treat…

June 8, 2011

Scientists link e.coli epidemic to mutation of earlier 2001 bug outbreak in Munster, Germany

[Renate Von Kuznig, Health Contributor]

Wall Street Journal:  Not cucumbers, not sprouts, not tomatoes – what then is responsible for the ongoing deaths (up to 28 or so) and the thousands being made ill by the e.coli infections hitting Germany and frightening the world?  The culprit it seems is to be none other than an evolved and extremely toxic version of a bug first identified in Münster, Germany, way back in 2001 say scientists.

According to Alexander Mellmann at the University Hospital of Munster: “Everything we know so far indicates it is an evolved strain…if it was completely unknown, we’d struggle a lot more in our effort to fight it.”

Researchers at BGI and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf researchers who seem to agree with Dr. Mellmann after looking at material belonging to the 2001 and 2011 strains of the bug and found that seven genes crucial to both bugs’ existence are the same as well as 12 others.

The 2001 outbreak had affected around five identified people world-wide and had never really been identified and eradicated and the scientists’ genetic analysis has shown up that as the earlier bug has interacted with the newer one, it has become stronger and is practically drug-resistant.

Nearly all the 2700, or so cases of the bug infection and associated deaths can be traced back to Germany.

June 5, 2011

It’s hot, it’s kewl – new ‘Solar Bikini’ can charge your iPhone

[Sandi Kleera, Science News Contributor]
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MailOnline:  A Solar Bikini created by the New York-based designer, Andrew Schneider, is the newest craze for keeping your iPhone  topped up continuously whilst you are on the beach via your bikini.
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Its not cheap – at £120 per shot, it is certainly a rich girl’s trinket.  Is it safe?  Well, Mr. Schneider says: ‘of course’!
June 2, 2011

More deaths spreading over Europe as Germany’s drug resistant e.coli outbreak threatens a worldwide disaster – Spanish cucumbers not to blame

[Manuel Barthoso, Public Health Contributor]

A new strain of the e.coli organism is being blamed by scientists for an outbreak which has killed over 20 and hospitalised more than 2000 people in Germany and Europe over the past few days.  Furthermore, the organism thought to be the culprit, has been found to be drug-resistant by Chinese and German scientists according to News24 and the Telegraph.

However, no one really knows what is responsible for the outbreak which seems to be getting worse by the day with Germany, where the outbreak appears to have started, being the hardest hit country.

What is clear is that that the infection is caused by eating bad food. But which foods are affected and how to clean food before consumption to clear the organism at the moment are wild guessing games by baffled scientists. In the meantime, more people in Germany and Europe are falling ill, some fatally.

The are rumours that the organism is a result of genetically modified food production and also the horrific contamination of the sea by the ongoing Fukushima disaster which has affected the fish worldwide.

The Beijing Genomics Institute, which has been working on a solution for the outbreak has said that the organism: “contains several genes that were resistant to antibiotics”.

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May 26, 2011

Earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shakes Fukushima region on May 24th 2011

[Sumi Aleksander, Japan News Contributor]

USGS: On Tuesday 24th May 2011, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck the Honshu region which encapsulates the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant. No tsunami, or damage reports have been made.

The Honshu region is a notoriously unstable part of Japan and practically each day earthquakes at M4 to 6 strike the area.

An anonymous source at the UN has disclosed that it is looking into the Fukushima plant disaster to decide whether Japan was negligent in building the a nuclear plant in such an unstable part of the country and in that respect whether it should be made to compensate all countries that are now affected from serious radioactive contamination from the nuclear disaster that struck the plant.

May 25, 2011

Free invitation to prestige UK cloud computing event hosted by Microsoft and Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk: Cloud computing has gone viral – that’s official!

To celebrate the advancing technology’s arriving, the Telegraph is offering free invitations to a gala event to be held at London’s landmark ‘Gerkin’ building on June 22nd 2011.

The event is being hosted by the Daily Telegraph and Microsoft and will include speakers from both companies and the government and is proving very attractive as a networking venue for those interested in the latest IT phenomenon.

As from today, there are only 50 places left, so if you are an IT boss in a company employing more than 250 people, apply with good reasons for you to be at the event and you should get in. If you get in, remember to tell the Telegraph that iToD Daily tipped you off!

To apply for a place, click on this link, or the picture above.

Good luck!

May 25, 2011

Georgia’s legacy of arsenic poisoning is killing hundreds of its children

BBC News: Recent scientific research have shown that hundreds of Georgian children are being made seriously ill and some are being killed from the country’s legacy of arsenic poisoning.  The research discovered that the arsenic production sites which had been discontinued after the Soviet Union fell, are now leaking highly toxic substances into the environment.

The area most affected is Uravi in north-west Georgia. However, Georgian authorities have failed to warn the residents of the serious harm the substances are doing to do to their children.

According to Giorgi Khachidze, environment minister, the government knows about the problem, but with its economy severely depressed, the country does not have any resources to put things right. He said: “All over the country we have the legacy of pesticides, landmines, abandoned factories, sources of radiation. Every day we get information about something and we just don’t have the money to sort out all these in a day.”

Arsenic is a deadly poison and can cause death, cancer, skin thickening. liver and digestive disease. It is difficult to treat as it is odourless and flavourless.

[BBC video – click to play]

May 20, 2011

Revolutionary desk brings sheer heaven to nerds and the techno-appreciative

[Kevin Johnson, Technology News Contributor]

Gizmodo’s Melanie Pinola says today’s up and coming workspace has got to be one with a computer integrated into a desk with a glass top for wowy lighting – sheer heaven for the nerdy and the techno-appreciative!

Peter (or, L3p D3sk) in the Cooler Master 2011 Case Mod Competition, presents the scratch build as storage unchallenged: 10TB+; Overclock potential: 4,5Ghz+; nice to look at and completely made of aluminum and glass; watercooled; no cables in sight; easy to change hardware. And…completely silent!

The full features can be examined here…..Also you can check out the photo gallery of the wonder desk here…

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May 11, 2011

‘Skype to Go’ as Microsoft edges towards $8.5 billion purchase

[Technology Contributer,Vinson Binter]

A deal not made in heaven analysts are saying, as Microsoft Corp limbers up to buy troubled social networking giant, Skype, for $8.5 billion.

If the deal goes through, it will be Microsoft’s biggest and will enable the company to give Google a good run for its money in the Internet and mobile phone communications area, but at a considerable price it seems.

That is because, Skype, with its 145 million users, has not been doing that well. Last year it lost $7M on revenues of $860 million and analysts are worried that Microsoft, at that purchase price will never be able to generate enough sales for payback and profit on the deal.

May 4, 2011

Americans to get Internet ID cards

By Tollat Kulie, Internet Security Contributor
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Engadget: The USA in planning to give each American a unique Internet ID in a major plan to combat cyberterrorism and to make life easier for the regulatory agencies policing the current ‘wild west’ of Internet life.
The Obama administration expects the scheme to generally make Internet security better for millions of Americans and to, coincidentally, take away the need for users to memorise login details, passwords, etc, for online use.  The measure is being drafted as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which is expected to be in project stage at the Department of Commerce shortly.
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It is proposed that the new unique Internet ID system will be optional for all citizens, but many are saying that it looks like another ID card scheme. Time will tell.