Archive: 03/15/2006

Radar altimetry revolutionises the study of the ocean

Imagine a space tool so revolutionary it can determine the impact of climate change, monitor the melting of glaciers, discover invisible waves, predict the strength of hurricanes, conserve fish stocks and measure ...

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Big Alaskan oil spill initially undetected

A 267,000-gallon oil spill, the largest on Alaska's North Slope, reportedly went undetected for up to five days before it was discovered this month.

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Firm offers downloadable mobile upgrades

Some Vodafone 3G customers in Japan will soon be able to upgrade their phones without setting foot in a service center, thanks to an agreement with Red Bend.

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Young outcasts suffer long-term problems

Children who are ostracized by their classmates are more likely to withdraw from activities and score lower on standardized tests, U.S. researchers say.

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Briefs: India plans to cull 75,000 birds

More reports of avian flu outbreaks in India have reportedly led government officials in New Delhi to order the cull of 75,000 birds in four villages.

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Tech ed key to Qatar's post-oil growth

Perhaps no one in Qatar is aware of the fact that the country's energy wealth will run out sooner or later than its leader, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Described by some as a benevolent dictator, the emir has taken ...

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Old drug may become new bird flu weapon

Amantadine, a generic drug created in the 1970s to treat seasonal flu might become a new weapon to use along with Tamiflu if a bird flu pandemic occurs.

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Microsoft looks to StepUI

In the midst of this year's recent TechFest, an internal event where Microsoft demonstrated over 150 internal projects currently in development, the world's largest software company proved it could take a step in a new direction. ...

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New sensor will help guarantee freshness

Grocers, florists and even pharmacists may soon have a better way to monitor the quality of the products they get from suppliers: a sensor that will tell how long before a product spoils or passes its expiration ...

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Researchers grow bone cells on carbon nanotubes

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have published findings that show, for the first time, that bone cells can grow and proliferate on a scaffold of carbon nanotubes.

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The Web: Wagering on 'March Madness'

This spring, the annual ritual of the NCAA basketball tournament -- colloquially known as "March Madness" -- begins once again. Online, a similar, high-stakes rite commences once more too: gambling by fans ...

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Study: RFID tags are virus vulnerable

Computer experts at an international conference in Italy say they've determined radio frequency identification technology is virus vulnerable.

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