More than 20 percent of sexual assaults drug-facilitated
More than 20% of sexual assaults in a sample of 882 victims were drug-facilitated sexual assaults, found a new study published in CMAJ. Victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault were more likely than others to present to a l ...
German high-tech sector holds up: trade group
Germany's high-tech industry expects to buck the economic crisis this year with sales stagnating but not sinking, its chief lobby group said on Monday on the eve of the giant CeBIT trade fair.
Florida lawmakers seek to streamline environmental, growth regulations
Two lobbying heavyweights will square off over the Florida's controversial Big Sugar land buy, but another battle in the legislative session opening Tuesday could have broader impacts. Call it jobs vs. environment.
Fujitsu to buy Telstra's IT unit in Australia
Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. said Monday it had agreed to buy Australian telecoms giant Telstra's IT services unit for 200 million Australian dollars (127 million US).
Sony TVs to have electronic money function
Sony's new liquid crystal display televisions will have an electronic money function to make it easier for users to pay to watch movies and programmes, the company said Monday.
Europe, South Korea, dominate global IT development (Update)
North European countries and South Korea have the fastest and most widespread telecoms and computer growth in the world, the UN's telecomunications agency said on Monday.
Mania linked to desire for fame, success: study
People with manic or bipolar tendencies have higher expectations of what they can achieve in terms of success, money and fame, a new study published Monday finds.
Twitter takes Washington by storm
The halls of the US Congress are alive with the sounds of Twitter. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives -- or their aides -- are tapping out dozens of the micro messages a day on cellphones and computers from ...
Low levels of vitamin B12 may increase risk for neural tube defects
Children born to women who have low blood levels of vitamin B12 shortly before and after conception may have an increased risk of a neural tube defect, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of ...
New test for detecting fake organic milk
Scientists in Germany are reporting development of a new, more effective method to determine whether milk marketed as "organic" is genuine or just ordinary milk mislabeled to hoodwink consumers. Their report ...
Super-thin carbon sheets poised to revolutionize electronics
Super-thin films of carbon with exotic properties, now taking the scientific world by storm, may soon mean a new era of brighter, faster, and smaller computers, smart phones, and other consumer electronics. Brighter digital ...
Two food additives with previously unrecognized estrogen-like effects in two food additives
Scientists in Italy are reporting development and successful use of a fast new method to identify food additives that act as so-called "xenoestrogens" — substances with estrogen-like effects that are stirring ...
Drinking wine lowers risk of Barrett's esophagus, precursor to esophageal cancer
Drinking one glass of wine a day may lower the risk of Barrett's Esophagus by 56 percent, according to a new study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in the March issue of Gastroenterology. Barrett's Esophagus is a p ...
Astronomy's bright future
To mark UNESCO's International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), six leading astronomers from the UK, the US, Europe and Asia write in March's Physics World about the biggest challenges and opportunities facing international astron ...