3 January 2020


  • Bill and Melinda Gates see the next 15 years as milestone in the fight against poverty, especially in Africa. Photo:

    The world according to Bill and Melinda Gates

    Jan 23, 2015 10:49am
    From Bill Gates, the good news is the future of the internet looks bright. And the bad news? None, at least nothing to merit mention in his annual letter about the work of the Bill and...
  • The iPhone 6, mounted on a rig and encased in protective gear, sits on the edge of space before being made to fall back to earth. Photo: MailOnline/Urban Armor Gear

    Ultimate torture test for iPhone 6

    Jan 22, 2015 11:35am
    It’s the ultimate torture test but why people would go to great lengths — or heights — to prove a point with their iPhone 6 isn’t always clear. But as it turns out, there was a...
  • CSU researchers (from left) Dr. John Williams, Dr. Leslie Stone-Roy and graduate student JJ Moritz show how the device works. Photo: Gizmag

    A device that lets deaf people hear with their tongue

    Jan 21, 2015 4:11pm
    It’s quite crude at the moment, but researchers at Colorado State University are developing a device that will allow hearing-impaired people to hear using their tongue. At the moment, many who are deaf prefer cochlear implants...
  • For some people, the heartaches persist long after the breakup. Photo: Internet

    Time heals a broken heart

    Jan 21, 2015 12:07pm
    ? Time does heal a broken heart, but how long? Three months or about 11 weeks, according to a new study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. The research, conducted by?Gary Lewandowski and Nicole Bizzoco...
  • SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to send a fleet of micro-satellites to space to expand internet access on Earth. Eventually, with those satellites, internet service could be extended to Mars. Photo: Bloomberg

    Internet connection from Earth to Mars

    Jan 20, 2015 1:45pm
    Bringing internet access to the remotest parts of the world is one great challenge that has captured the imagination of some of the world’s top technology behemoths. Which is understandable. They won’t have much to go...
  • Rose Ann Bolasny, shown here with her husband, has decided to give a million-dollar inheritance to her pet pooch Bella. Photo: NYPost/Barcroft Media

    Pampered pooch to inherit a fortune

    Jan 19, 2015 4:32pm
    It’s settled.? The children have no quarrel with their own inheritance, so they have no problem about their mother leaving a chunk of her fortune to her pet Maltese. In fact, Rose Ann Bolasny of Queens,...
  • Stargazers will have a field day on Jan. 26, when the asteroid 2004 BL86 will reach its closest distance to our planet. Photo: Internet

    A heavenly treat for astronomy buffs

    Jan 19, 2015 12:58pm
    On Jan. 26, an asteroid about a third of a mile in diameter will zoom past our planet.? Don’t worry, it won’t present any doomsday risk to life on Earth, but it will be the closest...
  • Residents of Thisted hope this will be a common sight in a few years. Photo: Free Republic

    Danes agree to make babies to keep schools open

    Jan 15, 2015 2:27pm
    Danes in a rural municipality have agreed to make enough babies over the next few years to keep public services open. Thisted’s local council has promised not to close schools, nurseries and leisure facilities – provided...
  • This isn't what it looks like because no contract killing took place. Instead, the hired gun who had no intention of killing his target was charged by Norwegian police with defrauding his client. Photo: Internet

    Hitman who didn’t kill target fined for fraud

    Jan 15, 2015 9:53am
    A 21-year-old Norwegian man was fined 10,000 crowns (US$1,300) for fraud because he accepted a contract killing job without intending to carry it out. The man agreed to take cash to kill a 17-year-old youth but...
  • Swiss customs authorities refuse to make an exception for German pizza deliveries. Photo: Internet

    German pizza to go, but not to Switzerland

    Jan 13, 2015 9:49am
    You can’t have your pizza and eat it too. For Swiss foodies, that means pizzas delivered from neighboring Germany — where the price of the the toppings-rich flat bread is cheaper and the taste arguably much...
  • Bowhead whales have an anti-tumor response at the cell level that is far more efficient than what is found in humans, scientists say. Photo: Internet

    Longevity: Decoding the secret

    Jan 7, 2015 1:21pm
    What’s the secret to long life? Scientists are trying to unlock the mystery by studying the genetic blueprint for the bowhead whale, the awe-inspiring giant of the Arctic that lives up to 200 years. They have...
  • Women display more behavioral changes than men during the winter months due to hormonal and biological factors, a new study reveals. Photo:

    Winter blues: Why women suffer more than men

    Jan 6, 2015 12:34pm
    Winter is here and some of us are already feeling a bit down. As the days get shorter and the nights become colder, fighting the winter blues is again on the top of people’s minds. Now,...
  • The Re-timer uses a green light to reset the body clock. Photo: Re-timer

    Can’t sleep? LED glasses beat counting sheep

    Jan 5, 2015 11:15am
    Insomniacs,?shift workers and jet-lagged travellers can now see their way to getting the sleep they need — by wearing a pair of special glasses. Psychologist Leon Lack at Australia’s Flinders University invented the Re-Timer, a device...
  • Indonesian Air Force personnel carry debris believed to be from the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the airport in central Kalimantan on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    How to make sure airlines don’t disappear

    Jan 2, 2015 3:06pm
    The year that just ended was a most tragic one for the aviation industry. Several disasters involving commercial jetliners occurred during the year, the latest one being AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the sea off...
  • Get your own emoji. If youve béen up to date, you would have used ♥ more than others this year. Photo: Internet.

    I ? this ‘word’

    Dec 31, 2014 12:00pm
    Ever been lost for words? Try the lexicographers, the guys who keep our dictionaries relevant and current. This year, they have made some words a non-entity in a ranking of the most used, er, word in...
  • Christianawati Putro Cahyono and her extended family missed Flight QZ8501 by minutes. Photo: MailOnline

    ‘The best Christmas gift’

    Dec 30, 2014 1:02pm
    For former beauty queen Anggi Mahesti, it was?most disconcerting to miss the flight just by minutes. But that was before she learned what had happened. Her 10-member extended family had long been planning for a grand...
  • Eric Meyer writes in his blog: “To show me Rebecca’s face and say 'Here’s what your year looked like!' is jarring. It feels wrong..." Photo:

    Facebook says sorry for ‘inadvertent cruelty’

    Dec 29, 2014 1:31pm
    No offense meant, but it surely hurt. Social media giant Facebook intended it as a gift for its more than a billion users, a kind of virtual photo album that contains the highlights of their year.?...
  • John Cusack (left) and Jackie Chan cross paths in the epic action movie Dragon Blade. Photo: Variety

    Jackie Chan’s implausible epic movie

    Dec 29, 2014 12:03pm
    The plot contains some of the most bare-faced historical inaccuracies, but movie fans couldn’t care less. A trailer of Jackie Chan’s latest movie, Dragon Blade, has gone viral on social media, no matter if the plot...
  • Two pandas in an Italian traveling circus were found to be actually chow chow puppies dyed black and white. Photo: Corriere della Sera

    Italian job: Circus busted for panda scam

    Dec 24, 2014 4:26pm
    Another way of looking at it is that this Italian traveling circus simply wanted to bring cheer to the kids. Still, the owner?was charged with using false documents after it was discovered that the two pandas...
  • Reading an e-book at bedtime will not only make it harder for you to fall asleep; it may also pose a risk to your health. Photo: Internet

    Reading yourself to sleep? Don’t make it an e-book

    Dec 24, 2014 12:03pm
    It’s bad habit to use a smartphone or tablet to surf the internet or read an e-book at bedtime. That’s because it’s harder to fall asleep when your eyes are exposed to the blue light emitted...