David Shek Wei Jen

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Syria: Deadly aid convoy bombing as ceasefire ends

Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo after a fragile week-long ceasefire ended and it appeared that the bloody five-year war was fully back on late on Monday.<p>The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 32 people were killed in dozens of air strikes launched …

Middle East

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Samsung Set For Another Quarter Of Record Profits As HTC Falters

Samsung has impressed analysts and investors with its latest guidance for operating profit in the third-quarter, saying it expects to have earned between 9.9 trillion won and 10.3 trillion won ($9.2 billion and $9.6 billion). That’s up from 8.06 trillion won last year and marks another record …

Male brain vs female brain: How do they differ?

Male and female brains differ in structure and function, but we don't know how these differences affect behaviour<p>Chapter 16 of my book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about topographic mapping, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …

Silicon Valley

Nobel Prize Winners In Medicine Announced

The three U.S.-based researchers sharing this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology Or Medicine were announced this morning. Happy Nobel Prize week.<p>The Nobel Committee awarded its first prize of the season earlier today, announcing the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The award …

World Bank slashes growth forecasts in Asia

China to lead slowdown across whole of Asia, while the country's shadow banking system poses a threat to financial stability<p>China's cooling economy and the looming taper of cheap money in America will drag down growth in East Asia, the World Bank said on Monday, as it slashed growth forecasts …

Economics

Billion pound brain project under way

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Humanity

5 Surprising Facts About Nikola Tesla

The brilliant inventor gets a new statue in Long Island.<p><b>A new statue of Nikola Tesla now graces New York's Long Island, the latest homage to the celebrated visionary. At the statue's unveiling last week, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic told the dedication crowd at Tesla's former Wardenclyffe</b> …

MEPs tighten anti-tobacco laws aimed at young smokers

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United Kingdom

England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths

<b>Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests.</b><p>A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England's 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European …

UK firm seeks to market world's first malaria vaccine

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Public Health

5 depressing ways the 1 percent is strangling the US economy

Once the backbone of our society, the middle class has been broken — and we have the country’s richest to thank<p>The middle class, once the backbone of a strong American society, has been broken, beaten down, pushed further and further toward poverty levels. Here are five well-documented ways that …

New $100 bill enters circulation

Design features 3D security ribbon and colour-changing ink which will make the banknotes more difficult to forge<p>A revamped $100 bill will enter circulation for the first time on Tuesday with additional design features that will make it more difficult to forge.<p>The image of Benjamin Franklin, the …

The Often-Frightening Amounts of Caffeine in Energy Drinks, From Monster to 5-Hour Energy

Despite the surprisingly high caffeine content of your favorite coffees, sometimes you just need bigger wings. And although every energy drink markets itself as a potion that'll turn you from a sleepy-eyed nobody into a rage-filled life of the party/king of the workplace, branding alone won't tell …

Coffee

10 of the Most Dangerous Space Walks Ever Done

The blockbuster film Gravity features one heart-stopping emergency in space after another, most of them outside the confines of a spacecraft. Real-life emergencies during extravehicular activity, or EVA, are more rare, but they do happen.<p>The blockbuster film <i>Gravity</i> features one heart-stopping …

What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

What would happen if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaults on its debt later this month? The broad economic implications are unpredictable, but a default could cause huge trouble for the global economy.<p>But whatever happens to the global economy, one thing is clear: People …

Major cities will hit climate 'tipping point' by 2047, study shows

Climate change is poised to usher in "a new normal" where average annual temperatures are concerned — and that normal is going to be a hot one. That's according to new research published in this week's <i>Nature</i>, which warns that regions around the world will soon see temperature increases that have no …

Alzheimer's treatment: landmark study gives hope for simple pill

Expert predicts future generations would see findings as historic turning point in fight against degenerative brain diseases<p>A landmark British study has raised the prospect of a pill that could treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.<p>The research, performed on sick …

Heartwarming Elephant Photography

A couple of weeks ago we've featured a fantastic set of giraffe photographs, and people really liked it. Nature is fulfilled with lovely animals, so …

Chrome steals a march on Windows

<b>The dramatic slide in sales of PCs continues, but for one new player in this market this is an opportunity. Google has launched another of its Chromebook laptops this week - made by HP in this case - and is poised to grab a bigger share of a shrinking market.</b><p>That won't amuse Microsoft whose own …

Chromebook

31 in Florida infected by bacteria in salt water

Patty Konietzky thought the small purple lesion on her husband's ankle was a spider bite. But when the lesion quickly spread across his body like a constellation, she knew something wasn't right.<p>After a trip to the hospital and a day and a half later, Konietzky's 59-year-old husband was dead.<p>The …

Bank examiner 'fired by Fed over critical report on Goldman Sachs'

A former senior bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming she was fired after refusing to alter a critical examination of Goldman Sachs.<p>The former employee, Carmen Segarra, said that in her seven months of examining Goldman's legal and …

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Organization That Destroyed Syria's Chemical Weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group few have heard of, was just awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It's well-deserved. Here's who they are.<p>The Nobel Committee announced today that this year's Nobel Peace Prize will go to a group few outside the world of international …

Libya PM Zeidan's brief kidnap was 'attempted coup'

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Africa

Qualcomm builds learning computer chip inspired by human brain

Computer technology still lags far behind the abilities of the human brain, which has billions of neurons that help us simultaneously process a plethora of stimuli from our many senses. But Qualcomm hopes to shrink that bridge with a new type of computer architecture modeled after the brain, which …

Hepatitis C Trust says strategy urgent as related liver disease on the rise

Only 3% of people with hepatitis C are treated each year, yet government is dragging its heels on strategy, says trust<p>Deaths and hospital admissions from liver disease caused by hepatitis C have quadrupled in 15 years and yet the government is dragging its heels over the introduction of a strategy …