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In Search For Habitable Planets, Why Stop At 'Earth-Like'?

<b>Listen · 3:19</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In their hunt for potentially habitable planets around distant stars, scientists have been so focused on finding Earth-like planets that they're ignoring the possibility that other kinds of planets might be even friendlier to life, a new report says.<p>…

China mother, fined $54,200 for flouting one-child policy, sues for basic rights | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese warehouse worker Liu Fei was fined 330,000 yuan ($54,200), or 14 times her yearly wage, for having a second child and her failure to pay means the boy has no access to basic rights like schooling and healthcare.<p>Nurses show a pair of fraternal twins to their mother …

Nymi, The Heartwave-Sensing Wristband For ID Authentication, Launches SDK For 6K+ Developers

Toronto-based startup Bionym has launched an SDK for its forthcoming identity-authenticating wristband, Nymi. It said today that more than 6,000 developers have registered their interest in building software that hooks into the heartwave-sensing bangle. Thus far, it’s managed to pre-sell more than …

From runway to orbit and back

EVERY decade or so, enthusiasts dream up plans for yet another spaceplane—a craft that can take off from a runway like an aeroplane, fly up into …

The challenge of China as a science and technology superpower

The US must press Beijing on anti-competitive practices and espionage, but it also needs to get its own house in order<p>The United States-China science and technology relationship is shaped by a central paradox. Reducing climate change, preventing pandemics, and developing new energy sources are all …

Star Wars lightsabers finally invented

Scientists in America have 'accidentally' found a way forward to the creation of real-life weapons as used by Jedi Knights<p>• Star Wars pet clothing range has puppies feeling the force • How to make your own Jedi lightsaber<p>Wannabe Jedi Knights rejoice, for scientists have discovered that the famous …

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. success paves the way for Star Wars TV series?

A few years back it seemed that the only chance of another visit to the <b>Star Wars</b> universe (in live-action form at least) was the long-in-development …

How to make a Jedi lightsaber

You will need a vacuum chamber, various lasers, some rubidium atoms and a firm grasp of quantum nonlinear optics<p>It was hard to miss the disturbance in the force when scientists at Harvard and MIT declared they had turned light into molecules last week, prompting a collective air punch from the kind …

How to manage a Google Calendar with LEGOs and a smartphone

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Project managers take note: A smartphone and a set of LEGOs could help you better manage your Google(s goog) Calendar. That’s …

CZ12 Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Jackie Chan Movie HD

What Lurks Beneath The Earth's Surface

Recently there has been an eruption of revelations from below the surface of the Earth: Major aquifers beneath Kenya and a vast volcano deep in the Pacific Ocean. In just the past six months, there have been reports of new oilfield discoveries in Canada, Colombia, Israel and other spots.<p>Inner Earth …

The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

Hong Kong

How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

Experts on the ageing process explain why having good friends, lifting weights and learning languages can lead to a longer life<p><b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and</b> …

Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 UK release dates leaked?

Those waiting to get their hands on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 may not have to wait long following their expected …

Phones

How high-fiving your front door can let you can ditch the keys

Whatever your feelings about the humble fist bump, be it panic when expecting a handshake or derision at the hipster's favourite way of greeting, it …

Wearable Tech

Pixar: We choose characters based on story, not technology

Disney-Pixar may be one of the most successful studios in the world, but it has never felt that it has put profit over pixels. Peel back the layers …

Animation

Looking beyond Google Glass: the future of wearable tech

What if we told you that Google Glass and Galaxy Gear were just the beginning? That the impending arrival of Google's super-futuristic wearable …

Wearable Tech

Wearables aren’t just for consumers. Enterprise can benefit too.

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Wearable computing looks like the next big trend in technology. Or at least one of the dozens that are being crowned right …

Sony Xperia Z1 comes into focus in high-quality spy shots

Some sharp and in-focus shots of what is said to be the Sony Xperia Z1 have emerged with just days to go before the phone's official reveal.<p>While …

Special Features - What Does Batman vs. Superman Mean For Future Batman Movies?

<i>Gary Collinson wonders what the casting of an older Dark Knight in Batman vs. Superman means for future Batman movies…</i><p>So, after a month of intense …

Today's gamers don't know they're born. They aren't faced with the many trials that afflicted the 90s gamer and they simply do not have the capacity …

Zack Snyder explains the destruction in Man of Steel, plus Detroit confirmed for Batman vs. Superman

One of the most controversial aspects of this year’s <b>Man of Steel</b> was the sheer amount of destruction and seemingly wanton disregard for human life …

Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013

The winners have just been announced in the 3rd edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. The overall winner, top 10 category winners and top 50 finalists were unveiled at a ceremony in Hong Kong earlier today. The contest invited photographers to submit images of the world of …

Transparent gel speaker ushers in a future of 'soft machines'

How would you like a speaker system in your living room that was completely clear? Or, better yet, an active noise-canceling window that could mute the outside? The technology is already here, and a team of materials scientists at Harvard is showing us what’s now possible with ionic conduction, or …