Oliver chikumbo

33 Flips | 3 Magazines | 1 Like | 31 Followers | @ochikumb | Keep up with Oliver chikumbo on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Oliver chikumbo”

Hydrogen: The car fuel of the future?

<b>A small British firm is looking forward to a day in which we will take our cars to the garage and fill them with hydrogen.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessBattle for gadget accessory businessCould power plants of the future produce zero emissions?Make-It-Yourself: The rise of the …

Alternative Fuel

Samsung forecasts record quarterly profit

<b>Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest mobile phone and TV maker, has forecast record profits for the July-to-September quarter.</b><p>It expects operating profit of 10.1 trillion won ($9.4bn; £5.8bn) for the quarter, a 25% jump from a year ago.<p>The profit guidance beats many analyst forecasts.<p>Samsung …

Profit

HTC reports first ever quarterly loss

<b>Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC has reported its first ever loss as it continues to lose ground to rivals.</b><p>It made a net loss of 2.97bn Taiwan dollars ($100m; £62m) in the three months to September.<p>Its numbers are in sharp contrast with rival Samsung, which has forecast record profit for the same …

Mobile

Pentagon-funded Atlas robot refuses to be knocked over

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1016000/1016829_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649200_226a7cc9b69b2afb78993ca505b610fc<p><b>Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining its balance on one leg even when hit from the side.</b><p>And WildCat, …

Robotics

Capturing your world in 3D

Capturing environments or objects in 3D is a mouth-watering idea for everyone from interior designers to the 3D printing enthusiasts.<p>Yet it is technically challenging, traditionally needing clunky hardware running off a desktop computer.<p>But San Francisco-based Occipital is going into production …

3D Printing

'Smart sensors' help plan daily routine

With more of a focus on the environment, we are demanding better information about levels of air pollution which may affect us.<p>The research division of chipmaker Intel is trialling cheap, internet-connected sensors to provide pollution 'heat maps'.<p>They can be used to give us valuable data on …

North America

Global PC shipments drop to a five-year low

<b>Global shipments of personal computers (PCs) have hit a five-year low, according to new figures from the research firm Gartner.</b><p>Shipments totalled 80.3m units in the three months to September, down 8.6% from a year ago.<p>PC sales have now fallen for six quarters in a row, hurt by the growing …

Mobile

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

More money, more forest-planting

<b>The environmental version of the Kuznets curve</b><p>ECONOMIC growth is generally assumed to be bad for biodiversity. That is right—but only up to a point. …

The Economist - World News, Politics, Economics, Business & Finance

Current editionMay 5th 2018<p>Arms controlDisarmageddonAnti-Semitism in EuropeHaters gonna hateT-Mobile and SprintBlock the callMarx at 200Second time, …

Economics

Slo-mo mojo

FLIES live shorter lives than elephants. Of that there is no doubt. But from a fly’s point of view, does its life actually seem that much shorter? …

Science and technology

Human evolutionA group of people with an amphibious life have evolved traits to matchMeet the Bajauprint-edition iconApr 19th 2018<p>Dinosaur …

Looks good on paper

DISGUISED as employees of a gas company, a team of policemen burst into a flat in Beijing on September 1st. Two suspects inside panicked and tossed a …

Hot air

MODELS simplify. They are supposed to. It is a feature, not a bug. Their formulae may be complex but models deliberately omit some things in order to …

Will MOOCs kill university degrees?

DISTANCE education is nothing new, but these days it is hard to escape hyperventilation about its latest incarnation: MOOCs, or "massive open online …

All dried up

CHINA endures choking smog, mass destruction of habitats and food poisoned with heavy metals. But ask an environmentalist what is the country’s …

Desperate measures

CHINA’S emperors regarded control over water as one of the principal ways of controlling the country. They poured their kingdom’s resources into vast …

print-edition icon

ON JUNE 16th something very peculiar happened in Germany’s electricity market. The wholesale price of electricity fell to minus €100 per megawatt …

Why deafening silence sounds different to other silence

All silences are not equal, some seem quieter than others. Why? It’s all to do with the way our brains adapt to the world around us, as Tom Stafford explains.<p>A “deafening silence” is a striking absence of noise, so profound that it seems to have its own quality. Objectively it is impossible for one …

The Brain

The rising threat from the oceans

In the latest in her series on phenomena and technologies that may profoundly change the state of our planet, Gaia Vince looks at why our oceans are rising, what the consequences might be and describes efforts to adapt to what may become a drastically reshaped world.<p>Imagine the seaside was nearer. …

Global Warming

Skolkovo: Tech city that aims to restore nation's pride

In the Soviet era, Russian science was lavished with money and resources. But post-communism, innovation has slumped. Can a new tech city reverse its fortunes?<p>Sitting on 400 hectares of the most expensive Russian real estate outside central Moscow, Skolkovo is intended to be one of the biggest tech …

Russia

What exactly is fire?

Fire is essential and something we often take for granted, but what precisely is it? James May answers this burning question.<p>Fire is just a particularly vigorous oxidation process, one that you can understand even if you weren’t paying attention in chemistry lessons at school, as indeed James May …

Chemistry

Electric cars: A universal plug for all models?

How can we meet the demands more electric vehicles will put on our power supplies and grids? Jon Stewart visits the centre seeking answers through creating common standards for vehicles and charging stations.<p>Electric vehicles promise us a future of guilt-free travel. Replacing today’s gas-guzzling …

Electric Vehicles

Does milk settle an upset stomach?

When you’re feeling too ill to eat, is the best cure a soothing glass of milk? Claudia Hammond explains why this might do the opposite, and make you feel worse.<p>When you’re feeling too ill to eat, or have indigestion, what could be better than a gentle, thick glass of milk to settle your stomach? …

Wellness

What causes a beer belly?

We know beer is pretty calorific, as are the snacks we crave to accompany it. But why does it specifically affect men’s guts? Greg Foot explains all.<p>When you drink beer, your liver has to go into overdrive to detoxify the alcohol. Now add a few packets of crisps to the equation, maybe some peanuts …

Alcohol

Why space telescope mirror is most complex ever built

Why the most ambitious telescope to leave our planet will be launched with deliberately bumpy mirrors that are out of focus on purpose.<p>“You will not be touching anything.” It is clear from the tone of the technician’s voice that this is a command, rather than a suggestion, and that it requires a …

Universe

Does non-belief in free will make us better or worse?

Studies have shown that people who believe things happen randomly and not through our own choice often behave much worse than those who believe the opposite.<p>Are you reading this because you chose to? Or are you doing so as a result of forces beyond your control?<p>After thousands of years of …

Consciousness

How 3D imaging is helping to preserve history

The ultimate conservation tool for museums is 3D scanning, which can precisely map every detail of buildings or artifacts and create the ultimate manual for future repairs.<p>Science is no stranger to the efforts to preserve ancient wonders. Now, 3D scanners have been added to the conservation …

Imaging

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including a crib full of pandas and glowing robots.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Northern Lights and baby turtles<p>Robot dragon and lightning strike<p>Yosemite fires and an eclipse from Mars<p>Augmented reality in the operating room<p>Worm burgers and …

Photos

The lab pushing petrol car engines to new extremes

Some say the future of cars is electric, but the humble internal combustion engine may have some life left in it yet, if a set of outlandish tests succeed.<p>As anyone who has accidentally put petrol into their diesel vehicle knows, it’s usually an experience to be avoided at all costs. Yet at a …

Engines