Under-the-table talk in Switzerland is warming up ahead of the launch of Apple’s watch next year, something that promises to be the most keenly observed event in aeons. Will it have the same devastating effect as the introduction of quartz movements half a century ago? Continue reading Smart thinking in Switzerland
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Rosetta spacecraft: Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet surface
Scientists have successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet in an historic first for space exploration, the European Space Agency (ESA) says. Continue reading Rosetta spacecraft: Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet surface
Wonthaggi rapture cloud has Twitter people all in a twitter
It looks like a passage into another dimension, or an alien space ship hovering just out of vision. And the people of Twitter want answers.
On Monday, images of a bizarre cloud hovering over Wonthaggi, a seaside town 132 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, saturated social media as puzzled users sought answers.
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China rushes to harness wind with government help
China is on course this year to build four times the total wind power installed in all of Denmark as developers push to build the turbines ahead of cuts to incentives originally designed to spur the industry.
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Generating Power From Tidal Lagoons
LONDON — Harvesting energy from the tides is hard to do, and the development of a new generation of sea-based power arrays lags far behind more widely used renewable technologies like wind and solar.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes in New Setback for Commercial Spaceflight
SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that was meant to carry well-heeled tourists on short if expensive rides to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots.
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Wind farms outstrip nuclear power
The UK’s wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.
The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants.
Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites. Continue reading Wind farms outstrip nuclear power
Microsoft ditching the Nokia name on smartphones
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new smartphones, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish firm’s mobile devices division.
New Nokia Lumia phones will instead be known as Microsoft Lumia, the company said. Continue reading Microsoft ditching the Nokia name on smartphones
Find My iPhone? Find Me! Lost Phone Feature Helps Rescuers Locate Crashed Car
A woman whose car rolled 500 feet down an embankment near San Jose, California, was located through the Find My iPhone feature on her smartphone after spending 19 hours in the ravine where her Chevy Cruze ended up.
Wireless power breakthrough could spark new generation of medical implants
New mechanism the size of a grain of rice (above) does away with the need for bulky batteries to power pacemakers and more. Continue reading Wireless power breakthrough could spark new generation of medical implants