Category: Life

Alarm over flesh-eating ulcer cases in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The spread of a flesh-eating bacterial condition in Australia sparked calls Thursday for more government-funded research into the disease, which is normally limited to developing countries. Buruli ulcer, a leprosy-like disease that rots flesh, is usually found in parts of Africa and was named after the Ugandan village where it was discovered. It was first diagnosed in Australia’s Victoria state in the 1930s and a growing number of cases have hit […]

Apple shares slip on smartwatch reviews

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) – Apple shares slipped Wednesday after mixed reviews of its latest smartwatch and amid concerns pre-orders of coming iPhone 8 models were lagging. Apple Watch Series 3 set to hit the market on Friday boasts the ability to connect directly to telecommunications networks to let users remain connected without a smartphone for phone calls, music, and other functions. During a live demonstration at a media event earlier this month, an […]

Innovation and style shine at London Design Festival

LONDON, England (Reuters) — Innovative design and sustainable products are some of the styles dominating this year’s London Design Festival, as designers from around the world showcase some of their most innovative and ambitious projects. The festival, which was established in 2003, is made up of hundreds of events and exhibitions scattered across the British capital, including at the iconic Victoria & Albert Museum and Somerset House. As part of the program, a special show […]

Hospital allows kids to ‘drive’ themselves to operating room

SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) — The staff at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego is working to make being sick a little better. The hospital unveiled a collection of remote-controlled cars on Tuesday (September 19) that allow young patients to ‘drive’ themselves to the operating room. Actually operated by a nurse or doctor, the cars are part of a new program designed to make kids more relaxed before their procedures. “The kids are having fun. […]

Defibrillator drones could save lives in hard-to-reach areas

BRALANDA, Sweden (Reuters) — A drone which carries a defibrillator to help people suffering from a cardiac arrest is being developed at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Paramedic and researcher Andreas Claesson said that every year about 5,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest in Sweden and around 70 per cent of these attacks occur in rural areas. Having to cover great distances, since most emergency medical services are located in towns, the ambulance response […]

Tommy Hilfiger ‘Rock Circus’ closes London Fashion Week

by Edouard Guihaire Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Designer Tommy Hilfiger closed London Fashion Week on Tuesday with a “Rock Circus” night marking his first catwalk show outside the United States. The much-anticipated showcase of Hilfiger’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection brought a touch of sportswear chic to Fashion Week, closing the five-day event with a high-profile bang. The 66-year-old American designer, king of a fashion empire that last year saw sales of $6.6 billion, […]

“Goat Fire Brigade” helps save Spain from forest fires

GIRONA, Spain (Reuters) — Much of Europe was scorched this summer, with numerous forest fires breaking out and in Spain goats and sheep are helping to fight the blazes – one nibble at a time. Dubbed ‘Goat Fire Brigades’ the animals are part of a pilot program in the Girona region of northern Spain, run by Pau Costa Foundation. Tapping into an old agricultural practice, the herds are set out to graze in strategic areas of […]

Insect robot that brings robotics to the amateur

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — Six-legged robot HEXA isn’t simply a slightly creepy, over-sized insect that will scare your children. It’s a highly adaptable robot open to developers, allowing them to practise  their programming and coding skills, using simple commands. Developed by Chinese start-up Vincross, the 4.7-inch-high robot has two three-axis accelerometers for balance and a built-in distance measuring sensor to avoid obstacles. It also contains an infrared sensor and camera, complete with night vision […]

‘Car nation’ Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles

by Jean-Philippe Lacour Agence France-Presse FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany (AFP) – German car makers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology. Curious visitors to the biennial trade fair, which lasts until September 24, can entrust their lives to a computer on a specially created car at a test track overlooked by Daimler and Volkswagen’s giant stands. […]

UAE introduces driverless car in collaboration with VW

DUBAI, UAE (Reuters) — The Dubai Land Department has showed off a driverless car developed with Volkswagen at the much visited Cityscape Global exhibition. Dubai has already stated its intention to become one of the world’s smartest and most sustainable cities and the VW prototype car could help its ambitions. Although still just a concept, the driverless car, named ‘Sedric’ (self-driving car) by VW, will be sustainable and safe, convenient and easy to use, using […]

Chinese skiers cool off at world’s largest indoor ski park

by Yanan Wang Agence France Presse HARBIN, China (AFP) — It was a hot summer afternoon in Harbin and tourists strolled cobblestone streets with the Chinese city’s famous milk popsicles in hand. But indoors, it was perfect weather for skiing. At the city’s new Ice and Snow Park, chilly winds blew snowflakes around skiers zipping down the manmade slopes of the world’s largest indoor ski park, a potent symbol of China’s ambitions to turn itself […]

Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A giant starfish-eating snail could be unleashed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Monday, with a trial underway to breed thousands of the rare species. Predatory crown-of-thorns starfish, which munch coral, are naturally-occurring but have proliferated due to pollution and run-off at the struggling World Heritage-listed ecosystem. Their impact has been profound with a major study of the 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) long reef’s health in 2012 showing coral cover halved […]