Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campus

by Rob Lever Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Google became the latest US tech giant to announce a major expansion plan, unveiling a $1 billion investment Monday to create a new campus that could double its New York City workforce to 14,000. The move by Google comes following Amazon’s announcement of new headquarters sites in New York and suburban Washington DC worth some $5 billion, and Apple’s $1 billion expansion to Texas and […]

“Driverless” shuttle launched in northern France

VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ, France (AFP) — A driverless, electric and street-based shuttle has been launched on the campus of the University of Lille. For one year, the Transpole public transport authority will experiment with the driverless vehicle, although an “operator” will always be present in the vehicle for safety.

Moroccan saffron farmers battle knockoff spices

MOROCCAN (AFP)- Saffron farmers in southern Morocco have long taken pride in the coveted spice they produce from the purple-petalled Crocus sativus, but some are worried knockoff versions are threatening their business. “The pure saffron of Taliouine is the best in the world, according to experts,” local grower Barhim Afezzaa boasted, proudly noting his spice’s designation of origin (PDO) label. But the 51-year-old is worried that “counterfeit” crops are tarnishing Taliouine’s reputation and its PDO […]

Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off ‘insect apocalypse’

HELSINKI, Finland (AFP)- Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world’s first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. Bees are vital for growing the world’s food as they help fertilize three out of four crops around the globe, by transferring pollen from male to female flowers. But in recent years bee populations around the world have been […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” captivates global audience with heartwarming story of resilience and triumph

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — EBC Films takes center stage once more with the international release of its first full-length feature film, “Guerrero.” “Guerrero” premiered in Philippine cinemas on October 2017. Since then, it has won accolades, including, “Best Feature Comedy Film” in the 2018 Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, “Best Editing of a Foreign Language Film” in the 2018 Madrid International Film Fest, and “Movie Child Performer of […]

Filipino techpreneurial spirit ablaze in VIA Startup Summit

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News MANILA — Key experts and industry leaders gathered at the VIA Startup Summit held at the Green Sun Hotel, Makati City, last 28 November 2018 to recognize the valuable contribution of startups to the local economy and discuss ways to foster their development. Among them were Director Senen Perlada from the Export Marketing Bureau of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines’ Country CEO, Donald Lim, […]

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

by Gene Blevins Agence France Presse MOJAVE, United States (AFP) — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever has before on Thursday, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. The brief, suborbital flight — with two pilots on board — was a key milestone for the company headed by British tycoon Richard Branson, who is […]

Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan is planning to tighten regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook after an expert panel called for better oversight on competition and privacy, an official said Thursday. Japan has followed in the footsteps of other countries in scrutinizing the dominant role played by the world’s largest information technology companies, including Big Four tech firms Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The government has now issued a report based on expert […]

Climate talks must be rescued, warns UN chief

by Marlowe HOOD Agence France-Presse KATOWICE, Poland (AFP) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sought to rescue deeply troubled climate talks in Poland on Wednesday, warning the battle against global warming is a “matter of life and death today.” The two-week talks are tasked with breathing life into the 2015 Paris Agreement, which vows to cap global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and 1.5C if possible. But efforts to elaborate a […]

Virgin Galactic’s new flight test to soar closer to edge of space

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Virgin Galactic is preparing for a new flight test Thursday that aims to fly higher and faster than before toward the edge of space. The US company run by British tycoon Richard Branson is aiming to be the first to take tourists on brief trips into microgravity. Virgin Galactic’s fourth flight test on the VSS Unity is scheduled for Thursday, weather permitting. The flight will take off from a spaceport […]

Permafrost thaw threatens 70 percent of Arctic infrastructure: study

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A warming climate is thawing permafrost and up to 70 percent of infrastructure in the Arctic region is at risk, including key oil and gas fields, a new study said Wednesday. Researchers used detailed information on infrastructure across the Northern Hemisphere permafrost zone to model with unprecedented detail just how many buildings, roads, railways and other construction could be at risk by 2050. “The magnitude of the threat was in a […]