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Awareness push for World Tuberculosis Day

Ahead of the World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for global solidarity and action to support a new 20-year strategy which aims to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. Recent years have seen significant progress in the fight against TB, with over 37 million lives saved, but WHO reminds that much more needs to be done. In 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB, almost half a million […]

Auto show displaying high end cars, bikes begins in Chennai

A four-day automobile exhibit, ‘Auto Circuit’, kicked off in India’s southern Chennai city on Thursday (March 19). High-end and luxury cars and bikes were displayed at the event, which was flagged off by Alisha Abdullah, the first woman National Racing Champion. Automobiles of several luxury brands, including Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini Cooper, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson, Honda, etc have been displayed. “This is like directly going and if you want to test-drive, you can take test-drive […]

Bulgari unveils “intelligent watch” at Swiss watch and jewellery expo

Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Bulgari unveiled its first “intelligent watch” on Wednesday (March 18) at the Baselworld watch and jewelry show. The watch, called the Bulgari Diagono Magnesium watch, fitted with a microchip and near field communication (NFC) technology which unlocks doors as well as gives access to confidential information contained in the user’s mobile phone such as passwords and credit card details. Bulgari CEO, Jean Christophe Babin, insisted the watch is not a smart […]

Scientists collect data from giant Stingray

Footage shot on (March 6) during the making of wildlife program Ocean Mysteries, shows scientists examining a Giant Whiptail Stingray found in the Mae Klong River, Thailand. The creature measures over fourteen feet long, eight feet wide and weighed over eight hundred pounds. According to wildlife presenter Jeff Corwin, the ray may be the largest freshwater fish ever captured. “So we’re here in this incredible river system in Thailand. I’m with my good friend Dr […]

Traveling chocolate exhibition in vintage train car sweetens Paris stations

Passengers waiting to catch their trains in Paris’ Gare de Lyon on Tuesday (March 17) indulged their sweet tooth at a traveling exhibition on chocolate that took place in a vintage train. The Chocolate Train, as it’s called, spans four cars of an old passenger train that will visit each major Paris train station this week, allowing passengers to take a trip through the vast history of chocolate and its production process and highlighting France’s […]

New maths app solves equations in seconds

Most parents know the feeling when their child comes home from school and asks for help with maths homework. That was the inspiration behind Croatian programmer and tech entrepreneur Damir Sabol’s idea to create a smartphone application that solves mathematical tasks within a split second. The result was PhotoMath, an app that scans equations via a smartphone camera and immediately returns the result, with a step-by-step explanation of the process. “They (pupils) can check the […]

New Lease on Light: Earth Hour to Deploy Solar Lamps in Palawan

“This lamp contains crude oil,” says fisherman Joys Dominguez while raising a grimy, soot-caked gin bottle. We are inside a hut in Beton, an island community in Northern Palawan. Night has settled and our world is pitch-black, save for what the flickering flames illuminate. Outside is the sea and above it, a sea of stars. Around 15 million Filipinos lack regular access to electricity. Beton and its 300 fisherfolk families are no different, relying on […]

Wanted: homes for wild animals as Mexico bans them from circuses

Mexico is searching for homes for at least 2,000 tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras and other exotic beasts that will soon be banned from the country’s circuses. Circus owners are worried about the fate of their animals, which they say are too expensive to keep once the ban kicks in, while government and zoo officials are grappling with myriad difficulties in relocating animals raised to perform tricks under the big top. The prohibition does not take […]

San Diego Zoo raises two Dalmatian pelican chicks

The San Diego Zoo is taking care of a couple of new residents. The Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center is raising two Dalmatian pelican chicks – one of the rarest pelican species in the world. The chicks, one only 2-days old and one 11-days old, were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but their parents were unable to raise them. The chicks will be taken care of at the Avian Propagation Center until they’re […]