New York scientists unveil ‘invisibility cloak’ to rival Harry Potter’s

(Reuters) – Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears […]

E-jeepneys in QC start plying route

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The first of Quezon City’s e-jeepneys started to ply their routes Saturday as the City-Optimized Managed Electric Transport (Comet) was officially launched at the SM North Edsa mall. The Comet is said to be the earth-friendly replacement of the old-fashioned, smoke-belching jeepneys plying the streets of Metro Manila and other areas nationwide. It relies on lithium ion batteries, which can be fully charged in five hours. It can travel up to […]

Better brown than white: moving towards a healthier form of rice

MANILA, Philippines (PIA/DOST) — The “unli-rice” phenomenon is proof that rice is the most commonly consumed food item of Filipinos.  Rice is the staple food among Filipinos which contributes about 35.7 percent of the average daily individual food intake, making it the major source of carbohydrates in the Filipino diet. The Food Consumption Survey (FCS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that the daily rice […]

Apple iPhone rollout marred by ‘bendgate,’ dropped cell service

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:20pm EDT (Reuters) – Two new Apple products hit speed bumps on Wednesday: iPhone 6 Plus buyers discovered their phones can bend when placed in back pockets, and the company pulled its latest mobile operating system after reports of dropped cellular service. “Bendgate,” as the problem has already been dubbed on social media sites, is a reminder of 2010’s “antennagate,” when iPhone 4 users reported a […]

New ‘Bash’ software bug may pose bigger threat than ‘Heartbleed’

By Jim Finkle BOSTON Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:02pm EDT (Reuters) – A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of […]

Former ambassador to India to lead U.S. Ebola effort in Africa

NEW YORK Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:00pm EDT (Reuters) – The State Department on Wednesday named Nancy Powell, the former U.S. ambassador to India, to coordinate Washington’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The epidemic has already killed more than 2,000 people – more than the combined total of all previous Ebola outbreaks – more of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where it has overwhelmed fragile health services. U.S. President Barack […]