Sci-Tech

New technology for uninterrupted power supply in India could end rolling blackouts

They call it the Uninterrupted Direct Current and it could be the solution to India’s crippling, rolling power cuts. The UDC guarantees continuous power from the grid even during outages. A new collaboration between the Indian government and the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai promises to be a “game changer” in power starved India. It could spell the end for the country’s chronic power outages. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, for instance, […]

German scientists discover ‘anti-arthritis’ protein

German scientists have discovered the protein that regulates autoimmune diseases. And they have a very special kind of mouse to thank for the discovery that could affect how such diseases are treated. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that mostly affects joints like the ones in the hands and feet. A patient’s immune system destroys the connective tissue. Joint capsules become inflamed as a result, leading to swelling and reduced movement in the affected parts […]

Nikon drops to five-week low after China consumer show criticism

(Reuters) – Shares in Nikon Corp shed 4.2 percent to a five-week low of 1,686 yen on Monday morning after it was criticized by a Chinese consumer show that said the camera maker had sold defective products in China and denied local consumers fair treatment in after-sales service. Nikon, which had sales of 118 billion yen ($1.16 billion) in China in 2013, said on Sunday that it was taking the report “very seriously” and had […]

China cracks down again on popular messaging app WeChat

(Reuters) – Chinese authorities have launched another crackdown on Tencent Holdings Ltd’s popular social messaging app WeChat, closing dozens of popular accounts, media reported on Friday, as China tightens its control of the Internet. China Business News and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post said some of the accounts closed were run by widely-read columnists like investigative journalist Luo Changping, some of which have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. The accounts were closed on Thursday, […]

Toshiba, SanDisk sue Hynix over suspected flash memory technology leak

(Reuters) – Partners Toshiba Corp of Japan and SanDisk Corp of the United States separately filed civil lawsuits against South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc, seeking damages over the suspected theft of data related to their flagship flash memory chip technology used in smartphones and tablet computers. SK Hynix said on Friday it had not yet received the litigation and had no comment to make. Hynix competes with both Toshiba and SanDisk, partners in flash memory […]

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance practices on Thursday, saying he’d personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure. “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook page. “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of […]

Tokyo police to probe leak of Toshiba chip technology: paper

(Reuters) – Tokyo police will probe a suspected leak of Toshiba Corp technology to a South Korean company that relates to the top Japanese chipmaker’s flagship memory chips, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday. The paper also said police had obtained a warrant for the arrest of a former engineer at a Toshiba-affiliated chipmaker who was suspected of improperly providing technical data to SK Hynix Inc. A Toshiba spokesman said the company could not comment […]

The technologies behind the search for Malaysia Airways Flight 370

Radar, radio and sonar can all be used to locate missing planes. Now, a crowdsourcing initiative is allowing regular people to comb satellite images in to the search for flight MH370, which went missing last Saturday. What’s known is this: Contact was lost with Malaysia Airways Flight 370 about an hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing. But the details of the case are shrouded in mystery: Why were two passengers traveling […]

Using viruses to fight cancer

It sounds like a promising way to fight cancer: viruses that kill tumor cells. But can the crazy idea really work? DW met some German scientists who think so. Viruses can infect and proliferate inside cancer cells in a process known by scientists as oncolysis: “By means of this proliferation, the cancer cells are effectively killed,” explains Ulrich Lauer of the Tübingen University medical clinic. This process was first observed well over 100 years ago: […]

Scientists develop microscopy system for diagnosing malaria faster

Diagnosing malaria with a microscope isn’t easy. Not only does it take time, but a lot of practice is needed. A team of German researchers has now made a machine that could help. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits has been developing a prototype of an automated microscopy system to diagnose malaria. A white box containing a microscope is linked to a computer, and all a medical assistant has to do is introduce a cartridge […]

World Wide Web on its 25th Anniversary

Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web! Today, people from across the globe are joining Tim Berners Lee in – the man who changed the way how world communicate, wishing the World Wide Web a happy 25th birthday. World Wide Web made our life a lot more easier in so many ways, admit it, am sure you do. Since the beginning of W3, information was never been a hassle to us searchers. Whenever we are looking […]