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Ageing heart can be prevented, say scientists

October 13, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Scientists in Japan said they have uncovered evidence that shows it may be possible to delay or prevent heart failure in humans. Tetsuo Shioi, lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, and his team described how they managed to suppress a variety of the P13K gene in a group of elderly mice.

China Bans Foreign Investment in Online Games Industry

October 12, 2009 5:22 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

China has banned foreign investment into its lucrative online games industry in an effort to tighten control over its virtual worlds. China's video game industry regulator the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) and copyright watchdog issued

Nissan's Electric Vehicle Tilts into Corners

October 8, 2009 12:07 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

Nissan's Land Glider electric vehicle tilts from side to side, sashaying into curves by up to a 17-degree angle, as though showing off in a fashion statement that it's zero-emissions. The wheel segments of the car can move separately from the cabin, allowing the car, still an experimental concept model, to sway and swerve, almost like a motorcycle.

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Sharp Starts First Gen-10 LCD Plant

October 1, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corporation started operations at its new LCD panel plant (Sharp Display Products Corporation) in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Construction on this state-of-the-art manufacturing complex for LCD panels and thin-film solar cells began 1 in November 2007.

Japanese companies forced to subsidize national solar power program

September 28, 2009 7:52 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Japanese companies are being forced to foot the bill for an ambitious new national solar power program.  According to Alpha Solar, “the government will oblige all Japanese companies to purchase excessive amount of energy and pay the double price to help installing solar panels.” The total “obligation” equals 9 billion Yen, and this will filter down to the consumer.

South Korea approves sale of Apple's iPhone

September 23, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

South Korea's telecommunications regulator said Wednesday that Apple Inc. can sell its hit iPhone in the country - potentially shaking up a cell phone market controlled by domestic manufacturers. The development comes a month after Apple cleared the way to enter China's massive cell phone market as well.

NEC Electronics and Renesas to Integrate Business

September 16, 2009 5:52 am | News | Comments

NEC Electronics, Renesas Technology, NEC, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi Electric today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to integrate business operations at NEC Electronics and Renesas.

NEC, Casio, Hitachi to Merge Handset Businesses

September 14, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics makers NEC Corp., Casio Computer Co. and Hitachi said Monday they will combine their mobile phone handset-manufacturing operations by April next year in a bid to boost their competitiveness at home and abroad.

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China breaks Ground on Space launch Center

September 14, 2009 4:58 am | News | Comments

China broke ground on its fourth space center Monday, highlighting the country's soaring space ambitions six years after it sent its first man into orbit. The space port on the southern island province of Hainan incorporates a launch site and mission control center for slinging the country's massive new rockets into space carrying satellites and components for a future space station and deep space exploration.

China could be $1 trillion green Tech Market

September 10, 2009 4:54 am | News | Comments

China potentially could be a $500 billion to $1 trillion a year market for environmentally sustainable "green technologies," a group of businesses and experts said in a report Thursday that urges governments to ease the way for such initiatives. The report by the China Greentech Initiative, a group of more than 80 leading technology companies

Broadband in Central Asia and the Caucasus: It’s a Political World

September 9, 2009 6:22 am | by by Steve Wilson | News | Comments

Although there are some significant variations and investment in new networks, fixed broadband penetration in Central Asia and the Caucasus remains low. One factor holding back development has been political.

Executive who led Google's China Expansion Leaving

September 4, 2009 7:12 am | News | Comments

The executive who led Google Inc.'s expansion in China after being hired away from Microsoft Corp. following a high-profile court battle is leaving to start his own business, the U.S. search engine announced Friday. Kai-Fu Lee will step down as president of Google Greater China in mid-September, the company said. It said he would set up a new venture in Beijing but gave no other details.

India Abandons Moon-Orbiting Satellite

August 31, 2009 5:31 am | by ASHOK SHARMA | News | Comments

India's space agency has abandoned the country's only satellite orbiting the moon after efforts to revive communication with it failed, an official said Monday. Communications with the Chandrayaan-1 satellite, which has been orbiting the moon for nearly a year, snapped Saturday and scientists lost control of the satellite.

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iPhone Coming to China After Apple, Unicom Deal

August 28, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

China Unicom Ltd. said Friday it will sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone in China this year, ending months of rumor about when the hit phone would make its long-delayed debut in the world's most populous mobile market. The phones are expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter under a multiyear deal struck between the two companies, Unicom executives said in Hong Kong.

Internet Campaigning Arrives Cautiously in Japan

August 27, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

Japan is one of the world's most Internet-savvy nations - except when it comes to politics. Decades-old rules have effectively banned campaigning on the Web. But this Sunday's general election is testing that restriction with some candidates blogging, tweeting and posting speeches on YouTube. A 1950 law, aimed at keeping costs down and leveling the competition among candidates

India 3G Auction May Happen Soon

August 27, 2009 5:08 am | by by James Middleton | News | Comments

Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.

South Korean Satellite Launch Misses Orbit

August 25, 2009 8:32 am | by JIN-MAN LEE, Hyung-jin Kim, and Kwang-tae Kim | News | Comments

South Korea launched its first rocket Tuesday, just months after rival North Korea's launch drew international anger, but space officials said the satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit. A Science Ministry statement called the launch a "partial success," as the satellite separated from the rocket normally before entering a different orbit. The launch could boost South Korea's space ambitions, but the North warned it would keep a close eye on the international response. There was no immediate comment from North Korea.

SKorea Seeks Jail for Disgraced Cloning Scientist

August 24, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors demanded a four-year prison term Monday for a South Korean scientist disgraced in a cloning scandal that shook the international scientific community and led to his trial on fraud and other charges. Hwang Woo-suk was fired from the prestigious Seoul National University after purported breakthroughs

SKorea Aborts Rocket Launch

August 19, 2009 5:05 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Foster Klug, and Susan Montoya | News | Comments

South Korea on Wednesday aborted its first domestic launch of a rocket just minutes before scheduled liftoff because of a technical problem, delaying space ambitions that have threatened to anger rival North Korea. The rocket was to have shot into space about four months after North Korea was widely criticized for firing its own rocket in defiance of United Nations sanctions. The North said it would keep a close eye on the international response to Seoul's rocket launch.

South Korean Space Agency Launch Irks North

August 18, 2009 7:21 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Monday it will closely watch the international response to South Korea's planned satellite launch after Pyongyang was brought before the U.N. Security Council for what it said was a similar move. South Korea is aiming to launch a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time as early as next week.

China to Appeal WTO Ruling on Book, Movie Imports

August 17, 2009 6:03 am | News | Comments

China will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that ordered it to ease restrictions on imports of movies, music and books in a case brought by Washington, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said Monday. "We are actively preparing the documents to appeal," spokesman Yao Jian said at a news conference. Yao gave no details of the grounds for appeal but the government last week denied that it obstructed imports.

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