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Artificial nose gives as good as it gets

May 3, 2010 2:23 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

Is smell a personal sense, one that is specific to culture? No, says an Israeli team of scientists who have successfully 'trained' an electronic system capable of predicting the pleasantness of new odours. Their study, presented in the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS)...

Envisat monitoring changes in oil spill

May 3, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

ESA’s Envisat has captured the changes in direction of the rapidly-growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as strong winds over the weekend pushed it around and hampered clean-up efforts. In these latest images, the oil spill is visible due east of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge extending into the Gulf.

Economy: innovation and pro-green policies offer new sources of growth

April 29, 2010 10:27 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Faced with unprecedented levels of unemployment, unsustainable fiscal deficits and public debt and low economic growth, governments need to focus on innovation and pro-green policies as potential new sources of growth, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría told a meeting of heads of...

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Eurotech Demos Latest Microsoft Windows Embedded Technology at ESC Silicon Valley

April 27, 2010 9:13 am | News | Comments

Eurotech will demonstrate the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system on the Catalyst FX development system at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA.

Planck highlights the complexity of star formation

April 26, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

New images from ESA’s Planck space observatory reveal the forces driving star formation and give astronomers a way to understand the complex physics that shape the dust and gas in our Galaxy. Star formation takes place hidden behind veils of dust but that doesn’t mean we can’t see through them.

New way to guide a car: With your eyes, not hands

April 26, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Tired of spinning that steering wheel? Try this: German researchers have developed a new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes. Raul Rojas, an artificial intelligence researcher at Berlin's Free University, said Friday that the technology tracks a driver's eye movement and, in turn, steers the car in whatever direction they're looking.

Vodafone to sell Google phone in UK from April 30

April 26, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

Vodafone will be Europe's first carrier to sell Google's Nexus One phone, starting in Britain on April 30, in a boost for the operator beaten to Apple's iPhone by O2. Vodafone said on Monday it would give away Google's first own-branded phone for free to customers who take out a two-year, 35 pounds ($54)-per-month contract.

Biggest study on cellphone health effects launched

April 22, 2010 9:02 am | News | Comments

The biggest study to date into the effects of mobile-phone usage on long-term health was launched on Thursday, aiming to track at least a quarter of a million of people in five European countries for up to 30 years.

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Queen’s Award Presented to DuPont for Increasing Efficiency of Solar Cells

April 22, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Her Majesty the Queen, head of state of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, has awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category to DuPont for the continuous development of DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization paste.

Startup ALGO claims trading software nears speed of light

April 19, 2010 10:27 am | News | Comments

New software by startup company ALGO Technologies offers to cut trade execution time to levels close to the speed of light, giving exchange clients an edge in the high-frequency trading arms race. The system takes 16 microseconds, or millionths of a second, per round-trip for a trade from outside an exchange's firewall, compared with 250 microseconds on Nasdaq OMX...

Governments must tackle rising youth unemployment urgently

April 16, 2010 8:25 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Released in advance of the G20 Labour Ministerial in Washington D.C. (20-21 April), which OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will attend, this report looks at the impact of the crisis on young people. With youth unemployment set to keep rising in the months ahead, it says that more...

3 finalists in prize for technology breakthroughs

April 14, 2010 10:33 am | News | Comments

Three European inventors who helped create illuminated wallpapers, tiny fast processors in mobile phones, and cheap, high-performance cells used in solar panels are finalists in the euro1.1 million ($1.5 million) international Millennium Technology Prize.

Aid : Development aid rose in 2009 and most donors will meet 2010 aid targets

April 14, 2010 1:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

New OECD figures show continuing growth in development aid in 2009, despite the financial crisis. Total net official development assistance (ODA) from the donors in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rose 0.7% in real terms, but the rise was 6.8% once debt relief, a...

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Statistics - Unemployment rate broadly stable at 8.6% in February

April 13, 2010 2:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The unemployment rate for the OECD area was broadly stable in February 2010 compared with January. The headline rate fell 0.1 percentage point but this reflected the partial unwinding of effects that led to a temporary increase in Korea's January rate.

New technical hitch delays Ariane rocket launch

April 12, 2010 10:32 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) A new technical problem has delayed for the second time the launch of an Ariane rocket scheduled to launch two satellites from French Guiana late on Friday, the Arianespace company said. "We have had to stop the launch countdown

Shakespeare's ''Romeo and Juliet'' in Twitter twist

April 12, 2010 10:30 am | News | Comments

One of Shakespeare's most famous plays gets a 21st century makeover in a new version of "Romeo and Juliet" which will unfold through Twitter messages and on the Youtube video website. Entitled "Such Tweet Sorrow," the experiment is a collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Mudlark, which produces entertainment on mobile telephones.

Statistics : Composite leading indicators point to continued expansion

April 12, 2010 3:23 am | by OECD | News | Comments

OECD composite leading indicators (CLIs) for February 2010 continue to point to economic expansion, albeit at a different pace across countries and regions.

Facebook joins drive to get UK voters to polls

April 9, 2010 9:19 am | News | Comments

British election officials will for the first time use Facebook to encourage more people to register to vote on May 6 after turnout fell to historic lows in the last two ballots, a watchdog said on Friday. The Electoral Commission said every visitor to the social networking site on Saturday will be asked if they have already signed up to vote.

Successful launch for ESA’s CryoSat-2 ice satellite

April 8, 2010 9:24 am | News | Comments

ESA PR 07-2010. Europe's first mission dedicated to studying the Earth’s ice was launched today from Kazakhstan. From its polar orbit, CryoSat-2 will send back data leading to new insights into how ice is responding to climate change and the role it plays in our 'Earth system'.

Poland : Ensuring balanced growth and preparing for euro adoption key challenges ahead

April 8, 2010 1:27 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Poland recorded a strong relative performance in 2009 given the global downturn. The survey looks at how to ensure balanced growth going forward, strengthen public finances, prepare for euro adoption and make the most of globalisation.

Vodafone to offer Web via Opera in emerging markets

April 7, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

British mobile telecoms group Vodafone said it will launch the Opera Mini browser on low-cost handsets so its millions of users in emerging markets can easily access the Internet, lifting Opera's shares. Vodafone said on Wednesday it had worked with Opera to develop an enhanced version of its Opera Mini 5...

Save the flat-headed cat, save the world

April 7, 2010 1:26 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

Animal species worldwide find refuge in the rain forests that dot the globe. But as human activities play havoc with our planet, countless creatures worldwide are feeling the effects. A case in point is the flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps) which makes its home in the rain forests...

Finland : Fiscal consolidation key to restoring growth

April 7, 2010 1:26 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Hard-hit by the collapse in exports and faced with the costs of the recession and of population ageing, Finland will need to strengthen its public finances through reining in municipal spending growth and pursuing further labour market and retirement reforms. Improving the tax system and...

Global economy : Growth seen easing back slightly in US, Europe and Japan in first half of 2010

April 7, 2010 1:26 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The pickup in activity seen in the G7 countries in the last quarter of 2009 is expected to ease back in the first half of this year, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Watch the webcast.

Archaeologists find clues to the appearance of modern human

April 6, 2010 9:21 am | News | Comments

New findings from an excavation site in Spain are generating heated debate among palaeontologists and archaeologists about precisely when the Neanderthals disappeared and were replaced by the first anatomically modern human beings.

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