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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.

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...

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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...

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

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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.

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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.

Tax: Revised OECD, Council of Europe treaty will boost multilateral cooperation

April 6, 2010 1:27 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The OECD and the Council of Europe have agreed on an update to an international treaty that aims to help governments enforce their tax laws, as part of the worldwide drive to combat cross-border tax evasion.

Czech Republic : Strengthening public finances a key challenge for next government

April 6, 2010 12:26 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The main challenge for the next Czech government taking over after the May elections will be to repair the deterioration in public finances caused by the economic crisis, says a new OECD report.

German minister criticizes Facebook on privacy

April 5, 2010 8:01 am | News | Comments

A German minister has sharply criticized Facebook's handling of personal data and is calling on the social network to upgrade its privacy settings. Consumer protection minister Ilse Aigner urges Facebook's CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg in an open letter "to revise the privacy policy without delay."

Fly us to the Moon…south pole to be precise

April 2, 2010 9:37 am | News | Comments

The south polar region of the Moon, with dark craters and high ridges, is a world away from the relatively smooth terrain visited by Apollo astronauts four decades ago. This rugged moonscape is the target for Europe’s next leap into space.

CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo

April 2, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

In readiness for launch on 8 April, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning.

Environment : OECD says Luxembourg should do more to clean up its environment

March 31, 2010 4:27 am | by OECD | News | Comments

As Luxembourg plans for economic recovery, it would be a mistake to sideline the environment, said the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “I would rather argue that in responding to the crisis, environment should be part of a comprehensive strategy to relaunch economic growth and to...

Global economy: OECD to present interim assessment of Europe, US, and Japan

March 30, 2010 8:26 am | by OECD | News | Comments

OECD chief economist Pier Carlo Padoan will present an assessment of the economic situation in the G7 countries and euro area at a news conference at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 7 April at OECD headquarters.

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