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China - OECD head calls for more social spending, flexible exchange rate

March 23, 2010 5:29 am | by OECD | News | Comments

In a speech at the China Development Forum in Beijing, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría recommended that China boost public spending on social infrastructure, including education, health, pensions and social assistance, in order to reduce inequalities, and suggested a more flexible...

HAPTIMAP targets sense(ible) solutions

March 23, 2010 5:28 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

Technological advances have done people a world of good, but they can also be nerve-wracking at times. Having to look at mobile device screens for information is not always a realistic or even safe thing to do, and poor eyesight can make it difficult for users to see key details. The...

ZigBee Alliance Looks to Europe

March 22, 2010 11:06 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance today announced its intention to expand its participation in the European Union’s various standardization efforts.


ESA and Thales Alenia Space enter negotiations for MTG

March 22, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

The tendering process that will result in the supply of Europe's next series of meteorological satellites, Meteosat Third Generation, has reached an advanced stage as ESA invites Thales Alenia Space to enter formal contract negotiations.

Scientists hide gold with 3D invisibility cloak

March 22, 2010 7:35 am | News | Comments

German scientists have created a three-dimensional "invisibility cloak" that can hide objects by bending light waves. The findings, published in the journal Science on Thursday, could in the future make it possible to make large objects invisible, but for now the researchers said they were not keen to speculate on possible applications.

Microsoft's browser loses market share in Europe

March 22, 2010 7:32 am | News | Comments

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has lost market share in major European markets, such as France, Britain and Italy, after the U.S. software firm started to make it easier for European consumers to use competing browsers.

Web inventor to lead British research institute

March 22, 2010 7:30 am | News | Comments

Britain's prime minister says the scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web will lead a new Internet research institute. Tim Berners Lee, who developed the Web in 1990, will head up Britain's Institute of Web Science.

France obtains micro UAVs

March 22, 2010 6:43 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The French Special Forces Command is now equipped with an unspecified number of Skylark 1 and Wasp Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l'armement, DGA) made the handoff on March 8th...


Global economy: OECD contributes to G20 efforts to bring public finances under control

March 22, 2010 3:28 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The OECD has produced a set of recommendations for G20 governments to help them rein in escalating – and some cases unprecedented - levels of public debt. The recommendations focus on strategy, timing and action and looks at reforms that can strengthen public finances over the longer term.

British youngsters prefer online advice to parents

March 18, 2010 11:40 am | News | Comments

Young people in Britain turn to the internet to look for help with personal problems rather than seek advice from their parents or friends, according to a survey released on Thursday. Nine-tenths of the 1,000 under 25s told the survey for national free helpline Get Connected that they had used the Web to search for help in solving a personal problem.

Cybersecurity needs global rules: British lawmakers

March 18, 2010 11:38 am | News | Comments

Europe's online security would best be served by developing global cyber regulation, ending current "ad hoc" international efforts, British lawmakers said on Wednesday, echoing industry calls for worldwide rules.

Download growth boosts 2009 UK music royalties

March 15, 2010 7:02 am | News | Comments

British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned 623 million pounds ($944.8 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6 percent on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings.

Ofcom to Investigate Net Neutrality

March 4, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

The chief of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said the authority will investigate web traffic control measures later this year as the net neutrality debate rumbles on.


Energy saving

March 3, 2010 7:24 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

Trials are being conducted for a new system to monitor the real-time energy consumption in the household. The data is measured, processed and displayed, showing users how much power is being consumed by various electrical appliances. These efforts are part of a European Union research...

Exercise: the way to a healthier European society?

March 3, 2010 7:23 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

It is known that regular exercise is beneficial for sufferers of type-2 diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, some types of cancer, dementia and possibly depression. The European Union project EXGENESIS is investigating how regular exercise can be used in the prevention and treatment of...

France's Competitive Clusters Succeed with Projects

March 2, 2010 10:44 am | by Rayna Lewis, Assistant Web Editor, Advantage Business Media | Blogs | Comments

Changes in France’s economic climate prompted the country to recreate its industrial policy based in the development of competitive clusters. These clusters, founded in December of 2002, were created through an active partnership between manufacturers, research centers and training bodies, which together tackle innovative projects while increasing the economy’s growth potential.

British Library creates archive of defunct Web

March 2, 2010 5:48 am | News | Comments

The British Library is creating an archive of the country's defunct Web sites to preserve snapshots of the ever-changing Internet for posterity. The library is already charged with keeping a copy of every published work distributed in Britain and Ireland.

German court overturns law on phone, e-mail data

March 2, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

Germany's highest court on Tuesday overturned a law that let anti-terror authorities retain data on telephone calls and e-mails, saying it posed a "grave intrusion" to personal privacy rights and must be revised. The court ruling was the latest to sharply criticize a major initiative by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and one of the strongest steps yet defending citizen rights from post-Sept. 11 terror-fighting measures.

Cyber-whistleblower stuns Latvia with tax heist

February 24, 2010 9:04 am | News | Comments

Latvian officials struggled Wednesday to come to grips with an enigmatic group that stole millions of classified tax documents from government computers in a purported effort to expose waste and graft in Europe's weakest economy.

Poor but networked: UN says cell phone use surging

February 23, 2010 8:16 am | News | Comments

More than half of the people in the developing world are now cell phone subscribers, a U.N. report said Tuesday, highlighting strong global growth in telecommunications. There were an estimated 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions at the end of last year, compared with about 1 billion in 2002...

UK movie chain boycotts 'Alice' in DVD dispute

February 23, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

British cinema chain Odeon will not show Tim Burton's fantasy adventure "Alice in Wonderland" in Britain, Ireland and Italy because of a dispute over the timing of the film's DVD release, the company said Tuesday. Odeon objects to Walt Disney Pictures' decision to leave only 12 weeks between the film's theatrical and DVD releases in those countries, rather than the usual 17 weeks.

Building energy efficient cities

February 18, 2010 9:45 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

More the half of the world's population live in cities. This trend will continue to increase, making energy efficiency in cities a global and crucial theme for the future. Ursula Eicker, of the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, and Zerrin Yilmaz, of the Istanbul Technical...

Hi-tech tools help sniff out volcanic gas

February 18, 2010 9:45 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European project NOVAC is creating a network for the measurement of volcanic gas emissions. The data is to be used for volcanological research and risk assessment, to minimise the threat posed by eruptions. Measurements are collected across five continents from some of the most active...

Watchdog: UK university hid climate data

January 29, 2010 8:36 am | News | Comments

The university at the center of a climate change dispute over stolen e-mails broke freedom of information laws by refusing to handle public requests for climate data, Britain's data-protection watchdog said Thursday.

Report calls for research on nanoparticles in food

January 12, 2010 11:24 am | News | Comments

A global scarcity of scientific research on using nanotechnology in foods means food safety authorities are unable to properly regulate products that may be beneficial or harmful, a British science panel said on Friday. The science and technology committee of Britain's upper house of parliament said in a report that use of nanoparticles in food and food packaging is likely to grow dramatically in the next decade, but too little is known about their safety.

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