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UK's O2 apologizes for smart phone service trouble

December 29, 2009 8:53 am | News | Comments

The head of mobile phone operator O2 has apologized to customers in the British capital who were unable to make calls after the group's network was swamped by people using smart phones such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

Germany's Merkel defends climate accord

December 22, 2009 9:22 am | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending the much-criticized outcome of the Copenhagen climate summit as a first step that paves the way for action. Merkel was quoted Sunday as telling the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that "Copenhagen is a first step toward a new world climate order - no more, but also no less."

Portugal Telecom and Firecomms Trial POF for IPTV Home Networking Applications

December 21, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Portugal Telecom and Firecomms , a provider of Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) Ethernet transceivers for home networking applications, today announce trials of IPTV installations based on Firecomms’ optical fiber networking (OptoLock) technology.


Analysis: Climate talks a halting step toward goal

December 17, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

The Copenhagen climate conference "failed" long before it even opened. It may not "succeed" until long after it ends. For the moment, then, negotiators must satisfy themselves with something in between, an "outcome," one whose shape Thursday was in the hands of the United States and China.

Climate conference emits its share of carbon

December 16, 2009 4:07 am | News | Comments

If they fail to reach a climate deal in Copenhagen, world leaders flying in their private jets and huddling in five-star hotels will have little to show for their efforts beyond a big, fat carbon footprint. The U.N. estimates 40,500 tons of carbon dioxide will be pumped into the atmosphere during the 12-day conference - 90 percent of it from flights.

Advancing on hydrogen

December 15, 2009 7:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

Is Europe ready for hydrogen vehicles? A deployment of hydrogen powered wheelchairs, trucks and buses by a European project is set to find out whether the technology is ripe enough and whether the new generation vehicles will be readily accepted.

Flu vaccine: A race against time

December 15, 2009 7:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

Millions of people become infected by influenza every year, causing thousands of deaths, which in turn costs billions for the economy. The production of vaccines is inefficient and they cannot be well supplied on a mass scale. Scientists in Vienna involved in the European Research Project...

Deutsche Messe Stages Industrial Fairs in Mumbai

December 8, 2009 3:50 am | News | Comments

From 10 to 13 December the quartet of industrial trade fairs comprising CeMAT INDIA, MDA INDIA, ENERGY INDIA and Industrial Automation INDIA will be staged in Mumbai for the first time.


Phone thieves targeting more live music gigs

December 7, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Music-lovers watching their favorite acts at live concerts are increasingly becoming targets for gangs of mobile phone thieves, British police said on Monday. Detectives warn that they have seen a growing problem of organized criminals at both indoor and outdoor gigs hoping to make off with top-of-the-range phones.

Climate drama climax looks elusive in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments

For 20 years, as this crowded planet grew warmer, nations have gathered annually to try to do something about it. History now brings them to this chilly northern capital, and to a crossroads. The world looks to Copenhagen "to witness what I believe will be an historic turning point in the fight against climate change," says Yvo de Boer, United Nations organizer of the two weeks of talks opening Monday.

Cray Launches Exascale Research Initiative in Europe

December 2, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of a company-wide goal of reaching sustained exascale performance by the end of the next decade, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the launch of its Exascale Research Initiative at the Cray Executive Forum Europe currently taking place in Frankfurt,...

Geneva Big Bang Machine Beats Chicago Lab Record

November 30, 2009 10:41 am | News | Comments

The world's largest atom smasher on Monday broke the record for proton acceleration previously held by a U.S. lab, sending beams of the particles at 1.18 trillion electron volts around the massive machine. The Large Hadron Collider eclipsed the previous high of 0.98 1 TeV held by Fermilab, outside Chicago, since 2001.

British to Poll Tech Companies on Economic Growth

November 30, 2009 7:59 am | News | Comments

Premier Farnell in co-ordination with the Electronics Leadership Council (ELC) and the UK Electronics Alliance (UKEA), encourage all UK-based small and medium enterprise (SME) technology companies to take part in a survey developed to garner appropriate support from the UK Government and trade associations to ensure the necessary future economic growth for these SMEs.


Norway opens world's first osmotic power plant

November 30, 2009 5:33 am | by Wojciech Moskwa | News | Comments

Norway opened on Tuesday the world's first osmotic power plant, which produces emissions-free electricity by mixing fresh water and sea water through a special membrane.  State-owned utility Statkraft's prototype plant, which for now will produce a tiny 2-4 kilowatts of power or enough to run a coffee machine, will enable Statkraft to test and develop the technology needed to drive down production costs.

Big Bang machine achieves first particle collisions

November 24, 2009 5:14 am | News | Comments

Scientists have smashed together proton beams for the first time in a 27-kilometre tunnel under the French-Swiss border in an initial step toward discovering how the universe came into existence, they said on Monday. Scientists at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) hope experiments will already start giving clues about the origins of the universe...

Air Liquide Receives 2009 EuroAsia IC Industry Award

November 23, 2009 4:46 am | News | Comments

The Electronics industry is increasingly relying on new materials to maintain its pace of innovation, and is now delving into previously unexplored areas of the Periodic Table of Elements to enable ever more powerful devices. One such element is Ruthenium, which plays a crucial role in the data storage industry.

Noise pollution in the Mediterranean

November 19, 2009 11:55 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

While living in the sea for millions of years, whales and dolphins have evolved to use underwater sound waves for important tasks like communication and finding prey. But with the constant rise of human activity in the sea and the consequential noise pollution, the survival of these sea...

Exploring cold water corals

November 19, 2009 11:55 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The deep sea is one of the last remaining frontiers in human exploration. Hidden within the darkness are reefs known as cold water corals, home to crustaceans, molluscs, other invertebrates and fish that form the base of a food chain. As part of a European-funded research programme,...

Where the virtual world and reality meet

November 19, 2009 11:55 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The experience induction machine is a room at the pinnacle of virtual reality research. Its touch-sensitive tiles and captivating animations help to form a credible virtual experience. The construction of this machine is part of the PRESENCCIA project and should help researchers to study...

French arrest physicist suspected of al-Qaida link

October 12, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

A physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to al-Qaida, adding to the woes of the $10 billion project that ceased operation a year ago - just days after its celebrated start up.

Giorgio Armani extends designer touch to new mobile

October 9, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani presented a new 700-euro ($1,032) mobile phone on Friday, a stylish device aimed at complementing the designer's suits.

EU sets out new science plan

October 8, 2009 12:50 pm | News | Comments

European authorities and industry must increase funding for scientific research and improve cooperation to try to close the technology gap with the United States, the European Commission said Tuesday. An EU commissioned report sets tough targets to be met by 2030

Europeans Launch Improved Satellite Positioning System

October 2, 2009 7:20 am | by Mark Long | News | Comments

The European Commission introduced a new satellite-based navigation system Thursday that vastly improves the accuracy of signals delivered to Europe by American GPS satellites.

EU to set volume limits on MP3 players

September 28, 2009 8:01 am | News | Comments

Now hear this, if you still can: The European Union said Monday it wants makers of popular digital music players to recommend users turn the volume down to preserve their hearing. The EU's Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva said experts and industry will together draft tougher standards to limit hearing loss.

Planned emission cuts still mean far hotter Earth

September 25, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Earth's temperature is likely to jump nearly 6 degrees between now and the end of the century even if every country cuts greenhouse gas emissions as proposed, according to a United Nations update. Scientists looked at emission plans from 192 nations and calculated what would happen to global warming. The projections take into account 80 percent pollution cuts from the U.S. and Europe by 2050, which are not sure things.

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