Mobile-phone cash register Square open for business (26/10/2010)

Square, an application that turns a smartphone into a mobile cash register, is open for business.

Created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square uses a free download and plastic card reader to let users accept credit card payments.

The app charges users 2.75 percent of the transaction cost plus a 15-cent fee -- a rate Dorsey said is in line with what retail stores pay for accepting cards.

UN head Ban Ki-moon talks to euronews (26/10/2010)

Ban Ki-moon has probably one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

As Secretary General of the UN, he has to seek international concord on a range of thorny issues, such as climate change, immigration, development, world poverty, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the establishment of Palestine -all issues which would daunt a lesser man.

Christophe Midol-Monnet of euronews caught up with him in Strasbourg and put him in the hot seat.

Hurricane Richard makes landfall in Belize (25/10/2010)

Hurricane Richard slammed into Belize's Caribbean coast just south of its largest city late Sunday, as authorities evacuated tourists from outlying islands and an estimated 10,000 people took refuge at shelters in the tiny Central American nation.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Richard's top winds were 90 mph (150 kph) — making it a Category 1 hurricane — when it made landfall about 20 miles (35 kms) south-southwest of Belize City, whose neighborhoods are full of wooden, tin-roof homes that are very vulnerable to winds.

Green machine: Trees may spell trouble for wind power (21/10/2010)

Could a greener world be bad news for green energy? Wind speeds are falling across much of the northern hemisphere, and this could mean less electricity is available from wind turbines. An increase in the amount of vegetation may be to blame.
Robert Vautard at the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE) in Gif-sur-Yvette, France, and colleagues analysed surface wind speed data from 822 sites around the world, covering the last 30 years.

New Look at Multitalented Protein Sheds Light on Mysteries of HIV (16/10/2010)

New insights into the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection process, which leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), may now be possible through a research method recently developed in part at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have glimpsed an important protein molecule's behavior with unprecedented clarity.

Scientists Spot Tsunamis in Saturn's Rings (12/10/2010)

Enormous mile-high tsunamis of icy particles are moving around one of Saturn's rings, researchers say.
The waves are created by one of Saturn's moons, Titan, whose gravitational pull yanks the particles of Saturn's inner C ring upward, creating huge peaks and gaps.
"It's a little bit like a tsunami propagating away from an earthquake fault," Phillip Nicholson of Cornell University said, according to National Geographic.

Webb Telescope Sunshield Passes Launch Depressurization Tests to Verify Flight Design (11/10/2010)

James Webb Space Telescope continues to make significant progress, successfully completing a series of sunshield vent tests that validate the telescope's sunshield design.

"While adequate venting is a design consideration for all spaceflight hardware, this was a particularly unique challenge for the sunshield given the large volume of trapped air in the membrane system at launch," said Keith Parrish, Webb telescope sunshield manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "From the beginning of its development venting features have been a critical part of the overall sunshield design. Since we cannot vent test the actual flight article these test have shown the design works and the sunshield will vent safely on its way to orbit."

Peru’s Vargas Llosa wins the Nobel Prize for Literature (08/10/2010)

The 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

He is one of Latin America’s most significant authors with a wide international audience.

3 professors share Nobel Prize in chemistry (07/10/2010)

The 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded Wednesday to three professors for a tool to make carbon-carbon bonds in organic chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced. The professors are Richard Heck of the University of Delaware, Ei-Ichi Negishi of Purdue University and Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University.

Nobel prize for physics goes to Manchester University scientists (06/10/2010)

Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov used a block of carbon and some Scotch tape to create graphene, a new material with extraordinary properties. The news that Geim and Konstantin Novoselov had received the 10m Swedish-kronor (£1m) prize was announced today by the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.