Discovery may lead to faster-charging, longer-lasting batteries

WASHINGTON — Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries, the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars, creating possibilities to develop batteries that “charge faster and last longer.” The discovery, published in the newly released journal Science Advances, shows … Read More

Broadband infra project launched to improve Internet speed

MANILA — The government is expected to have the capability to become the third major player in the local telco industry once its newly launched broadband infrastructure, which would help improve Internet speed and accessibility in the country, becomes operational by 2019. The project, dubbed Strategic Engagement and Collaboration to Undertake a Reliable and Efficient Government Internet … Read More

Region 8 students off to World Robot Olympiad

TACLOBAN CITY– The Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas (PSHS-EV) campus is upbeat of garnering achievements in the upcoming World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in Costa Rica on November 10-12. PSHS-EV campus director Reynaldo Garnace said on Tuesday that a team of student has made preparations to represent the country in the WRO. WRO brings together young people … Read More

Scientists make breakthrough in replacing Wi-Fi with Li-Fi

CHANGCHUN — Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as Li-Fi, uses visible light from LED bulbs to transfer data much faster than radio wave-based Wi-Fi. … Read More

3 Dagupan students featured in Aussie book for robotics

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez on Thursday lauded three students of the Pangasinan Universal Institute (PUI) here, whose concept of developing a Rescue Optimization Boot-Vest or ROB–Vest for K9, was featured in the Emerging Technologies and Applications book published in Australia . The three PUI students participated in the 3rd Australian Robotics Challenge and Symposium … Read More

I-TECH launched to commercialize Filipino inventions

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and the Land Bank of the Philipines launched the I-TECH Thursday afternoon, aiming to help Filipino inventors commercialize their products. Through the I-TECH (Innovation and Technology Lending Program), a special financing window will be provided by DOST-TAPI and LandBank to support … Read More

Smart improves mobile data services in MM

MANILA — Smart Communications has further improved its mobile data services amid its ongoing network upgrade in Metro Manila. In a statement, Smart Communications said recent tests conducted by the telco firm show that the average download speeds of Smart’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) is 21.5 megabits per second (Mbps) in North National Capital Region … Read More

Kaspersky Lab to launch free antivirus software worldwide

MOSCOW — Russian software developer Kaspersky Lab announced the worldwide launch of a free antivirus Kaspersky Free, company’s head Eugene Kaspersky said Tuesday. “I’ve some fantastic, earth-shattering-saving news. We’re announcing the global launch of Kaspersky Free, which, as you may have guessed by the title, is completely free-of-charge! Oh my giveaway!” Kaspersky said. The free … Read More

Most US drivers to go electric within 10 years: study

CHICAGO — Most drivers may go electric within 10 years as electric and hybrid vehicles are in the fast lane to wider adoption, a new study by the University of Michigan (UM) researchers has found. The researchers reached this conclusion after analyzing the present status of electric vehicles in the US, their life-cycle greenhouse gas … Read More

Robots set to displace millions of US jobs: economist

WASHINGTON — While industrial robots have already displaced hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US since 1990, they are about to take over millions more from human hands in the next decade, said a renowned US economist. “There’s a real mismatch between our institutions and the technologies coming on board,” Daron Acemoglu, an economist … Read More

US researchers invent first battery-free cellphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have invented a cellphone that harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light and requires no battery. Detailed in a paper published in the Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, … Read More

Scientists develop GM bananas to overcome vitamin A deficiency

SYDNEY — Australian scientists have created genetically modified bananas with high levels of provitamin A, as a strategy to overcome vitamin A deficiency in developing countries, researcher Professor James Dales from the Queensland University of Technology told Xinhua on Friday. Beginning in 2005, the project has begun to plant the new bananas in Uganda and … Read More

Study finds dressmakers’ 3D vision to be needle-sharp

SAN FRANCISCO — New research published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that the 3D or “stereoscopic” vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles. Stereoscopic vision is the brain’s ability to decode the flat 2D optical information received by both eyes to give us the depth of perception needed to thread a … Read More