SCIENCE

New airport scanners: You don’t need to remove your laptop from your bag anymore

New airport scanners: You don’t need to remove your laptop from your bag anymore

New scanners unveiled on Friday at Singapore’s Changi Airport eliminate the need for electronic equipment to be removed from bags. The equipment is currently being trialled at two boarding gates at Terminal 3 but could be implemented across the board if successful. The new hand-luggage scanner uses computed tomography (CT) screening, according to a statement […]

Watch: You will never throw away rice water after this!

Watch: You will never throw away rice water after this!

Rice is a staple food in every household around the globe. One meal of the day is probably impossible without rice being a part of it. However, how many of us have always soaked the rice before cooking and very casually thrown away the rice water (also known as rice rinse) down the drain after […]

Pakistan parliament passes law against child sexual abuse

Pakistan parliament passes law against child sexual abuse

Pakistan`s Senate on Friday passed a bill that criminalises for the first time sexual assault against minors, child pornography and trafficking. The amendment to the penal code, which will go into force after being ratified by the president, also raises the age of criminal responsibility from seven to 10 years of age. Under the revised […]

Soon, smart clothing that help you stay cool

Soon, smart clothing that help you stay cool

Forget air conditioners, smart clothing of the future may help you stay cool on a hot summer day. Scientists in Finland have developed a new technology that can lead to clothes with the ability to automatically adjust temperature according to the wearer’s actual needs. Developed by scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, […]

Soon, ‘smart wallpaper’ to help power your house!

Soon, ‘smart wallpaper’ to help power your house!

It’s not a science fiction, but ‘smart wallpaper’ which could absorb electricity from waste light or heat may soon help power a host of applications at home. Scientists have developed new moth-inspired, ultra-thin graphene sheets that will be essential in designing future technologies such as ‘smart wallpaper’ and internet-of-things applications. Using a technique known as […]

Charge your phone in five minutes

Charge your phone in five minutes

Forget waiting hours for your phone to charge – a new miniature pocket-charger claims to be able to charge an iPhone 6 from totally flat to 100 per cent in just five minutes. According to its makers, the ASAP Dash charges 16 times faster than standard portable chargers and boasts a battery life that lasts […]

VIDEO: Soon, you can charge your smartphone by walking

VIDEO: Soon, you can charge your smartphone by walking

Mechanical engineers from University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing an innovative energy harvesting and storage technology that can reduce reliance on batteries in mobile devices and charge your smartphone as you walk. Tom Krupenkin, professor of mechanical engineering, and senior scientist J Ashley Taylor described a technology that could capture the energy of human motion to […]

This is the first flower grown in space

This is the first flower grown in space

A bright orange zinnia has blossomed aboard the International Space Station, marking a first in space. “First flower even grown in space makes its debut,” US astronaut Scott Kelly wrote on Twitter, with a photo of the flower. Zinnias grow easily on Earth and blossom in abundance in summer. But on the ISS, where they […]

Women would rather do this than have sex

Women would rather do this than have sex

A new study has found that one in six women prefer the thrill of booking a holiday to having sex. While a quickie in the sack might leave ladies feeling disappointed, the promise of sandy beaches does wonders for her mood. And it’s not just women who would rather go to Greece than get jiggly […]