A Vietnamese-Australian man’s hard-fought battle against Facebook and its controversial ‘real name’ policy finally came to an end this week – though neither party can really be declared the “winner” of this fight. Spectators, on the other hand, were left feeling like losers for believing that ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ was the main contender’s actual name […]
This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Nino weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday, warning inaction on climate change could see temperatures rise by 6 degrees Celsius or more. But decisions taken at a summit of world leaders in Paris starting on Monday could keep global temperature […]
Apple’s year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants, as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards. Apple Pay is available in Canada starting Tuesday and in Australia on Thursday. Those are two countries where “tap” payments—- tapping a phone or chip-embedded card to […]
Apple apologized on Thursday after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave one of its retail stores in Melbourne, Australia, where a staffer had expressed concern they would shoplift. The technology giant faced accusations of racism in a backlash that began after one of the teens posted a video of Tuesday’s incident on his […]
Asian equity markets staged a comeback on Tuesday, with investors encouraged by the upbeat handover from Wall Street.Major US averages climbed nearly 1 percent or more overnight, helped by gains in energy and healthcare counters.The Nasdaq Composite led advances with a rise of 1.5 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.9 percent. The S&P 500 gained more than 1 percent to top 2,100 points
Scientists have found fossil-like hints that some kind of life existed on Earth 4.1 billion years ago — when the planet was a mere volcanic toddler. That’s 300 million years earlier for life to pop up than previously thought. Not only does that change the way scientists thought Earth was like soon after it formed […]
India’s gasoline or petrol exports will fall by 98 percent by 2019 and will become the second largest importer of gasoline after Indonesia by 2024, BMI Research said.”We forecast India’s net gasoline exports to decline by 97.8 percent over the next five years, from 306,800 barrels per day (bpd) in 2014 to just 6,760 bpd in 2019.” said BMI Research, a Fitch Group company.He also added, “This decline will be a result of rapid growth in domestic demand in India, which will require output normally designated for exports to be directed inwards.” India, it said, will become a net importer of gasoline from 2020, despite a significant increase of production domestically.”Our forecasts show that India will become the second largest net importer of gasoline after Indonesia by the end of the decade, overtaking the likes of China, Australia and Malaysia as consumption growth slows in these key consumer countries,” it said.The rise in domestic demand will provide an import outlet for India’s growing gasoline production – set to rise 10.3 percent over the next five years.
To try and understand how bacteria can move so quickly, scientists have synthesized the sound of a single bacterium swimming. Some bacteria swim using a tiny spinning propeller called a flagellum. Biophysicists Ashley Nord of the U.S. and Matt Baker of Australia synthesized the sound of this whirring propeller when they attached microscopic polystyrene beads to the flagella of […]
While Sesa had resumed work at its Codli mining site earlier, today it opened its Bicholim mining lease, both of which are the largest mining leases in the state.