This 3D-printed ‘clip-on’ turns smartphone into microscope

Sydney, Feb 20 : Australian researchers have developed a 3D-printed “clip-on” that can turn a smartphone into a fully-functional microscope to visualise specimens as tiny as 1/200th of a millimetre. The “clip-on” microscope, developed by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaid requires no external power or […]

Taking the dog for a walk can help older adults live longer

London, Feb 20 : Even a few minutes of light exercise daily, such as gentle gardening or taking the dog for a walk, can help the elderly live longer, suggests new research. “(The) results suggest that all activities, however modest, are beneficial. The finding that (low intensity physical activity) is associated with lower risk of […]

Disappointing HSBC update, weak miners keep FTSE in the red

By Danilo Masoni MILAN, Feb 20 : The UK’s top share index inched lower on Tuesday, weighed down by a disappointing update from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness. The FTSE index was down 0.16 percent at 7,236 points by 0825 GMT, underperforming a broadly positive European market, […]

Stocks struggle as bond yields, dollar regain traction

By Marc Jones LONDON, Feb 20 : A six-day rebound in world stocks began to splutter on Tuesday, as bond market borrowing costs regained traction and the dollar kicked firmly away from a three-year low. Europe’s main bourses saw steady start as lower domestic currencies helped their cause but weakness across Asia where Tokyo saw […]

Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market

By Douglas Busvine BERLIN, Feb 20 : It might seem a tall order to persuade people to spend as much to learn a language on their smartphone as it costs to subscribe to a music streaming or video-on-demand service. But Berlin-based startup Babbel says that, after 10 years in business, it has finally cracked the […]

Japan plans to build world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Tokyo, Feb 20 : A Japanese company is planning to build a 350 metre high wooden skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, making it the world’s tallest wooden building. The wood products company Sumitomo Forestry estimates that the cost of the building, which will have 70 floors, will be around 600 billion yen ($5 billion), almost […]