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  • that US space scientists have recently unveiled an aviation
    breakthrough - a plane that will someday fly coast to coast in America in just
    30 minutes and scoop oxygen out of the air for its fuel. On its maiden flight
    this month the prototype is expected to fly at seven times the speed of sound
    - nearly 8047km/h. Scientists believe the jet will eventually be able to reach
    Mach 10 and will be a possible form of cheap space travel.
  • that Professor Kevin Warwick of Reading University, the
    first man to have a microchip implanted in his forearm, will be undergoing
    another procedure soon. The plan is to implant a transponder into his arm
    positioned about halfway between the elbow and shoulder. "Once the implant
    is switched on, the nerve fibres will be tapped into. A progression of
    experiments will be tried. One of the first will be to record and identify
    signals associated with motion. For example, when the index finger is moved,
    it will send a corresponding signal via the implant to the computer, where it
    will be recorded and stored. The next step is to transmit this signal back to
    the implant, hoping to generate an action similar to the original. The aim is
    to be able to record a movement, then reproduce it when we send the signals
    back to the arm."
  • that scientists in Scotland have developed a way of holding
    and rotating objects as small as a hamster chromosome. They use special lasers
    which allow scientists to examine the microscopic material from any angle.
    Researchers at the University of St. Andrews have been able to use their
    technique to maneuver glass beads one hundred times narrower than a human
    hair. Scientists already use "optical tweezers" which hold objects
    in tightly focused laser beams, but the new technique will give them more
    control.
  • that a wearable-computing company specializing in wireless
    items has won several patents for devices including a credit card terminal
    that fits on a wrist and can print receipts. The other devices from
    Orang-Otang Computers include a phone that fits under a shirt sleeve and
    slides into the palm with a flick of the hand, a digital audio recorder for
    the wrist that hides in a shirt when not in use. There's also a wearable
    laptop and a wearable camera.
  • that Swedish software engineers are working on a new
    invention which can control computers with head movements. "All one will
    need apart from the software, is a regular web camera," says developer
    Martin Krantz. He is confident the innovation will ultimately spell the end
    for conventional input devices like the mouse.
  • that there are more than half a billion GSM mobile phones
    in use worldwide, according to a report by the GSM Association. The figure
    equates to one in 12 people on the planet and means the technology accounts
    for more than 70% of all handsets.