Hamburg - Transparent aluminium, as strong as metal yet as clear as glass, is a scientific reality and not just a plot device in an old "Star Trek" movie, according to a team of German researchers.
In the 1986 movie "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," Scotty travels back in time to show a Silicon Valley engineer how to make "transparent aluminium." In so doing, the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise are able to save the humpback whale from extinction whilst also saving the Earth of the 23rd century.
As concerns resurfaced about government debt in Greece, Crude oil for May delivery dropped to less than $85 a barrel in New York on Friday.
Greece represents just 3 percent of the gross domestic product of the European Union, but its resistance to its latest rescue plan has raised concerns of default on its obligations.
The implications ripple through the eurozone, which has the euro as a common currency.
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New Delhi, Dec 17 : India on Thursday said it expects Pakistan to act with purpose against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna said: “Government expects Pakistan to unearth the wider conspiracy which motivated, planned and launched the attack.”
Bangalore, Oct 27 : The foreign ministers of China and Russia got a royal welcome in India's IT city.
Minutes before the two-hour long trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers began here Tuesday morning, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna received his counterparts Sergei Lavrov of Russia and China's Yang Jiechi, by welcoming them with huge garlands of fragrant jasmine and marigold.
After warm handshakes, Krishna 'crowned' Lavrov and Yang by placing the famous Mysore peta (headgear) on them and posed for photographs.
London, Jan 23: A Roman Catholic priest has confirmed Paul Burrell’s claim that he made inquiries on Princess Diana’s behalf over a theoretical marriage to a Muslim, the inquest into her death has heard.
In a statement read to the jury at the High Court in London, Father Anthony Parsons told the inquest that the topic had come up during a conversation he had with Burrell.
Father Parsons also told the jury that though he had understood the question referred to Diana, he had not been aware of the identity of the man she was interested in.
Vodafone has made announcement that it has decided to acquire 100 percent stake in a Danish company, ZYB for a cash consideration of Eur 31.5 million.
ZYB runs a social networking site focused on cell phone users that allow them to back-up and share their handsets’ contact and calendar information online.
After completion of the acquisition deal, ZYB would be incorporated into Vodafone’s Internet Services Division.
Pieter Knook, Vodafone Group's Internet Services Director, stated, “This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of delivering products and services which meet our customers' total communication needs.”
Lahore, Feb 18: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif said today that they would win the election even after rigging.
While talking to media here, he pledged to curb evil elements that are involved in unlawful activities in the country.
Polling for the 2008 general elections in Pakistan began today amidst tight security. (ANI)
Kolkata, Nov 16 : Hailing Sachin Tendulkar as an icon of world cricket, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said the cricketing genius leaves behind an unmistakable mark of excellence.
She also said Tendulkar, who bid adieu to the game, richly deserves the Bharat Ratna which the government announced soon after Tendulkar walked into the sunset after playing his 200th Test match in Mumbai.
"Sachin Tendulkar is an icon of the Indian and world cricket. Legends are forever. They only move from one field to another, leaving behind their unmistakable mark of excellence.
Jaipur, Jan 26 : There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last yeaer, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday.
"Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players. So both teams are quite similar. But there is a lot riding on the teams. It will help them recognise the next generation of players," he told reporters here after taking part in a session.
London, November 7 : Lance Corporal Katrina Hodge has been crowned the new Miss England after former winner Rachel Christie withdrew from the title.
Christie, who was the first black woman to be crowned Miss England, stepped down following her arrest over an alleged fight with Miss Manchester Sara Beverley Jones in a nightclub.
Contest organisers announced her place was given to first runner-up L/Cpl Hodge, who will now represent the country in the Miss World Final in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 12.
London, Nov 15 : In a quest to locate the tomb of d’Artagnan, an inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’s novel ‘The Three Musketeers’, Dutch archaeologists have discovered a small church – where they believe the adventurous hero is buried.
He died during the Siege of Maastricht on June 25, 1673.
According to a leading French historian, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan, who served Louis XIV as captain of the Musketeers of the Guard, was buried a few kilometres away at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Wolder, Holland.
“The trail is very precise,” Times Online quoted Odile Bordaz, author of several works on the musketeer.
Washington, Apr 3: Lindsay Lohan’s representative has denied that the actress is on a liquid diet.
The rep was reacting to reports that Lohan’s willowy figure was a result of a liquid diet that consists of drinking at least three Red Bull energy drinks a day.
“Lindsay has always enjoyed a Red Bull, but she eats. Everybody needs to mind their own business and stop worrying about what Lindsay eats or doesn''t eat,” People magazine quoted Lohan’s representative as saying.
New York - The US government and Citigroup Inc have cut a deal on the government substantially increasing its stake in the ailing bank, the Treasury announced Friday.
Under the agreement, the government will own as much as 36 per cent of the bank's shares in exchange for better access to Treasury funds, which could help Citigroup avoid bankruptcy.
The part-nationalization of what was once the world's largest bank has fuelled speculation that more financial institutions could face a similar government takeover.
Jobs must be protected even if it means some reduction in compensation at various levels in these times of economic downturn," thundered the Union finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, at the International Labour Conference recently.
Clearly, the Central government and the finance ministry in particular, seem to practice the contrary.
During the current fiscal year, the incremental growth in the headcount of the bureaucracy is estimated at 91,907.
And, if we go by the interim budget figures, the ranks of those who serve in the finance ministry are expected to go up by 30,315 or by as much as 33% of the additional influx to the corridors of power.
Lisbon - Over 500 firefighters were on duty Sunday battling a wave of forest fires in northern Portugal, with the region around the port city of Porto the hardest-hit, officials said.
A total of 13 different fires were reported, including five threatening Porto.
At the same time, fire departments around the rest of Portugal were being kept on a heightened state of readiness due to the ongoing heat and dry weather conditions. dpa
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