Technology Sector

ROUNDUP: Nuclear powers, Germany offer direct dialogue to Iran

Nuclear powers, Germany offer direct dialogue to IranVienna - The five nuclear weapons states and Germany on Tuesday offered Iran direct dialogue to solve the nuclear spat, while also calling on leaders in Tehran to obey the demands of the United Nations Security Council.

Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - the permanent members on the Security Council - issued their statement together with Germany to the 35-country board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

China sets up office at CeBIT to ease bootleg disputes

China sets up office at CeBIT to ease bootleg disputesHanover, Germany  - China's trade ministry set up a special office Tuesday at the CeBIT computing trade fair in Germany in a bid to head off disputes over alleged illegal copying of products.

Past fairs have been marred by complaints from western companies that Chinese manufacturers have used proprietary software or product designs without paying royalties to the inventors for intellectual property rights (IPR).

IAEA approves stricter nuclear inspections deal with India

IAEA approves stricter nuclear inspections deal with India Vienna  - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday approved additional nuclear inspection measures for India, which the country has yet to ratify before it can receive imports for its growing nuclear energy sector.

The so-called Additional Protocol will grant IAEA inspectors greater powers to probe India's nuclear exports, in addition to the standard inspections envisioned in the nuclear safeguards agreement that India has signed but not yet brought into force.

Facebook to provide users full control over data

Facebook profiles can detect narcissistsLondon, Feb 27 : In response to the furore over Facebook''s revision of user Terms of Service (TOS), the company''s founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the member of the social networking site will now have comment and voting rights over its future policies.

The social-networking giant came under fire after Consumer advocacy blog The Consumerist reported that the revised policy allowed the website to hold a perpetual license to use its members'''' uploaded content to promote itself, even after their accounts had been deleted.

Solar power cells printed like money

Washington, Feb 26 : In a previously untested method, solar power cells have been produced by printing presses normally used to make Australian dollar bills.

According to a report in National Geographic News, the giant machines arranged and stamped flexible solar panels onto plastic film, in a trial near Melbourne last week.

The cells were only 3 percent efficient, meaning they could convert only a small amount of solar energy into electricity.

But, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) project leader Gerry Wilson told Australian ABC News that he expects the output to more than double by next year and top 10 percent after that.

Scientists detect ozone-depleting species in atmosphere

Washington, Feb 26 : Using data from the satellite-based MIPAS and GOME-2 instruments, scientists have for the first time detected important ozone-depleting species in the atmosphere.

These new measurements will help scientists to better understand sources of these bromine species and to improve simulations of stratospheric ozone chemistry.

Despite the detection of bromine monoxide (BrO) in the atmosphere some 20 years ago, bromine nitrate (BrONO2) was first observed in 2008 when scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology discovered the gas's weak signal with data from MIPAS (the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding).