Tech

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.

Social network

Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting

Facebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent «discriminatory» targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as «Jew haters.»

Facebook losing teens to Instagram-Snapchat

Facebook use in the US will slow as teens and young adults opt for smartphone image-sharing services Instagram and Snapchat, according to an eMarketer forecast released on Tuesday.

Science

Museums Victoria and Monash University palaeontologists found ancient baleen whales had sharp predator teeth, debunking the theory that they were filter feeders like the modern day gentle giants

Ancient whales were predators not gentle giants

Ancient whales had extremely sharp predator teeth similar to lions, Australian scientists said Wednesday in a discovery they believe debunks theories the mammals used their teeth to filter feed like today's gentle giants.

Australia, New Zealand kick off global science rallies

Thousands of people rallied in Australia and New Zealand Saturday in support of science, the first of more than 500 marches globally triggered by concern over the rise of «alternative facts».

Astronomy

Mars weather: «Cloudy, chance of nighttime snowstorm»

Mars is buffeted by turbulent snowstorms that occur only at night, according to a study released Monday that revises our understanding of Red Planet weather.

Cyber security

Hackers hit Malaysian sites over Indonesia flag gaffe

Indonesian hackers on Monday claimed responsibility for attacking more than 30 Malaysian websites following a gaffe that saw Indonesia's flag printed upside-down in a Southeast Asian Games commemorative magazine.

Weapons of terror

Robotic weapons, tech leaders warn against «Pandora's box»

Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new «weapons of terror» that target innocent people.

Siri trailblazer

AI revolution will be all about humans

It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature -- digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android.

Telecommunications

Japan launches satellite for better GPS system

Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres.

Astronomy

Eclipse-chasers trot the globe, addicted to Moon's shadow

Eclipse-chasers are a dedicated crew of scientists who travel the globe to catch a few moments in eerie darkness, and even after seeing dozens of eclipses, they say they can't get enough.

How to safely watch an eclipse

Everyone who plans to look skyward when the solar eclipse sweeps across the United States on Monday should have the proper protective eyewear, or risk lasting blind spots, experts warn.

Archeology

Bones, silver found in 18th-century Dutch wreck off UK

Maritime archaeologists said Friday they have begun excavating the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank off the English coast in 1740, recovering leather shoes, silver and the bones of its lost crew.

Animals

South Africa opposes online rhino horn auction

South Africa said Friday it would oppose an online auction of rhino horns due to start next week, as outraged conservationists said the sale would undermine the global ban on rhino trade.

Philippine

Uber's Philippine suspension: What we know

Ride-sharing app Uber faces a month-long suspension in the Philippines, in its latest run-in with authorities around the world.

Top Stories

There was much fanfare as Airbus delivered its first long-haul A330 from the Tianjin completion centre to Tianjin Airlines

Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China

Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

In Gaza, which has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, it is almost unheard of for companies to work with Israelis

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.

The latest poll shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel's (L) CDU/CSU party has a lead of 36 percent over main rival Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz (R) with 22 percent.

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom.

Borgward, a German brand brought back to life with the help of Chinese truck maker Beiqi Foton, showed off its Isabella concept car, inspired by the 1950s model.

China rises at Frankfurt car show

Traditional heavyweights Fiat, Peugeot and Volvo may have shunned this year's Frankfurt auto show (IAA), but for Chinese and Taiwanese carmakers looking to make inroads in Europe the chance to step into the limelight was not to be missed.