Latest BBC Stories

Contraceptive Pill Possibly Linked To Prostate Cancer
2011-11-15 09:18:16

Research published in the online journal, BMJ Open, suggests that use of the contraceptive pill is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer type among males in the developed world, BBC reports. Canadian investigators report that they may have found a possible link between use of the contraceptive pill and prostate cancer rates. However experts are taking pains to point out this is not proof that one causes the other and it could possibly be an...

Minecraft Honored At UK Video Game Festival
2011-10-31 04:41:43

The popular sandbox construction game Minecraft was named the winner of a "new arts award" at the GameCity video game culture festival in Nottingham, England, BBC News reported on Saturday. Minecraft, which was created by Swedish game designer Markus Persson and his company, Mojang, beat out Valve/Electronic Arts' Portal 2 and Microsoft's Ilomilo for the honor, Leo Kelion of the British news agency said. "It's a great honor to be compared to those games," Persson told Kelion. "Winning...

2011-10-29 07:07:34

Apple and Microsoft have both filed patents for touchless, gesture-based control systems, setting the stage for a potential battle over ownership of the emerging technology, BBC News reported Friday. According to the British media outlet's report, Microsoft's patent describes "waving one's hands to 'draw' three-dimensional objects on a computer, while Apple's designs involve allowing users to 'throw' content from one device to another." Their applications have been made public by the US...

Gene Therapy May Improve Some Forms Of Blindness
2011-10-28 09:45:12

A UK man is being treated for the progressive genetic disorder, choroideraemia, in an attempt to reverse his blindness. Jonathan Wyatt was able to see normally until about the age of 19 when he began having problems seeing in the dark. He was told by doctors that his vision would get progressively worse until eventually going blind, reports BBC News. Poor eyesight didn´t stop Wyatt, now 63 years old, from a career as a barrister but 10 years ago he found himself having difficulty...

Intellectual Property Lawsuits Against Amazon On Rise
2011-10-28 08:55:13

In a declaration filed with US financial regulators, Online retail giant Amazon has revealed that 11 companies have filed patent lawsuits against it since the start of 2011. This is more than 3 times the number from all of the previous year, BBC News is reporting. Amazon vows to dispute the 30 pending claims and intends to “vigorously defend” itself. Complaints include charges that Amazon infringes intellectual properties owned by other businesses, and that its Kindle ebook...

Successful Launch For NASA's NPP Satellite
2011-10-28 06:00:15

[ Watch the Video ] After a five-year delay, NASA´s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning at about 2:48 a.m. local time (5:48 EDT) aboard a Delta II rocket. The NPP satellite will be lifted by the rocket to its 512-mile-high orbit above Earth where it should separate from the second stage rocket at about 6:45 a.m. (PDT). The $1.5 billion NPP weather and climate satellite represents a critical first step...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'