Innovation and Intellectual Property

Crash landing feared as Europe`s Mars lander still silent

Crash landing feared as Europe`s Mars lander still silent

Published 24/10/2016

An illustration released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the Schiaparelli EDM lander. A European space lander reached Mars on October 19, 2016 in what scientists hope will mark a major milestone in exploration of the Red Planet, but whether it touched down on the surface in good working condition was far from certain. ESA/ATG medialab/Handout via REUTERS

Thrusters intended to slow a European lander as it neared Mars on Wednesday fired for less time than expected before contact with the vehicle was lost, leaving scientists uncertain whether it touched down safely or broke apart.

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AT&T acquisition of Time Warner may avoid FCC oversight

AT&T acquisition of Time Warner may avoid FCC oversight

Published 24/10/2016

AT&T Inc (T.N) may bypass a powerful telecommunications regulator by offloading a Time Warner broadcast station, analysts say, as the telcommunications giant braces for what is expected to be a lengthy and tough antitrust review of its proposed $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc (TWX.N).

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AT&T-Time Warner deal sparks calls for scrutiny in Washington

AT&T-Time Warner deal sparks calls for scrutiny in Washington

Published 24/10/2016

Signage that reads Time Warner is seen at the Time Warner Center in New York City, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

AT&T Inc's (T.N) proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) generated skepticism among both Democrats and Republicans on Sunday, making it more likely that regulators will closely scrutinize the effort to create a new telecommunications and media giant.

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Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize for work on `self-eating` cell mechanism

Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize for work on `self-eating` cell mechanism

Published 11/10/2016

Yoshinori Ohsumi, a professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology, attends a news conference after he won the Nobel medicine prize at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan, October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hooni

Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine for ground-breaking experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism in the body's defenses where cells degrade and recycle their components.

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Bagel, pretzel show twists of Nobel Prize-winning work in physics

Bagel, pretzel show twists of Nobel Prize-winning work in physics

Published 11/10/2016

British-born scientist F. Duncan Haldane of Princeton University speaks at a press conference after winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics, in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Three British-born scientists won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for revealing unusual states of matter, leading to advances in electronics that could aid researchers trying to develop quantum computers.

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Trio wins Nobel chemistry prize for `world`s smallest machines`

Trio wins Nobel chemistry prize for `world`s smallest machines`

Published 11/10/2016

J. Fraser Stoddart, one of the winners of 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, raises his glass for a toast at Northwestern University in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, U.S., October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

A trio of European scientists has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing molecular machines that could one day be injected to fight cancer or used to make new types of materials and energy storage devices.

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3D mannequin helps cyclist go for gold

3D mannequin helps cyclist go for gold

Published 11/10/2016

(From L-R) Daan Bregman and assistant professor Andrea Sciacchitano, from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and Teun Van Erp, sports scientist at Team Giant-Alpecin, pose with a 3D-printed mannequin replica of Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin wearing a special skinsuit they co-designed, in Delft, the Netherlands October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Drury

By printing a 3D mannequin of leading international cyclist Tom Dumoulin and testing a series of skinsuits on his replica inside a wind tunnel until they fou

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Note 7 fiasco could burn a $17 billion hole in Samsung accounts

Note 7 fiasco could burn a $17 billion hole in Samsung accounts

Published 11/10/2016

Signage is seen at the Samsung 837 store in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Samsung Electronics' (005930.KS) worst-ever recall could cost the company as much as $17 billion after it halted sales of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 for a second time, spelling an almost certain end for the ill-fated premium model.

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California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

Published 03/10/2016

The rear of a Lexus SUV equipped with Google self-driving sensors is seen during a media preview of Google's prototype autonomous vehicles in Mountain View, California September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations released on Friday.

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Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, owes $302.4 million

Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, owes $302.4 million

Published 03/10/2016

The Apple Inc. store is seen in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp's patented internet security technology without permission in features including its FaceTime video conferencing application.

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