12 Thursday, 2 July 2009 London Lite Paying peanuts: a vervet monkey THE GREAT GAME IS ON THE CUSP WITH more tension than a tightly strung racket, this weekends Wimbledon finals are likely to be as nail-biting as ever. And this year there appears to be more advanced technology surrounding the great event, both on and off the courts. So, this week, heres our pick of the latest tennis tech for all you would-be Andy Murrays out there... DUNCAN GRAHAM ROWE Anyone for21st century tennis? Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world YouTekSpeedPro &RadicalMP ITS Novak Djokovics weapon of choice but the YouTek series has had a technological upgrade that even Andy Murray is keen to switch to. At the heart of this overhaul is d3o, a hi-tech foam which becomes more rigid during an aggressive shot to provide more power. During a drop shot or a slice, it absorbs the impact, providing a softer touch to improve the feel and precision. 144, head.com Science&technology The week in numbers Thats fast: the Bloodhound SSC may hit speeds of 994mph EAsGrandSlam(Wii) GRAND SLAM is a far cry from Wiis tennis game. It lets you take on the greats and their playing styles in the four grand slam tournaments and gives you more control over your stroke via Wiis MotionPlus which gives you one-to- one control of your onscreen racket. 39.99 or 49.99 with MotionPlus, tennis.easports. com $8billion (about 5bn) is how much the US Department of Environment is pouring into the development of better electric cars. The funding will be available as loans to bail out struggling car manufacturers. 120per cent is by how much Frances above-ground high-level nuclear waste, the most dangerous category, will increase by 2030, a new report claims. The increase is thought to reflect the problems France is having finding suitable permanent underground storage sites. 18years is how long Nasas solar probe Ulysses has been exploring our solar system. But after keeping it running more than a year longer than was intended, officials have decided to pull the plug on the probe as fuel reserves have almost run out. 22.61per cent is the increase in the number of Tweets after the news of Michael Jacksons death last week. Within just two hours of the news Twitter was reported to be so deluged that it almost collapsed. 994miles per hour is how fast the designers of a new triple- engined car are hoping it will travel when it attempts to shatter the landspeed record in 2011. The Bloodhound SSC will be equipped with a rocket and a Eurofighter jet engine to boost its speed. MEXICAN salamanders which re- grow amputated legs are not pulling off quite as big a biological trick as scientists first thought, which may help doctors trying to regenerate human limbs. The buds that eventually produce a brand-new leg have not completely reverted to an embryo-like stage, researchers reported in the journal Nature. MARS may have supported life more recently than was thought. Scientists have analysed Nasas new high-resolution images and found evidence the landscape was reshaped by permafrost melt as little as two million years ago. Such water may have supported life as we know it. VERVET monkeys have their own form of currency. New Scientist says French biologists have found they swap grooming acts for food, power and even sex. They found that an individuals stock value -- how much others want to groom them -- depends on the availability of food from other individuals. OVERHEATING batteries in the new iPhone could lead to many being recalled. A week after its launch owners have complained handsets can get hot enough to discolour the white plastic back. Apple has no comment so far, but experts say defective batteries may be to blame. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html