16 Thursday, 9 July 2009 London Lite dont worry about getting Heading off on your hols? Well, tech-freaks take note: the days of having to nurse your gadgets from the perils of sand and sea appear to be over. it started a couple of years ago when Olympus launched its Mju series of tough waterproof cameras, but now everyone is getting in on the act. So whether its a camera you want, a digicam, MP3 player or phone, the one thing you can count on is that theyre not afraid to get their feet wet. duncan graHaM-rOWe finds the best... Divein The week in numbers Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world FINALLY, a waterproof mobile that doesnt look like a brick! The Samsung Solid Extreme is as indestructible as a phone can be, and packed with the kind of features youd expect from a decent mobile -- 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM radio and media player. Whether you are desperate to make a call underwater or just one of the 850,000 people who accidentally drop their phone in the toilet, the Solid Extreme is waterproof down to one metre for up to 30 minutes. Price subject to contract, vodafone.co.uk LOADS of water resistant laptops have appeared on the market recently, but TerraLogics Toughnote D17 is probably the only one that would pass a splash test. Thats because, according to its British makers, it has been designed to military-grade ruggedness. And indeed, although it comes with all the power of a modern computer, as well as waterproof sockets and removable hard drive, it looks and feels like a tank. Its also priced like a tank, but for those of us who really cant tear ourselves away from the office its a must. terralogic.co.uk water-friendly HdtV WATERPROOF gadgetry is finding a home in the bathroom. With Aquavisions LCD HDTVs you can slip into the bath and relax while watching your favourite show. And to stop the picture from steaming up, they use a heated screen. It even comes with a waterproof remote control that floats -- so you can throw away that rubber ducky... Prices start at around 1,529 for a 17in model, aquavision.co.uk Science&technology indestructible mobile splasH-proof laptop Snack hunt: dogs sniff breath to find food Theyre splashing out: whale watching makes big money DogS sniff each others breath to find food. Its been observed in other animals, but to find out if dogs use the same trick Swiss researchers set up an experiment showing some dogs where treats were hidden, allowing them to interact with a second group that had no knowledge of the treats, and then seeing how they found them. SPace now has its own internet. consisting of a single internet node on the international Space Station, the interplanetary internet will make communication between spacecraft, and even planets, less like making a telephone call and more like using the web. ITS official -- recessions lead to more murders and suicides. A study of the death rates from 1970 to 2007 in 26 European countries found that for every one per cent increase in unemployment, suicides and homicides rose by 0.8 per cent. When employment fell by more than three per cent suicides rose by 4.4 per cent and murders by six per cent. a eurOPean Space agency probe has become the coldest known object in space. The detectors on the Planck High Frequency instrument radiate heat into space with active cooling units, plunging their temperature to -273.05c, 0.1 degrees above absolute zero -- the coldest possible temperature in our universe. 270,000square metres is the size of a photovoltaic solar cell due to be installed on the roof of the Milan Trade Fair. This will make it the worlds largest rooftop solar cell, able to produce 12 megawatts of peak power. 100or more previously undetected exoplanets -- planets outside our solar system -- may be hiding in data already collected by telescopes. Exoplanets are often detected by spotting their gravitational effects on the star they orbit, but scientists say this technique can miss the presence of pairs of planets. of the 353 known planets, 227 have so far been detected using this technique, about half of which are now thought to have a missing sibling. 5minutes is all the time you may have to read documents printed in a new self-erasing nano- ink. Developed in Japan, the ink takes advantage of the colour-changing properties of some nanoparticles when exposed to UV light. 1.3bn is how much whale watching generated last year, suggesting that it is far more profitable than killing the creatures. Whale watching has grown by 3.7 per cent annually with current revenues double that of 10 years ago. Last year 13 million people paid to see whales in 119 countries. 3large new dinosaurs have been uncovered in Australia, the first new large species found since 1981. They include one carnivore, much bigger than the velociraptor, and two long-necked herbivores, all dating back 98 million years to the mid-Cretaceous period.