Mi-Fi ALTHOUGH the majority of netbooks now come with built-in mobile internet -- or at least can have a 3G wireless mobile broadband dongle plugged into them -- 3 has managed to take the concept of the portable internet a step further with the launch of Mi-Fi. This is a pocket-sized device that allows you to create wi-fi networks wherever you are. On the one hand its just a wireless modem, but unlike those that plug into your netbook, this will let any other wi-fi-enabled devices, like other laptops or MP3 players such as the iTouch, access the internet as well. 99.99 on pay-as-you-go, 69.99 on a 15 a month contract three.co.uk 12 Thursday, 17 September 2009 London Lite Beer fear: hop quality is declining the commuter computers with The week in numbers 2.7million more jobs could be created by 2030 by shifting to green power generation technologies, according to a study by the European Renewable Energy Council and Greenpeace. In contrast, sticking with business as usual is likely to see the number of jobs available decrease because of the mechanisation of the coal industry. $150(about 91) is how cheaply a group of students in Massachusetts were able to take photographs of the Earth from space. The group launched a helium-filled balloon with a mobile phone attached that was programmed to take photographs every five seconds. After four hours it reached an altitude of 28,350 metres, where it photographed the curvature of the Earth before the balloon popped letting it fall back down to Earth undamaged. 124subglacial lakes in the Antarctic have been mapped by Nasas ICESat satellite, revealing a hidden network of waterworks far more complex than previously imagined. The movement of water beneath glaciers can cause the movement of land ice to the sea to accelerate. So analysing this should now help scientists make more accurate predictions about rising sea levels. 2million people living around Africas Lake Kivu are under threat of being suffocated by a deadly outburst of gas if companies continue to tap the lakes dissolved reserves of methane. The discovery of this fossil fuel has led to a gold rush to extract it, but scientists have warned it could trigger catastrophic outgassing of carbon dioxide, as occurred in Cameroon in 1986 killing 1,700 people. Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world ThE days of popping a mint in your mouth to disguise your nicotine breath may have ended with the development of an electronic nose capable of sniffing out any pretend non-smokers. Developed by Australian scientists, the device uses 32 sensors to detect a characteristic smell print of different compounds in a smokers breath. The researchers say it could be used by doctors on behalf of insurance companies. BUyers beware! Online recommendations designed to tap into the wisdom of the crowd and reassure e-shoppers about the gadgets, books, music and movies they are buying are being distorted by a minority of users. researchers have found star ratings on sites like Amazon and book review site BookCrossings are dominated by a small number of users voting hundreds of times. BEER drinkers now have a new reason to worry about climate change. Scientists in the Czech Republic say the quality of the Saaz hops used to make pilsner has been declining in recent years and the culprit is global warming. And its not just Czech beer at stake -- East German and Slovakian hops are also facing a similar situation. Science&technology SamsungN110 LIKE its predecessor the NC10, this is a good all-rounder and one of the lightest in its class, weighing 1.26kg. Its 10.1in wide-screen LED display draws less power than a traditional LCD and is about a third brighter and thinner. The N110 has managed to almost double its battery life to 9.5 hours. Ultimately, its still a good machine, with a longer battery life and slightly more powerful speakers. 329.99 (available in black and white), pcworld.co.uk THe ultimate commuter gadget, netbooks have unleashed a truly mobile internet to web- addicted users. And the line-up of netbooks that will be hitting the shelves by Christmas are now powerful enough to give standard laptops a run for their money. From models that can create their own wi-fi networks for other gadgets to work off to super-lightweight machines, this week DUNCAN GrAHAM-rOWe rounds up the best new mini devices to pocket... big Sound MobiLE Wi-Fi nETWoRK Lift off: students use a balloon to snap Earth from space 12 Thursday, 17 September 2009 London Lite getset 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