16 Thursday, 24 September 2009 London Lite Over-represented: white male character Lars Alexanderson from game Tekken 6 13per cent of US medical schools have reported that their students have leaked confidential information about patients via blogs or social networking sites. Although names were usually not used, enough personal information was given for patients or their families to recognise them. $360m(220m) a year is how much Ecuador wants to be paid to stop tapping into the vast oil reserves lying beneath its Yasani rainforest. This equates to about half what the country would make from selling the crude. 19.5ft (5.9 metres) is the length of a giant squid netted by American scientists off the coast of Louisiana. The 103lb (46.7kg) leviathan was caught in 1,500ft-deep waters, and was the first giant squid to have been found in the Gulf of Mexico in 55 years. -240C is the temperature of dark craters on the surface of the moon, making them officially the coldest parts of our solar system. Previously Pluto was believed to have earned this title, but now Nasas Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered craters with towering rims that block out any sun from their centres. Scientists say this bodes well for finding ice water on the moon. $1m(600,000) has been awarded to a team of international mathematicians and computer scientists as part of a competition set up by online movie site Netflix. The challenge was to improve the algorithm used by Netflix to recommend movies to customers that they might like, based on past preferences. Lite bytesScience news in brief from around the world A SMART car has been developed that is able to learn someones driving behaviour and warn of impending accident hazards. DRIVSCO builds up a characteristic driving fingerprint for individuals and if the driver deviates from this, an alarm is sounded to warn them. A census of the top 150 computer games reveals that the demographic of game characters doesnt match up to reality. The survey found that males, adults and white people are over-represented. Researchers said makers are missing out by not attracting people from diverse groups. The red appearance of Mars may have been caused by millennia-long sand storms and not rust, as thought. scientists simulated a Martian dust storm and found that when quartz is jostled for long enough, it breaks up to reveal surfaces that cause magnetite to oxidise and turn red. A bEAVER called Jos has become the star of a new light show in the bronx and East Rivers. To celebrate the first beaver to live in New York in 200 years, sensors in the water trigger lights, allowing the public to view whats below. Chilly atmosphere: the moons surface temperature is -240C A FLYING water collector, 3D molecular food printer and a clothes cleaner that works while you are still wearing the items... They might sound like gadgets from a Harry Potter film but they are all kitchen appliances of the future, as envisaged by finalists in the Electrolux Lab Design Competition. Entrants were asked to design gadgets we might see in 90 years time. Their inventions included a teleporting fridge, an ultrasonic dishwasher and a robotic greenhouse. But dont expect to see any of them in the shops just yet. Instead, they are being showcased until Sunday at Earls Court. Ultrasonicdishwasher THIS wall-mounted double dishwasher lets you place the dirty dishes in one compartment, while the other serves as storage for clean ones. Ultrasonic (high frequency sound) waves do the cleaning instead of water, making it eco-friendly, too. Labfoodmicrowave THIS will cook the meat and fish of the future -- foodstuffs produced in a lab. Just pop the pre-packaged meals inside it and Cocoon will detect what kind of food it is and automatically cook it, says designer Rickard Hederstierna of the Swedish Lund Institute of Technology. Steamblastcleaner To geT an idea of how Renew works, just think of those powerful Dyson hand- driers now common in public loos, but instead of drying, its function is to wash clothes. Conceived by Louis Filosa, of Purdue University in Indiana, it works by blasting garments with two blades of steam as they go through the device. s s s Soisthis The week in numbers Science&technology By Duncan Graham-rowe 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html