16 Thursday, 1 October 2009 London Lite16 Thursday, 1 October 2009 London Lite Most Wanted: the iPhone app Withscreensaseasytoseeaspaper, thenewbreedofe-readersisbignews BY DUNCAN GRAHAM ROWE 19per cent higher than ever recorded before are current cosmic ray radiation levels in our solar system, according to readings from a Nasa probe. The cause is believed to be a prolonged lull in solar activity, which triggers increases in cosmic rays -- energetic particles that can influence Earths atmosphere and which are potentially dangerous to unshielded astronauts. 4is how many northern bald ibises are now left in the wild in the Middle East, after a hunter in Saudi Arabia shot one. Once common across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Europe, and a common feature in Egyptian hieroglyphs, they are now the subject of renewed conservation efforts. 24.3million is the number of digital TVs that had to be retuned yesterday to accommodate changes allowing better coverage of Channel Five, and to enable high-definition channels to be broadcast through Freeview. As a result, many households will lose other channels. 850new species have been discovered in an underground cave in the Australian outback. The creatures are largely crustaceans, spiders and worms. But scientists say four times this number of previously undiscovered species are believed to live in similar underground caverns in Australia. 230km (142 miles) is how close Nasas Messenger probe will swing by Mercury in its final fly-by of the nearest planet to Earths sun. Its the closest any probe has been for more than a quarter of a century and the hope is that during its fly-by, it will be able to take pictures of the remaining five per cent of the planet that has never before been photographed. Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world WANT to help find Osama Bin Laden? Now theres even an iPhone app for that, thanks to the FBI. Most Wanted lets users view the deadliest of felons and also instantly report sightings. But do they really think that you can get mobile reception in the mountainous regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan? A FORMERLY blind patient in Germany is now able to read large letters, having had a device implanted into an eye to stimulate retinal cells. Experts say it will be on the market within the next two years, geared towards enabling people to navigate by providing a better view of doorways or roads. SExuALLY satisfied women enjoy greater vitality and a better sense of wellbeing, say psychologists. The study assessed 295 pre- and post-menopausal women who were sexually active at least twice a month. The researchers say theyve found its the quality, not quantity, of love- making that counts. SCIENTISTS from the University of Exeter have new evidence for how female insects select the father of their offspring, even after mating with up to 10 males. It seems female crickets use abdominal muscles to control how much sperm they store from each mate in order to select the best father for their young. Science&technology W HEN they launched a few years ago, us Brits didnt really catch the e-book bug. But then the Cool-ER hit the shelves -- the first e-book under 200 -- and Interead, the British company that makes them, soon saw sales hit seven figures. The coming months will see the launch of a range of new designs, featuring touch-screen and wireless capabilities, meaning you can read newspapers and magazines as well as books. Using a technology called electronic paper, e-books are now designed to be as easy to read as a paper, in different lighting conditions. They use an HavINg already positioned itself as a serious competitor to amazons Kindle Range, Irex is launching a device to conquer them all. Its DR800 not only has 3g wireless capabilities, but also has a stylus-based touchscreen. and if you dont like the stylus, a swipe button offers an alternative way to flick through pages. The user interface now also offers direct portals into major bookshops. Expected to be on sale early next year. Irextechnologies.com, about 240 electrophoretic technology, called E-Ink, which works by moving black or white particles to the front of the display, caus- ing light bouncing off its surface to ap- pear as black or white text or images. Colour screens are expected to arrive in the next few years. One feature that is likely to encourage us to jump on board this technology is the way in which we can access content using a wireless connection. Built-in wireless connection lets you access novels wherever you are. It should also allow newspapers and magazines to merge print and online coverage. Anovel The week in numbers Just four remain: the rare ibis IREX DR800 Sony Touch The first e-reader to feature a finger-friendly touchscreen. Until now this has been an obvious omission for people wanting a natural way to turn the pages and leaf through their books, just by flicking the page. But adding touch capabilities means placing an extra layer of transparent electronics across the screen, which undermines the quality of the display. even so, the interface is great, just tap a word and a definition pops up. 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