16 Thursday, 15 October 2009 London Lite Theworldasyouvenever seenitbeforewithsmart viewfinderapplications Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world The week in numbers $1bn(625m) has been pledged by financier George Soros to develop clean- energy technology and combat climate change. Besides digging into his own pockets to fund such research, Soros also plans on creating a $10m stipend to form an organisation to advise policy makers on climate change. 8is the number of legs youll count on the Bagheera kiplingi -- a spider by name but a vegetarian by nature. Its the first spider found to live almost entirely on vegetable matter. 2minutes is how long a pain signal can last in the brains of calves killed using Jewish or Muslim customs. The findings, obtained using electro- encephalogram (EEG) to record brain activity, bring into to question the practice of slaughtering without first stunning the animals, which would make the pain signals disappear instantly. 199will be the retail price of James Dysons new bladeless fan. He unveiled the fan, which uses a hollow plastic loop that has a wing-like cross- section with air blowing out of it, earlier this week. 1,500sperm whale genomes have been collected as part of a 15-year effort to peer into the population dynamics of this poorly understood creature. Discovering how they are related to each other could lead to better conservation management strategies. Veggie-mite: Bagheera kiplingi V irtual reality may not have managed to live up to, well, reality, but prepare for it to rock your world. Clever new technol- ogy has finally provided a way to link the wealth of informa- tion online with the physical world around us by superimposing information tags on the viewfinder of a camera phone. it tends to function only with gadgets that have a built- in digital compass -- iPhone 3GS and android devices -- and works out what you are look- ing at in order to place these tags precisely. the amazing effect seamlessly bridges the virtual and the real. Here, Duncan Graham-rowe explains how you can have the world in the palm of your hand... WHETHER you want a restaurant, zoo, hotel, theme park, caf, Tube station, cinema or even a nearby wi-fi hotspot, the Bionic Eye will help you find it. It also comes with branding, meaning that along with the names of places and the distance to them, it will display familiar logos to make them instantly recognisable. It links into Google Maps but if that fails, you can hold the device flat and follow the arrows to your destination. iPhone, 59p Bionic eye Social ShoPPer Science&technology Phones mara PROBABLY the first augmented reality application, developed by Nokia. The simple app pulls out points of interest already stored in most Nokia GPS programmes. Nokia aims to use the technology for social networking with virtual tags attached to people as well as places. nokia and Symbian devices. not yet available TeSTS on monkeys using oxford Biomedicas gene therapy ProSavin suggest it can treat Parkinsons disease without causing jerky, involuntary movements. Parkinsons is caused by lack of the brain chemical dopamine. Drugs used in current treatments raise dopamine levels, but lead to the movement disorder. VIrGIn GalacTIc, richard Bransons space tourism company, is planning to launch commercial satellites into space within four years. Tests of its WhiteKnightTwo, a four-engine aircraft designed to release rockets at high altitude, look promising, the company said. ScienTiSTS have found a way to keep creepy-crawlies at bay. By applying a cheap and eco- friendly chemical to surfaces, cockroaches were found to slide right off them. The chemical fools the bugs feet into sweating. a nEW cancer drug is being tested in the US, but for now the only patients allowed to take it are dogs. Trials are under way on groups of 15 to 60 pooches and in several of them, cancer has disappeared. Unlike laboratory mice or rats, which exist in highly regimented environments, pet dogs are known to experience cancers in similar ways to humans. The disease can spread and they can become resistant to drugs. 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