12 Thursday, 22 October 2009 London Lite Flu fear: ducks are under observation The week in numbers Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world Good reef: coral in peril G reat news for would-be tarantinos on a budget: you can now shoot HD footage on a pocket-sized camcorder that wont break the bank and doesnt require an engi- neering degree to operate. Weve been able to whip our video equipment from our back pockets for a while now, thanks to the Lilliputian dimensions of innovative micro- camcorders such as the Flip. But this new generation has even more to offer. Not only does every one have HD, but they all cost less than 200. the very latest have even more unique features -- rotating lenses, anti-shake technology and impressive stills shooting, giving owners a real reason to upgrade. Forget the lack of adjustable aperture or optical zoom -- these pocket rockets are designed for people who basically just want to point and shoot without hassle. BY sam kieldsen Science&technology HDintheThesecamcordersareno bigger than amobilephone andcostlessthan200,but canstillmakehigh-resmovies Now it looks like theres another sexually transmitted disease to worry about: bird flu. The avian flu virus may be a sexually transmitted infection in ducks, say scientists. while there is no evidence of it happening in humans, lethal strains of the virus can jump to other species, which is why it is important to keep tabs on how it is being transmitted among birds. The key to spotting alien life could be to search for pollution, according to French astronomers. Scientists have long searched for alien radio signals in the cosmos, but such signals can be short-lived. Scientists are now considering looking for signs of light pollution, or searching for signatures of chemicals that do not form naturally. Normally we prefer our fruit and veg without bugs. But that could change thanks to a US scientist who has found adding a harmless micro-organism can extend the shelf-life of produce by increasing ripening times. It may sound unsavoury, but compared to genetic engineering, pathogens or irradiation, it could prove a winner. $500,000is how much booty home- built moonbots took away with them after Nasas regolith Excavation challenge which encourages enthusiasts to build autonomous digging bots for future lunar mining activities -- with one bot lifting a cool 440kg of material. 100is the amount you could get for recycling your old PC when you buy a new one at PC world. The offer, starting today, is part of a campaign to encourage people to use microsofts new windows 7 operating system, which was also launched today. $172bn a year is how much the global economy will lose if we allow the coral reefs to die, according to the UNs Environment Programme. It had been estimated that coral reefs earn about $30bn a year in attracting tourism, protecting commercial fish species and in providing coastal defence. The new study now places this much higher. 55is how much apples new magicmouse, left, which launches today, will set you back. It may sound pricey, but its the first computer mouse to feature an iPhone-like touch surface, letting you scroll, zoom and swipe without having to actually move it. Toshiba Camileo s20 a mErE 17mm thick, full 1080p camcorders dont come much skinnier. Despite its size zero frame, the Camileo S20 sports a (relatively) huge three- inch screen that flips out and rotates to let you frame shots at any angle. Itll also take 5- megapixel stills, and output everything to a TV via high-definition multi-media interface. If you want to share your masterpiece with a wider audience, theres the option to send stuff straight to youTube. VeRDiCT: Biggest, best screen in its class. max quality: 5mP/1080p Zoom: 4x digital storage: Secure digital high capacity (SDHC) card. Price: 119.99. sony.co.uk 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.html