Gadgets and the Internet are big in South Korea. Really big, as this Associated Press story points out. Now "addiction" to the devices is enough of a problem that the government is stepping in. Officials plan to make mandatory classes for children as young as three (!) so the problem is dealt with early. This is the first line of the article: "Park Jung-in, an 11-year-old South Korean, sleeps with her Android smartphone instead of a teddy bear." Yeah, that sounds like an issue. [PhysOrg]
Oh yeah, remember Friendster? While the social networking site disappeared stateside years ago, it's still holding strong with Filipino teens
By Megan MillerPosted 08.06.2008 at 4:55 pm 0 Comments
Back in 2005, Friendster was faced with a really strange problem. Or opportunity, depending upon how you looked at it. See, the social networking site was based in the U.S. and funded by U.S. advertisers, but it turned out that a massive bulk of the site's millions of users were actually based in the Philippines. Friendster execs' hearts—and hopes for financial solvency— sank when they realized they weren't targeting their intended audience. Without a U.S. consumer base, their advertising would dry up.
A half-decade study to track the flu's travels could lead to better vaccines
By Dawn StoverPosted 04.16.2008 at 2:59 pm 2 Comments
Flu travel patterns
Seasonal influenza strains typically emerge in Asia and spread to the rest of the world along the routes shown here.
Courtesy of NASA/University of Cambridge
Where does the flu come from? Scientists at the University of Cambridge and the World Health Organization's Global Influenza Surveillance Network tracked the migrations of flu viruses and discovered that the most common originate in East and Southeast Asia and spread in a distinctive pattern around the world. Understanding how these viruses evolve and travel will lead to better vaccines against flu epidemics that currently infect 5 to 15 percent of the world's population each year.