Internet search giant Google Inc.'s Asian data centers are finally up and running.
Google on Wednesday announced that its new data centers in Singapore and Taiwan had become operational. The new facilities, which were first announced nearly two years ago, will help the company in streamlining the operation of its extremely popular web services.
Two lesser-known mountain ranges, viz. the Hangay and the Altai; rather than the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau, might have been responsible for drying out the central Asia, a new research indicated.
A new study by a team of Stanford researchers has suggested that the Hangay and the Altai might have been the key drivers of climate in Central Asia, which led to the expansion of the region's largest desert - the Gobi.
Scientists have spotted an Asian species of cockroach in New York that has never been identified in North America.
An article published in the most recent edition of Journal of Economic Entomology says that scientists have discovered a new species of cockroach called Periplaneta japonica, which boasts a special power not seen in the local cockroach population - it can survive outdoors, withstanding harsh winter cold.
Coal will make a sneak return as the biggest source of power generation in Southeast Asia by the end of current decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has cautioned.
The IEA, which prepares energy policy for industrialized countries, said cheaper prices of coal would prompt Southeast Asia's power sector to turn away from gas to use more coal.
Fatih Birol, chief economist at the IEA, said that while people in the Southeast Asia region kept talking about green growth, the figures suggested that the growth wasn't green; rather it was black as coal.
An elderly American who had been detained in late October on charges of "hostile acts" against the state has been released, the socialist state's KCNA news agency reported.
According to the news agency, North Korea deported 85-year old Merrill E Newman after he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised.
South Africa dipped in mourning as President Jacob Zuma confirmed the news Nelson Mandela's death.
Nelson Mandela, the well-known anti-apartheid hero of South Africa, died at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday following a prolonged lung infection. Mr. Zuma confirmed the news during a live press conference that started at around 8.45 A. M. AEDT.
Mr. Zuma also announced that Mr. Mandela would be given a full state funeral. He ordered the country's flag to be flown at half mast until then.
South-East Asian countries are at higher risks of contracting HIV and other blood-borne viruses due to the soaring use of amphetamine-type substances (ATS), a report by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) and the Asia-Pacific Drugs & Development Issues Committee has cautioned.
The report, which is based on a study of ATS usage in eleven South-East Asian countries, said that the proportion of people who use injections to take ATS is on the rise.
European countries lag behind Asian countries in mathematics, reading and science education, the latest OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) student survey revealed.
The Programme in International Student Assessment (PISA) tested the mathematics, reading and science knowledge of nearly 510,000 students in the OECD's 34 member countries and 31 other nations.
The results showed students from Asian countries leading the world in all the three spheres of education.
China, the world's second-largest economy, recorded its factory growth in November at a higher than average market projection, thanks to strong domestic as well as foreign demand.
The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday announced that the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for factory activity was recorded at 51.4 in November, unchanged from the previous month. Analysts had projected a reading of 51.1. Investors had been expecting the PMI to show the country's economy decelerating in the fourth quarter due to sluggish credit growth and weak global demand.
Taking a major leap towards its achieving its ambitious space aspirations, China on Monday launched its first moon rover.
China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with the help of Long March-3B carrier rocket from the southwestern Sichuan province's Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 am (1730 GMT) on Monday.