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Handsfree devices for texting
Addicted to texting on the go but keep bumping into thongs here and there? Well, here’s a new technology that might just do the trick for you and that too without causing any bodily harm — earpieces that convert a person’s voice into a text message.

The user can speak just like he or she is talking on the phone and then says the person’s name in order to send the message. This means that the handsfree devices that help drivers keep their hands on the steering wheels can now assist pedestrians by keeping their eyes on sidewalk.

Jawbone earpieces help users ‘talk responsibly’ and “avoid walking catextrophies”, said a spokeswoman for Aliph, which makes the tiny headsets.

Smartphone apps have also introduced technologies to help people who text while walking — several flick on the phone’s camera, allowing a user to type over a live video feed that lets them see what’s in front of them.

Fish grunt, growl and pop at each other!
Fish ‘grunt, growl and pop’ at each other, says a Kiwi marine scientist. Shahriman Ghazali, University of Auckland, is currently making underwater recordings at Leigh Marine Reserve to find out which fish talk and why.

“All fish can hear, but not all can make sound — pops and other sounds made by vibrating their swim bladder, a muscle they can contract,” he said. Fish are said to talk to each other for numerous reasons, such as attracting mates and scaring predators.
Ghazali began his study by placing fish in tanks, and left them there for several weeks to allow them to acclimatise, after which he started making underwater recordings.
When the fish made noises, he tried to understand the context of this communication.
He said: “This is the next step. We are 99 per cent sure they are fish sounds, now we want to find out what the sounds mean.”

Gurnard were found to have a wide vocal repertoire, and maintained a constant chatter. Ghazali also found that big eye fish and not crayfish made ‘popping’ sounds.
He said: “Some species of crayfish elsewhere do make a sound, which is like strumming a guitar. So I caught a few and listened but didn’t get any sound.”

Oldest illustrated Christian manuscript found in Ethiopia
A coloured manuscript found in a remote Ethiopian monastery could be the oldest illustrated Christian work in the world, experts have claimed.

The 1,600 year-old texts are named after a monk, Abba Garima, who arrived in Ethiopia in the fifth century. The legend says that he copied out the Gospels in just one day after founding the Garima Monastery, near Adwa in the north of the country.
The Ethiopian Heritage Fund has conserved the vividly illustrated pages and it is hoped that the two volumes will be made available to visitors to the monastery, which is in discussions to start a museum there.

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