Lytro unveils a more sophisticated ‘light-field’ camera

In 2011, Lytro Inc dazzled the consumer gadget world when it introduced a pocket flashlight-sized gizmo that could take "living" pictures - images that could be refocused after the shutter clicked. On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley company unveiled a bigger, more expensive camera designed to make a "do-over" a reality instead of a photographer's dream. The Lytro Illum, priced at $1,599, is marketed as a legitimate tool for commercial photographers and advanced amateurs who want to differentiate … [Read more...]

Vietnam museum displays potteries from 4,000 years back

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Visitors are introduced a story of Vietnam's history through the objects from around 4,000 years ago until the early 1900s during the Nguyen, the country's last ruling family. The exhibits are categorized into objects for practical daily use, worshiping statues of Buddha and other gods, and decorative objects like of the holy animals dragon, lion. Entrance to the exhibition, due to last until the end of August, is free. The museum is located at No.1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem … [Read more...]

Turning science into caring for community’s health

Ms. Melissa Brotz, Abbott's Divisional Vice President, Head of Public Affairs

With over a century of pursuing science and innovation in healthcare, and 20 years of local experience in Vietnam, Abbott maintains its leading position in adult nutrition worldwide, ranks among the top in diagnostic products, particularly in blood screening, immunoassay and infectious disease molecular tests. In medical devices, Abbott's innovative solutions to prevent the aging-associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease sustain its top position. Recently, the company has been named … [Read more...]

Vietnam commemorates troops who died in Spratly battle

People attending a memorial service held on the Truong Sa Archipelago Tuesday to honor 64 Vietnamese sailors who died in a naval battle between Vietnamese and Chinese forces in 1988. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE.VN

A memorial service was held Tuesday on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago to honor 64 fallen sailors from the Vietnam People's Navy who died battling the Chinese in 1988, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. The ceremony was held near Johnson South Reef, Collin Reef and Lansdowne Reef, where the skirmish broke out on March 14, 1988. A delegation of overseas Vietnamese from more than 20 countries stood alongside former Vietnam Navy sailors and the families of soldiers from the Republic of … [Read more...]

Traditional Vietnamese music festival kicks off in Bac Lieu

A performance of don ca tai tu, Vietnam's traditional music of the south, in Bac Lieu Province. PHOTO COURTESY OF BAC LIEU ONLINE

A national festival dedicated to traditional don ca tai tu musical genre will be held in the southern province of Bac Lieu from April 23-29. The festival is the first to be held since the genre was recognized as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in mid-2013. The event will include a number of activities, including musical performances, a southern food festival, an exhibition of ornamental creatures, a trade fair and a musical exhibition. "Don ca" means "to play" [a musical instrument … [Read more...]

Vietnamese pediatrician fined for quack ‘weight gain’ meds

Dr. Le Thang receives money paid by a kid's mother for his prescribed medicines. PHOTO: DINH TUYEN

A doctor in the southern city of Can Tho had his medical license suspended for 9 months and was fined VND29.35 million (around US$1,400) for prescribing anti-inflammatory medicine and painkillers for children suffering from a lack of appetite. Le Thang closed his office on crowded Mau Than Street soon after Thanh Nien newspaper published an expose detailing numerous erroneous prescriptions he'd made for his child patients. The prescribed medicines included Domperidone (a medication used to … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s elevated railway project under fire for delays, ballooning costs

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project. PHOTO: NGOC THANG

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered the Ministry of Transport and the Hanoi government to determine who is to blame for the slow progress railway project funded mostly by Chinese money. Hai said the delays have added US$339 million to the project's cost. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project was first scheduled to break ground in August 2008 and finish in November 2013. The project's initial estimated (in 2008) was $552 million. China provided $419 million in … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s elevated railway project under fire delays, ballooning costs

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project. PHOTO: NGOC THANG

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered the Ministry of Transport and the Hanoi government to determine who is to blame for the slow progress railway project funded mostly by Chinese money. Hai said the delays have added US$339 million to the project's cost. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project was first scheduled to break ground in August 2008 and finish in November 2013. The project's initial estimated (in 2008) was $552 million. China provided $419 million in … [Read more...]

Hanoi elevated railway project under fire for delays, ballooning costs

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project. PHOTO: NGOC THANG

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered the Ministry of Transport and the Hanoi government to determine who is to blame for the slow progress railway project funded mostly by Chinese money. Hai said the delays have added US$339 million to the project's cost. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project was first scheduled to break ground in August 2008 and finish in November 2013. The project's initial estimated (in 2008) was $552 million. China provided $419 million in … [Read more...]

In Vietnam capital, elevated railway project under fire for delays, ballooning costs

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project. PHOTO: NGOC THANG

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered the Ministry of Transport and the Hanoi government to determine who is to blame for the slow progress railway project funded mostly by Chinese money. Hai said the delays have added US$339 million to the project's cost. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway project was first scheduled to break ground in August 2008 and finish in November 2013. The project's initial estimated (in 2008) was $552 million. China provided $419 million in … [Read more...]