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  1. Now concentrate, students, and chew that (Wrigley) gum

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Singapore may have banned chewing gum, but China has embraced it. Fourteen cities across the mainland are launching a 'concentration awareness campaign' this year, funded by Wrigley. Since 2005, the US company has been conducting what it claims to be cutting-edge science to prove the health benefits of gum-chewing. Chief among these is that it helps people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/635309/now-concentrate-students-and-chew-wrigley-gum
  2. Nature to nurture

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo One of the oldest debates in social science is that on nature versus nurture when it comes to human development. It seems everyone has vague beliefs and convictions, however ... potential, it amounts to an assault on their humanity. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696720/nature-nurture
  3. Why dentists spark panic and phobia among so many Hongkongers

    Posted Nov 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Hong Kong people are wimps, if a new dental survey is anything to go by. But the study is so bizarre and its conclusions so alarmist that it's unclear what to make of it. The online survey of 1,711 people - with slightly more than half being male - f ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699651/why-dentists-spark-panic-and-phobia-among-so-many-hongkongers
  4. Fruit flies get furiously friskier when 'love gene' is switched off

    Posted Oct 17th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo A ground-breaking experiment by Canadian scientists has discovered how to turn male fruit flies into indiscriminate sex maniacs. It turns out that the flies would pretty much mate with anything with a pair of wings - flies of the same sex and those from other species. I would dearly love to read their research grant application. The way to mess with mother nature ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695666/fruit-flies-get-furiously-friskier-when-love-gene-switched
  5. The ups and downs of scientific research

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo It was an honour Robert Furchgott had never wanted and increasingly grew frustrated with in his later years - as a saviour of men, or rather manhood. The US pharmacologist, who ... It is almost impossible to preordain or dictate a path science is to take beforehand, something the public, governments and politicians are often tempted to do. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/682544/ups-and-downs-scientific-research
  6. Damned lies or statistics? Use your brain

    Posted Feb 05th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Mark Twain single-handedly helped discredit an entire mathematical discipline in the popular mind by saying: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies ... their moods and behaviour would help decide when to teach what subjects, or avoid them. It would save so much time and so many headaches. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668896/damned-lies-or-statistics-use-your-brain
  7. Bird's nest firm takes urgent step

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Speaking of fire sales, abalone, shark's fin and bird's nest seller First Edible Nest must realise it does not have many flashy property agents for clients anymore. It is offering steep discounts in a new advertising campaign featuring Monetary Authority chief Joseph Yam Chi-kwong as a cartoon character (pictured). Mr Yam wasn't paid, but doesn't care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658544/birds-nest-firm-takes-urgent-step
  8. More parents chilled out when it comes to great expectations

    Posted Jun 14th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo You have heard how all Chinese parents want their children to grow up to become doctors and professors. Well, not so in Hong Kong anymore. Less than 10 per cent of parents here apparently expect their children to achieve something in life, according to a survey by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Parents generally have much ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641473/more-parents-chilled-out-when-it-comes-great-expectations
  9. Let's face it, skin care is a funny old business

    Posted Jun 07th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo It's not clear what prompted drug maker Sanofi Aventis to do the survey, but the results are intriguing. More than 500 women aged between 18 and 60 were asked about their perception of different body parts in relation to how much money they spent on each part. The study, conducted by the University of Hong Kong public opinion programme, found spending on skin care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640644/lets-face-it-skin-care-funny-old-business
  10. Feel sorry for the elderly - it really hurts to get rid of stuff

    Posted Jun 14th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo It hurts to sell your stuff, and several psychologists have proven why that is so. When you sell or give away something you are attached to, a part of your brain called the insula, which shapes our experience of pain, lights up. And the more attached we are to the object, the greater the activity recorded in the insula when we are parting with it. Psychologists led ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641474/feel-sorry-elderly-it-really-hurts-get-rid-stuff

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