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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. Foreign doctors are a cure, not a curse

    Posted Jan 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com When a young Hong Kong-born neurosurgeon from a pre-eminent medical school in Britain cannot practise in Hong Kong, you know something is rotten in the state ... doctors have been exempted from taking the exams, but they are subject to annual review and renewal. How can anyone plan a career on temporary contracts? Our rival, Singapore, is well aware of our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/989830/foreign-doctors-are-cure-not-curse
  3. Male spiders who give their all for sex

    Posted Feb 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com What would you give up to have sex? For the males of the orb-web spider Nephilengys malabarensis, it's a stark choice- either your life or your sex organ. ... But new research by Li Daiqin of the National University of Singapore, published in the current issue of Biology Letters, found something equally astonishing: the genitals- a pair of structures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991783/male-spiders-who-give-their-all-sex
  4. 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 ... on their humanity. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696720/nature-nurture
  5. 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
  6. 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 died ... 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
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Sitting for too long is the new smoking

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Sitting for too long is the new smoking Maybe it's the approaching middle age; my waistline has been expanding at an alarming rate. I used to blame myself. Now I have identified the real culprit: the chair in my office. Come to think of it, I am sitting in it now as I type these words. I am locked in its deadly embrace eight to nine hours a day. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1135369/sitting-too-long-new-smoking
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Lifestyles of the rich and shameless

    Posted Jul 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Japanese can be humorous and deadly serious at the same time. The latest drive by Japanese lawmakers to fine- on a per head basis- companies whose workers' waistlines exceed ... of obesity and energy-inefficiency have shown, China is in danger of proving to be no exception. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643782/lifestyles-rich-and-shameless

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