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    Monster plants and our father's fears in new DNA research on epigenetics

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 01:22am by Martin Williams

    ... Martin Williams Epigenetics suggests that our own life experiences or behaviour can affect the genes we pass on to our offspring Monster plants and our father's fears in new DNA ... of a wolf. It was not until the 1990s that the mechanism for producing such a monster was discovered, as plant biologist Enrico Coen, in Norwich, Britain, found that a gene responsible for flower ...

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    The bad science in city's incineration plan for househould waste

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 03:54am by Martin Williams

    ... incineration to reduce waste in landfills was a strategy adopted in Hong Kong from the late 1960s, leading to four waste incineration plants being built. Yet to the Environmental Protection Department, ... gas mixture called syngas, which can be cleaned to remove chlorine, then used in ways like combustion to generate power, or creating jet fuel. With such versatility, minimal emissions and zero ...

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    Scientists including in China study thorium-fuelled nuclear power

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:10am by Martin Williams

    ... reactors, favouring designs akin to typical nuclear plants, with solid fuel plus heavy water- which has deuterium rather than hydrogen atoms. A Norwegian project is pioneering use of thorium ...

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    Not quite beam me up, but Star Trek technology's moved beyond science fiction

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 01:29am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... in our bodies. As well, we will have cameras and heat, gas and sound sensors in our bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms that constantly monitor our health and lifestyle. What are making ...

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    China faces monumental challenges in tackling environmental degradation

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:23am by Martin Williams

    ... Martin Williams Officials are aware of the problem but proposals such as turning coal into synthetic natural gas do not help the cause China's challenge to clean up its filthy ... and refineries and smoking chimneys, and trucks shuttling back and forth along a rutted muddy track, as construction of more plants proceeded. At least some of these plants had been relocated from ...

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    Debate continues to rage over how much of a population the earth can sustain

    Posted May 25th 2014, 04:25am by Martin Williams

    ... water supplies. Original forests are long gone, much as primary forests are dwindling worldwide. The world's fisheries are depleted, soils are thinning and greenhouse gas emissions from ...

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    New dissolved gas analysis technology can keep Hong Kong powering ahead

    Posted Sep 15th 2013, 12:00am by SUNNY CHAN

    ... being piloted in Hong Kong could bring our reliability rating to even higher levels. The secret lies in the technological equivalent of preventative medicine. Dissolved gas analysis (DGA) ... maintenance is needed. Some incipient transformer fault cases can be successfully identified so they can undergo necessary maintenance by using DGA. For example, if hydrogen gas (H 2), methylene gas ...

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    Second West-East Gas Pipeline set to start Hong Kong supplies this summer

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by JOHN CULLEN

    ... John Cullen This summer the world's longest natural gas pipeline, stretching from Turkmenistan, begins providing a new supply of energy to Hong Kong How a pipe dream became a reality ... people along the way. This summer, the dream becomes a reality for Hong Kong as the world's longest natural gas pipeline begins providing an environmentally-friendly new supply of energy ...

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    How to tell when scientific 'breakthroughs' are bogus

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 05:05am by Martin Williams

    ... plants. He had a firm grasp of the principles involved, and this may have guided his results, which some people have since argued were insufficiently random. Mendel's notebooks were burned, ...

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    Gas boom may be mixed blessing for climate change

    Posted May 12th 2013, 12:00am by PATRICK LUI

    ... Patrick Lui Coal may be on the way out as a source of energy, but all the hype over its cleaner replacement should come with a climate-change health warning Gas boom may leave the planet bust Thanks to its controversial nature, most people have some knowledge of shale gas and fracking, the method used to extract it. As fracking has boomed in recent years, energy experts have ...




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