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  1. Naming Nature

    Posted Aug 01st 2010, 12:00am by Michael Clugston

    ... with a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, has a masterful eye for colour, story and structure, and an ear for fun. Humans, she argues, have a natural need to name plants and animals, to make sense of the world we live in- 'one of the... irrepressible functions of being a human being, of being alive'. This is driven by our umwelt, a German term used in biology to denote how ...

  2. Drought hits harvest of star anise, vital to flu fight

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui The prolonged drought in the southwest is threatening regions responsible for over 80 per cent of the world's production of star anise, source of a key ingredient in the flu-fighting antiviral drug Tamiflu. Guangxi and Yunnan, two of t ...

  3. Lai See

    Posted Apr 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Neil Gough China Southern pandering to public panic over flu No airline should be more experienced in dealing with disease outbreaks than China Southern Airlines. China Southern's hometown of Guangzhou was at the epicentre of the 2003 Sars outbreak, ...

  4. Sichuan presses for answer on aid

    Posted Oct 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The Sichuan provincial government might seek overseas funding for certain reconstruction projects if Hong Kong decides not to support them, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday. Mrs Lam told legislators Sichua ...

  5. Sichuan pig farmers brace for shake-out

    Posted Jun 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Heavy losses may lead to industry consolidation with corporate piggeries coming to the fore, writes Jane Cai In An county in Mianyang city on the afternoon of June 6, survivors of the magnitude 8 earthquake that devastated Sichuan province were back to th ...

  6. Cases of imported dengue at record level

    Posted Aug 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... The number of imported dengue fever cases in Hong Kong has risen to 29 this year, the highest since the disease was first found here in 1994. While no local cases have been reported, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department warned yesterday that the ...

  7. Agriculture official urges more controls before growing GM foods

    Posted Mar 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... three aspects of GM rice: the chain reaction after the biological structure was changed; the potential risks in changing the food chain; and concerns about pollution and unwanted proliferation. ...

  8. Up for crabs

    Posted Nov 18th 2004, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... Crustaceans of the hairy variety are in season again. Susan Jung explores how best to enjoy the delicacy and how to pick the real ones from the imitators 'YOU CUT HERE on one side of the joint, then cut on the other side of the joint. This makes it e ...

  9. Politics must not impede science in the flu fight

    Posted May 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Swine flu has caused global concern for nine days and been detected in 18 countries, but vital questions about the virus remain. The World Health Organisation has upped its alert to one level off declaring a pandemic and suggested that that moment may com ...

  10. Lessons from Sars show pig flu damage likely to be small

    Posted Apr 29th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland To judge from some of yesterday's media reports about the Mexican pig flu outbreak, you would think that humanity is heading irreversibly for a pandemic more fatal than the Black Death and the Spanish flu combined, and that markets a ...




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