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  1. Lifestyle - Technology - ENVIRONMENT

    Miniscule midge survives in frozen Antarctic environment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 01:14am by AFP

    ... being frozen, dehydrated and blasted with radiation in an ultra-tough environment, scientists say. Slightly bigger than a flea, the wingless bug spends most of its two-year larval stage frozen ... an adaptation to the extreme environment," said Kelley. The midge lacks much of the so-called "junk DNA"- repetitive sequences and shorter stretches of non-encoding DNA- that all insects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1575009/miniscule-midge-survives-frozen-antarctic-environment
  2. Lifestyle - Technology - EDUCATION

    United States researcher develops adjustable school textbooks

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:41am by WASHPOST

    ... book," said Richard Baraniuk, founder of OpenStax, which received a US$9 million grant to develop a prototype textbook for biology and physics. "Because I understand things in a different ... explores." OpenStax will spend two years developing the personalised, interactive books and then test them on students in and around Houston, Texas. The idea is to make learning easier, so students ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1570055/united-states-researcher-develops-adjustable-school-textbooks
  3. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Hong Kong Ballet Group continues to inspire

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 06:25pm by Natasha Rogai

    ... Group. Even after half a century, "people are always confusing us with Hong Kong Ballet", the group's chairwoman, Helen Tseng Wu, says ruefully. To set matters straight, the Hong ... In an original twist, the first half of The Sleeping Princess will be staged as a rehearsal, accompanied by a pianist and complete with corrections from teachers and répétiteurs. The second half ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1576101/hong-kong-ballet-group-50-continues-inspire-students
  4. Lifestyle - Books - FINANCE

    Book review: Saving the Market from Capitalism, by Massimo Amato and Luca Fantacci

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 08:02am by David Wilson

    ... even booming, traditionally frugal China has issues. "China is not a country in equilibrium," the economists write, adding that the nation's epic trade surplus aggravates inflationary pressure. Worse, contrary to popular assumption, China was rocked by the global financial crisis, they say, citing evidence of a slowdown across the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1574187/book-review-saving-market-capitalism-massimo-amato-and-luca-fantacci
  5. News - China - SCIENCE

    Bacteria that 'eats' odour could bring end to smelly toilets in China

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:23am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Researchers have found bacteria that feeds off human waste and eliminates odour, creating a possible solution to a persistent problem A natural bioweapon for smelly toilets Mainland scientists have developed a "bioweapon" that can wipe out the notorious bad smell in public toilets. Up to 75 per cent of the odour can be removed, with the rest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1548233/bacteria-eats-odour-could-bring-end-smelly-toilets-mainland-china
  6. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDIA

    House News closed last month, but other independent sites still exist

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 06:17pm by Elaine Yau

    ... an independent news portal, especially in Hong Kong's highly politicised environment. Yet within a week, another news site, Hong Kong Citizens' Media, sprang up to deliver financial news ... to create infographics. Lee says he has also signed up 40 volunteer contributors, half of them financial experts. Poor revenue and political persecution- the two factors House News boss Tony Tsoi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1576116/house-news-closed-last-month-other-independent-sites-still
  7. Lifestyle - Travel

    Superyachts the latest prestige purchase for China's mega-rich

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:58am by AFP

    ... on the shores of the East China Sea, and despite the constraints of 43 per cent import taxes, limits on infrastructure and bitter northern winters, organisers say "on-site sales occurred". ... Traugott Kaminski, head of China operations for Italian yacht-maker Sanlorenzo, brought two yachts to the mainland in 2003. "There were no regulations, no port, no yachting culture," he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel/article/1568400/superyachts-latest-prestige-purchase-chinas-mega-rich
  8. Lifestyle - Technology

    China's Dragon King Bridge connects two architectural concepts

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:49am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... bridges of Suzhou, which include a copy of London's Tower Bridge, don't count) but that may be about to change now that architecture has a hand in infrastructure development. Dutch firm ... Van de Water says, because the local government considers bridges a significant part of the future development of the district. In China, this is a rare example of a bridge playing a role ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1558276/chinas-dragon-king-bridge-connects-two-architectural-concepts
  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Students studying abroad must strike a balance between study and social life

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:15pm by Karen Pittar

    ... will they be able to fit in and make new friends, keep up academically and cope with being homesick? "It is challenging for all students to leave home, develop independence and make decisions," ... have more aspects of their environment to sort out and balance as they adjust to university life," she says. This adjustment process also applies to third-culture kids who have grown up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1576098/students-studying-abroad-must-strike-balance-between
  10. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    A violent Sin City sequel gives Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller fans what they want

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:21pm by James Mottram

    ... of Troublemaker Studios (which Rodriguez co-founded with producer Elizabeth Avellan), using the green screen technique, the seedy environs of Basin City were added in post-production. The result? Like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1577512/violent-sin-city-sequel-gives-robert-rodriguez-and-frank-miller-fans

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