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  1. Naming Nature

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

    ... Michael Clugston Naming Nature by Carol Kaesuk Yoon W.W. Norton HK$136 In 18th-century Europe, it was all the rage to collect new discoveries from the natural world, from butterflies ... Swede with 'turbocharged perceptions' of the natural world- as author Carol Kaesuk Yoon writes in her highly readable Naming Nature. Linnaeus could look at a new plant or animal, refer ...

  2. Lifestyle - Technology - TECHNOLOGY

    Viper's light-absorbing black scales are a wonder of nature's nanotechnology

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... surface was made up of tightly packed, leaf-like microstructures covered in turn with nanometre-sized ridges. One nanometre is equivalent to a billionth of a metre. Writing in the Nature journal ... micro-ornamentation on the snake's velvet black scales is a further example that the same physical law applies to both nature and technology and leads consequently to similar constructions," wrote ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Lai See

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

    ... They should consider their public responses carefully. Panic is irrational by nature and feeds on misinformation. Responding to panic tends to generate more panic and is different from responding ...

  5. Sichuan presses for answer on aid

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

    ... Nature Reserve, China's main centre for studying and breeding giant pandas. 'They need to ascertain soon if there will be such a confirmation. If not, they could consider securing ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Forewarned is forearmed

    Posted Feb 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Margaret Cheng

    ... Margaret Cheng With meningitis outbreaks in Anhui, Jiangsu and other parts of the mainland, 98 cases of meningococcaemia in the Philippines, avian influenza in Vietnam and 67 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever in East Timor, people can be forgiven for fea ...

  8. Up for crabs

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

    ... Mark agrees the habitat they are raised in is all important. 'Preferably, they come from a cordoned-off area by the lake or river, so they're close to the natural environment. ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Agriculture official urges more controls before growing GM foods

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

    ... Mandy Zuo Even though a safety certificate for genetically modified rice was issued in October last year, the central government says more controls will be needed before people are allowed to grow such crops. Vice-Minister of Agriculture Wei Chaoan said y ...




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