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  1. Are we spending too much on science?

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Matthew Murchie

    ... generally agree that science can help us understand more about our world. This leads to improved technology and living standards and helps us solve practical problems, they say. So it is interesting ... Wouldn't the time, resources and manpower be better spent on more pressing and practical issues, such as stem-cell research or improving communications? So what really is the purpose of science ...

  2. China's science prowess questioned

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the American National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine were glowing in their description of the strides taken by China in the past five years, contrasting it with the economic turmoil and educational stagnation that has eroded the leadership of the US in science and technology. However, mainland academics said China's gains could be somewhat illusory due ...

  3. Is China's rocket science all it's cracked up to be, experts ask

    Posted Jan 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to earth, the weapon must also be able to avoid fire from the ballistic missile defences of its target. It is, as one Beijing-based defence attach? describes it, 'rocket science... the ultimate in rocket science, in fact'. China already has the basic hard-ware- the medium range DF-21D missile that is part of the People's Liberation Army's extensive inventory of ballistic ...

  4. Politics must not impede science in the flu fight

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

    ... bans. In a number of instances, science has been ignored in favour of common sense and politics. Hong Kong has handled the situation sensibly. The Mexican man who was found on Friday to have ... not panic or overreact. At no time should politics get in the way of what science is telling us. ...

  5. Bad-science aftershocks continue to jolt

    Posted Feb 12th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Left to its own devices, shoddy research has a way of eventually being discarded by the internal, self-critical processes of science. But shoddy science, once reported in the news, has a way of staying forever in cyberspace and, therefore, in the public mind. One example is the theory that building dams and reservoirs can cause major earthquakes. This idea has been ...

  6. Quake science is not perfect, but it saves lives

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

    ... Science cannot tell us exactly when and where an earthquake will hit. This is especially troubling in Japan, one of the world's most densely populated countries, where 20 per cent of the world's biggest tremors occur. With a history of devastating quakes, and the next major one a matter of when, not if, the authorities are understandably eager to perfect an early-warning system ...

  7. La Nina blamed for rain... and drought

    Posted Jan 27th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... But Professor Yu Yongqiang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Atmospheric Physics, said China had no way of coming up with good forecasts or reasonable explanations ...

  8. Naming Nature

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

    ... creatures, which no Linnaeun senses could detect, however turbocharged. His torch was picked up in the late 19th and 20th centuries by science-based approaches that took the senses out ... of evolution-based taxonomy. Much of the book is taken up with the factional disputes that pushed the science into fascinatingly extreme positions. If there's a flaw in Yoon's work, it is a slight ...

  9. In the eye of a storm

    Posted Nov 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the science of meteorology, but Mr Lai is convinced it will be some time before it can totally replace gut feeling and accumulated experience. 'The systems can calculate faster and the data gives ... in our eight-part series on people who work at night Labour of love Mr Lai took a first degree in environmental science at a university in Britain and had an open mind about possible career ...

  10. Bookshelf

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What the movers and shakers are reading Steven Parker Managing director, Hong Kong, Jefferson Wells Books provide a wonderful alternative to television. Together with listening to music, reading is one of my favourite pastimes. I believe reading helps to ...




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