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  1. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Singapore company uses DNA tests to fight global trade in illegal timber

    Posted Aug 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... in illegal timber now worth billions. They take wood samples into their lab and put them through DNA tests that can pinpoint the species and origin of a piece of timber. They also track timber ... Technologies, the Singaporean company that has developed and commercialised DNA testing for wood, the only firm in the world to do so. Until now, the battle against the US$30 billion annual global trade ...

  2. Shanghai officials pass the typhoon test

    Posted Aug 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong, many bus services are suspended and taxi drivers are likely to raise fares. However, Haikui did not give Shanghai a real test. The typhoon did not hit land in Shanghai but in its ...

  3. Electric-car safety tests faulted

    Posted May 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Fiona Tam fiona.tam@scmp.com Experts have questioned whether the mainland's safety tests for electric cars were rigorous enough after an electric taxi burst into flames, killing ... killing its driver and two passengers. Experts said tests used to measure the all-electric car's ability to survive collisions were not conducted at a speed high enough to simulate the most ...

  4. 'We didn't reclaim in cement test'

    Posted May 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Working underneath the seabed does not constitute reclamation, the Airport Authority said yesterday in defence of its decision to carry out a trial project for the proposed third runway without first informing the public. The  ...

  5. Daya Bay drill to test safety plans

    Posted Apr 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Overseas experts and International Atomic Energy Agency officials will observe a two-day drill next week- the first in 15 years- to test ... While organisers are keeping the drill's exact scenario under wraps, officials assume it will involve a serious off-site accident to test the response capability of various parties ...

  6. 5 dead birds in Causeway Bay tested for virus

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com Five birds found dead in Causeway Bay yesterday are being tested for the H5N1 virus, just weeks after a ban on live chicken sales was lifted. Meanwhile, a ranger ... as well as the one handled by the ranger, and would carry out tests for the virus. In mid-December, a dead Oriental magpie robin collected from the Ju Ching Chu Secondary School in Tin Shui Wai ...

  7. Chicken flock given clean bill of health after flu tests

    Posted Dec 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to be free of deadly virus. Food and Health Secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, however, urged Hongkongers not to lower their guard even as another wild bird tested positive for the disease. The city ... that an Oriental magpie robin found dead a week ago in Tin Shui Wai had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu. The robin, a species resident in Hong Kong, was collected last Saturday from Ju Ching Chu ...

  8. Risky mission tests confidence

    Posted Nov 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Mainland space authorities say they have made more than 100 contingency plans for a high-risk space mission, involving the rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft in the next few days. The unmanned Shenzhou VIII spacecr ...

  9. Lab tests confirm Yunnan toxic spill

    Posted Aug 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen and Ada Lee A major tributary of the Pearl River has been seriously contaminated with toxic heavy metal, according to field tests conducted by Greenpeace China after an illegal spill at a chemical plant in Yunnan. The results of the tests on samples collected near the Yunnan Luliang Chemical Industry factory in Qujing confirmed high concentrations of chromium ...

  10. Park to test water on whales

    Posted Aug 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Ocean Park wants to know what you would think if a group of beluga whales was captured in the wild and brought back to Hong Kong for display in a new North Pole attraction. The popular aquarium and theme park has comm ...




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