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  • Jul 31, 2014
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Inventor hopes fleet of automated boats will one day patrol the oceans, performing clean-up and data-collection tasks, such as radioactivity sensing, coral reef imaging and fish counting.

29 Jul 2014 - 1:29pm

For the danger they posed, the lapses were appalling. They put lives at risk, that much is clear. But they were shocking, too, due to where they happened. The US government's high-security disease...

27 Jul 2014 - 3:47am

At first glance, the black-coloured wild soybeans in Professor Lam Hon-ming's hand don't seem particularly special. Yet they contain a gene that can potentially benefit the agricultural industry...

27 Jul 2014 - 3:47am

The blast force from the missile that slammed into a Malaysian plane over Ukraine, combined with the plane's dramatic deceleration, probably instantly rendered everyone on board unconscious or...

27 Jul 2014 - 3:47am

The African elephant's genome contains the largest number of olfactory receptor genes - nearly 2,000 - said the study in the journal Genome Research.

27 Jul 2014 - 3:47am

A study has found that young women scientists are getting sexually harassed and even assaulted while doing field work - mostly by more senior members of their teams.

27 Jul 2014 - 3:47am

Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicised techniques by Apple employees, the company has acknowledged.

27 Jul 2014 - 7:20am


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Stronger than aluminium, yet cheaper and lighter than steel. These are the claims made for a new material developed by Hong Kong researchers, who say it could replace steel and cement in buildings...

24 Jul 2014 - 4:57am

Like a well-trained dog, the HEXO+ follows you faithfully wherever you go. But it doesn't walk besides you - it's airborne.

20 Jul 2014 - 3:54am

There has been considerable brouhaha over Hong Kong's waste strategy, particularly plans to expand three landfills and build an incinerator on an artificial island by Shek Kwu Chau.

20 Jul 2014 - 3:54am

Researchers on Wednesday described fossilised remains unearthed in China showing in fine detail the brain structures of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators more than half...

20 Jul 2014 - 3:54am

Online giant Amazon has unveiled a Netflix-style subscription plan for unlimited access to e-books, a move which could shake up the world of publishing.

20 Jul 2014 - 6:35am

The smartwatch has been a staple of science-fiction since Dick Tracy and his 'wrist radio' made their comic debut in the 1940s. But now the technology is a reality.

20 Jul 2014 - 11:29am

Mutant worms generated at a lab at the University of Texas may provide a way to stop people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol, a study released on Wednesday said.

20 Jul 2014 - 3:54am

Google's Nest Labs has unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of "smart" home gadgets such as locks and lightbulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network.

18 Jul 2014 - 10:43pm

The latest iPhone: download it now. That scenario might seem fanciful, but it's possible that in the future we'll be able to purchase and download what we can simply print off at home on 3-D...

18 Jul 2014 - 10:41pm

A weather forecaster's job is usually a thankless one; no one gives them credit when they get it right; and when predictions are off base, they face a storm of condemnation.

15 Jul 2014 - 9:45am

When Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, sat down for a rare frank and open chat with the veteran technology venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, they admitted, among other things, that...

13 Jul 2014 - 3:10am

In 1829, as Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius named a metallic element he had discovered after the Norse god of thunder and lightning, he surely had no inkling of its potential for unleashing...

13 Jul 2014 - 3:10am

The arrival of fast and relatively inexpensive genome sequencing is likely to open whole new avenues for diagnosing and treating diseases. But in a new study, scientists show that it can also...

13 Jul 2014 - 3:10am

A common set of genes play a role in learning to read and do maths, with tiny variants influencing a child's skills in these tasks, according to a study. But this ability is not just gene-driven,...

13 Jul 2014 - 3:10am

A valiant effort to put a defunct Nasa science satellite back to work came to a disappointing end after the 36-year-old spacecraft's propulsion system failed, project organisers said.

13 Jul 2014 - 3:10am

A feature in Apple's iPhone that tracks a user's location could be a national security threat, state media reported yesterday.

12 Jul 2014 - 5:01am

The cloud is everywhere, and conventional wisdom suggests that optical discs - the CD, the VCD, the DVD and even the Blu-ray disc - are being superseded by streaming to televisions, tablets and...

11 Jul 2014 - 12:09am

US military researchers have awarded US$40 million towards developing a new kind of brain implant that may help restore memories in wounded soldiers and civilians.

10 Jul 2014 - 6:09am

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer's. They say it is a major step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting...

9 Jul 2014 - 4:06am

Fossilised bones uncovered in the US state of South Carolina belonged to the largest flying bird in history, with a wingspan of 6.4 metres, equal to that of a very small plane, a new study says....

9 Jul 2014 - 3:54am


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