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  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Updated: 11:25pm
Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they...

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am
Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

Google's Android operating system allows smartphone applications to access users' personal data such as photos and files without notifying them, the privacy watchdog has found.

16 Dec 2014 - 9:39am
Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

Researchers have identified a new class of lab-engineered stem cells and have dubbed them F-class cells because they cluster together in "fuzzy-looking" colonies.

14 Dec 2014 - 12:17am
Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

The end of November saw areas of inshore waters across Hong Kong and east Shenzhen turn improbably colourful due to extensive red tides. Nighttime scenes were even more arresting, as seawater...

14 Dec 2014 - 12:16am
Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

People who live near fracking operations should be monitored for chemical contaminants and health problems, according to researchers who surveyed the risks posed by substances used in the process...

14 Dec 2014 - 12:16am
Doh! Fake Simpsons-inspired study dupes science journals

A pair of scientific journals accepted a nonsense paper from a made-up university with author names borrowed from The Simpsons TV show.

14 Dec 2014 - 12:16am

Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of the fossil of the oldest known horned dinosaur species from North America.

14 Dec 2014 - 12:16am


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Doima, a small farming town, lies in the heart of central Colombia's agricultural belt. Fed by sediment-rich water running down from the Andes, this is the region where farmers grow rice, maize,...

7 Dec 2014 - 7:43am

Astronomers have detected the silhouette of a planet just twice the diameter of earth using ground-based telescopes.

7 Dec 2014 - 7:43am

Some years back, an article in Nature caught my eye. Its title, "Most people are not WEIRD", makes good sense when it is clear that WEIRD stands for Western, educated, industrialised, rich, and...

7 Dec 2014 - 7:43am

Mastodons, the giant cousins of mammoths and elephants, likely disappeared from Alaska and the Yukon long before humans arrived from Asia, researchers say.

7 Dec 2014 - 7:43am

Many of us turn to the virtual world to mark major life events - graduating from school, scoring a promotion, getting married or having a baby.

7 Dec 2014 - 9:45am

The internet has brought a great many things into this world, from social networking, email and memes to online dating and even arguably revolution.

7 Dec 2014 - 6:14am

Looking for a gift for a child? A sports fan? A book lover? Pavan Shamdasani has done all the legwork and more for our festive guide to video games.

6 Dec 2014 - 11:20pm

There aren't many dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Or rather, there are - but the chances of you slaying more than a couple over its 50-plus hour story mode are fairly slim. The game isn't for...

6 Dec 2014 - 11:19pm

First came the websites. Then, with the spread of smartphones, came a slew of mobile dating apps, from Blendr a couple of years ago to Tinder and Paktor, which were all the rage this year.

5 Dec 2014 - 9:55am

We live in an age when the ability to communicate is everything. Keeping us all calling, texting, tweeting and instant messaging are huge international telecoms networks that constitute the global...

4 Dec 2014 - 4:12pm

Bruce Lee Siu-lung would have turned 74  on November 27, and although the kung fu icon has been dead for more than four decades, he had a big week with the launch of Bruce Lee Instant Drinks and...

4 Dec 2014 - 3:58pm

Hong Kong's skyscrapers may be lined up for revolutionary sideways elevators, with German lift maker ThyssenKrupp revealing its new "Willy Wonka-style" contraptions are heading to the city.

30 Nov 2014 - 9:43am

It's 155 years since the publication of one of the world's greatest books, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, by Charles Darwin.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:03am

It seemed like an open-and-shut case - a British beach mystery that a 10-year-old detective with some time on his hands could figure out.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:03am

A device that uses the atmosphere to generate clean electricity could one day be a reality after British scientists discovered a critical weak spot in the toughest membrane on the planet.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:03am

I adored last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The game wasn't so much part of the franchise as an amazing open-world pirate adventure released under its banner. Building on the series'...

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Scientists say they have discovered that the pepper-like fruit of a plant native to Yunnan can kill germs as efficiently as antibiotics, with few side effects.

28 Nov 2014 - 5:40am

Want to change the world? Start a Tweet-storm.

27 Nov 2014 - 7:44pm

Perhaps one of the last barriers to the human conquest of space has been removed - a space-rated espresso machine has now been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).

26 Nov 2014 - 4:32am

No pain, no gain. People who gladly underwent electric shocks for cash in an experiment were more willing to sacrifice money to reduce others' pain than they were to reduce their own.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:40am


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