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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
A pair of scientific journals accepted a nonsense paper from a made-up university with author names borrowed from The Simpsons TV show.
- Yes: 43%
- No: 57%
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,...
Astronomers have detected the silhouette of a planet just twice the diameter of earth using ground-based telescopes.
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...
Mastodons, the giant cousins of mammoths and elephants, likely disappeared from Alaska and the Yukon long before humans arrived from Asia, researchers say.
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.
The internet has brought a great many things into this world, from social networking, email and memes to online dating and even arguably revolution.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'...
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.
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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).
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.