Short Science, May 26, 2013

Exercise shoes leave a giant carbon footprint

Runners tread more heavily on the earth than they may ever have imagined, according to a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 4:35am

Universal pension won't meet needs of greying Hong Kong

Protestors of The Alliance for Universal Pension petition outside Legislative Council in Tamar. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Here we go again. Some legislators have sought to hijack the governance of Hong Kong by demanding a quick fix to retirement protection through the introduction of a universal pension. If only the solution were that easy and made financial sense.

10 May 2013 - 8:53am

Pope's resignation highlights ageing dilemma of octogenarians

Pope Benedict XVI

The 85-year-old pontiff announced on Monday that old age had sapped him of the strength required to lead the world's 1.1 billion Catholics. Benedict had a heart pacemaker installed some time ago but was not suffering from poor health, a Vatican spokesman said. It had not been generally known that the 85-year-old pope had been fitted with a pacemaker.

13 Feb 2013 - 4:58am

Want a bed? Wait 100 years, says popular Beijing nursing home

He Shuzhen, 80, right, holds the hand of another old woman  in the Fu Tai Senior Apartments in suburb Beijing. Photo: Ricky Wong

If you apply now for a bed in Beijing's leading Social Welfare Institute, a popular public nursing home, you will have to wait a lifetime before you get one.

The first publicly owned and most sought after Beijing nursing home has 1,100 beds and over 10,000 applicants, a report by the Beijing Evening News said.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:08pm

Letters to the Editor, January 13, 2013

A scene from the play The Orphan of Zhao. Photo: RSC

Why China declined under Qing dynasty

In her stimulating article ("Reinvent HK's economic role", January 6), Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee attributed the Qing dynasty's failure to develop science and technology to an abundant labour supply.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:57am

Positive attitude on ageing is key to public health

Staff of DR Beauty meet the media in a press conference. Photo: Dickson Lee

After the DR beauty treatment incident, the government established a steering committee to review the regulatory regime for private health care facilities.

22 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health?

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health? Photo: Nora Tam

Last week, The Lancet medical journal published a series on the global burden of disease. One paper was an analysis of global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010. This was the result of the efforts of 500 authors from 50 countries, and I am pleased to have been part of it.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:41am

Is a 'cure' for ageing the ultimate medical breakthrough?

Aubrey de Grey has set up Sens Foundation to promote research into anti-ageing. Photo: Dickson Lee

On which problems should we focus research in medicine and the biological sciences? There is a strong argument for tackling the diseases that kill the most people - diseases like malaria and measles, which kill millions in developing countries. Developed countries, however, devote most of their research funds to the diseases from which their citizens suffer.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:38am 1 comment

TV companies finally provide entertainment - but only off-air

A brain-rotting habit. Photo: Reuters

At last the TV stations TVB and ATV are producing live entertainment worthy of the name, but alas it is largely happening off-air. Their public spat with CTI chairman Ricky Wong over his plans to muscle in on the free-to-air TV market is frequently the stuff of farce. Take ATV's accusation that Wong walked off with its business plan when he was briefly CEO in 2008.

28 Nov 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment

Elderly need neighbours, not paid buddies, says ageing expert

Elderly need neighbours, not paid buddies, says ageing expert

A paid buddy system for the elderly is one option to alleviate pressure on the city's aged-care services, but a better model is one that encourages simply being a good neighbour, says a specialist in ageing.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:13am

Winging it

Lanvin's bold take on the cat-eye look. Photo: WireImage


27 Sep 2012 - 12:44am

Elderly 'should be embraced, not sidelined'

Picture a user of a mobile gadget, and a young person usually springs to mind.

But the telecommunications industry should take advantage of the as yet uncultivated 'silver-haired market', the chief of a social enterprise that manages emergency call services for the elderly says.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Couple's ordeal spurs call for change in elderly care

The plight of an elderly couple who are struggling to stay together exposes serious glitches and shortages in the care-home system that need to be tackled, said legislators who visited the pair yesterday.

The welfare chief meanwhile said the government's approach was to focus on 'ageing in place' - letting the elderly live out their retirement at home and in the community.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Middle age hits equities

If equities have a life cycle, growth in equity valuations in China is set to slow in the next few decades, 'ageing' in line with the country's population.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

First glimpses of trend-setting skincare products


9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am