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

Book review: Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live, by Marlene Zuk

Book review: Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live, by Marlene Zuk

Marlene Zuk is an evolutionary biologist at the University of Minnesota and Paleofantasy targets the movement that insists we are biologically adapted to a Palaeolithic diet and lifestyle.

5 May 2013 - 4:27pm

Short Science, April 14, 2013

Fledgling pied babblers get more food. Photo: Alex Thompson

Charred food residues scraped from the world's oldest pots show humans used ceramics for cooking in the late Ice Age, long before hunter-gatherers  became farmers, a study said.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:16am

China Digest, March 11, 2013

The municipal government plans to buy 5,000 electric vehicles this year, the Beijing Times reports. Most of the vehicles will be used by civil servants or bus companies for public transport.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

Ancestors developed stone-tipped weapons earlier than thought

A 500,000-year-old spear point from different angles. Photo: AP

Scientists have found evidence that human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons 200,000 years earlier than once thought, changing notions about the capabilities of prehistoric people.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

Chinese skull study reveals ancestors had better oral health

Our ancient ancestors had better jaw alignment and less tooth decay because they ate more fibre-rich foods, while we eat more sugar and finer food, researchers have concluded after looking at skulls from 4,000 years ago.

The modern-day environment and eating habits have led to a dramatic increase in the occurrence of tooth and jaw misalignment.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

The athletes

Olympians come in all shapes and sizes. As they descend on London for the start of competition this weekend, the Post presents our analysis of the height and weight of all 10,343 contenders, showing the enormous range of body types represented in the spectrum of Olympic events and by the countries taking part.

Different sports, different bodies

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Couple in the market for a special setting

Candice Chan and Leonard Chao went to great lengths to transform Western Market in Sheung Wan into the perfect venue for a night of wedding celebrations.

Candice, 26, creative director at J. Candice Interior Architects, and Leonard, 29, the managing director of property firm Lechare Holdings, were married on May 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Green route fits the bill

Elaborate banquets and imported fresh flowers in a beautifully decorated venue can set the scene for an ideal wedding, but greener choices can be kinder to the environment - and the bank balance.

And it's becoming easier to incorporate them into a dream wedding.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Planning for a perfect union

Traditionally, planning that first step to the altar - the marriage proposal - is the job of the husband-to-be. A romantic setting, the perfect ring and the right words usually work.

The bride-to-be is normally expected to organise the wedding; but this was not the case for newlywed Kelvin Teo.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tying the knot ina veil of secrecy

Most people in the throes of wedding planning are happy to share details of the impending nuptials with family and close friends.

But these days, more couples are choosing to wed in a way so secret that even those invited to the wedding don't know exactly what they are attending.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Stairway to heaven

Once the initial excitement of the proposal settles down, planning for the big day begins. Landmark views and expansive ballrooms make hotels the venue of choice for many couples, and some offer a full wedding-planning service with in-house experts to pull together every detail and turn dreams into reality.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Growing pains for dads

Apprentice chef Ah Wun had high hopes for the future. One day, he told himself, he would save enough money to open his own restaurant. But his girlfriend's pregnancy three years ago has thrown a spanner in the works. 'I never wanted to get married,' he says. 'I thought that if I just had to fend for myself, I would be able save a lot of money.'

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Thinking about favours

Wedding favours are a popular tradition. But when a guest list runs into the hundreds, choosing items that are within budget and suit a range of ages and personalities requires prudent planning.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Try these guides before reading the riot act

For Mother's Day, I had originally planned to share some of my favourite mummy-baby storybooks, such as Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? and Amy Hest's Kiss Good Night.

Then my mind wandered to last Mother's Day. Around that time, my elder daughter turned from a sweet, easy-going toddler into a difficult malcontent.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am