No smoke, plenty of fire fuels e-cigarettes

Supporters of electronic cigarettes say e cigs are the future, and claim they are cheaper, cleaner and cooler than smoking. Photo: Reuters

Puffing on slim metal tubes loaded with pale yellow liquid, two London businessmen say they have between their lips a cure for what the UN calls “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced”.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 2:33pm 1 comment

Camels roamed the Arctic millions of years ago, study says

An artist's interpretation of the High Arctic camel  on Ellesmere Island. Photo: AFP

Camels ... the ships of the Arctic? That's according to Canadian palaeobiologists, who found evidence that giant camels roamed the High Arctic millions of years ago, when that region was relatively balmy and forested.

7 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Desert crossing inspires student

Walking for charity has become a habit for Christopher Schrader over the past four years.

Last month he completed a 51-day, 1,600km trek across the Mongolian Gobi Desert,.

The world's fifth largest desert - Asia's largest - poses a gruelling challenge with its rapid fluctuation of temperatures over a single day, ranging from 5degrees Celsius to 45 degrees.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Over the hump

With its rounded hills and dun-coloured sand dunes, the Rajasthani town of Pushkar, in India, seems custom made for the world's largest gathering of camels.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Don't sweat it

A friend of mine, who happens to be the best ultra-marathon runner in Hong Kong, was going through his paces when he passed a few people hiking. As he flew by, sweat pouring off him, one of the young girls exclaimed he looked like he was swimming. Anyone who has exercised knows that some people sweat buckets while others barely shed a drop. Why is that so?

9 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Spoonfeeding by parents spoils children

It is said that youngsters, nowadays, are too weak to face the harsh realities of life. They are weak because they lack character.

Some youngsters lack self-confidence. They keep telling themselves, 'I'm a loser.' They do not believe in their ability to tackle the problems they face.

6 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

On a natural high

a child enjoys a leisurely ride on a camel in downtown Moscow on the first day of school winter holidays in Russia. The animal was borrowed from a circus to give children rides.

1 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Camels get the hump over racing in Germany

The 'ship of the desert' proved a bit unpredictable when it travelled away from home to take part in Europe's first camel race in Berlin.

To the bewilderment of more than 30,000 spectators, two camels sat down on the track during the warm-up lap and it took 15 minutes to get them moving again.

29 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Camel lights

MORE than any other colour, camel demands restraint from its wearer, urging designers to abandon their whimsical frills in favour of classic cuts and simple silhouettes. Killer heels rev up an old favourite as the look of luxury saunters back into town ...

28 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Another plea over advert

THE controversial Camel cigarette advertisement near the entrance to the Sikh temple in Happy Valley is still there.

Action to remove the hoarding does not appear to be forthcoming despite concerns voiced by the Sikh community (South China Morning Post, April 27).

4 Jun 1993 - 12:00am