Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka awarded Nobel chemistry prize

US scientists Robert Lefkowitz, left, and Brian Kolbika. Photos: AFP

US chemists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the Nobel Prize yesterday for identifying a class of cell receptor, yielding vital insights into how the body works at the molecular level.

Thursday, 11 October, 2012, 4:21am

Cathay Fortune bids for Discovery Metals

Cathay Fortune seeks control of copper miner Discovery Metals.

Cathay Fortune, a Chinese private equity firm, has offered A$830 million (HK$6.58 billion) to take control of Discovery Metals, an Australian copper producer with mines in Botswana.

Cathay Fortune, founded by billionaire Yu Yong, offered A$1.70 a share in cash for the shares in Discovery it did not already own, the Shanghai-based company said yesterday.

5 Oct 2012 - 8:55am

Case History: Lithium poisoning

Illustration: Angela Ho

Teddy Mak's family noticed that he was behaving a little oddly. The 49-year-old did not appear to fully understand them when they spoke, and seemed a little confused. He was also increasingly unsteady when he walked and appeared to be losing his muscle strength.

2 Oct 2012 - 12:42pm

Bella Ip: The soap maker with a clean eco-conscience

Photo: David Wong

The slogan "Your hand can make a difference" on So...Soap!'s bottles says it all. It is its founder Bella Ip Chi-kiu's mission to promote a sustainable future with her eco-conscious, handmade soap brand.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Synthesis of Sichuan pepper chemical allows new uses

A Sichuan hotpot dinner inspired the discovery. Photo: May Tse

A Sichuan hotpot dinner has inspired a local chemist's discovery of how to synthesise the chemical that tingled his tongue.

The pleasurable tingling sensation and numbing of tongue and lips when eating Sichuan peppercorns is caused by hydroxyl alpha sanshool (HAS).

23 Sep 2012 - 3:10pm

Natural selection

Elisabeth Visoanska says beauty means 'glowing skin, sparkling eyes, a beautiful mind and a young spirit'.

Elisabeth Visoanska's teenage passion led to a sophisticated skincare brand, writes Tama Lung.

27 Sep 2012 - 12:45am

Youthful bloom

Increasing the number and activity of healthy skin cells help to prevent, and reverse, ageing. Photo: Shutterstock

Brands take the battle against ageing to deep within our skin cells, writes Tama Lung

27 Sep 2012 - 12:45am

Yuen Long villagers in fear after fish die in 'contaminated stream'

Villagers say run-off from the high-speed railway construction site has killed fish. Photos: David Wong

Environmental protection officers are investigating claims that contaminated stream water flowing from a construction site for the MTR's high-speed railway killed more than 2,000 fish in a Yuen Long village last week.

19 Sep 2012 - 1:57pm

Toxic formaldehyde found in child car seats

Formaldehyde, the toxic substance that recently caused a health alert at the University of Hong Kong's new campus, has been found in some child car seats sold in the city.

The cancer-causing compound was among harmful substances found in the seats during the first tests of their kind by the Consumer Council.

18 Sep 2012 - 3:24am

City Digest, September 14, 2012

Housing strategy panel members named

14 Sep 2012 - 3:00am

City Digest

Immigration officers postpone work-to-rule

5 Sep 2012 - 2:29am

Court told testing of discharged drug rehab inmates only partial pre-2009

Supervisors of discharged drug-rehabilitation inmates began testing for a wider range of drugs, including ketamine and Ecstasy, in 2009, a Correctional Services Department officer told a court yesterday, prompting a lawyer to question why they had taken so long to do so.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:20am

Guangdong villagers' fury at children's lead poisoning

Guangdong villagers' fury at children's lead poisoning

Local authorities in a remote town in northern Guangdong are being accused of covering up the severity of pollution in the area. Residents reject the official tally of only 18 severe cases of lead poisoning and say hundreds of children are suffering.

23 Aug 2012 - 7:27am

Copper bottomed? Don't be too sure

Tom Holland

Last month, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing sealed a HK$17 billion deal to buy the London Metal Exchange.

HKEx was prepared to pay so much largely because it wanted to get its hands on the LME's copper futures contract, the main price discovery tool for the global copper market.

On paper, running the world's leading copper contract should hand HKEx a licence to print money.

22 Aug 2012 - 7:32am

HK should do more to conserve water, energy and food

As a city, we lack natural resources. But Hong Kong's affluence means we seldom have shortages of anything. However, the abundant supply in water, food and energy has made us one of the most wasteful cities on the planet. From food waste in restaurants and supermarket chains to excessive energy use by shopping malls and outdoor billboards, evidence of wastage is everywhere.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:40am