Distance from sun saved earth from Venus' fate

Distance from sun saved earth from Venus' fate

Similar in size and often referred to as twin planets, the earth and Venus evolved from common origins into two contrasting worlds - one dry and inhospitable, the other wet and teeming with life.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 2:57am

Water on earth, moon came from same place

Water on earth, moon came from same place

Traces of water inside the moon probably came from the same place as water on earth, a fresh analysis of lunar rocks has found. The findings make for a clearer picture of our neighbour, once viewed as an arid expanse but now considered a frost-coated rock holding water throughout.

11 May 2013 - 2:58am

Asteroid to narrowly miss Earth, scientists say

A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid through the Earth-moon system on February 15. Photo: EPA

Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what Nasa said on Thursday is the closest flyby every predicted for an object this large.

The last year DA 14, discovered by chance by astronomers after passing nearby last February, will be just around 27,700km above Earth’s surface when it speeds by, the US Space Agency said.

8 Feb 2013 - 10:37pm

Scientists suggest Moon made from Earth

An image of the full Moon. Photo: AP

A new theory put forward by Harvard scientists suggests the Moon was once part of the Earth that spun off after a giant collision with another body.

In a paper published on Wednesday in the journal Science, Sarah Stewart and Matija uk said their theory would explain why the Earth and Moon have similar composition and chemistry.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:05pm

Horticulture shock

James Basson with his creation, Dulce et Decorum est, for the Gardening World Cup, at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, Japan. Photos: Scape Design; Huis Ten Bosch

Creating a patch of paradise in southern Japan may appear effortless for the Gardening World Cup contenders, but it's not all sunshine and roses. Julian Ryall gets a behind-the-hedges look at what it takes to make the cut.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:31pm 1 comment

Failure to save forests will cost us more than price of action

What will it cost to save the world's forests and boost the life prospects of its seven billion people? India is currently hosting a meeting in Hyderabad of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to consider how to raise the resources necessary to achieve the ambitious targets adopted two years ago.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:07am

Radar researcher combines radar images to track subsidence

This image shows the amount by which different buildings on the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront move vertically; the red areas indicate the most movement. Image: Daniele Perissin

A Chinese University researcher has found a way to combine snapshots taken from space at different times to show movement under the earth's surface, such as subsidence.

Now Daniele Perissin is in talks with the Hong Kong government about applying his research, which last week won a best-paper award from the scientific journal in which it was published last year.

16 Sep 2012 - 1:35am

Singapore's new air quality standards much tougher than Hong Kong

Pollution threatens Hong Kong's competitiveness. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong is set to lose more of its competitive edge to regional rival Singapore after the island state pledged to introduce new air quality standards which are much tougher than those proposed for the city.

25 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

To get rich isn't glorious, it's downright dangerous

Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping is supposed to have said that 'to get rich is glorious'.

But in China today, glory comes as an extremely unwelcome adjunct to great wealth.

Entrepreneurs who appear towards the top of the Hurun Report's China rich list have an unfortunate tendency to come a cropper soon afterwards.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Flood control system takes top prize

An innovative plan to combat flooding in Happy Valley by building a huge tank under the racecourse that can store enough storm water to fill 24 swimming pools has won an international award for innovation.

The Drainage Services Department has taken the top prize for planning in the International Water Association's Project Innovation Awards for East Asia.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust to Living Planet

The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust to Living Planet by Robert M. Hazen Viking

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Watchful eye on the runway plan will help to improve it

The first shot was fired last week by green groups, which warned both the Airport Authority and environmental officials that they are closely watching how an environmental impact assessment for the third runway is to be carried out.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Channel hop

From Captain Planet to Touch, taking in Unforgettable, Quantum Leap, Person of Interest, Early Edition, X-Men and Heroes, we've never been short of dramas about crime-fighters with superpowers. And so, when Alphas rolls into Syfy this week (right; two-hour premiere: tonight at 9.10pm), you pretty much know what to expect.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Myanmar's Thein Sein attends Mekong summit

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK face battle to avoid the drop

Hong Kong will have to win both today's reverse singles to avoid relegation into the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group Three after ending the first day 2-1 down to Sri Lanka in the play-off at Victoria Park last night.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am