Turn back the tide

Paul Rose has participated in approximately 8,000 dives throughout his career.

Paul Rose’s powerful bearing and wind-worn face make him easy to spot in the crowded lobby. Sipping tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Rose seems like a man from a different time.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 10:21am

Mainland shale gas bidding opened up

A routine check at a Sinopec natural gas appraisal well. Beijing is opening up shale gas bidding to private and foreign firms. Photo: Reuters

Private enterprises and foreign firms have for the first time been invited to participate in the bidding for shale gas exploration rights in the mainland.

But analysts said the lack of clarity on gas pricing, incentives and regulatory framework means winners will be taking substantial investment risk despite the lure of China's huge resource potential.

12 Sep 2012 - 2:01am

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley(read by Gregg Savage) Audible (audio book)

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Selden seen

The Selden Map before it was restored. Photos: Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

The chance deciphering of an ancient map in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library has generated a flurry of excitement among maritime historians. Vanessa Collingridge explains why it is changing perceptions about Chinese trade during the Ming dynasty.

16 Mar 2014 - 12:47am

Where hull freezes over

It was eight in the morning and the sky had cleared to suggest good weather. At least that's what it looked like from my cabin window. So I went outside onto the observation deck. As I opened the heavy metal door, a so-called katabatic wind swooping down from the mountains punched me in the face while stopping our ship, the Vavilov, from moving into the bay.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

China's high-stakes race for space's strategic ground

With the final landing of the space shuttle Atlantis, the US has effectively lost its independent capacity to launch human space flights until it puts other systems in place. The landing will stall America's advance along space's strategic edge, and give second- and third-tier space nations a chance to narrow the technological gaps.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Should mankind invest in the exploration of space?

Cathy Chan, 16, CCC Kei Chi Secondary School

American astronaut Neil Armstrong said, 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind', as he became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.

Mankind has long been fascinated with the exploration of space. But many people argue that we should focus our efforts on improving our lives on Earth.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Reliability issues mar satellite industry

Sitting in a plush meeting room in the west of Beijing, Yin Liming, president of China Great Wall Industry Corp, the main supplier of Chinese launch services, satellites and other space products to the international market, expounds on the virtues and successes of his company and their aims for the next five years.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The challenge facing China's satellite system

As China modernises its military, other major powers call on Beijing to be more transparent about its intentions. There is nothing opaque, however, about the accelerated programme of space satellite launchings for the Beidou-2 navigation system or the intention behind it.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Sense of achievement

Silent Sound has crossed the Arctic Circle - this means we have completed the Northwest Passage and are leaving the Arctic behind us as we head south and towards home.

We entered the Arctic via the Bering Sea about two months ago, and since then we've seen a lot of ice and learned a lot about the Canadian North. We feel a real sense of accomplishment.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Another last cry from the eternal infinite

Outer space inspires and terrifies. Children are always fascinated by it. And science fiction often projects it as a terrifying unknown. As the first Alien movie, a cult classic, used to advertise: 'In space, no one can hear you scream.' But for astronomers and science buffs, space is, at least this week, a source of vague sadness.

2 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Time to unite in the exploration of space

Space enthusiasts are not the only ones captivated by the stunning images of Mars beamed back to Earth by the Nasa lander Phoenix. Chinese scientists are, no doubt, tracking every development of the space mission, the latest in a series of successful Mars landings that go back to the two pioneering Viking missions in 1976.

28 May 2008 - 12:00am

veni, vidi, vici

1 What was the great achievement of often overlooked Basque navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano (right)?

2 Who beat Robert Scott to the South Pole in 1912?

3 What was the name of the Chinese mariner who ventured as far as the east coast of Africa in a series of voyages between 1405 and 1433?

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Space scientists cautious over manned moon landing

It's too early to talk of the next step, says programme chief

China may have named its first moon orbiter after a legendary goddess who flew to the celestial body, but it is cautious about its ambitions and its ability to send an astronaut there.

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Openness can head off a new space race

The announcement of a Sino-Russian mission to Mars in 2009 is further proof of China's burgeoning technological prowess. But while such an achievement is something to be proud of, Beijing must temper such developments with caution to avoid a space race with the US and other competitors exploring the solar system.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am