Human Body

Cooking gave humans larger brains than primates, researchers say

Though gorillas typically spend up to eight hours feeding, supporting big bodies and big brains would be almost impossible on a raw food diet. Photo: AFP

If human beings had not invented cooking as a way of increasing the number of calories they consumed, they could only have evolved the 86 billion neurons in our big brains by spending an impossible nine hours or more each day eating raw food, according to a scientific pap

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:31am

Comfortable and elegant

Apple & pie offers a range of European brands such as the Bisgaard boots.

Parents find European footwear to be the ideal choice for their children, writes Victoria Ip.

22 Oct 2012 - 6:35pm

Survival instinct causes male perception bias: US study

You spot a stranger standing in the street. The lighting is dim and the person's face and clothing are indistinct. Who is it?

Chances are you will think it is a man - and this is because of a survival reflex, according to a study published yesterday.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Drawn that way: tattooed prone to risky behaviour

People with tattoos and body piercings are likelier to engage in risky behaviour involving sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Stereotypical? Not quite.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hair masks

Schwarzkopf - Professional Essensity Intensive Repair Mask (HK$196/200ml)

Claim: formulated for extremely damaged hair, this cream-gel contains organic essence of goji berry and natural soya protein. It has no artificial fragrance and is free from chemicals such as paraffin and parabens.

Bumble and Bumble - Creme de Coco Masque (HK$190/150ml)

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Skin-deep craze

Some call it creepy. Others call it a form of art. Still others just can't resist its trendy appeal.

Microdermal piercing is now bringing a new dimension to Hong Kong's body art culture.

Henri Anna, for one, catches people's eyes on the street with it. She sports three shiny rocks attached to her chest and another on her forearm.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

This week's question: How do you feel about tattoos?

Jeremy Cheung, 18

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Faking it

If you would like to show off a trendy tattoo this summer but don't want the pain or life-long commitment, opt for a temporary one. They are easy to apply, waterproof and painless.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


I want to pierce my ears for my upcoming birthday, but I don't know about any place in Hong Kong that does it. Can you recommend any?


16 Feb 2003 - 12:00am


I refer to the report headlined 'Woman officer reprimanded over dyed hair' (South China Morning Post, January 24).

29 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

In the flesh

IN THE spring of 2000, I hurried down a staircase and into a dodgy underground mall on Jaffe Road in Wan Chai one evening. I wandered through the maze of stores before arriving at Boom, a shop draped with black fabric and walls covered with photos and clippings.

Ken Sze Hing-mei, piercer and owner of Boom, greeted me with a nod, a friendly grin and, 'What would you like?'

31 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Top Ten

Most popular parts of the body to be pierced by piercing parlour

1 Ear lobe $150

2 Helix (upper ear lobe) $150

3 Belly button $400-$500

4 Left nostril $300

5 Right nostril $300

6 Eyebrow $400-$500

7 Lips $400-$500

8 Tongue $400-$500

9 Nipple $400-$500

15 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Holey land

OUCH! Nipple, navel and nose piercing is now available in Wan Chai. But unlike the traditional tattoo, this form of body despoilment is not merely bought. It must be earned.

16 Apr 1995 - 12:00am