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Short Science, June 16, 2013

Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Radiation on Mars trip near lifetime limit

Astronauts who travel on future missions to Mars would likely be exposed to their lifetime limit of radiation during the trip, not to mention time spent on the Red Planet, scientists said.

2 Jun 2013 - 2:44am

Thousands of Chinese sign up for one-way ticket to Mars

Ma Qiang is angry that mainland media have dubbed his Mars dream a hoax. The 39-year old former policeman from Dujiangyan, Sichuan, signed up for the Mars One project in the Netherlands last month, becoming one of the first volunteers to be screened for a journey of no return scheduled in a decade.

22 May 2013 - 1:03pm 4 comments

Short Science, January 6, 2013

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, US research shows. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

Year in space to test effects on astronauts' mind and body

Two veteran spacefarers have been chosen to spend a year aboard the International Space Station - many times longer than the usual tour of duty - as part of research into the physiological effects of long stays in space.

The work will feed into American and Russian plans to send people to Mars, which would require astronauts to be in harsh conditions for several years at a time.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

Briefs, October 4, 2012

Taiwanese fighter jet pilot killed in France

A Taiwanese pilot died in France yesterday when his fighter jet burst into flames after crashing in a forest during a training mission. The Mirage 2000-5 went down in the eastern district of Froideconche, the military press office said, without giving further details. AFP


4 Oct 2012 - 4:33am

Nasa looks at setting up space base gateway to Mars

Top Nasa officials have picked a leading candidate for the agency's next major mission: construction of an outpost that would send astronauts further from Earth than they have yet been.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Astronauts' visit can inspire Hong Kong youth to look to science, not just business

Chinese astronauts coming to Hong Kong are nothing new; they have made official stops twice before. Nor is near space as exotic as it once was. Manned missions to the International Space Station are regular events and the first commercial tourist flights are planned to begin next year.

15 Aug 2012 - 1:51am

Shenzhou makes textbook docking

China completed its first manual space docking yesterday, a landmark step in the country's programme to build a space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft and its three-person crew, including the country's first spacewoman, Liu Yang, docked with the Tiangong-1 space module at around 12.50pm, with state television covering the event live.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Astronauts get stellar send-off

When the three astronauts of the Shenzhou-IX mission emerged from their quarantined residence at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at about 3.30pm yesterday, hundreds of people cheered, waved flowers and sang a victory song as military bands drummed in the background

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am