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3D face scanner delivers form-fitting eyewear accurate to within 0.1mm

Benoit Ams, founder of Smith & Norbu, in his PMQ shop in Central. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Benoit Ams points a scanning machine at my head and slowly walks in an arc in front of me. "Stay still and kindly move your hair from your face," says the Belgium entrepreneur and managing director of eyewear specialist Smith & Norbu.

Monday, 26 January, 2015, 12:06pm

International Black History Month brings showcase of African achievement to Hong Kong

Raushanah Bowdre (left) and John Bowdre

Last Friday evening Rummin' Tings, the Caribbean bar and restaurant on Hollywood Road, was close to bursting. People spilled onto the streets, while peals of laughter and shouted greetings competed with the booming music inside.

23 Jan 2015 - 6:36am

Nur's Nurdin Topham and mentor Raymond Blanc still share same dining philosophy

Nurdin Topham (left) and Raymond Blanc on the terrace of Nur, where the former grows herbs and edible flowers for the kitchen. Photo: Thomas Lee

Raymond Blanc has a very croaky voice - the revered chef contracted asthma six months ago.

"I guarantee that within six months, with the right exercise and diet, it will be gone," he wheezes, downing a glass of lemon grass and ginger tea.

23 Jan 2015 - 6:36am

Jackson Pollock on a plate: Italian pair combine food with art in Hong Kong

A painting by Catia Uliassi that inspired Mauro Paolini's dish.

Two creative types working on one project can lead to artistic differences. But that's not the case for chef Mauro Paolini and painter Catia Uliassi.

It's not just that she paints and he cooks - he cooks what she paints.

23 Jan 2015 - 6:30am 1 comment

Red Dot Award winners' show is proof good design can make life easier

Nest stewpot.

It's small, but it's still significant. In the often wacky world of design, a little coloured globe can denote the difference between a transparent gimmick and a thoughtful contribution to modern life.

23 Jan 2015 - 6:05am

The AlphaSphere: Hong Kong invention to shake up digital music-making

The AlphaSphere.

Adam Place sits at an table at the Hong Kong Science Park in Tai Po, holding an object that looks like a soccer ball. But he's not playing games. Place is in the city to be closer to manufacturers in Shenzhen, and a potentially large market for the innovative musical device he invented - the AlphaSphere.

23 Jan 2015 - 10:24am 1 comment

Empty vessels: how a Hong Kong cruise into 'international waters' can be a lonesome affair

Rooftop pool on the SuperStar Virgo

International waters. The very words have a certain hold on the popular imagination: a lawless zone where man can cast off the rules and inhibitions of an increasingly regulated world. In the popular cartoon series The Simpsons, characters set off into international waters to indulge in illegal activities from drinking on a Sunday to betting on a monkey knife fight.

19 Jan 2015 - 12:02pm 1 comment

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing is 99 per cent accurate when screening for Down's syndrome

With NIPT the uterus remains 100 per cent intact

When Doris Chan's prenatal test results showed that her 12-week-old fetus had a one in 125 chance of having Down's syndrome, she was in shock. At 35 years old, Chan (whose name has been changed for reasons of patient confidentiality) was stressed by her biological clock and had previously suffered two miscarriages.

19 Jan 2015 - 6:11am

Should you consider NIPT?

Some patients may be better suited to traditional tests.

Should all pregnant women have Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)? Three of Hong Kong's leading obstetricians share their views.

Dr Charas Ong Yeu-theng

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Women's Clinic, and subspecialist in maternal and fetal medicine

19 Jan 2015 - 6:06am

What Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing screens for

Illustration of a chromosome

At present, NIPT provides information about specific fetal aneuploidies, or chromosomal abnormalities. According to the US National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, all laboratories offering NIPT report on Down's syndrome and Edwards syndrome.

Others may also provide information about Patau syndrome or some sex chromosome abnormalities and microdeletions.

19 Jan 2015 - 6:02am

London Collections: Men - is this the end of the skinny suit?

A look from Burberry Prorsum in London

Is the skinny suit's grip on menswear fashion starting to ease? That was the question many were asking as the new autumn-winter menswear collections rolled out in London from January 9 to 12. Designers unveiled increasingly looser and more relaxed silhouettes.

19 Jan 2015 - 6:00am

Sylvain Gagnon, Hong Kong-based jazz bassist, has new album out

Sylvain Gagnon and Bianca Wu.

Canadian bassist Sylvain Gagnon accepted an invitation in February 2000 from Eugene Pao to play in a "dream band" of international players the local guitarist was assembling for a tour.

19 Jan 2015 - 12:50pm

Producer and DJ Mark Ronson puts own spin on his hit songs

Mark Ronson has made Americans acknowledge the producer as pop star thanks to his new album, Uptown Special. Photo: AP

Producer-DJ Mark Ronson has a hit single and new album, writes Mikael Wood.

17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm

Albert Camus' The Plague resonates amid west Africa's Ebola epidemic

Albert Camus. Photo: Corbis

As the world tries to contain Africa's Ebola epidemic, Ed Vulliamy finds Albert Camus' novel works on the literal as well as metaphorical level.

17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm

Book review: no resort to fabulism in new Mikhail Bulgakov short stories

Book review: no resort to fabulism in new Mikhail Bulgakov short stories

It's one of those enduring literary mysteries: why didn't Joseph Stalin have Mikhail Bulgakov bumped off?

17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm