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Ideas that Matter

Ideas that Matter by A.C. Grayling Phoenix, HK$130

Sunday, 9 May, 2010, 12:00am



About 4 billion years ago, the first life to appear on Earth was very simple. The first living things on our planet were tiny, single-celled organisms. Scientists have a special word for this kind of life: prokaryotes (pro-KAR-ee-yo-tees). Many of these are bacteria.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

'Suicide germ' may ease mutation fears

Mainland scientists hope a new 'suicide germ' will allay fears of dangerous mutations from genetically engineered micro-organisms (GEMs) released into the environment.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

Primal Fear

Pearl, 9.30pm

Richard Gere stars in this courtroom thriller as a hotshot lawyer who takes on the seemingly hopeless case of an altar boy (Edward Norton, above left with Gere) accused of murdering an eminent Catholic priest, only to find the truth is buried much deeper.

Confessions Of A Germ

World, 10pm

5 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...alll will be explained

Why do humans have five toes and fingers but some animals have only three or four? THOMAS Actually, in common with humans, most animals have five toes or fingers on each limb. This is because all vertebrates are believed to have evolved from a common ancestor. There is actually no evolutionary reason for humans having five fingers or toes instead of three or four or even six or seven.

26 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Book reviews

THE Earth, life and all that, is seen through alien eyes and explored in a hilarious but informative series of books by Thompson Yardley. First titles include Give Me Air, Get Switched On and Mighty Microbes (Cassell, $68 each).

9 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Cleanliness a high priority

I NOTE with concern Y.F. Kwok's comments on the standards of hygiene observed in a McDonald's kitchen (South China Morning Post, August 10), and would like to emphasise the following: McDonald's gives the highest priority to product quality, service and cleanliness to ensure best value to customers in every aspect of our operations.

27 Aug 1993 - 12:00am