Short Science, June 9, 2013

A reproduction of Archimedes' designs on show. Photo: AFP

Genomics and particle physics - offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos - are the two hottest areas of scientific research.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:37am

Pentagon questioned on use of Chinese satellite

Pentagon questioned on use of Chinese satellite

The Pentagon's decision to use a commercial satellite operated by a Hong Kong-based and listed company was questioned by a US lawmaker who said the use of China's Apstar-7 satellite "exposes our military to the risk that China may seek to turn off our eyes and ears".

1 May 2013 - 12:43pm 1 comment

Short Science, April 7, 2013

A solar flare erupts on the sun's northern hemisphere. Photo: AP

British scientists have used a custom-made 3-D printer to make living tissue-like material that could one day serve medical purposes, according to findings published in US journal Science.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:43am

Briefs, March 3, 2013

Jiang Weixin 'begs' reporters to spare him. Photo: SCMP

China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 per cent share by 2020, a leading space programme official said yesterday.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

Talking points

The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities.

The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities. The State Council told local authorities on Wednesday to "decisively" curb real estate speculation and take steps to rein in the property market after prices rose the most in two years last month. 

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Briefs, February 1, 2013

Pakistan has approved a deal transferring from Singapore to China the management of the strategically located deep-sea Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:29am

Seoul joins the global space club as it puts first satellite into orbit

A rocket carrying a science satellite lifts off from the launch pad at the Naro Space Centre in Goheung, South Korea, yesterday. Photo: AP

The 140-tonne Korea Space Launch Vehicle blasted off from the Naro Space Centre in Goheung county on the south coast, reaching its target altitude nine minutes later and deploying its payload satellite.

31 Jan 2013 - 9:01am

Middle Kingdom in a race for the centre

China successfully launched the 16th satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network. Photo: Xinhua

At this stage of China's history there is something wonderfully resonant about Beijing's determination to acquire a satellite-based navigation system with its Beidou programme.

28 Dec 2012 - 3:31am 2 comments

Controversial Turkish satellite launch caps year for China's space programme

A Long March rocket carrying Turkish satellite GK-2 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. Photo: Xinhua

China successfully put a controversial Turkish spy satellite into orbit yesterday, capping off an intense, failure-free year for the Chinese space programme that also saw its first manual space docking.

20 Dec 2012 - 10:29am

Briefs, December 19, 2012

South Korean navy sailors stand guard near a part of debris believed to be a fuel container of the first stage rocket from a rocket launched by North Korea. Photo: AP

Malaysia's maritime agency has come to the rescue of 40 Myanmar shipwreck survivors, thought to be Muslim Rohingya fleeing ethnic violence. It said the survivors of a wreck off the Myanmar coast on December 4, in which 160 others were reportedly drowned, were in good health and being taken to Johor state. 

19 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Briefs, December 10, 2012

Heavy snow has closed roads and airports. Photo: EPA

Russian satellite fails to reach correct orbit

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Seoul readies rocket to join China, Japan in space club

Engineers and launch coordinators gather near the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-I (KSLV-I) on its launch pad on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

South Korea hopes to launch a satellite into space on Friday in its third attempt to join an elite club that includes Asian powers China, Japan and India. After two previous failures in 2009 and 2010, the 140-tonne Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-I) will, weather permitting, blast off from the Naro Space Centre on the south coast.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

S Korea plans third rocket launch bid

Korea Aerospace Research Institute engineers at the Naro Space Centre connect the first and second stages of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1. Photo: EPA

South Korea plans to make its third attempt to join the exclusive club of countries capable of placing a satellite in space on Friday.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:50pm

China launches 2nd satellite built for Venezuela

China has launched a second satellite built for Venezuela’s government.

The remote sensing satellite soared into orbit atop a rocket from the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu.

The launch was shown live on Venezuelan TV on Friday night. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez applauded as he watched alongside aides in Caracas, congratulating those who worked on the project.

29 Sep 2012 - 1:52pm

Space's newest frontier is close to home

Reports that Switzerland is developing a system for clearing up its own space junk should inspire China to seize an opportunity for its own beloved space programme. The Swiss have only two satellites in orbit, but they are investigating ways to bring them back to earth.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am