Potent advice

Keen to father a second child, Stewart Hinds hung up his dancing shoes and turned his back on Hong Kong's partying scene. Hinds reduced his consumption of alcohol, and his wife quit smoking.

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012, 12:00am

At the Games

South Korean hip-hop girl band 2NE1's hit single I Don't Care is blaring on the radio of the golf buggy taking a group of lazy journalists the short distance from the media village to the main press centre. It is catchy and I try to move to the music, much to the amusement of the volunteer driving the cart and the other journos on board.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Okay boys, all together now - sperm swim in schools, study finds

Woody Allen once played a lone sperm in a race against millions of others to fertilise eggs. It turns out this popular image of competition may be wrong, at least when it comes to the sperm of the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) and the Oldfield deer mouse (P. polionotus).

23 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Ozone pollution linked to sperm-count flop

As if Hong Kong's air pollution problem was not worrying enough, research from the United States suggests it may be affecting men's chances of fathering a child.

23 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Save me from reality TV

Being less than a month off two score and three years of age and having so far survived the occasional personal tragedy, child-rearing, Hong Kong's air and the rush for Disneyland tickets, I would have thought that I had seen and done it all. Then I read an article about Dutch television.

2 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Is your cell phone hitting you below the belt?

Men who carry their mobiles around their waists may be making themselves less fertile, scientists say

Hong Kong men have been warned they may be risking more than their street credibility by wearing mobile phones on their belts: they may also be putting their fertility in jeopardy.

4 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Near-foolproof way of making an ID

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the road map for cell creation in the body. Containing 46 chromosomes, 23 from each parent, DNA's genetic information tells the body how to build itself, determining everything from eye colour to body weight.

Except for identical twins, all DNA in the nuclei of the body's cells is unique, much like fingerprints.

3 Jul 2000 - 12:00am


Experts have blamed pollution for reducing male fertility after statistics showed men's sperm counts were lower than ever.

The State Family Planning Commission said that between 1981 and 1996, sperm counts fell by 10 per cent, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

Studies have shown that the drop is accelerating.

26 May 1999 - 12:00am

Filling the spaces with aerobabble

THE various airport inquiries will, eventually, come to their conclusions, apportion blame and discover that all those whose heads should roll have left town.

But Quarry Bay has already reached its own verdict: The CCLK was directly caused by the CBs resulting from the IBAA.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

The mating game

There is something comforting in the knowledge that each one of us is the creation of a union between two people who, though it may only have been for a few precious moments, were passionate about each other.

7 Jan 1997 - 12:00am


YOUR article of October 6 on the territory's sperm bank, misrepresented what I said during a telephone interview. I was quoted as saying 'we do not believe we should restrict it if there is a demand'.

14 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

My sperm count is zero

Q: AFTER exhaustive medical testing and years of trying to conceive, my partner and I have just found out, much to my shock and embarrassment, that I produce no sperm whatsoever. According to my doctor, my sperm count is zero. We are still recovering from the shock and are quite traumatised by this unexpected news.

14 Sep 1994 - 12:00am