It turns out we learn to move a robotic arm or computer cursor with the same neurons we use to learn to ride a bicycle or catch a ball. On a neurobiological level, that deceptively simple truth could have profound effect on how future devices could help those who have suffered a stroke or paralysis.Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am
Stephen Hawking's decision last week to joint the academic boycott of Israel, by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians, has divided world opinion.12 May 2013 - 2:08am 3 comments
Mandela responding to treatment for infection12 Dec 2012 - 5:08am
That question - "Why is there something rather than nothing?" - occupies the centre of Jim Holt's book, which is by turns a philosophical and scientific inquiry, written through a broadly personal lens.30 Sep 2012 - 4:43pm
Attack over failure to announce CSSA change9 May 2012 - 12:00am
Lau Hiu-fung, known as 'Hong Kong's Stephen Hawking', had an irrepressible will to survive, and his dying wish was for this iron spirit to transcend his short 27-year life.13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Scientific colossus Stephen Hawking celebrates his 70th birthday today - not bad for someone who in their early 20s was diagnosed with a disease that usually comes with a life expectancy of less than a decade - and his latest television programme, Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking, made its Hong Kong debut on Thursday.8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Six of our junior reporters sneaked a preview of the television programme Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking at the Space Museum on September 12.
They also had an inspiring lesson on the universe in an interview with Chu Ming-chung, space expert and physics professor; Jonathan Wong Yui-hei, teenage space enthusiast; and Wan Hoi, UFO expert.
Adrian Yeung22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
There are those who subscribe to the idea that Earth is our only home and that our fate as humans is to live and die on this rock; Stephen Hawking (right) is not one of them. The British physicist and mathematician believes it is never too early to plan for when this planet is no more, whether it is within our children's lifetime or 600,000 years from now.19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
'As scientists, we step on the shoulders of science, building on the work that has come before us, aiming to inspire a new generation of young scientists to continue once we are gone'
Academics paid tribute to the British physicist at a science and arts gala in New York.7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
Nasa's Kepler space telescope is not yet halfway through a 31/2-year mission that may reveal whether there are stars with planets that could harbour life. So far it has found several new planets beyond our solar system, but much too hot for life as we know it.28 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
The tales of two Stephens are showcased this week. One is a master of science, the other a master of science-fiction and horror; both are hugely successful published authors.7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
The 11th Hour
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (narrator), Stephen Hawking, David Suzuki, Bruce Mau
Directors: Leila Conners Peterson and Nadia Conners27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
There is, apparently, a publishing rule that says every formula cited in a science book reduces sales by half, but putting the word 'God' in the title or chapter headings boosts sales. I wonder what would happen with one titled The God Equation?20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
George's Secret Key to the Universe
Lucy and Stephen Hawking
Published by Doubleday
ISBN 978 0 385 61181 7
George's parents are doing their bit to save the planet. They're vegetarians and don't like modern inventions. They wash their clothes by hand and don't own a car or use electricity.25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am