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Stephen Hawking

Secret of brain control: Practice makes perfect

Illustration: Henry Wong

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

Physicist Stephen Hawking praised and decried for joining academic boycott of Israel

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert views the communication screen of British scientist Stephen Hawking when the two met in 2006. Photo: AFP

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

Briefs, December 12, 2012

Cayman Islands' Premier McKeeva Bush. Photo:AP

Mandela responding to treatment for infection

12 Dec 2012 - 5:08am

Deep thinkers ponder the biggest question

Deep thinkers ponder the biggest question

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

City Digest

Attack over failure to announce CSSA change

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK's 'Stephen Hawking' hoped for hero's burial

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

Six degrees

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

The universe: a preview

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 Yeung

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Channel Hop

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

quote of the week

'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'

Stephen Hawking

Background

Academics paid tribute to the British physicist at a science and arts gala in New York.

7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A glimpse into Hawking's universe of possibilities

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

Channel hop

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

The 11th Hour

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (narrator), Stephen Hawking, David Suzuki, Bruce Mau

Directors: Leila Conners Peterson and Nadia Conners

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

When scientists and religion don't mix

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

Young duo explore the universe

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

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