Infographics: Science

More than 50 years after the first human landing, a new race for the moon is under way. Here’s a look at lunar missions since the US-Soviet space race of the Cold War.

 A data visualisation showing how China’s BeiDou global navigation system works and how it stacks up against GPS, GLONASS and Galileo

After its discovery last December, in Wuhan, China, the virus started to spread around the world, causing panic. The Antarctic is, as yet, the only continent where there are no confirmed cases. 


The hiking season is finally upon us. The SCMP graphics team takes a look at some of the highlights of Hong Kong’s natural world. Keep an eye out during your walks for these creatures, some of which are rare or under threat.

There are 17 rare earth elements listed in the periodic table which, contrary to their name, are as abundant in the Earth’s crust as tin or lead. However, rare earths are always fused with other minerals which makes many countries reluctant to invest in rare earth mines because they are too expensive and polluting to extract and refine in commercially viable quantities

As North America freezes through a polar vortex, and Australia sweats out an extreme heatwave, there is growing consensus it could be game over for Planet Earth if we do not pay attention to the world’s permafrost