Science

Space, the final frontier for our first cosmic mom

Beatrice Siu The Standard 14.05.2009
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A mother of three in her forties is poised to become the first Hong Kong person in space - all because of a chance meeting at a party.

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China's Yuanwang-6 space tracking ship will conclude its six-day visit to Hong Kong today. A total of 14,000 people visited the ship during its visit and the public lecture at Science Museum recorded full attendance.


Study unlocks fresh hope in bird flu battle

Timothy Chui The Standard 16.04.2009
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Hong Kong and Canadian researchers have identified a synthetic compound that appears to stop the replication of the H5N1 bird flu virus and other strains of influenza.

Study: Older Seattle high-rises at risk in earthquakes

SCOTT SUNDE Seattle Post-Intelligencer 13.04.2009
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Scientists say it's possible that a massive earthquake off the Washington coast could cause the collapse of many high-rise buildings in Seattle.


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First time space flier Gregory C. Johnson, who was born in Seattle, will be the pilot on space shuttle Atlantis' mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis is targeted to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 12 at...

Fashion robot to hit Japan catwalk

Japanese researchers on Monday showed off a robot that will soon strut her stuff down a Tokyo catwalk.


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Patients will next year be feeling the benefit of an implantable pulse generator (IPG) made by Thai scientists and engineers for 10 times less than foreign versions.

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Sexy women in bikinis really do inspire some men to see them as objects, according to a new study of male behavior.


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NASA's Phoenix lander may have captured the first images of liquid water on Mars - droplets that apparently splashed onto the spacecraft's leg during landing, according to some members of the Phoenix team.

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Friends of the Earth wants lights to be switched off on June 21 for stargazers to have a clear view of the star-studded night sky.


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Scientists at India's National Dairy Reserach Institute (NDRI) on Thursday said they have cloned the world's first buffalo calf using a technique superior to the one used in cloning 'Dolly' - the sheep.

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Apparently, all of us with those blue eyes that made Frank Sinatra so popular owe our darling blues to a genetic mutation. New research conducted by Professor Hans Eiberg from the University of Copenhagen, who began this field of research 12 years...


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LONDON (AP) — It's well known that Charles Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution made many people furious because it contradicted the Biblical view of creation. But few know that it also created problems for Darwin at home with his deeply re...

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Intelligent civilisations are out there and there could be thousands of them, according to an Edinburgh scientist.


S.Korean bio firm says dog cloning to be cheaper

Jon Herskovitz Reuters 30.01.2009
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Cloning a Chow Chow is expected to be easier and perhaps as much as 50 percent less costly, a South Korean biotech firm said on Thursday as it unveiled a new cloning technology.

A curator at Seattle's Burke Museum looks deep into the past to see what might lie ahead

Christian Sidor, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Seattle's Burke Museum, specializes in the Permian and Triassic periods to study everything from extinction and recovery to global warming.


No way Columbia crew could survive

The Straits Times  02.01.2009
No way Columbia crew could survive

NEW YORK: The crew of the doomed shuttle Columbia were violently spun around in the cabin as the spacecraft disintegrated on re-entry, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said in its final report on the 2003 tragedy that inclu...

Gems Point to Comet as Answer to Ancient Riddle

Joel Achenbach The Washington Post 02.01.2009
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Something dramatic happened about 12,900 years ago, and the continent of North America was never the same. A thriving culture of Paleo-Americans, known as the Clovis people, vanished seemingly overnight. Gone, too, were most of the largest animals...


NASA report details last moments of Columbia crew

Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times 01.01.2009
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The seven shuttle astronauts who died were in an 'unsurvivable' situation. But the space agency cites several equipment flaws in the 2003 disaster.

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Mathematicians unhappy with new interpretation of Einstein equation



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