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HKU drops a spot in rankings
THE University of Hong Kong (HKU, 香港大學) dropped one rung in the Times Higher Education’s Asia university rankings, ...
2017.03.22
Hong Kong third for richest folk
HONG Kong ranked third in the world for the number of ultra-high net worth individuals – those with US$30 million (HK$2...
2017.03.07
Beware of online criminals
ABOUT 689 million people worldwide fell victim to cybercrime last year, according to US anti-virus software firm Symante...
2016.11.24
Hong Kong slips again in English
HONG Kong’s level of English proficiency continued to be mediocre and fell in regional ranking, according to the result...
2016.11.18
Easy passwords delight hackers
THE online world is a gold mine for fraudsters, thanks to the many boneheads who have access to the internet. People who...
2016.11.10
Weather woes for butterflies
EXTREME weather conditions are threatening butterflies in Britain, according to a study published in the Journal of Anim...
2016.11.03
Amazon sued over home loss
A FAMILY is suing Amazon (亞馬遜公司) for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their US$1m (HK$7....
2016.11.01
Apple goes to court over fakes
HI-TECH giant Apple says it has been buying chargers and cables labelled as genuine Apple products on Amazon.com and fou...
2016.10.25
Cops with Trump caps punished
TWENTY-THREE police officers in the US city of San Antonio have been disciplined for donning Donald Trump caps bearing t...
2016.10.19
Greyhound racing wins reprieve
AUSTRALIA’S most populous state made an embarrassing backflip on its plan to ban greyhound racing. The reversal followe...
2016.10.17
Pepper keeps customers in line
AN army of obedient workers is joining two banks and an insurance firm in Taipei (台北). But they are not paid for their...
2016.10.12
Whale hunters face new weapon
THE conservation group Sea Shepherd Global has a new weapon to save whales. It is a ship called Ocean Warrior which will...
2016.10.06
Deepest underwater cave found
THE world’s deepest underwater cave has been discovered in the east of the Czech Republic (捷克共和國). The cave, calle...
2016.10.05
Testing the new-age postman
One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to use drones. UPS, in partnership with ro...
2016.09.29
Safety boost for self-driving car
TESLA Motors has improved its autopilot system to disable automatic steering if drivers do not keep their hands on the w...
2016.09.27
Doraemon takes to the skies
A SPECIAL Doraemon-themed plane has commenced flying on the Tokyo to Shanghai route. The Boeing 767-300 operated by Japa...
2016.09.26
Harry Potter’s house for sale
FANS now have a chance to live in the childhood home of Harry Potter (哈利波特). But to fulfil that dream they must have...
2016.09.22
Hong Kong third in English test
HONG Kong ranked third among Asian countries and regions in IELTS – the International English Language Testing System (...
2016.09.20
Samba farewell to Rio Games
AFTER more than two weeks of excitingcontests, the 2016 Olympics in the Braziliancity of Rio de Janeiro (里約熱內盧) clo...
2016.09.01
Online terms of services are“absurd”
Is your privacy protected when using YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram or iTunes? You can find out by reading their terms and...
2016.06.01
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit
It is 100,000 laps around Earth and counting for the International Space Station (國際太空站). The space station reached...
2016.05.19
Chinese bug declared world’s longest insect
A BUG over half a metre long, discovered in southern China, has been declared the world’s longest insect. The stick ins...
2016.05.11
Drone collision alarms aviation industry
A drone and a British Airways (英國航空公司) passenger jet collided in mid-air over London. The jet was undamaged but th...
2016.04.21
Mountain lion prowls LA school
A mountain lion strolled into a high school in Los Angeles (洛杉磯). The big cat was spotted walking across the yard at ...
2016.04.20
Sweden invites world to call its citizens
SWEDEN has come up with a new idea to boost tourism. It is asking people in other countries to call its citizens via a n...
2016.04.12
Protect your smartphone data from hackers
We need to take steps to protect our smartphones from hackers. The US government successfully hacked an iPhone used by a...
2016.04.11
University finds own milk study spoiled
You cannot always trust claims based on the results of ‘scientific’ studies. This is the lesson for the public when a ...
2016.04.06
'Lonely' elephant gets zoo pen upgrade
A TOKYO zoo said it will work on improving the living conditions for its 69-year-old elephant Hanako (花子). Animal acti...
2016.03.11
DiCaprio finally takes home Oscar award
Leonardo DiCapr io (里安納度狄卡比奧) won his long-awaited first Oscar for revenge epic The Revenant (復仇勇者). After f...
2016.03.04
Astronaut ambition more popular than ever
Space travel never looked so good. Nasa (美國太空總署) announced it received a record number of applicants — some 18,30...
2016.02.24
Russia slams UK inquiry on spy killing
President Vladimir Putin (普京) probably approved a plan by Russia’s FSB security service (俄羅斯聯邦安全局) to kill a ...
2016.01.27
Study links happiness with genes
Happiness could be more a function of genes, said the authors of an unusual scientific study. Nations where more people ...
2016.01.22
Outcry as giant tuna fetches fortune
A Japanese sushi boss paid more than US$117,000 (HK$912,600) for a giant bluefin tuna (藍鰭吞拿魚) at the New Year aucti...
2016.01.11
Activists cross North-South Korean border
SOUTH Korea (南韓 ) and North Korea (北韓) have been in opposition for at least 65 years. A group of women decided to do...
2015.05.28
7,000 ‘boat people’ offered shelter
THOUSANDS of refugees are dying on boats in Asia (亞洲). Fortunately, some countries are beginning to help. Malaysia (馬...
2015.05.26
WHO: global life expectancy goes up
LIFE expectancy has increased by six years for men and women since 1990, with Japan (日本) having the longest spans at 8...
2015.05.20
Study: Singapore top of the class
SINGAPORE (新加坡) has pipped Hong Kong for pole position in a study of how schools perform across the world. Hong Kong ...
2015.05.19
HK’s smiles are nothing to grin about
HONGKONGERS have the least expressive smiles in the world. Psychologists at the University of Wiscon-sin-Madison (威斯康...
2015.05.13
Britain welcomes Princess Charlotte
BRITAIN’S (英國) Prince William (威廉王子) and the Duchess of Cambridge (劍橋公爵夫人) have named their daughter Charlo...
2015.05.08
Bali drug smugglers are executed
INDONESIA (印尼) staunchly defended its execution of seven foreigners including two Australians (澳洲人) as a vital fron...
2015.05.06
HK missed off list of street-food cities
IF you love eating street food this news may be hard to swallow. Surprisingly, Hong Kong is not among the 16 Best Street...
2015.04.30
US and Cuban presidents meet
TWO countries that have been enemies for over half a century are now trying to make friends with each other again! US (...
2015.04.16
Singapore’s first PM mourned
SINGAPORE (新加坡) plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute on Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew (...
2015.03.27
A yen for visiting Japan in Easter
IF you and your parents are planning to travel this Easter holiday, you had better hurry. Tours to Japan (日本) and othe...
2015.03.17
Author wants Japan nuclear-free
DO you remember the Fukushima (福島) nuclear accident that occurred four years ago when an earthquake triggered a tsunam...
2015.03.16
Apple’s emoji to show other races
SMILEY emoji, sad emoji, hearts emoji, and now, for the first time, racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to releas...
2015.03.02
Facebook, Instagram go offline
MILLIONS of Facebook and Instagram users were left in the lurch after the two popular social networking services went of...
2015.02.02
Half world’s wealth owned by elite
MORE than half the world’s wealth will be owned by just one percent of the population by next year as global inequality...
2015.01.22
1.5 million march for terror victims
ABOUT 1.5 million people and dozens of world leaders marched together through Paris (巴黎) last Saturday in a historic s...
2015.01.15
Gunmen storm Paris magazine office
PARIS (巴黎) was on high alert after hooded gunmen stormed the offices of a weekly satirical magazine known for lampooni...
2015.01.13
The Kitty that got the cream
For many, Hello Kitty represents the innocence of childhood. But it is also a very successful business story, with its f...
2015.01.13
Millions on streets for countdown
TENS of millions of revellers took to the streets in major cities around the world to usher in the new year, typically w...
2015.01.06
Time’s Person of the Year named
DOCTORS, nurses and others fighting Ebola (伊波拉) have been named Time’s (《時代雜誌》) 2014 Person of the Year (年度...
2014.12.16
US and China agree carbon limits
THE United States (美國) and China announced a largely symbolic plan last week to implement new limits on carbon emissio...
2014.11.18
Fall of Berlin Wall remembered
MORE than a million Germans (德國人) and people from around the world on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the f...
2014.11.13
Putin tops Forbes’ power ranking
WHO would you name as the most powerful and influential person in the whole world? For a second year in a row, Russian (...
2014.11.11
Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashes
BILLIONAIRE entrepreneur Richard Branson (布蘭森 ) rejected media suggestions that he had ignored safety warnings about ...
2014.11.07
Africa worst hit by extreme hunger
MOST Hong Kong people have enough food to eat, but sadly this is not the case in many parts of the world. Sixteen countr...
2014.10.17
Court to decide nonhuman rights
A NEW YORK State (紐約州) appeals court last Wednesday heard arguments on whether chimpanzees (黑猩猩) held in captivity...
2014.10.14
Blue LED inventors get Nobel nod
YOUR smartphone screen uses Nobel prize (諾貝爾獎) winning technology! Three Japanese(日本的 )-born researchers won the ...
2014.10.13
Canadian school bans homework
ALMOST all students dislike doing homework. A primary school in Quebec (魁北克省), Canada (加拿大) has probably made its...
2014.09.24
Lady to make 1,000 dresses before 100th birthday
WHY would a 99-year-old US (美國) lady sew a dress a day? She is helping a charity organisation called ‘Little Dresses ...
2014.09.24