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Facebook to translate with maths
DESIGNERS of machine translation tools still mostly rely on dictionaries to make a foreign language understandable. But ...
2019.10.22
Battery makers win Nobel prize
IF you use your smartphone or a laptop computer every day, you can thank the three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize (...
2019.10.17
Wildlife trade hurts many species
MORE than 5,500 species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are bought and sold on the worldwide animal market, a...
2019.10.16
Beatles album No 1 again
THE classic Beatles (披頭四) album Abbey Road is back at number one in Britain half a century after its first release, w...
2019.10.15
New hope for paralysed man
A MAN paralysed from the shoulders down has been able to walk using a pioneering fourlimbed robotic system, or exoskelet...
2019.10.14
Prince Harry rebukes UK press
BRITISH royal Prince Harry has lashed out at the British media for its treatment of his wife, Meghan, accusing it of hou...
2019.10.10
Want a degree in videogaming?
IN their first week in class, a group of students played a first-person shooter videogame in a sleek new digital studio....
2019.10.09
UFO fans descend near Area 51
SCORES of UFO enthusiasts converged on rural Nevada (內華達州) for a pilgrimage of sorts to the US installation known as...
2019.09.30
Gold toilet stolen in Britain
A UNIQUE solid gold toilet that was part of an arts exhibit was stolen from the magnificent home in England (英國) where...
2019.09.23
Bugs turned into gourmet dishes
SOUTH African (南非的) chef Mario Barnard said he was “grossed out” and did not entirely enjoy eating grilled scorpion...
2019.09.18
Novel gadgets at Berlin tech fair
A FLOOD of product launches were showcased at Europe’s biggest tech fair, the IFA, which took place in Berlin (柏林) fr...
2019.09.16
Retired judge barred from HK
A FORMER Philippine (菲律賓) Supreme Court justice who accused President Xi Jinping (習近平) of crimes against humanity ...
2019.05.29
Most bird-like dinosaur found
RESEARCHERS in Germany (德國) have unearthed a new species of flying dinosaur that could hold vital clues as to how mode...
2019.05.23
Deepest part of ocean explored
THE hours-long journey down to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicat...
2019.05.22
Face ID tech barred in US city
SAN FRANCISCO (三藩市) has become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agenci...
2019.05.21
A US city bans credit-only stores
SAN FRANCISCO (三藩市) has enacted legislation to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment.The city is...
2019.05.16
Air travel still safe, experts say
THE recent series of major airline accidents that bore heavy casualties have raised concerns about the safety of air tra...
2019.05.15
US$30m for homeless studies
A SAN FRANCISCO (三藩市) billionaire is donating US$30 million (HK$235m) to the University of California, San Francisco,...
2019.05.09
Gorillas’ ‘selfie’ goes viral
A PICTURE showing two orphaned female gorillas posing like humans, taken in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Repu...
2019.05.07
Uproar over fake news law
THE Singapore (新加坡) government’s submission of wide-ranging fake news legislation to parliament is stoking fears tha...
2019.04.10
Polish priests burn books
PRIESTS at a Catholic parish in northern Poland (波蘭) have drawn criticism after they burned books, including ones from...
2019.04.09
US eyes 2024 for lunar return
DONALD Trump’s administration announced it was speeding up plans to send US astronauts back to the Moon, from 2028 to 2...
2019.04.03
Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 grounded
AIRLINES from North America to the Middle ast (中東) initially kept flying Boeing’s 737 AX 8 after a host of other coun...
2019.03.19
UK slammed for barring IS teen
A DECISION by Britain to strip a teenage girl of her citizenship after she joined Islamic State (IS, 伊斯蘭國) in Syria ...
2019.03.18
Hanoi deports Kim lookalike
A KIM Jong Un (金正恩) impersonator was hauled from his hotel and deported from Vietnam (越南) two days before the summi...
2019.03.05
K-pop guidelines withdrawn
GOVERNMENT guidelines aimed at promoting more diversity in South Korea’s (南韓) K-pop world have been withdrawn after c...
2019.02.28
‘Kissing sailor’ dies, aged 95
THE sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square (時代廣場) as people celebrated the end of World War II has died...
2019.02.26
Barrier Reef could get choked
RUNOFF from recent floods in northern Australia (澳洲) is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef (大堡礁), starving cora...
2019.02.25
Japan to resume whaling
JAPAN says it is leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the f...
2019.01.07
Latest Mars landing succeeds
HERE was an eruption of cheers and applause at Nasa (美國太空總署) as a waisthigh unmanned lander called InSight (洞察號...
2018.12.05
Air crash salvaging underway
THE search for the main wreckage of the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea north of Java Island (爪哇島) continues...
2018.11.06
N Korea makes nuclear pledge
NORTH Korea (北韓) has promised to close its atomic test site, Seoul (首爾) says, as US President Donald Trump expresses...
2018.05.07
China sets up tariffs for US
CHINA has imposed tariffs on 128 US imports worth US$3 billion (HK$23.5 billion), including fruits and pork, retaliating...
2018.04.10
Russia rejects poison charge
MOSCOW (莫斯科) denied it was behind the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.“Russia is not guilty,” said Fo...
2018.03.21
Amazon head tops wealth list
AMAZON chief Jeff Bezos has become the first US$100 billion (HK$780 billion) mogul to top Forbes’s annual rankings of t...
2018.03.15
Seoul envoys go north for talks
SOUTH Korean President Moon Jae In (文在寅) sent a team of special envoys – including Seoul’s (首爾) spy chief – to t...
2018.03.10
Korean ex-president faces jail
SOUTH Korean prosecutors have sought a 30-year jail term for former president Park Geun Hye (朴槿惠), who was ousted las...
2018.03.07
Belt and Road challenged
AUSTRALIA (澳洲), the United States, India (印度) and Japan (日本) are talking about establishing a joint regional infra...
2018.02.28
Brexit no problem for China
CHINA’S relations with Britain will remain unchanged through Brexit, Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) said during British Pr...
2018.02.08
Wealth gap keeps widening
A CHIEF executive at a top global fashion brand has to only work for four days to earn what a garment worker in Banglade...
2018.01.29
Taj Mahal ruined by visitors
INDIA will restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the 17thcentury monument to ...
2018.01.11
Ex-official held over oil bribes
HONG Kong’s former home affairs secretary, Patrick Ho Chi-ping (何志平), has been arrested by authorities in the United...
2017.11.29
Leaks reveal elites’ tax havens
CONFIDENTIAL documents released by an international journalists’ body raised serious questions of propriety regarding t...
2017.11.16
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