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Singapore invokes fake news law
SINGAPORE’S government has invoked its new law against online ‘fake news’ for the first time, the island’s Straits T...
2019.12.03
AI-composed song greets Pope
FEW aspects of life escape the touch of technology in cutting-edge Japan (日本), including an official song written to w...
2019.12.02
Commuter handcuffed for eating
A BLACK man in the US was detained by police and given a citation (fixed penalty notice) for eating a breakfast sandwich...
2019.11.26
e-Commerce waste overfl ows
ACCUMULATED waste from China’s e-commerce and express delivery sectors stands to more than quadruple by 2025 unless act...
2019.11.20
Shorter work hours boosted sales
IN a country notorious for overwork, Microsoft Japan (日本) trialled a radical idea: working less. And it found that fou...
2019.11.13
10-year-old McMeal on display
A DECADE on from McDonald’s shut down in Iceland (冰島), thousands of online viewers follow the live broadcast of the s...
2019.11.12
NYC bans foie gras sales
NEW York City (紐約市), often viewed as the fine dining capital of the United States, became the latest US locality to b...
2019.11.07
The most innovative universities
FOR the fifth year running, Stanford University (史丹福大學) tops Reuters’ (路透社) ranking of the world’s most innova...
2019.10.31
Bright coloured beards in fashion
FROM shades of startling red to hues of vivid tangerine, brightly coloured beards have become a fashion statement on the...
2019.10.30
Aussie press blacks out news
NEWSPAPERS across Australia (澳洲) ran heavily redacted front pages on 21 October in protest against government secrecy ...
2019.10.29
How the brain controls pain
PAIN perception is essential for survival, but how much something hurts can sometimes be amplified or suppressed: for ex...
2019.10.24
Google touts privacy options
THE latest phone and smart-home devices from Google came packaged with a not-so-subtle message: Google cares about your ...
2019.10.23
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
High winds dismay fun seekers
THE world’s biggest hot-air balloon festival in the US was disrupted after two accidents caused by strong winds. Albuqu...
2016.10.07
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
US scraps talks with Manila
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte (杜特爾特) has expressed regret that a tirade against Barack Obama (奧巴馬), in whi...
2016.09.12
G20 pledges to boost growth
CHINA agreed to cooperate more closely with its trading partners on its politically volatile steel exports as leaders of...
2016.09.09
UN wades into burkini row
THE United Nations (UN, 聯合國) human rights office has called on French beach resorts to lift their ban on the burkini,...
2016.09.05
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
Global travel slowing down
GLOBAL travel spending is still growing, but at a slower pace, despite weakening economies and fears over terrorism. The...
2016.08.26
Emperor set to abdicate
JAPAN’S Emperor Akihito (日本天皇明仁), 82, has set the stage for his abdication, saying his age and poor health mean h...
2016.08.12
UK nuke move dismays China
CHINA has urged Britain to proceed with a nuclear power plant project partly invested in by a Chinese firm, saying the f...
2016.08.05
China’s sea claims rejected
AN international tribunal’s ruling denying China’s claims in the South China Sea (南中國海) will “intensify conflict ...
2016.07.18
Brexit triggers turmoil
BRITAIN (英國) plunged deeper into political crisis on 26 June following its vote to leave the European Union (歐洲聯盟)...
2016.06.30
War hurts medical service
ATTACKS on hospitals since war broke out in Syria (敘利亞) five years ago have killed more than 700 doctors and medical ...
2016.06.27
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
Obama lifts Hanoi weapons ban
US President Barack Obama (奧巴馬) has lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam (越南) during his first ...
2016.05.25
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
HK on Duterte’s must-visit list
HONG Kong and the mainland will be priority areas for Philippine (菲律賓) president-elect Rodrigo Duterte (杜特爾特) to ...
2016.05.16
UN to tackle refugee crisis
A NEW United Nations (UN, 聯合國) plan to resolve the worst refugee crisis since World War II (第二次世界大戰) would aim...
2016.05.12
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
Rio Games countdown starts
THE city of Rio de Janeiro (里約熱內盧 ) launched the 100-day countdown to the Olympic Games, with government and global...
2016.04.29
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
Brussels in defiant mood
THOUSANDS of people went to Brussels’ (布魯塞爾) central square on 23 March, determined to defy extremists who would ha...
2016.03.30
'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