20 January 2019


  • Paul Rosolie tackles an anaconda in the Amazon jungle. Photo: NY Post

    Snakes alive! Man says he was eaten by anaconda

    Dec 8, 2014 10:56am
    Anacondas typically dispose of their prey by squeezing them to death. Paul Rosolie survived his encounter with a green anaconda, the largest and most powerful snake in the world – only because it swallowed him alive instead....
  • World's second-richest man Warren Buffett holds his cards close to his chest during a bridge game. Photo: Bloomberg

    Buffett regains spot as second-richest man

    Dec 8, 2014 10:22am
    For years, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his occasional bridge partner Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., held on to the top two spots on the list of the world’s richest people.  Then Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos...
  • Electric eels have more powers than previously thought, a new study shows. Credit: Reuters

    How electric eels ‘Taser’ their prey

    Dec 5, 2014 12:37pm
    Electric eels have for long been a source of fear as well as a subject of curiosity, as the creatures stand apart from the other fish species due to their unique powers.  The slippery predators, which...
  • Smoking is the world's leading preventable cause of premature death from chronic diseases. Photo: Kerry Gaynor blog

    Y men who smoke face greater health risks

    Dec 5, 2014 10:46am
    We all know by now that smoking kills. But among smokers, why is it that more men develop and die from cancer than women? Researchers at Sweden’s Uppsala University appear to have found the answer: male...
  • Not everyone will admit it, but this is the kind of news most people want to read about. Photo: Reuters

    Why good news was bad news for website

    Dec 5, 2014 9:43am
    So you’re sick of a constant diet of bad news — crimes, disasters, wars — in the media and on the internet? One website in southern Russia thought it would give its readers what they really wanted....
  • There's nothing like a good old face to face when it comes to romance but technology is changing the way we love. Photo: Internet.

    Why your smartphone may be killing your love life

    Dec 4, 2014 11:14am
    Technology is bringing people closer. That’s a fact. But the painful truth is that it’s driving them ever farther apart, according researchers. There’s a problem in this contradictory view of mobile phones, tablets and computers, but...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a military factory in this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. Photo: Reuters

    Take not thy ruler’s name in vain

    Dec 4, 2014 10:40am
    In some, if not most, cultures, parents name their children after someone whom they highly esteem or venerate. Such a tradition cuts across religions, which is why we have multitudes of Christians named Jesus or Mary...
  • If a polecat is getting too comfortable on your roof, you can't get the Australian foreign office to deal with it. That's the message for Australians who make frivolous demands on their embassies. Photo: Internet

    You can’t do that: Pesky Aussies told to lay off embassies

    Dec 4, 2014 8:24am
    Australia has had enough of “distressed” nationals making outrageous demands at its missions abroad. The government is cracking down on the practice after several of its embassies were forced to deal with frivolous requests. One involved...
  • Professor Stephen Hawking is now using a new system that allows him to speak faster and more easily. The new technology was developed by Intel Corp and SwiftKey. Photo: AFP

    Artificial intelligence could spell end of humans: Hawking

    Dec 3, 2014 11:23am
    One of the most frightening scenes in the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is when the spaceship’s computer HAL 9000 attempts to kill the two astronauts on board by convincing them to do a space-walk...
  • If you don't eat for at least 12 hours in a 24-hour cycle, you will prevent  yourself getting fat, according to US researchers. Photo: Internet

    What happens when you eat after dark

    Dec 3, 2014 10:16am
    Weight gain, apparently, is a matter of time. American researchers arrived at that conclusion after finding that a 12-hour fast every 24 hours helps control the build-up of unwanted fat in the body, according to BBC...
  • Ai Weiwei's portrait of himself with a 'grass mud horse' had a caption that could be read more than one way. Photo: Internet

    Jokes aside, Chinese face punishment for wordplay

    Dec 2, 2014 4:38pm
    China announced a ban on puns and casual alteration of idioms last week, warning that wordplay could lead to “cultural and linguistic chaos”, Business Insider reported. Shades of George Orwell’s 1984, in which the government prohibited...
  • Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the American civil rights movement, was a great orator who knew the power of the spoken word. Photo: Internet

    Do you have the voice of a great, charismatic leader?

    Dec 2, 2014 12:26pm
    What makes a great public speaker? We are all fascinated by leaders, who, by the power of their words, can rouse and persuade the public, turn their despair into hope, move them into action.   Scientists, who...
  • Regal theater charges an extra US$8 to spray patrons with water and pump scents of burning rubber and gun powder into the auditorium. Photo: Internet

    How to save the hottest show in town

    Dec 1, 2014 8:22am
    Just how desperate are cinemas to draw younger moviegoers? Across North America, the short answer is “very”. It’s no longer just 3-D and ear-splitting sound — even alcohol sales. Some theaters have installed undulating seats, scent...
  • Manny Pacquiao (right) demolishes Chris Algieri in Macau on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    ‘Man of masses’ Manny’s Manila mansion on market

    Nov 28, 2014 12:00pm
    He brought international sporting glory to the Philippines, but the world boxing champion has met his match, a little too close to home. Manny Pacquiao is surrendering to his snobbish neighbors, who have been complaining of...
  • The study finds that being overweight or obese raises cancer risk much more for women than for men. Photo: AFP

    Obesity leads to half a million cancer cases a year: WHO

    Nov 27, 2014 11:53am
    Here’s one compelling reason for people to put on their running shoes and start getting rid of their flabs: obesity or being overweight is to blame for half a million cases of cancer a year, says...
  • If the Stanford University project is successful, we will be able to reflect heat into space before it arrives, keeping our buildings cool without a single volt of electricity, as shown in this illustration. Photo: Bloomberg

    Want to blast summer heat into space? All you do is wait

    Nov 27, 2014 11:35am
    Imagine being able to cut your cooling costs to levels that are literally out of this world. You begin by cutting out the middleman. There are just too many of them, from air-conditioning salesmen to electricians...
  • A new study finds that children are better prepared for learning and social interaction in full-time preschool than in part-time programs. Photo: AppleTree

    More time in preschool is good for your kids

    Nov 27, 2014 9:54am
    Ever wonder what your kids are learning in preschool? Many hardworking parents sometimes ask themselves if spending a huge portion of the family budget to prepare their children for formal education is worth it. They see their...
  • Coca-Cola hopes its new milk will 'rain money'. Photo: Internet

    Why Coke is betting on milk

    Nov 26, 2014 2:08pm
    Bread and milk: staple foods it’s hard to imagine could ever be too different from one’s childhood days.  But hold on. Some might consider the enormous range of products on bakery shelves today to be the...
  • has drawn restaurateurs' ire. Photo:

    Online word of mouth sparks food fight

    Nov 26, 2014 10:14am
    Japan, which boasts more Michelin three-star restaurants than any other country, takes its food seriously. That’s why Minoru Tanaka has set off a food fight there. Tanaka is president of the firm that runs, Japan’s largest restaurant...
  • A mobile phone displays a timer indicating that the battery has been fully charged under 30 seconds at a StoreDot laboratory. Photo: Reuters

    Recharge your phone in seconds? Now you can

    Nov 25, 2014 8:11am
    If your mobile phone dies on you the next very next time you use it, you’re not alone. But mobile battery life need not be an issue if a recharge is quickly available — and now...

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