Asia Pacific Topics

Nov 3, 2013

India starts Mars probe countdown

India began a countdown Sunday to the launch of its most ambitious and risky space mission to date, sending a probe to Mars that was conceived in just 15 months on a tiny budget. After a recent Chinese attempt flopped, India is seeking to ...

'Lost world' in Australia yields new species

Oct 28, 2013

'Lost world' in Australia yields new species

An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists Monday calling the area a “lost world.” Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and a National Geographic film crew were dropped by ...

Sep 30, 2013

China kids know the logos used for smokes

Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a U.S. study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among typical 5- and 6-year-olds in various countries. The study in the journal Pediatrics covered six nations — Brazil, India, Nigeria, ...

Sep 25, 2013

Australian researchers unveil 'attention-powered' car

Australian road safety researchers Wednesday unveiled a pioneering “attention-powered” car that uses a headset to monitor brain activity and slow acceleration during periods of distraction. The car, commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, is about to depart on an awareness-raising road ...

Aug 28, 2013

Milk scare was false alarm: N.Z.

A botulism scare that sparked global recalls of Fonterra milk products was a false alarm and there was never any danger to consumers, New Zealand officials said Wednesday after new tests. The crisis led to infant formula being taken off shelves from China to ...

Aug 23, 2013

Model predicts arsenic pollution

European and Chinese researchers have built a model to predict the presence of arsenic groundwater contamination in China and elsewhere where millions are at risk, according to work published Thursday. The technique can be applied to any region where the problem affects large populations ...

Indian cancer patients sleeping rough

Aug 18, 2013

Indian cancer patients sleeping rough

With just a patchwork of colorful plastic sheets to shield patients from the heavy monsoon rains, a Mumbai street close to one of India’s top cancer treatment centers acts as a kind of unofficial ward. Every year, the Tata Memorial Hospital draws tens of ...

Honeybee sting acupuncture creates a buzz

Aug 14, 2013

Honeybee sting acupuncture creates a buzz

Patients in China are swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off life-threatening illness, practitioners say. More than 27,000 people have undergone the painful technique — each session can involve dozens of punctures — at Wang Menglin’s clinic ...

Aug 8, 2013

S. Korea tests 'electric road' for buses

A South Korean city has begun testing an “electrified road” that allows public buses to recharge from buried cables as they travel, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said Thursday. The institute, which developed the system, said it would be tested over ...

Jun 22, 2013

Jakarta sends in choppers to seed clouds, fight fires

Indonesia on Friday dispatched helicopters to create artificial rain in a desperate bid to fight raging fires that are choking Singapore with record-breaking levels of smog that is threatening people’s lives. At a late-night emergency meeting, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered disaster officials to ...