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Soilving the fly's mystery of flight

Using a robotic insect,highspeed video cameras and a few drops of vinegar,scientists say they have answered a question that has puzzled them fordecades - how flies perform stunning aerial acrobatics when they hover near a dessert tray or a piece of fruit.

Earth's seismic pulses prove deadly

JUST as a rhythmic tap can set a bell ringing, seismic pulses from an earthquake can make the land shake in deadly sympathetic motion. In 1985 a magnitude 8.1 jolt toppled 400 high-rises and killed 10,000 people in Mexico City.

Way of the dragon

Piezoelectric effects linked to fault lines may explain the energy and #8216;dragon#8217;s breath#8217; that feng shui masters try to locate, argues Dr ONG HEAN-TATT.

Quake in Tokyo likely to kill 10,000

B>TOKYO:/BMore than 10,000 people would die if a massive earthquake were to hit Tokyo, the government has estimated according to a news report yesterday.

Xinjiang quake victims properly settled

ALL THE people displaced by a strong earthquake in Xinjiang have been properly settled, and none died of cold or hunger, chairman Ismail Tiliwaldi of the northwestern Uygur autonomous region said on Sunday.

Country grateful for offers to help quake victims

THE Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman Kong Quan said China was very grateful for the humanitarian aid offered by the international community to victims of its earthquake-hit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the westernmost part of the country.

Mercy Malaysia launches drive to help quake victims

The Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia) has launched its China Humanitarian Relief Fund for victims of Monday's earthquake in Xinjiang.

Relatives rush to bury quake victims

B>QIONGKUERQIAKE (China):/BGrieving relatives yesterday buried victims of the earthquake that devastated northwest China as rescuers began a massive clear-up and aftershocks brought new terror to traumatised survivors.

Rescuers comb rubble to find quake survivors

B>URUMQI (China):/BRescue workers with search dogs combed the rubble of flattened villages in near freezing weather in northwest China on Tuesday, in hopes of finding survivors from an earthquake that killed at least 265 people.

China quake leaves 257 dead

B>BEIJING:/BAt least 257 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured yesterday when an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale ripped through a remote area in northwest China, flattening hundreds of buildings, including schools.