Connecting Science and Art
The fish of Circle Limit III by Dutch artist M.C. Escher are fascinating – they are of the same size in the world of hyperbolic geometry, a geometry in which Albert Einstein used to depict space and time. To Dr Benny Ng of the Faculty of Science, they are more than just works of art. They are splendid examples of tessellation meeting imagination, of science meeting art.
A Stay-at-Home Project for the Elderly
"Ageing in place" is a concept that has been embraced around the world to enable the elderly to live in their own homes for as long as possible regardless of their abilities. In most developed countries, about three to four per cent of elderly require residential nursing care, but in Hong Kong the figure is 6.8%. A project by HKU's Sau Po Centre on Ageing (CoA) is helping to give more elderly a chance to remain at home for longer.
Venus in Her Glory at HKU
Opportunity and expertise came together for an exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) that introduced young and old alike to the rich and remarkable world of the Renaissance and its art.
War, Terrorism and Torture: Provoking a Debate
To ask whether war, terrorism and torture are ever justified would seem to be a pointless exercise. After all, modern political rhetoric tilts firmly towards "just" wars, against terrorism and against torture. But Dr Uwe Steinhoff, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, argues there are double standards, hypocrisy and propaganda underpinning these views.
The Many Languages of Hong Kong
To the casual observer, Hong Kong appears to be a Cantonese-speaking city with some English and Putonghua added in. But like major cities the world over, Hong Kong has attracted people from many different places. Beneath the homogeneous Cantonese front is a mosaic of languages and cultures, and now they are the focus of a website launched in the School of English.
New App for a Healthy Voice
Anyone who has had to talk for a prolonged period will know the problem of voice fatigue, especially teachers and others whose voices are central to their professional life. A new app developed at HKU aims to help them prevent problems and develop a healthy voice.
Technology with a Social Purpose
Dr Vincent Lau of the Department of Computer Science has been developing new technology products for more than 20 years and he is enthusiastic about the possibilities of today's advances to change lives for the better, especially among the impaired people. At the same time, he has been puzzled that many young people do not have similar enthusiasm. His KE project has tried to change that.
Screening Tool for Disaster Volunteers
When the Sichuan earthquake struck in 2008, more than one million volunteers were reported to have flocked to the scene to offer their help. That outpouring of support, however, brought its own logistical problems and burdens, prompting Dr C. Harry Hui, Associate Professor of Psychology, to wonder what could be done about it.