Alice Shen

Alice is a Hong Kong economy and business reporter at the South China Morning Post. Born in central China and raised in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, she studied biology, economics and journalism in Peking University and Boston University.
Alice Shen
Alice is a Hong Kong economy and business reporter at the South China Morning Post. Born in central China and raised in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, she studied biology, economics and journalism in Peking University and Boston University.

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China’s first lunar leaf dies after Chang’e scientists forced to cut power to stop battery running low

Cotton seed that became first plant to come to life on the surface of the moon dies after being exposed to far side’s extreme temperatures.

18 Jan 2019 - 6:51AM

Cotton seed that became first plant to come to life on the surface of the moon dies after being exposed to far side’s extreme temperatures.

China’s first lunar leaf dies after Chang’e scientists forced to cut power to stop battery running low
Chinese yoga student wins US$28,800 payout after leg bone snaps in gym

Shanghai court awards damages for permanent injury to woman who tried to perfect a seated pose.

16 Jan 2019 - 9:47PM

Shanghai court awards damages for permanent injury to woman who tried to perfect a seated pose.

Chinese yoga student wins US$28,800 payout after leg bone snaps in gym
Ocean temperatures to rise four times more quickly in next 40 years, warn US and Chinese scientists

Last year was hottest on record for ocean temperatures, raising risk of natural disasters and higher sea levels.

16 Jan 2019 - 10:25AM

Last year was hottest on record for ocean temperatures, raising risk of natural disasters and higher sea levels.

Ocean temperatures to rise four times more quickly in next 40 years, warn US and Chinese scientists
Chinese hepatitis B carrier asked to quit job after company medical reveals he has virus

Insurance company says decision to pull job offer was made for sake of employees but the worker, one of 90 million in China with virus, may be offered alternative role.

15 Jan 2019 - 11:09PM

Insurance company says decision to pull job offer was made for sake of employees but the worker, one of 90 million in China with virus, may be offered alternative role.

Chinese hepatitis B carrier asked to quit job after company medical reveals he has virus
Onwards to Mars for China’s deep space explorers after Chang’e 4 moon mission success

Buoyed by a world first, Chinese scientists are looking to the red planet to push frontiers.

14 Jan 2019 - 11:26PM

Buoyed by a world first, Chinese scientists are looking to the red planet to push frontiers.

Onwards to Mars for China’s deep space explorers after Chang’e 4 moon mission success
China’s Chang’e 4 mission goals accomplished; first panorama photograph of far side of moon revealed

Mission gets real for China and its US, Russian, Swedish, German and Dutch partners as Chang’e 4 sends back first panorama photographs of moon’s mysterious far side.

11 Jan 2019 - 10:58PM

Mission gets real for China and its US, Russian, Swedish, German and Dutch partners as Chang’e 4 sends back first panorama photographs of moon’s mysterious far side.

China’s Chang’e 4 mission goals accomplished; first panorama photograph of far side of moon revealed
Listening to the Big Bang: China’s lunar lander tunes in to ancient radio signals from across universe

Chang’e 4 uses its unique position on the ‘quiet’ side of the moon to seek out energy emissions that originated at the time the universe was born.

10 Jan 2019 - 10:45PM

Chang’e 4 uses its unique position on the ‘quiet’ side of the moon to seek out energy emissions that originated at the time the universe was born.

Listening to the Big Bang: China’s lunar lander tunes in to ancient radio signals from across universe
How China hopes to play a leading role in developing next-generation nuclear reactors

Researchers have ambitious plans that could pave the way for cleaner, safer and more efficient reactors that could cut reliance on fossil fuels.

10 Jan 2019 - 10:45PM

Researchers have ambitious plans that could pave the way for cleaner, safer and more efficient reactors that could cut reliance on fossil fuels.

How China hopes to play a leading role in developing next-generation nuclear reactors
China honours defence engineer Qian Qihu and radar expert Liu Yongtan in annual science and tech awards

Octogenarian military scientists receive top prize for their work on ‘underground Great Wall’ and maritime radar system.

9 Jan 2019 - 10:53AM

Octogenarian military scientists receive top prize for their work on ‘underground Great Wall’ and maritime radar system.

China honours defence engineer Qian Qihu and radar expert Liu Yongtan in annual science and tech awards
First photo of China’s lunar rover Yutu 2 leaving ‘footprints’ on far side of moon

Humankind’s first ‘footprints’ on the far side are captured in photo sent back to Earth as the rover is released to begin mapping the moon’s inner structures and analysing soil and rock samples.

4 Jan 2019 - 7:03PM

Humankind’s first ‘footprints’ on the far side are captured in photo sent back to Earth as the rover is released to begin mapping the moon’s inner structures and analysing soil and rock samples.

First photo of China’s lunar rover Yutu 2 leaving ‘footprints’ on far side of moon
What you need to know about Chang’e 4, China’s mission to the far side of the moon

From the myths that inspired the name of the Chang’e landing to the future of space exploration, we take a look at some of the most interesting aspects of this mission.

3 Jan 2019 - 10:02PM

From the myths that inspired the name of the Chang’e landing to the future of space exploration, we take a look at some of the most interesting aspects of this mission.

What you need to know about Chang’e 4, China’s mission to the far side of the moon
How good for your health is cutting salt from your diet? Chinese scientists try to find the answer

A study conducted in a part of China where the problem is especially serious suggests that reducing consumption by a quarter could halve death rates.

23 Dec 2018 - 11:13PM

A study conducted in a part of China where the problem is especially serious suggests that reducing consumption by a quarter could halve death rates.

How good for your health is cutting salt from your diet? Chinese scientists try to find the answer
Who will be named China’s next top scientist? The countdown begins

Long-running annual national science and technology awards focus is on original work that could lead international research

15 Dec 2018 - 10:20PM

Long-running annual national science and technology awards focus is on original work that could lead international research

Who will be named China’s next top scientist? The countdown begins
Delayed but still a world first: new breed of nuclear reactor powers up in southern China

Taishan plant beats French and Finnish projects to completion more than a decade after it started.

15 Dec 2018 - 4:54AM

Taishan plant beats French and Finnish projects to completion more than a decade after it started.

Delayed but still a world first: new breed of nuclear reactor powers up in southern China
Storm clouds continue to cast shadows over China’s Sky River rain-making project
Men ‘detained for burning low-quality coal’ in northern China amid winter crackdown

But county government denies environment department statement, saying the pair were ‘criticised and educated’ for using the banned heating fuel.

11 Dec 2018 - 10:46PM

But county government denies environment department statement, saying the pair were ‘criticised and educated’ for using the banned heating fuel.

Men ‘detained for burning low-quality coal’ in northern China amid winter crackdown
Chinese flying saucer builder enters legal twilight zone after building UFO-inspired drone

Aviation authorities try to bring drone maker back to earth after his sci fi-inspired creation makes its maiden flight.

10 Dec 2018 - 10:36PM

Aviation authorities try to bring drone maker back to earth after his sci fi-inspired creation makes its maiden flight.

Chinese flying saucer builder enters legal twilight zone after building UFO-inspired drone
Chang’e 4 launches China’s bid to be first on dark side of the moon

Lunar lander and rover spacecraft blasts off on Saturday in a challenging mission to explore moon’s lesser-known far side, which could significantly boost the standing of the Chinese space programme.

8 Dec 2018 - 11:05PM

Lunar lander and rover spacecraft blasts off on Saturday in a challenging mission to explore moon’s lesser-known far side, which could significantly boost the standing of the Chinese space programme.

Chang’e 4 launches China’s bid to be first on dark side of the moon
During the Cultural Revolution he had to toil in the fields, now he’s leading China’s biggest ever Antarctic mission
  • The man leading China’s biggest ever mission to Antarctica nearly missed out on going to university due to the Cultural Revolution.
5 Dec 2018 - 10:38AM
  • The man leading China’s biggest ever mission to Antarctica nearly missed out on going to university due to the Cultural Revolution.
During the Cultural Revolution he had to toil in the fields, now he’s leading China’s biggest ever Antarctic mission
China suspends all projects of gene-edited baby scientist He Jiankui, and says those involved will be punished

Scientist He Jiankui has all projects suspended as international experts call claims genetically modified children were born ‘deeply disturbing’.

29 Nov 2018 - 10:01PM

Scientist He Jiankui has all projects suspended as international experts call claims genetically modified children were born ‘deeply disturbing’.

China suspends all projects of gene-edited baby scientist He Jiankui, and says those involved will be punished
Scientists line up to take aim at research behind Chinese biologist He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies

Nobel laureate biologist David Baltimore and David Liu, a co-inventor of the gene-editing technology used in the experiment, agreed that He Jiankui’s experiment was not medically necessary.

29 Nov 2018 - 1:20PM

Nobel laureate biologist David Baltimore and David Liu, a co-inventor of the gene-editing technology used in the experiment, agreed that He Jiankui’s experiment was not medically necessary.

Scientists line up to take aim at research behind Chinese biologist He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies
Unrepentant Chinese scientist He Jiankui apologises for sparking global controversy, but says he is proud of his achievement

Speaking at international conference in Hong Kong, academic says couples who took part in study gave informed consent and hints at second pregnancy.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:21PM

Speaking at international conference in Hong Kong, academic says couples who took part in study gave informed consent and hints at second pregnancy.

Unrepentant Chinese scientist He Jiankui apologises for sparking global controversy, but says he is proud of his achievement
China to investigate whether ‘shocking’ gene-edited twin experiment by He Jiankui broke the law

Science ministry promises to report back on findings after Shenzhen researcher claims world first.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:41PM

Science ministry promises to report back on findings after Shenzhen researcher claims world first.

China to investigate whether ‘shocking’ gene-edited twin experiment by He Jiankui broke the law
Chinese scientists condemn ‘crazy’ and ‘unethical’ gene-editing experiment

More than 120 researchers sign open letter criticising He Jiankui after he claimed to have been responsible for world’s first gene-edited babies.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:39PM

More than 120 researchers sign open letter criticising He Jiankui after he claimed to have been responsible for world’s first gene-edited babies.

Chinese scientists condemn ‘crazy’ and ‘unethical’ gene-editing experiment
‘We’re in the dark’: Chinese health officials unaware of research on ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’

Authorities say they were not told about the controversial experiment that researchers claim to have carried out in China. The research – to switch off a HIV-related gene – has not been independently verified.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:37PM

Authorities say they were not told about the controversial experiment that researchers claim to have carried out in China. The research – to switch off a HIV-related gene – has not been independently verified.

‘We’re in the dark’: Chinese health officials unaware of research on ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’
Toxic chemical spill in southern China 10 times worse than previously disclosed

Officials sacked for negligence as petrochemical company in Fujian province accused of deliberately misleading authorities over extent of contamination

26 Nov 2018 - 10:02PM

Officials sacked for negligence as petrochemical company in Fujian province accused of deliberately misleading authorities over extent of contamination

Toxic chemical spill in southern China 10 times worse than previously disclosed
China’s scientists overworked and underpaid compared with other professions, survey says

Survey finds salaries are not keeping pace as top institutions focus on returning overseas talent while pressure to publish contributes to workload.

25 Nov 2018 - 11:10PM

Survey finds salaries are not keeping pace as top institutions focus on returning overseas talent while pressure to publish contributes to workload.

China’s scientists overworked and underpaid compared with other professions, survey says
One dead and 11 wounded in attack at Chinese college

Police detain a 20-year-old suspect, surnamed Yang, in the provincial capital of Kunming

24 Nov 2018 - 12:45AM

Police detain a 20-year-old suspect, surnamed Yang, in the provincial capital of Kunming

One dead and 11 wounded in attack at Chinese college
Chinese scientists say they have the key to building a space elevator. A what?

It may sound like science fiction, but the idea has been around for more than a century.

23 Nov 2018 - 2:32AM

It may sound like science fiction, but the idea has been around for more than a century.

Chinese scientists say they have the key to building a space elevator. A what?
Chinese women are working diligently, says education mogul who called them depraved

Michael Yu Minhong says he was wrong in remarks about ‘declining moral standards’ caused by ‘depraved’ women, claiming he ‘did not realise both genders play their part for their family and society’.

21 Nov 2018 - 10:40PM

Michael Yu Minhong says he was wrong in remarks about ‘declining moral standards’ caused by ‘depraved’ women, claiming he ‘did not realise both genders play their part for their family and society’.

Chinese women are working diligently, says education mogul who called them depraved