Alice Shen

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.

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
18 Jan 2019 - 6:51AM
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.

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
16 Jan 2019 - 9:47PM
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.

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
16 Jan 2019 - 10:25AM
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.

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
15 Jan 2019 - 11:09PM
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.

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
14 Jan 2019 - 11:26PM
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.

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
11 Jan 2019 - 10:58PM
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.

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
10 Jan 2019 - 10:45PM
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.

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
10 Jan 2019 - 10:45PM
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.

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
9 Jan 2019 - 10:53AM
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.

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
4 Jan 2019 - 7:03PM
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.

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
3 Jan 2019 - 10:02PM
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.

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
23 Dec 2018 - 11:13PM
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

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
15 Dec 2018 - 10:20PM
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.

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
15 Dec 2018 - 4:54AM
Storm clouds continue to cast shadows over China’s Sky River rain-making project
13 Dec 2018 - 12:51PM
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.

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
11 Dec 2018 - 10:46PM
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.

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
10 Dec 2018 - 10:36PM
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.

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
8 Dec 2018 - 11:06PM
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.
  • 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
5 Dec 2018 - 10:38AM
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’.

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
29 Nov 2018 - 11:27PM
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.

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
29 Nov 2018 - 1:20PM
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.

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
29 Nov 2018 - 12:21PM
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.

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
29 Nov 2018 - 12:41PM
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.

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
29 Nov 2018 - 12:39PM
‘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.

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’
29 Nov 2018 - 12:37PM
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

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
26 Nov 2018 - 10:02PM
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.

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
25 Nov 2018 - 11:10PM
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

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
24 Nov 2018 - 12:45AM
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.

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?
23 Nov 2018 - 2:32AM
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’.

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
21 Nov 2018 - 10:40PM