Stephen Chen

Beijing

Stephen Chen

Senior Reporter, China

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.

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Coronavirus means less sex – for Chinese, Americans, British, Turkish

Survey in Turkey suggests people are having sex less often – consistent with findings elsewhere – and are concerned about spreading Covid-19, researchers say.

28 Oct 2020 - 2:10AM

Survey in Turkey suggests people are having sex less often – consistent with findings elsewhere – and are concerned about spreading Covid-19, researchers say.

Coronavirus means less sex – for Chinese, Americans, British, Turkish
Herd immunity case weakens with Covid-19 the leading cause of death among young in some US regions: study

Doctors angry at US President Trump’s claim that American physicians and hospitals are inflating data, including coronavirus-related deaths.

27 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

Doctors angry at US President Trump’s claim that American physicians and hospitals are inflating data, including coronavirus-related deaths.

Herd immunity case weakens with Covid-19 the leading cause of death among young in some US regions: study
Coronavirus: co-infection with influenza can speed up replication of pathogen that causes Covid-19, study says

Modifications to the structure of human cells caused by a flu bug can make it easier for the coronavirus to invade them, Chinese researchers say.

24 Oct 2020 - 9:35PM

Modifications to the structure of human cells caused by a flu bug can make it easier for the coronavirus to invade them, Chinese researchers say.

Coronavirus: co-infection with influenza can speed up replication of pathogen that causes Covid-19, study says
Pollen could play a role in reducing spread of coronavirus, Dutch study finds

Researchers in the Netherlands say reported cases dropped when pollen count was high.

24 Oct 2020 - 1:30AM

Researchers in the Netherlands say reported cases dropped when pollen count was high.

Pollen could play a role in reducing spread of coronavirus, Dutch study finds
Chinese, US scientists still working together despite Donald Trump’s hostility

Cooperation has even benefited research with potential military applications, at a time of toxic political relations between the countries.

22 Oct 2020 - 10:04PM

Cooperation has even benefited research with potential military applications, at a time of toxic political relations between the countries.

Chinese, US scientists still working together despite Donald Trump’s hostility
Coronavirus: researchers call for review of hospital discharge guidelines

Some recovered patients breathe out thousands of viral particles, Chinese-led small-scale study finds.

17 Oct 2020 - 12:00AM

Some recovered patients breathe out thousands of viral particles, Chinese-led small-scale study finds.

Coronavirus: researchers call for review of hospital discharge guidelines
Antibodies may actually help coronavirus invade cells in some cases, study suggests

Researchers say they’ve identified a high-risk molecule commonly found in Covid-19 patients that may assist the virus rather than neutralising it.

15 Oct 2020 - 8:35PM

Researchers say they’ve identified a high-risk molecule commonly found in Covid-19 patients that may assist the virus rather than neutralising it.

Antibodies may actually help coronavirus invade cells in some cases, study suggests
Coronavirus: one-size face masks do not fit all – especially women: study

Standard design works for men but results in greater leakage when used by women and the elderly, researchers say.

14 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

Standard design works for men but results in greater leakage when used by women and the elderly, researchers say.

Coronavirus: one-size face masks do not fit all – especially women: study
Covid-19 patient with no respiratory symptoms suffers brain damage

The 30-year-old man from Texas had trouble with speech and movement but did not show other symptoms such as fever, coughing or chest pains.

11 Oct 2020 - 10:08AM

The 30-year-old man from Texas had trouble with speech and movement but did not show other symptoms such as fever, coughing or chest pains.

Covid-19 patient with no respiratory symptoms suffers brain damage
Dominican Republic study shows how coronavirus misinformation is spreading

Nearly half the population of the Caribbean island nation believes debunked conspiracy theory that the virus was made in a Wuhan lab, survey finds.

10 Oct 2020 - 12:58AM

Nearly half the population of the Caribbean island nation believes debunked conspiracy theory that the virus was made in a Wuhan lab, survey finds.

Dominican Republic study shows how coronavirus misinformation is spreading
Coronavirus: home-made origami face masks may fit better than commercial ones, study suggests

US scientists say the paper-folding technique can be used to make a simple mask that potentially has a better seal than surgical or N95 masks.

1 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

US scientists say the paper-folding technique can be used to make a simple mask that potentially has a better seal than surgical or N95 masks.

Coronavirus: home-made origami face masks may fit better than commercial ones, study suggests
Coronavirus: infection rate in US and Wuhan higher than previously thought

Modelling by scientists finds the basic reproduction number around 8 for both the earliest outbreak in China and in recent months in the US.

30 Sep 2020 - 12:47PM

Modelling by scientists finds the basic reproduction number around 8 for both the earliest outbreak in China and in recent months in the US.

Coronavirus: infection rate in US and Wuhan higher than previously thought
Coronavirus: US case of reinfection ‘may affect vaccine research’

Findings suggest that the antibodies formed after the first infection did not offer strong protection against the second, team says.

29 Sep 2020 - 12:52AM

Findings suggest that the antibodies formed after the first infection did not offer strong protection against the second, team says.

Coronavirus: US case of reinfection ‘may affect vaccine research’
Mother’s milk could help fight coronavirus, study finds

Chinese researchers found that exposure to human breast milk helps kill the virus that causes Covid-19.

28 Sep 2020 - 8:59AM

Chinese researchers found that exposure to human breast milk helps kill the virus that causes Covid-19.

Mother’s milk could help fight coronavirus, study finds
Popular theory of ‘volcanic winter’ killing early humans is at the centre of debate over climate and evolution

Chinese palaeoanthropologists dispute long-held notion that Toba eruption 74,000 years ago wiped out populations.

26 Sep 2020 - 9:00PM

Chinese palaeoanthropologists dispute long-held notion that Toba eruption 74,000 years ago wiped out populations.

Popular theory of ‘volcanic winter’ killing early humans is at the centre of debate over climate and evolution
Coronavirus: pets may be more susceptible to Covid-19 than first thought, study says

More than half of cats and dogs living with infected owners test positive for antibodies in French study.

24 Sep 2020 - 8:11AM

More than half of cats and dogs living with infected owners test positive for antibodies in French study.

Coronavirus: pets may be more susceptible to Covid-19 than first thought, study says
Coronavirus: genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia may cause less severe Covid-19 symptoms

It may be good news for individuals but not the pandemic, with low levels of virus able to spread without being detected by the immune system.

22 Sep 2020 - 11:45PM

It may be good news for individuals but not the pandemic, with low levels of virus able to spread without being detected by the immune system.

Coronavirus: genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia may cause less severe Covid-19 symptoms
Coronavirus: what can nuclear physics tell us about stopping the pandemic?

Japanese nuclear physicists say that limiting the spread of the virus could be similar to controlling a thermonuclear reaction.

22 Sep 2020 - 6:00AM

Japanese nuclear physicists say that limiting the spread of the virus could be similar to controlling a thermonuclear reaction.

Coronavirus: what can nuclear physics tell us about stopping the pandemic?
Chinese AI technology shows people age fastest in their 40s

Researchers used 3D images to determine how much younger or older people look compared to their actual age.

19 Sep 2020 - 10:09PM

Researchers used 3D images to determine how much younger or older people look compared to their actual age.

Chinese AI technology shows people age fastest in their 40s
Coronavirus: constantly surprising virus found to be heat tolerant, self-healing and very resilient in lab tests

Hungarian team finds virus particle withstands being probed by a nano needle 100 times, possibly making it the most physically elastic virus known

19 Sep 2020 - 3:50AM

Hungarian team finds virus particle withstands being probed by a nano needle 100 times, possibly making it the most physically elastic virus known

Coronavirus: constantly surprising virus found to be heat tolerant, self-healing and very resilient in lab tests
Study on infant in Brazil suggests coronavirus ‘does not efficiently spread into brain’

Researchers in Brazil found a concentration of the virus in just a small part of one-year-old’s brain, indicating it may have limited ability to reproduce there.

17 Sep 2020 - 1:33AM

Researchers in Brazil found a concentration of the virus in just a small part of one-year-old’s brain, indicating it may have limited ability to reproduce there.

Study on infant in Brazil suggests coronavirus ‘does not efficiently spread into brain’
Pigs can be infected with coronavirus, Canadian-US study finds

Findings challenge conclusions from previous research that swine could not contract the pathogen that causes Covid-19.

12 Sep 2020 - 10:27PM

Findings challenge conclusions from previous research that swine could not contract the pathogen that causes Covid-19.

Pigs can be infected with coronavirus, Canadian-US study finds
China claims quantum leap with machine declared a million times greater than Google’s Sycamore

Physicist Pan Jianwei says his team achieved quantum supremacy but ‘further verification’ is necessary.

12 Sep 2020 - 1:07AM

Physicist Pan Jianwei says his team achieved quantum supremacy but ‘further verification’ is necessary.

China claims quantum leap with machine declared a million times greater than Google’s Sycamore
Coronavirus: scientists find collision of pandemic and flu doubles Covid-19 transmission

Decline of new cases after first wave was caused by lockdown and social distancing but also the end of flu season, find European researchers.

11 Sep 2020 - 7:00AM

Decline of new cases after first wave was caused by lockdown and social distancing but also the end of flu season, find European researchers.

Coronavirus: scientists find collision of pandemic and flu doubles Covid-19 transmission
Coronavirus immunity short-lived if you had mild or no symptoms, study finds

Absence of cells vital for lasting ability to fight the virus casts doubt on patients’ ability to produce the immune response needed for a vaccine to work.

9 Sep 2020 - 2:32PM

Absence of cells vital for lasting ability to fight the virus casts doubt on patients’ ability to produce the immune response needed for a vaccine to work.

Coronavirus immunity short-lived if you had mild or no symptoms, study finds
Coronavirus on chilled salmon may be infectious for over a week

A new study from Chinese researchers found that Sars-CoV-2 remains infectious on salmon for eight days at 4 degrees Celsius.

8 Sep 2020 - 11:03PM

A new study from Chinese researchers found that Sars-CoV-2 remains infectious on salmon for eight days at 4 degrees Celsius.

Coronavirus on chilled salmon may be infectious for over a week
Children could carry coronavirus for longer than previously thought, US study says

Analysis of records from Washington hospital finds the median time to test negative is 25 days, while other research has suggested it’s 20 days for adults.

4 Sep 2020 - 9:25PM

Analysis of records from Washington hospital finds the median time to test negative is 25 days, while other research has suggested it’s 20 days for adults.

Children could carry coronavirus for longer than previously thought, US study says
Japan’s suicide rate has fallen in the pandemic and less work and financial stress may be factors, study suggests

Researchers suggest reduced working hours and government support may have eased stress and financial pressure, contributing to the decrease.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:22PM

Researchers suggest reduced working hours and government support may have eased stress and financial pressure, contributing to the decrease.

Japan’s suicide rate has fallen in the pandemic and less work and financial stress may be factors, study suggests
Coronavirus death rate may be as bad – or worse – than for Spanish flu pandemic

Chinese and US researchers have come up with an estimate of 4.54 per cent based on data from the initial outbreak in Wuhan. It compares to estimates ranging from 1.61 to 1.98 per cent for the influenza virus over a century ago.

3 Sep 2020 - 3:56AM

Chinese and US researchers have come up with an estimate of 4.54 per cent based on data from the initial outbreak in Wuhan. It compares to estimates ranging from 1.61 to 1.98 per cent for the influenza virus over a century ago.

Coronavirus death rate may be as bad – or worse – than for Spanish flu pandemic
The pandemic has changed shoppers’ behaviour and heightened cleanliness anxiety, Canadian study finds

Focus groups reveal scrupulous cleaning rituals when bringing goods into the home, with some new habits raising the alarm for researchers.

1 Sep 2020 - 10:45PM

Focus groups reveal scrupulous cleaning rituals when bringing goods into the home, with some new habits raising the alarm for researchers.

The pandemic has changed shoppers’ behaviour and heightened cleanliness anxiety, Canadian study finds