Stephen Chen

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.
Stephen Chen
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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Chinese scientists test satellite positioning technology that can work independently in space

Research team says probe managed to calculate its own location by using the X-ray from a small, distant star for reference – and it was more accurate than a similar Nasa experiment last year.

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Research team says probe managed to calculate its own location by using the X-ray from a small, distant star for reference – and it was more accurate than a similar Nasa experiment last year.

Chinese scientists test satellite positioning technology that can work independently in space
The solar-powered ‘tree’ that turns the sea into drinking water

Material that generates heat from sunlight could provide self-maintaining water supply on remote islands.

22 Aug 2019 - 5:03AM

Material that generates heat from sunlight could provide self-maintaining water supply on remote islands.

The solar-powered ‘tree’ that turns the sea into drinking water
Scientists find way to stop algae poisoning China’s dirtiest freshwater lake

Lake Chao is ranked bottom by the central government for water quality, but the discovery of a virus could allow algae to be controlled.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:30PM

Lake Chao is ranked bottom by the central government for water quality, but the discovery of a virus could allow algae to be controlled.

Scientists find way to stop algae poisoning China’s dirtiest freshwater lake
Chinese engineers follow the Sea Dragon with new submersible that can ‘fly’ through water like a plane in the air

Developers say their prototype craft could dive to 1,000 metres in five minutes – Liu Kaizhou, who also worked the Jiaolong submersible, says ‘We are in uncharted water’.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:59AM

Developers say their prototype craft could dive to 1,000 metres in five minutes – Liu Kaizhou, who also worked the Jiaolong submersible, says ‘We are in uncharted water’.

Chinese engineers follow the Sea Dragon with new submersible that can ‘fly’ through water like a plane in the air
China scientists warn of global cooling trick up nature’s sleeve

Research sheds light on 500-year Chinese weather cycle and suggests a cool change could be on the way but no room for inaction.

11 Aug 2019 - 6:30AM

Research sheds light on 500-year Chinese weather cycle and suggests a cool change could be on the way but no room for inaction.

China scientists warn of global cooling trick up nature’s sleeve
China is building world’s most powerful laser radar to study Earth’s solar shield

New facility is designed to help scientists study particles that help deflect cosmic rays in the high atmosphere.

5 Aug 2019 - 6:18AM

New facility is designed to help scientists study particles that help deflect cosmic rays in the high atmosphere.

China is building world’s most powerful laser radar to study Earth’s solar shield
iSpace becomes China’s first privately owned firm to put a rocket into orbit

Hyperbola-1, designed and built by iSpace, ‘makes history’ after delivering two satellites into near-Earth orbits.

26 Jul 2019 - 1:43PM

Hyperbola-1, designed and built by iSpace, ‘makes history’ after delivering two satellites into near-Earth orbits.

iSpace becomes China’s first privately owned firm to put a rocket into orbit
Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?

Researchers say they created E coli strain that can draw free energy from the environment; its next task is to see if technique can be applied to complex life forms such as humans and animals.

25 Jul 2019 - 12:17PM

Researchers say they created E coli strain that can draw free energy from the environment; its next task is to see if technique can be applied to complex life forms such as humans and animals.

Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?
Gallium: China tightens grip on wonder metal as Huawei works on promising applications beyond 5G

Alexandra Feytis, a consultant at Roskill Information Services, says the US and Europe will keep close watch on China’s dominance of the critical material as new promising applications are developed.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:04AM

Alexandra Feytis, a consultant at Roskill Information Services, says the US and Europe will keep close watch on China’s dominance of the critical material as new promising applications are developed.

Gallium: China tightens grip on wonder metal as Huawei works on promising applications beyond 5G
Chinese lunar ambitions soar 50 years after moon landing

As world remembers Neil Armstrong’s historic small step, Chinese scientists outline great leap for their space programme.

19 Jul 2019 - 11:42PM

As world remembers Neil Armstrong’s historic small step, Chinese scientists outline great leap for their space programme.

Chinese lunar ambitions soar 50 years after moon landing
Chinese scientists hail ‘incredible’ stealth breakthrough that may blind military radar systems

Researchers at academy of science believe electromagnetic wave model is key that will herald new era in radar detection and avoidance for military ships and aircraft.

19 Jul 2019 - 3:16PM

Researchers at academy of science believe electromagnetic wave model is key that will herald new era in radar detection and avoidance for military ships and aircraft.

Chinese scientists hail ‘incredible’ stealth breakthrough that may blind military radar systems
Chinese scientists’ new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases

Researchers managed to eradicate populations on two islands in Guangzhou province in two years by releasing 200 million insects specially bred to be infertile.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:14PM

Researchers managed to eradicate populations on two islands in Guangzhou province in two years by releasing 200 million insects specially bred to be infertile.

Chinese scientists’ new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases
How China could use bio-waste to mass-produce cheap super-fuel for missiles

Scientists say large-scale conversion of agricultural waste into fuel offers savings up to 60 per cent, which could slash military costs and bring civilian applications of hypersonic flight technology closer.

16 Jul 2019 - 1:22AM

Scientists say large-scale conversion of agricultural waste into fuel offers savings up to 60 per cent, which could slash military costs and bring civilian applications of hypersonic flight technology closer.

How China could use bio-waste to mass-produce cheap super-fuel for missiles
Chinese officials’ summer retreat closes down over pollution scandal

Cloud Valley Mansion once hosted lavish banquets but shut its doors after being found to have pumped waste water in reservoir that supplies Beijing.

14 Jul 2019 - 10:29PM

Cloud Valley Mansion once hosted lavish banquets but shut its doors after being found to have pumped waste water in reservoir that supplies Beijing.

Chinese officials’ summer retreat closes down over pollution scandal
What trade war? How China and US bonded over soccer and a nuclear ‘man-made sun’

Fusion energy can be controlled more effectively after the latest breakthrough in the two countries’ joint research effort, as lead scientist on the Chinese side hails their decades-long collaboration.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:30PM

Fusion energy can be controlled more effectively after the latest breakthrough in the two countries’ joint research effort, as lead scientist on the Chinese side hails their decades-long collaboration.

What trade war? How China and US bonded over soccer and a nuclear ‘man-made sun’
Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on US?

US is regarded as the world leader in hardware hacking, while its allies have found no evidence of planting ‘back doors’. Chinese researchers insist their work on Trojans is separated from telecoms firms.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:08AM

US is regarded as the world leader in hardware hacking, while its allies have found no evidence of planting ‘back doors’. Chinese researchers insist their work on Trojans is separated from telecoms firms.

Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on US?
Chinese scientists find cancer hope in old pest remedy

Common parasite treatment paves way for cancer-busting drugs in tests.

8 Jul 2019 - 10:59PM

Common parasite treatment paves way for cancer-busting drugs in tests.

Chinese scientists find cancer hope in old pest remedy
Google denies link to China’s military over touch-screen tools that may help PLA pilots

Lead scientist in Google’s AI team revealed to be taking part in work by Chinese institute on predicting screen touches accurately, which has many potential uses including helping pilots select a fast-moving target.

4 Jul 2019 - 5:11PM

Lead scientist in Google’s AI team revealed to be taking part in work by Chinese institute on predicting screen touches accurately, which has many potential uses including helping pilots select a fast-moving target.

Google denies link to China’s military over touch-screen tools that may help PLA pilots
Chinese academics dump Trump for research papers, citing lack of interest

Research paper mentions for US president plummet in China’s domestic journals but even at their peak, Donald Trump’s numbers were well below Barack Obama’s.

3 Jul 2019 - 9:44PM

Research paper mentions for US president plummet in China’s domestic journals but even at their peak, Donald Trump’s numbers were well below Barack Obama’s.

Chinese academics dump Trump for research papers, citing lack of interest
Highest energy cosmic ray recorded by scientists in Tibet

Chinese and Japanese researchers detect most powerful gamma ray ever seen after light particle travels 4,500 light years to Earth from the Crab Nebula.

3 Jul 2019 - 9:24PM

Chinese and Japanese researchers detect most powerful gamma ray ever seen after light particle travels 4,500 light years to Earth from the Crab Nebula.

Highest energy cosmic ray recorded by scientists in Tibet
Can a new graphene coating save the Chinese military from rusting away in the South China Sea?

Researchers working on graphene-based anti-corrosion material to protect weapons and buildings on artificial islands in the disputed waters.

1 Jul 2019 - 11:32PM

Researchers working on graphene-based anti-corrosion material to protect weapons and buildings on artificial islands in the disputed waters.

Can a new graphene coating save the Chinese military from rusting away in the South China Sea?
Why deer antlers could point the way to a new branch of cancer research

The animals are singular in their ability to grow a new set of antlers each year, thanks in large part to a combination of cancer-related and tumour-suppressing genes, a Chinese-led study has found.

21 Jun 2019 - 10:36PM

The animals are singular in their ability to grow a new set of antlers each year, thanks in large part to a combination of cancer-related and tumour-suppressing genes, a Chinese-led study has found.

Why deer antlers could point the way to a new branch of cancer research
Chinese score lowest in European-American research team’s ‘honesty’ study – but method may be flawed

The four-year project ranks the honesty of 40 nations by citizens’ willingness to report a lost wallet. Switzerland scored the highest overall.

21 Jun 2019 - 10:51PM

The four-year project ranks the honesty of 40 nations by citizens’ willingness to report a lost wallet. Switzerland scored the highest overall.

Chinese score lowest in European-American research team’s ‘honesty’ study – but method may be flawed
Polar bear’s fur inspires Chinese breakthrough in super insulator for space

Synthetic material which mimics and improves on nature could be used in China’s hypersonic space plane.

17 Jun 2019 - 4:42PM

Synthetic material which mimics and improves on nature could be used in China’s hypersonic space plane.

Polar bear’s fur inspires Chinese breakthrough in super insulator for space
Security guards at Chinese psychiatric hospital sacked after four patients make audacious escape

Group got through main exit by posing as visitors taking their relatives out for a break, after earlier finding key to security door ‘hidden’ on a windowsill.

16 Jun 2019 - 11:13PM

Group got through main exit by posing as visitors taking their relatives out for a break, after earlier finding key to security door ‘hidden’ on a windowsill.

Security guards at Chinese psychiatric hospital sacked after four patients make audacious escape
Could Chinese scientists have found evidence of world’s first stoners in 2,500-year-old Xinjiang graveyard?

Findings published in Science Advances support earliest recorded cannabis use, written in 440BC, while researchers speculate psychoactive THC had grim role in funeral rites.

13 Jun 2019 - 5:33AM

Findings published in Science Advances support earliest recorded cannabis use, written in 440BC, while researchers speculate psychoactive THC had grim role in funeral rites.

Could Chinese scientists have found evidence of world’s first stoners in 2,500-year-old Xinjiang graveyard?
China’s ‘artificial sun’ project just got a whole lot hotter, scientists say

New facility in Sichuan province will enable researchers to recreate the ‘extreme environments’ necessary to harness nuclear fusion.

7 Jun 2019 - 12:14AM

New facility in Sichuan province will enable researchers to recreate the ‘extreme environments’ necessary to harness nuclear fusion.

China’s ‘artificial sun’ project just got a whole lot hotter, scientists say
China rockets to forefront of global space race with sea launch success

China has become the first nation to fully own and operate a floating launch platform for its space missions.

6 Jun 2019 - 12:31PM

China has become the first nation to fully own and operate a floating launch platform for its space missions.

China rockets to forefront of global space race with sea launch success
Chinese scientists find link between acne and common cold

Study of children prone to recurring colds identifies abnormally high presence of skin affecting bacteria.

4 Jun 2019 - 5:00PM

Study of children prone to recurring colds identifies abnormally high presence of skin affecting bacteria.

Chinese scientists find link between acne and common cold
Gene-editing breakthrough in China comes with urgent call for global rules

Leading Chinese scientist warns approved modified babies could be just a year or two away.

1 Jun 2019 - 3:32PM

Leading Chinese scientist warns approved modified babies could be just a year or two away.

Gene-editing breakthrough in China comes with urgent call for global rules