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 mutations pose challenge to vaccine makers

Studies send mixed messages whether the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be able to tackle the variant that emerged in Britain.

22 Jan 2021 - 9:48PM

Studies send mixed messages whether the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be able to tackle the variant that emerged in Britain.

Coronavirus mutations pose challenge to vaccine makers
East China Sea: why giant Chinese territory marker may be leagues above old buoy network

New extra-large buoy detects intruders to alert naval forces in area disputed with Japan and South Korea, where such devices have been vandalised.

19 Jan 2021 - 10:09AM

New extra-large buoy detects intruders to alert naval forces in area disputed with Japan and South Korea, where such devices have been vandalised.

East China Sea: why giant Chinese territory marker may be leagues above old buoy network
Coronavirus: global death toll could hit 5 million by March, Chinese researchers say

In worst case, the number of Covid-19 infections in the United States could rise to 32 million, study says.

15 Jan 2021 - 10:14AM

In worst case, the number of Covid-19 infections in the United States could rise to 32 million, study says.

Coronavirus: global death toll could hit 5 million by March, Chinese researchers say
Hunt for Italy’s coronavirus patient zero finds a case in November 2019

Peer-reviewed research shows the virus was present in a stored skin sample taken from a Milan woman with a mysterious illness.

14 Jan 2021 - 1:51AM

Peer-reviewed research shows the virus was present in a stored skin sample taken from a Milan woman with a mysterious illness.

Hunt for Italy’s coronavirus patient zero finds a case in November 2019
How coronavirus lockdowns changed attitudes to sex and relationships

A study by Chinese scientists found that sex became a far more important factor in how people viewed their relationship than before.

12 Jan 2021 - 2:02AM

A study by Chinese scientists found that sex became a far more important factor in how people viewed their relationship than before.

How coronavirus lockdowns changed attitudes to sex and relationships
Coronavirus: Chinese study finds most patients still show signs of ‘long Covid’ six months later

The largest study of its kind found that most of those treated in a Wuhan hospital were still showing symptoms six months after being sent home.

11 Jan 2021 - 6:02AM

The largest study of its kind found that most of those treated in a Wuhan hospital were still showing symptoms six months after being sent home.

Coronavirus: Chinese study finds most patients still show signs of ‘long Covid’ six months later
Coronavirus: Chinese researchers’ device may detect infection in 10 minutes

Peking University team say their sensing chip is as accurate as the standard PCR testing, based on initial study results.

6 Jan 2021 - 11:47PM

Peking University team say their sensing chip is as accurate as the standard PCR testing, based on initial study results.

Coronavirus: Chinese researchers’ device may detect infection in 10 minutes
China to open up Fast telescope to foreign scientists – including those searching for alien life

Facility in Guizhou can detect signals no other telescope on Earth can and has already been seeking signs of extraterrestrial communications.

5 Jan 2021 - 12:55AM

Facility in Guizhou can detect signals no other telescope on Earth can and has already been seeking signs of extraterrestrial communications.

China to open up Fast telescope to foreign scientists – including those searching for alien life
Covid-19 masks ‘cause plastic fibre inhalation – but we should still use them’

Most masks shed microplastic fibres that are inhaled by wearers and may be harmful, although any effects are outweighed by the benefits, Chinese scientists say.

2 Jan 2021 - 10:18PM

Most masks shed microplastic fibres that are inhaled by wearers and may be harmful, although any effects are outweighed by the benefits, Chinese scientists say.

Covid-19 masks ‘cause plastic fibre inhalation – but we should still use them’
Explainer | Covid-19 vaccine: how soon will the shots be available in Hong Kong and mainland, and what are the possible side effects?

A timetable for vaccination is yet to be fixed, but delivery of the first batch of 1 million jabs from Sinovac – originally expected in January – could be delayed.

3 Jan 2021 - 2:36PM

A timetable for vaccination is yet to be fixed, but delivery of the first batch of 1 million jabs from Sinovac – originally expected in January – could be delayed.

Covid-19 vaccine: how soon will the shots be available in Hong Kong and mainland, and what are the possible side effects?
Explainer | What are the coronavirus mRNA vaccines and how do they work?

Two of the currently available vaccinations against Covid-19 use a relatively new technology which has not been approved before.

31 Dec 2020 - 1:01PM

Two of the currently available vaccinations against Covid-19 use a relatively new technology which has not been approved before.

What are the coronavirus mRNA vaccines and how do they work?
China research finds flaws in US nuclear blast equation to protect shelters

Chinese scientists use computer simulation to update understanding of impacts on bombproof underground sites.

26 Dec 2020 - 11:09PM

Chinese scientists use computer simulation to update understanding of impacts on bombproof underground sites.

China research finds flaws in US nuclear blast equation to protect shelters
Coronavirus mutation similar to British variant identified in South Africa

Mutated strain has seen new infections spike after months of falling numbers.

23 Dec 2020 - 11:04PM

Mutated strain has seen new infections spike after months of falling numbers.

Coronavirus mutation similar to British variant identified in South Africa
Chinese sturgeon spawns debate over endangered species’ ‘sexual decline’

One team of researchers says a dam over the Yangtze is affecting the fish’s gonads while another team says the big issue is a change in water temperature.

22 Dec 2020 - 4:40AM

One team of researchers says a dam over the Yangtze is affecting the fish’s gonads while another team says the big issue is a change in water temperature.

Chinese sturgeon spawns debate over endangered species’ ‘sexual decline’
Chang’e 5 moon mission gives China ‘unequalled record’ in lunar landings

Apollo 11 expert and space historian praises three out of three successes after raising a Tsingtao to returning capsule.

17 Dec 2020 - 11:25PM

Apollo 11 expert and space historian praises three out of three successes after raising a Tsingtao to returning capsule.

Chang’e 5 moon mission gives China ‘unequalled record’ in lunar landings
China’s Chang’e 5 lunar capsule not home and dry yet, recovery mission commander says

Spacecraft is set to land in the Inner Mongolia region on Thursday morning but it still has many challenges to overcome, Bian Hancheng says.

16 Dec 2020 - 11:36PM

Spacecraft is set to land in the Inner Mongolia region on Thursday morning but it still has many challenges to overcome, Bian Hancheng says.

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar capsule not home and dry yet, recovery mission commander says
Coronavirus: Italian scientists find perfect match of Wuhan strain in sample taken from boy

Discovery made after researchers in Milan review blood tests taken in late 2019 from group of children initially thought to have contracted measles.

11 Dec 2020 - 9:55AM

Discovery made after researchers in Milan review blood tests taken in late 2019 from group of children initially thought to have contracted measles.

Coronavirus: Italian scientists find perfect match of Wuhan strain in sample taken from boy
Antibiotics created superbug at poultry farms in China, study finds

Almost every strain of common bacteria E coli found by scientists had become resistant to multiple drugs.

9 Dec 2020 - 10:56PM

Almost every strain of common bacteria E coli found by scientists had become resistant to multiple drugs.

Antibiotics created superbug at poultry farms in China, study finds
China’s ‘artificial sun’: misleadingly named but key to fusion energy hopes

HL-2M Tokamak could help hit a target of producing fusion energy commercially by 2050, as scientists try to solve problems facing a reactor China aims to build.

8 Dec 2020 - 2:22AM

HL-2M Tokamak could help hit a target of producing fusion energy commercially by 2050, as scientists try to solve problems facing a reactor China aims to build.

China’s ‘artificial sun’: misleadingly named but key to fusion energy hopes
China claims quantum computing lead with Jiuzhang photon test, creating machine ‘one trillion times faster’ than next best supercomputer

Researchers say prototype performed a trillion times faster than the most powerful conventional computer.

5 Dec 2020 - 1:08AM

Researchers say prototype performed a trillion times faster than the most powerful conventional computer.

China claims quantum computing lead with Jiuzhang photon test, creating machine ‘one trillion times faster’ than next best supercomputer
China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with moon rocks

The probe is expected to land in Inner Mongolia in less than two weeks, with 2kg of samples from the lunar surface and underground.

4 Dec 2020 - 11:12PM

The probe is expected to land in Inner Mongolia in less than two weeks, with 2kg of samples from the lunar surface and underground.

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with moon rocks
China’s Chang’e 5 enters crucial 48 hours of its mission after moon landing

Run on a solar battery, the spacecraft has two days to gather rocks and dust from the surface and drill underground.

3 Dec 2020 - 1:09AM

Run on a solar battery, the spacecraft has two days to gather rocks and dust from the surface and drill underground.

China’s Chang’e 5 enters crucial 48 hours of its mission after moon landing
Chinese team test jet engine ‘able to reach anywhere on Earth within 2 hours’

Prototype of ‘sodramjet’, flown in wind tunnel simulating conditions at nine times the speed of sound, may enable hypersonic commercial flight, scientists say.

1 Dec 2020 - 9:25AM

Prototype of ‘sodramjet’, flown in wind tunnel simulating conditions at nine times the speed of sound, may enable hypersonic commercial flight, scientists say.

Chinese team test jet engine ‘able to reach anywhere on Earth within 2 hours’
China’s big task for a scientist of ‘small things’

Hou Jianguo has been named the Communist Party secretary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

28 Nov 2020 - 6:47AM

Hou Jianguo has been named the Communist Party secretary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

China’s big task for a scientist of ‘small things’
Coronavirus was on many continents before Wuhan outbreak, Chinese team says

Chinese research says a strain can be traced to eight countries before the Wuhan outbreak, and first human transmission may have been on Indian subcontinent.

30 Nov 2020 - 4:16PM

Chinese research says a strain can be traced to eight countries before the Wuhan outbreak, and first human transmission may have been on Indian subcontinent.

Coronavirus was on many continents before Wuhan outbreak, Chinese team says
Lift-off for China’s Chang’e 5: the first chance since 1976 to bring lunar samples back to Earth

Long March 5 rocket carrying spacecraft takes off in China’s most complex mission yet.

30 Nov 2020 - 8:06PM

Long March 5 rocket carrying spacecraft takes off in China’s most complex mission yet.

Lift-off for China’s Chang’e 5: the first chance since 1976 to bring lunar samples back to Earth
Coronavirus: Italian study adds heat to debate over steam therapy

Researchers say home remedy might be able to speed up recovery but their findings are only preliminary.

23 Nov 2020 - 10:12PM

Researchers say home remedy might be able to speed up recovery but their findings are only preliminary.

Coronavirus: Italian study adds heat to debate over steam therapy
Coronavirus: Italian paper on origins of pandemic hit by backlash from scientists

Study by oncologists stating there was evidence of Covid-19 in Italy in September last year has been dismissed by some inside the science community.

20 Nov 2020 - 11:40AM

Study by oncologists stating there was evidence of Covid-19 in Italy in September last year has been dismissed by some inside the science community.

Coronavirus: Italian paper on origins of pandemic hit by backlash from scientists
Chinese scientist ‘in shock’ after finding herpes virus can survive in oil wells

Researchers only recently learnt that viral life forms could survive in fossil fuels and are trying to find out more about the possible risk to humans.

18 Nov 2020 - 9:00AM

Researchers only recently learnt that viral life forms could survive in fossil fuels and are trying to find out more about the possible risk to humans.

Chinese scientist ‘in shock’ after finding herpes virus can survive in oil wells
Coronavirus hunters pick up another piece of the trail in Italy

New research suggests pathogen infected people across the country months before it was detected in China.

17 Nov 2020 - 12:38PM

New research suggests pathogen infected people across the country months before it was detected in China.

Coronavirus hunters pick up another piece of the trail in Italy