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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Chinese scientists work on hypersonic missile that can hit moving car

Researchers say their breakthroughs will achieve split second pinpoint accuracy over long distances.

Researchers say their breakthroughs will achieve split second pinpoint accuracy over long distances.

17 May 2022 - 12:04PM
China team uses Cold War material to pave the way for a moon highway

Researchers say they are close to solving the intractable problem of building lunar infrastructure.

Researchers say they are close to solving the intractable problem of building lunar infrastructure.

14 May 2022 - 12:00PM
A Chinese team has tested an engine for hypersonic flight – powered by explosions

Run on cheap hydrocarbon fuel, researchers say it achieved stable operation during a simulated low-altitude flight.

Run on cheap hydrocarbon fuel, researchers say it achieved stable operation during a simulated low-altitude flight.

11 May 2022 - 6:00PM
Chinese smart satellite tracks US aircraft carrier in real time, researchers say

AI-powered eye in the sky could identify a wide range of tactical or strategic targets, developers say.

AI-powered eye in the sky could identify a wide range of tactical or strategic targets, developers say.

10 May 2022 - 1:29AM
China’s robot-built 3D-printed dam ready in 2 years: scientists

Artificial intelligence at the heart of the project on the Tibetan plateau will build the structure slice by slice, with no human workers.

Artificial intelligence at the heart of the project on the Tibetan plateau will build the structure slice by slice, with no human workers.

8 May 2022 - 2:03PM
China space laser zaps competition with data speed record: paper

Beijing-based team says its technology can connect satellites to beam six films a second coast-to-coast, from a device smaller than a suitcase.

Beijing-based team says its technology can connect satellites to beam six films a second coast-to-coast, from a device smaller than a suitcase.

26 Apr 2022 - 11:00AM
Watch your back: Chinese study finds Covid-19 could be on your tail

Researchers in China say virus particles can land on the clothes of someone passing a seated infected person within four seconds.

Researchers in China say virus particles can land on the clothes of someone passing a seated infected person within four seconds.

16 Apr 2022 - 8:00AM
Leading Russian scientist says Chinese have stopped cooperating after Ukraine invasion

The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences told an international conference that Chinese researchers have ‘pressed pause’ with no explanation.

The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences told an international conference that Chinese researchers have ‘pressed pause’ with no explanation.

15 Apr 2022 - 8:23PM
Chinese military scientists say they have created ‘invisibility cloak’ that can help hide equipment from spy satellite radar

The researchers say their new material is light and flexible, but covered with circuits to change the pattern of the radar signal.

The researchers say their new material is light and flexible, but covered with circuits to change the pattern of the radar signal.

15 Apr 2022 - 6:00AM
Amid Ukraine and Covid-19, Xi Jinping puts China’s food security in focus with trip to Hainan

Chinese president also highlights maritime science and deep sea technology.

Chinese president also highlights maritime science and deep sea technology.

11 Apr 2022 - 9:00PM
Chinese scientists build system ‘to identify satellite security flaws’

Researchers at a military laboratory say their system can both spot and fix problems that leave satellites vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Researchers at a military laboratory say their system can both spot and fix problems that leave satellites vulnerable to cyberattacks.

9 Apr 2022 - 7:05AM
Chinese tests show nuclear bunkers are not what they used to be, with earth-penetrating weapons on the rise

Current engineering standards ‘severely underestimated the actual impact’ of a nuclear blast targeting underground defence facilities, according to paper.

Current engineering standards ‘severely underestimated the actual impact’ of a nuclear blast targeting underground defence facilities, according to paper.

8 Apr 2022 - 2:29AM
Chinese AI turns commercial satellite into a spy tracker able to follow small objects with precision: paper

Paper details team’s work creating artificial intelligence to continue tracking an object on the ground, even after it turns sharply or disappears into a tunnel.

Paper details team’s work creating artificial intelligence to continue tracking an object on the ground, even after it turns sharply or disappears into a tunnel.

7 Apr 2022 - 6:00AM
Could this Chinese helium cooling system give quantum tech a lift?

Researchers in Shanghai say they have developed a chiller using a plentiful isotope to create super-cold temperatures.

Researchers in Shanghai say they have developed a chiller using a plentiful isotope to create super-cold temperatures.

2 Apr 2022 - 10:00PM
Chinese satellite set to join ‘radio telescope’ covering area 30 times the size of Earth

Orbiting lunar satellite will join observatories on Earth in a giant network of antennas to form the Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry.

Orbiting lunar satellite will join observatories on Earth in a giant network of antennas to form the Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry.

1 Apr 2022 - 9:41AM
China’s latest hypersonic test plane is using landing technology abandoned by Nasa

Research team is testing ski landing gears instead of wheels, with the help of artificial intelligence.

Research team is testing ski landing gears instead of wheels, with the help of artificial intelligence.

30 Mar 2022 - 12:46AM
Could China use a high-speed ‘doomsday train’ to launch nuclear missiles?

Researchers look at the effects on the rail and foundations if an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a high-speed train.

Researchers look at the effects on the rail and foundations if an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from a high-speed train.

29 Mar 2022 - 5:47AM
China’s latest brainwave? Controlling space robots using mind power

A device that can be controlled by a user’s brain has achieved unprecedented accuracy in tests and could be used at the Chinese space station, scientists say.

A device that can be controlled by a user’s brain has achieved unprecedented accuracy in tests and could be used at the Chinese space station, scientists say.

25 Mar 2022 - 10:56PM
AI on its way to replacing humans in hypersonic weapon design: Chinese study

Veteran hypersonic weapons adviser leads research on an artificial intelligence system that trains itself to better analyse wind tunnel experiments.

Veteran hypersonic weapons adviser leads research on an artificial intelligence system that trains itself to better analyse wind tunnel experiments.

24 Mar 2022 - 12:16AM
In maglev innovation, Chinese researchers transfer power wirelessly to moving train

Although a maglev train is driven forward by magnetic force, much of the equipment on board requires electricity, and current methods have their drawbacks.

Although a maglev train is driven forward by magnetic force, much of the equipment on board requires electricity, and current methods have their drawbacks.

21 Mar 2022 - 9:30PM
Chinese satellite project aims to give smartphone users fast access to cameras in space

Satellite is to be launched in July to test new technology the team says will enable a live stream from orbit with a delay of no more than 10 minutes.

Satellite is to be launched in July to test new technology the team says will enable a live stream from orbit with a delay of no more than 10 minutes.

18 Mar 2022 - 11:55PM
Chinese scientists hail space radar breakthrough

Researchers at the National Defence Technology University say their laser imaging technology can identify small objects in space with unprecedented accuracy.

Researchers at the National Defence Technology University say their laser imaging technology can identify small objects in space with unprecedented accuracy.

16 Mar 2022 - 5:48AM
Chinese team powers up ultra-high microwave output: paper

Researchers say they have developed a device that has applications in satellites, radar and medical technology.

Researchers say they have developed a device that has applications in satellites, radar and medical technology.

13 Mar 2022 - 8:00PM
China hopes to start exploratory work on base on the moon by 2024, says leading lunar scientist

Wu Weiren said the next phase of the Chang’e lunar project aims to launch a spacecraft to begin surveying the south pole within 2 years

Wu Weiren said the next phase of the Chang’e lunar project aims to launch a spacecraft to begin surveying the south pole within 2 years

8 Mar 2022 - 10:41PM
Chinese scientists say they have developed new type of rocket engine driven by explosive shock waves

The continuous rotating detonation engine promises to be more efficient than conventional rocket engines and could help power hypersonic plans.

The continuous rotating detonation engine promises to be more efficient than conventional rocket engines and could help power hypersonic plans.

8 Mar 2022 - 11:59AM
Chinese team develops purest, strongest tungsten material for fusion reactor, military applications

Team at Chinese Academy of Sciences in Hefei says it has produced a large piece of pure tungsten with tensile strength greater than most alloys used today.

Team at Chinese Academy of Sciences in Hefei says it has produced a large piece of pure tungsten with tensile strength greater than most alloys used today.

4 Mar 2022 - 12:00PM
Pandemic behind it, China ramps up metro rail boom

Country’s urban rail system expands on an unparalleled scale in 2021, researchers say.

Country’s urban rail system expands on an unparalleled scale in 2021, researchers say.

2 Mar 2022 - 9:00AM
Amid pandemic and unrest, Chinese university students are desperate for death education: study

Paper says students are just as keen to know as much about death as sex and such classes could reduce fear and anxiety about end of life among young people.

Paper says students are just as keen to know as much about death as sex and such classes could reduce fear and anxiety about end of life among young people.

1 Mar 2022 - 7:00AM
Can microwaves speed up an age-old Chinese liquor process?

A team of scientists say they have found a way to cut the maturation time for baijiu from years to minutes.

A team of scientists say they have found a way to cut the maturation time for baijiu from years to minutes.

27 Feb 2022 - 3:03PM
Can China’s experimental engine supercharge hypersonic space race?

If successful, the magnetic fluid engine could make near-orbit passenger travel a viable commercial reality.

If successful, the magnetic fluid engine could make near-orbit passenger travel a viable commercial reality.

25 Feb 2022 - 6:00AM