Stephen Chen

Stephen covers breakthoughs in science and their impact on society, environment, military, geopolitics, business - pretty much all aspects of life. His stories often travel across the globe. Stephen 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. In his spare time, Stephen reads and writes novels. He lives in Beijing with a beautiful wife and two lovely kids.
Stephen Chen
Stephen covers breakthoughs in science and their impact on society, environment, military, geopolitics, business - pretty much all aspects of life. His stories often travel across the globe. Stephen 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. In his spare time, Stephen reads and writes novels. He lives in Beijing with a beautiful wife and two lovely kids.

Latest from Stephen Chen

Is China’s corruption-busting AI system ‘Zero Trust’ being turned off for being too efficient?

Despite being restricted to just 30 counties and cities, artificial intelligence system has already helped snare 8,721 officials.

5 Feb 2019 - 5:18AM
Is China’s corruption-busting AI system ‘Zero Trust’ being turned off for being too efficient?

Despite being restricted to just 30 counties and cities, artificial intelligence system has already helped snare 8,721 officials.

Chinese bank’s software chief jailed after finding way to withdraw US$1m in ‘free’ cash from ATMs
  • Programmer told bosses he was testing its security system and the money he had taken was just resting in his account.
3 Feb 2019 - 10:47PM
Chinese bank’s software chief jailed after finding way to withdraw US$1m in ‘free’ cash from ATMs
  • Programmer told bosses he was testing its security system and the money he had taken was just resting in his account.
Is China’s plan to use a nuclear bomb detonator to release shale gas in earthquake-prone Sichuan crazy or brilliant?

Scientists have developed an ‘energy rod’ that can fire multiple shock waves to frack sedimentary rock at depths of up to 3.5km.

27 Jan 2019 - 11:29PM
Is China’s plan to use a nuclear bomb detonator to release shale gas in earthquake-prone Sichuan crazy or brilliant?

Scientists have developed an ‘energy rod’ that can fire multiple shock waves to frack sedimentary rock at depths of up to 3.5km.

Chinese scientists clone five baby monkeys after editing genes to induce mental illness

The experiment lead to birth of five macaques with identical mutation, raising fresh questions over biomedical ethics. The research is designed to help test drugs that could treat wide range of human conditions, but follows recent controversy over gene-edited human babies.

25 Jan 2019 - 9:30AM
Chinese scientists clone five baby monkeys after editing genes to induce mental illness

The experiment lead to birth of five macaques with identical mutation, raising fresh questions over biomedical ethics. The research is designed to help test drugs that could treat wide range of human conditions, but follows recent controversy over gene-edited human babies.

Chinese school principal breaks the rules with his bold dance move

Video of Zhang Pengfei leading his pupils through an energetic shuffle dance routine has been a hit online, and the school has abandoned the government’s daily exercise programme in favour of ‘ghost steps’.

21 Jan 2019 - 3:57PM
Chinese school principal breaks the rules with his bold dance move

Video of Zhang Pengfei leading his pupils through an energetic shuffle dance routine has been a hit online, and the school has abandoned the government’s daily exercise programme in favour of ‘ghost steps’.

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

With the technology being used in New York and elsewhere in the United States, China is exporting its cutting-edge facial recognition across the Pacific.

3 Feb 2019 - 2:02PM
The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

With the technology being used in New York and elsewhere in the United States, China is exporting its cutting-edge facial recognition across the Pacific.

Chinese navy’s new ‘compact’ radar will allow it to keep watch over an area the size of India

News of advanced Over-the-Horizon programme for carrier fleet emerges as senior researcher receives China’s top science award.

9 Jan 2019 - 10:32AM
Chinese navy’s new ‘compact’ radar will allow it to keep watch over an area the size of India

News of advanced Over-the-Horizon programme for carrier fleet emerges as senior researcher receives China’s top science award.

Chang’e 4 landing on far side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US

Lunar probe’s safe arrival a landmark in China’s ambition to become a space power, mission’s chief scientist says.

3 Jan 2019 - 11:32PM
Chang’e 4 landing on far side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US

Lunar probe’s safe arrival a landmark in China’s ambition to become a space power, mission’s chief scientist says.

China’s new antenna is five times the size of New York City, but some fear it could be a cancer risk

Work to build facility was 13 years in the making, but some researchers have expressed concern about exposure to extremely low frequency waves.

1 Jan 2019 - 1:15AM
China’s new antenna is five times the size of New York City, but some fear it could be a cancer risk

Work to build facility was 13 years in the making, but some researchers have expressed concern about exposure to extremely low frequency waves.

Chinese scientist Bu Jianjie under investigation for ‘illegally’ obtaining Canadian citizenship

Bu Jianjie has been kicked out of the Communist Party and is accused of business malpractice, embezzlement and taking bribes.

25 Dec 2018 - 1:52AM
Chinese scientist Bu Jianjie under investigation for ‘illegally’ obtaining Canadian citizenship

Bu Jianjie has been kicked out of the Communist Party and is accused of business malpractice, embezzlement and taking bribes.

Chinese scientists turn copper into ‘gold’

Process in which copper is blasted with argon gas creates particles with similar properties to gold, with the resulting material having the potential to reduce use of precious metals in manufacturing.

22 Dec 2018 - 11:13PM
Chinese scientists turn copper into ‘gold’

Process in which copper is blasted with argon gas creates particles with similar properties to gold, with the resulting material having the potential to reduce use of precious metals in manufacturing.

Is the Chinese military’s off-road sport utility vehicle the toughest on the planet?

PLA’s boxy BJ80 SUV had seven times higher reliability test scores than the Mercedes-Benz that reportedly inspired the Chinese vehicle. The results are ‘almost a miracle’, a researcher says.

20 Dec 2018 - 9:15PM
Is the Chinese military’s off-road sport utility vehicle the toughest on the planet?

PLA’s boxy BJ80 SUV had seven times higher reliability test scores than the Mercedes-Benz that reportedly inspired the Chinese vehicle. The results are ‘almost a miracle’, a researcher says.

China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere

The countries are testing a technology for possible military application, say Chinese scientists involved in the project.

18 Dec 2018 - 2:18PM
China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere

The countries are testing a technology for possible military application, say Chinese scientists involved in the project.

Operation Z machine: China’s next big weapon in the nuclear ‘arms race’ could create clean fuel – or deadly bombs

The Chinese military is building a test facility to simulate thermonuclear explosions on a much greater scale than comparable US centres.

10 Jan 2019 - 9:25AM
Operation Z machine: China’s next big weapon in the nuclear ‘arms race’ could create clean fuel – or deadly bombs

The Chinese military is building a test facility to simulate thermonuclear explosions on a much greater scale than comparable US centres.

Chinese scientists go in search of the soul with world’s most powerful brain scanner

Billion-yuan device set to ‘revolutionise brain studies’ and aid research into Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

9 Dec 2018 - 11:02PM
Chinese scientists go in search of the soul with world’s most powerful brain scanner

Billion-yuan device set to ‘revolutionise brain studies’ and aid research into Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

‘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.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:37PM
‘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.

Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight

Unmanned South China Sea base could lead to robot colonies.

26 Nov 2018 - 11:30PM
Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight

Unmanned South China Sea base could lead to robot colonies.

China matches Nato in information arms race with deal for ‘Ferrari of war room software’

Chinese government’s deal with software builder allows access to Nato software code.

17 Nov 2018 - 11:14PM
China matches Nato in information arms race with deal for ‘Ferrari of war room software’

Chinese government’s deal with software builder allows access to Nato software code.

China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

Beijing Institute of Technology recruits 31 ‘patriotic’ youngsters for new AI weapons development programme that one expert describes as ‘extremely powerful and troubling’.

8 Nov 2018 - 11:29PM
China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

Beijing Institute of Technology recruits 31 ‘patriotic’ youngsters for new AI weapons development programme that one expert describes as ‘extremely powerful and troubling’.

Britain to sell China ‘unlimited’ amount of military radar equipment, technology
  • Special export licence approved in April, just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Beijing.
1 Nov 2018 - 5:56PM
Britain to sell China ‘unlimited’ amount of military radar equipment, technology
  • Special export licence approved in April, just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Beijing.
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