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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China’s deep sea prospectors may find key to marine heatwaves

Hong Kong scientist postulates volcanic activity in the Indian Ocean has caused Australia’s bush fires and Chinese research vessels could help with the answer.

7 Dec 2019 - 5:49PM

Hong Kong scientist postulates volcanic activity in the Indian Ocean has caused Australia’s bush fires and Chinese research vessels could help with the answer.

China’s deep sea prospectors may find key to marine heatwaves
The big mystery at the centre of China’s gene-edited baby scandal: where is scientist He Jiankui?

Most of scientist He Jiankui’s data has been available for some time, an insider says, but there’s still no word on where he is a year after he revealed his experiment.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:32AM

Most of scientist He Jiankui’s data has been available for some time, an insider says, but there’s still no word on where he is a year after he revealed his experiment.

The big mystery at the centre of China’s gene-edited baby scandal: where is scientist He Jiankui?
Chinese study finds male birth control drug may hold promise for treating lung cancer

Compound derived from cotton seed proved effective in reducing sperm counts during trials in the 1970s, but was shelved because of its side effects.

4 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

Compound derived from cotton seed proved effective in reducing sperm counts during trials in the 1970s, but was shelved because of its side effects.

Chinese study finds male birth control drug may hold promise for treating lung cancer
The hunt for X17: a Chinese quest for the fifth force in physics

Researchers in Beijing are wondering whether experiments in Hungary could help unlock some of the mysteries of the universe.

30 Nov 2019 - 5:43AM

Researchers in Beijing are wondering whether experiments in Hungary could help unlock some of the mysteries of the universe.

The hunt for X17: a Chinese quest for the fifth force in physics
Chinese astronomers discover ‘impossibly massive’ black hole LB-1

Scientists from National Astronomical Observatory of China say find has 70 times the mass of the sun, even though physics says that is impossible.

29 Nov 2019 - 6:38AM

Scientists from National Astronomical Observatory of China say find has 70 times the mass of the sun, even though physics says that is impossible.

Chinese astronomers discover ‘impossibly massive’ black hole LB-1
China’s latest robots move so smoothly scientists dubbed them ‘zero gravity’

Robotic arm that makes heavy lifting easier can enhance and speed up bespoke projects such as building satellites, researchers say.

25 Nov 2019 - 12:00AM

Robotic arm that makes heavy lifting easier can enhance and speed up bespoke projects such as building satellites, researchers say.

China’s latest robots move so smoothly scientists dubbed them ‘zero gravity’
Peking Man may not be that smart – even for the Stone Age, Chinese scientist says

Palaeontologist says some might find it hard to accept that early humans they assumed to be their ancestors ‘were stupid’, but his report also suggests that isolation may have made Peking Man less adaptable.

27 Nov 2019 - 10:50AM

Palaeontologist says some might find it hard to accept that early humans they assumed to be their ancestors ‘were stupid’, but his report also suggests that isolation may have made Peking Man less adaptable.

Peking Man may not be that smart – even for the Stone Age, Chinese scientist says
Chinese scientists programme stem cells to ‘fight and destroy’ cancer

Team from Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health says technique was successful in treatment of mice.

23 Nov 2019 - 4:51AM

Team from Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health says technique was successful in treatment of mice.

Chinese scientists programme stem cells to ‘fight and destroy’ cancer
China quantum research team uses AI to crack processing time in supercomputer race

Laborious calculations which once took an hour can be completed in a fraction of a second with machine learning, according to scientists.

21 Nov 2019 - 9:04PM

Laborious calculations which once took an hour can be completed in a fraction of a second with machine learning, according to scientists.

China quantum research team uses AI to crack processing time in supercomputer race
Mars here we come: China completes lander test for 2020 mission

Module successfully hovers, avoids obstacles at test site in northern China.

15 Nov 2019 - 6:51AM

Module successfully hovers, avoids obstacles at test site in northern China.

Mars here we come: China completes lander test for 2020 mission
Hong Kong and Beijing scientists use gene editing to find cure for superbug

Research discovers the drug resistance mechanism of the potentially fatal Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as Hong Kong team isolate the bacteria then use gene editing method developed in Beijing.

14 Nov 2019 - 3:35AM

Research discovers the drug resistance mechanism of the potentially fatal Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as Hong Kong team isolate the bacteria then use gene editing method developed in Beijing.

Hong Kong and Beijing scientists use gene editing to find cure for superbug
Chinese scientists test underwater drone designed for South China Sea

2,000km, 37-day test run completed for device that is intended to perform long-term survey work in the region and could extend the range of China’s hardware in the disputed waters.

10 Nov 2019 - 12:04AM

2,000km, 37-day test run completed for device that is intended to perform long-term survey work in the region and could extend the range of China’s hardware in the disputed waters.

Chinese scientists test underwater drone designed for South China Sea
Countdown starts for China’s big mutant crop space mission in race for food security

Life forms will be sent into space in a reusable satellite to induce variations not possible on Earth.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:10AM

Life forms will be sent into space in a reusable satellite to induce variations not possible on Earth.

Countdown starts for China’s big mutant crop space mission in race for food security
TB and malaria drugs could hold key to fighting African swine fever, Chinese scientists say

Researchers from Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention discover structural similarities between virus and other diseases that could help develop effective drugs.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:20PM

Researchers from Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention discover structural similarities between virus and other diseases that could help develop effective drugs.

TB and malaria drugs could hold key to fighting African swine fever, Chinese scientists say
Google’s Sycamore breakthrough doesn’t spell the end for China’s hopes of winning quantum computer race

After the US tech giant announced it had developed a chip that dramatically outperformed supercomputers, Chinese researchers remain confident they can find the ‘holy grail’ of technology.

5 Nov 2019 - 7:08AM

After the US tech giant announced it had developed a chip that dramatically outperformed supercomputers, Chinese researchers remain confident they can find the ‘holy grail’ of technology.

Google’s Sycamore breakthrough doesn’t spell the end for China’s hopes of winning quantum computer race
China approves Oligomannate, world’s first new Alzheimer’s drug in 20 years and it is based on seaweed

Clinical trial shows effectiveness in treating mild to moderate forms of the disease, and it may even improve cognitive function.

4 Nov 2019 - 8:50AM

Clinical trial shows effectiveness in treating mild to moderate forms of the disease, and it may even improve cognitive function.

China approves Oligomannate, world’s first new Alzheimer’s drug in 20 years and it is based on seaweed
China scientists’ bubble breakthrough creates micro ‘robot’ for tiny tasks

The technology is still in its infancy but could one day make complex processes like cloning easier and more affordable.

3 Nov 2019 - 10:03PM

The technology is still in its infancy but could one day make complex processes like cloning easier and more affordable.

China scientists’ bubble breakthrough creates micro ‘robot’ for tiny tasks
Scientists say China can have pollution-free food security, but is it ready to foot US$14 billion bill?

Food agency says high cost of replacing coal-fired grain driers with heat pumps will be worth it if China wants its secret network of stockpiles to be sustainable.

27 Oct 2019 - 11:30PM

Food agency says high cost of replacing coal-fired grain driers with heat pumps will be worth it if China wants its secret network of stockpiles to be sustainable.

Scientists say China can have pollution-free food security, but is it ready to foot US$14 billion bill?
Chinese scientists create tiny battery capable of working in ultra-low temperatures

Team from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics says its goal is to ‘develop an all-season battery that is low cost but high safety for consumer products’.

26 Oct 2019 - 4:02AM

Team from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics says its goal is to ‘develop an all-season battery that is low cost but high safety for consumer products’.

Chinese scientists create tiny battery capable of working in ultra-low temperatures
Chinese scientists turn black coal by-product into white paper

After nearly a decade of research, fly ash could reduce amount of wood pulp used in paper production.

26 Oct 2019 - 12:44PM

After nearly a decade of research, fly ash could reduce amount of wood pulp used in paper production.

Chinese scientists turn black coal by-product into white paper
How China is breeding a beetle army to defend the Three Gorges Dam from plant invasion

Scientists learn from successful use of the insect in the US to tackle plant pest that arrived with Japanese occupation.

20 Oct 2019 - 10:26PM

Scientists learn from successful use of the insect in the US to tackle plant pest that arrived with Japanese occupation.

How China is breeding a beetle army to defend the Three Gorges Dam from plant invasion
Chinese scientists can tell how well you sleep by watching your step

Researchers in Beijing find gait a giveaway to sleep quality and say they only need two seconds of footage.

17 Oct 2019 - 2:53PM

Researchers in Beijing find gait a giveaway to sleep quality and say they only need two seconds of footage.

Chinese scientists can tell how well you sleep by watching your step
How military technology helped spark a robot revolution in China’s firework factories

The ancient and deadly industry is learning how to automate production, taking human hands out of the dangerous task of moulding explosives.

15 Oct 2019 - 4:57AM

The ancient and deadly industry is learning how to automate production, taking human hands out of the dangerous task of moulding explosives.

How military technology helped spark a robot revolution in China’s firework factories
Chinese scientists create landmark spotting navigation system for drones that could rival GPS

Networks like Beidou could face challenge from system that fixes on ground features, allows drones to ‘cherry-pick’ from video images and then work out their own flight paths.

12 Oct 2019 - 11:23PM

Networks like Beidou could face challenge from system that fixes on ground features, allows drones to ‘cherry-pick’ from video images and then work out their own flight paths.

Chinese scientists create landmark spotting navigation system for drones that could rival GPS
New soybean could make China more self-reliant during trade war

Scientists create Henong-71, whose seeds produce nearly four times the average yield for the plant in China, after a drop in imports from the US left a shortfall for the world’s biggest soybean consumer.

6 Oct 2019 - 1:05AM

Scientists create Henong-71, whose seeds produce nearly four times the average yield for the plant in China, after a drop in imports from the US left a shortfall for the world’s biggest soybean consumer.

New soybean could make China more self-reliant during trade war
Chinese scientists develop airborne laser device that could track submarines deep underwater

Shanghai team say airborne device can find targets at twice the depth of existing technology.

3 Oct 2019 - 4:50PM

Shanghai team say airborne device can find targets at twice the depth of existing technology.

Chinese scientists develop airborne laser device that could track submarines deep underwater
Have scientists discovered why China is so rich in rare earth elements the world’s smartphones need?

Simple combination of clay mined for porcelain production, granite bedrock and acid rain could point to more lucrative sources of rare earths and tighten China’s grip on market.

28 Sep 2019 - 3:41AM

Simple combination of clay mined for porcelain production, granite bedrock and acid rain could point to more lucrative sources of rare earths and tighten China’s grip on market.

Have scientists discovered why China is so rich in rare earth elements the world’s smartphones need?
The climate theory casting new light on the history of Chinese civilisation

Researchers say that when 500-year-long sun cycles brought warmth, communities flourished, but when the Earth cooled, ancient societies collapsed.

24 Sep 2019 - 2:07AM

Researchers say that when 500-year-long sun cycles brought warmth, communities flourished, but when the Earth cooled, ancient societies collapsed.

The climate theory casting new light on the history of Chinese civilisation
Chinese scientists recognised for water-saving irrigation technology

It allows farmers in arid areas to cut water use by 25 per cent and boost output for crops like cotton by nearly 20 per cent compared to other systems.

21 Sep 2019 - 10:36PM

It allows farmers in arid areas to cut water use by 25 per cent and boost output for crops like cotton by nearly 20 per cent compared to other systems.

Chinese scientists recognised for water-saving irrigation technology
Chinese scientists develop handheld sonic weapon for crowd control

Gas-powered device passed for mass production after two years of research.

19 Sep 2019 - 7:49PM

Gas-powered device passed for mass production after two years of research.

Chinese scientists develop handheld sonic weapon for crowd control