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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Voles get a brain boost from eating their own poo – how can we gain the same benefits without the gross factor?

Many animal species eat their own waste but the reasons behind it are not well understood.

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Many animal species eat their own waste but the reasons behind it are not well understood.

Voles get a brain boost from eating their own poo – how can we gain the same benefits without the gross factor?
Coronavirus: ‘silent spreaders’, dummy particles and why some coronavirus carriers are asymptomatic

Chinese researchers say unknown particles released by the pathogen could be causing some people to test positive.

13 Jul 2020 - 5:59PM

Chinese researchers say unknown particles released by the pathogen could be causing some people to test positive.

Coronavirus: ‘silent spreaders’, dummy particles and why some coronavirus carriers are asymptomatic
Tuberculosis vaccine may play role in reducing Covid-19 death rate, study says

US researchers compared data across the globe, finding places where people were inoculated against TB had lower mortality rates.

10 Jul 2020 - 4:06AM

US researchers compared data across the globe, finding places where people were inoculated against TB had lower mortality rates.

Tuberculosis vaccine may play role in reducing Covid-19 death rate, study says
Early childhood flu exposure may determine immunity in later life, but not all strains are equal: scientists

Influenza immunity findings add weight to the argument that children should be vaccinated but the success of flu shots depends on several factors.

9 Jul 2020 - 4:09AM

Influenza immunity findings add weight to the argument that children should be vaccinated but the success of flu shots depends on several factors.

Early childhood flu exposure may determine immunity in later life, but not all strains are equal: scientists
Pollution chokes China’s capital despite lockdown cuts in traffic: study

Factories were closed and cars stayed off the road but particularly fine particles persisted in the air.

8 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

Factories were closed and cars stayed off the road but particularly fine particles persisted in the air.

Pollution chokes China’s capital despite lockdown cuts in traffic: study
Coronavirus can live for four days on animal skin: US military study

Researchers tested stability of pathogen on various surfaces, including paper currency and pig skin.

7 Jul 2020 - 12:01AM

Researchers tested stability of pathogen on various surfaces, including paper currency and pig skin.

Coronavirus can live for four days on animal skin: US military study
Chinese construction firms using AI to monitor workers’ safety … but also to spot ‘loiterers’

Report from Institute of Automation says the technology can spot dangers on sites and determine what workers are doing.

6 Jul 2020 - 7:00AM

Report from Institute of Automation says the technology can spot dangers on sites and determine what workers are doing.

Chinese construction firms using AI to monitor workers’ safety … but also to spot ‘loiterers’
‘Earlier signs of coronavirus’ in sewage samples in Brazil

Brazilian researchers say they found evidence of the pathogen in waste water collected from a seaside city in November, 91 days before the first case was detected in the country.

4 Jul 2020 - 11:25PM

Brazilian researchers say they found evidence of the pathogen in waste water collected from a seaside city in November, 91 days before the first case was detected in the country.

‘Earlier signs of coronavirus’ in sewage samples in Brazil
Beijing coronavirus outbreak could have link to South or Southeast Asia, study claims

Genes from three virus strains part of a group reported ‘almost exclusively’ in Asia’s tropical zone, according to Harvard team. But Chinese researcher says ‘they could have come from anywhere’.

2 Jul 2020 - 12:52PM

Genes from three virus strains part of a group reported ‘almost exclusively’ in Asia’s tropical zone, according to Harvard team. But Chinese researcher says ‘they could have come from anywhere’.

Beijing coronavirus outbreak could have link to South or Southeast Asia, study claims
Coronavirus: Chinese scientists engineer protein in universal vaccine quest

Researchers from the Chinese CDC say the approach has had positive results in animal tests, ramping up the production of antibodies.

1 Jul 2020 - 12:07AM

Researchers from the Chinese CDC say the approach has had positive results in animal tests, ramping up the production of antibodies.

Coronavirus: Chinese scientists engineer protein in universal vaccine quest
Coronavirus may have a weak point – and hand washing, face masks ‘may help block transmission chain’, study says

Chinese non-peer reviewed paper suggests virus has a narrow bottleneck, meaning the number of particles passed on from a host to others.

29 Jun 2020 - 10:54PM

Chinese non-peer reviewed paper suggests virus has a narrow bottleneck, meaning the number of particles passed on from a host to others.

Coronavirus may have a weak point – and hand washing, face masks ‘may help block transmission chain’, study says
Freshwater reservoir found at one of Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea

Chinese scientists discovered the body of water beneath Fiery Cross Reef and it’s thought to be expanding at a fast rate of 1 metre a year.

29 Jun 2020 - 11:25AM

Chinese scientists discovered the body of water beneath Fiery Cross Reef and it’s thought to be expanding at a fast rate of 1 metre a year.

Freshwater reservoir found at one of Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea
Coronavirus: face masks save lives, Japanese study says

Scientists used a computer model to show how Covid-19 death rates were higher in countries where people tended not to cover their mouths.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:12AM

Scientists used a computer model to show how Covid-19 death rates were higher in countries where people tended not to cover their mouths.

Coronavirus: face masks save lives, Japanese study says
Coronavirus: asymptomatic patients may shed virus for longer than others, study says

Team in southwest China finds median duration was 19 days, a third longer than for people with mild symptoms.

22 Jun 2020 - 11:00PM

Team in southwest China finds median duration was 19 days, a third longer than for people with mild symptoms.

Coronavirus: asymptomatic patients may shed virus for longer than others, study says
Coronavirus: recovered Chinese patients may be defenceless against foreign mutation, study says

Antibodies found in blood of people who have fought disease failed to stop D614G, Chinese scientists say.

21 Jun 2020 - 10:19PM

Antibodies found in blood of people who have fought disease failed to stop D614G, Chinese scientists say.

Coronavirus: recovered Chinese patients may be defenceless against foreign mutation, study says
Coronavirus may be here for much longer – due to rapid mutations

Since January, the virus has gone through at least six major gene changes that boosted its ability to infect and evade the human immune system.

20 Jun 2020 - 5:23AM

Since January, the virus has gone through at least six major gene changes that boosted its ability to infect and evade the human immune system.

Coronavirus may be here for much longer – due to rapid mutations
There may be no immunity against Covid-19, new Wuhan study suggests

Researchers behind the non-peer-reviewed paper ran antibody tests on samples from hospital workers who were exposed to patients at early stage of outbreak – only 4 per cent had them, but at least 25 per cent could have been infected.

18 Jun 2020 - 10:04AM

Researchers behind the non-peer-reviewed paper ran antibody tests on samples from hospital workers who were exposed to patients at early stage of outbreak – only 4 per cent had them, but at least 25 per cent could have been infected.

There may be no immunity against Covid-19, new Wuhan study suggests
Volcano in northeast China may be ‘recharging’ for eruption, study finds

Researchers say they discovered two huge magma chambers under Wei Mountain, which last erupted more than 500,000 years ago.

17 Jun 2020 - 5:05PM

Researchers say they discovered two huge magma chambers under Wei Mountain, which last erupted more than 500,000 years ago.

Volcano in northeast China may be ‘recharging’ for eruption, study finds
Italian scientists develop model to show how solar radiation can kill the coronavirus

Outbreaks of Covid-19 appear to have been less severe in southern parts of the world where the intensity of ultraviolet light is higher, study says.

13 Jun 2020 - 2:50PM

Outbreaks of Covid-19 appear to have been less severe in southern parts of the world where the intensity of ultraviolet light is higher, study says.

Italian scientists develop model to show how solar radiation can kill the coronavirus
Cat drug shows promise against coronavirus in lab tests, Chinese researchers say

Feline medication binds to enzyme, halting replication of the Covid-19 pathogen, according to scientists.

11 Jun 2020 - 4:23AM

Feline medication binds to enzyme, halting replication of the Covid-19 pathogen, according to scientists.

Cat drug shows promise against coronavirus in lab tests, Chinese researchers say
Chinese scientists say they’ve made a fibre that could be strong enough to build a moon base

Team developed high-performance construction material from artificial lunar dust that could potentially be made using volcanic rock on site.

10 Jun 2020 - 2:02AM

Team developed high-performance construction material from artificial lunar dust that could potentially be made using volcanic rock on site.

Chinese scientists say they’ve made a fibre that could be strong enough to build a moon base
Belgian shepherd dogs trained to sniff out coronavirus score top marks in armpit odour tests

Dogs’ diagnoses even lead to two ‘healthy’ subjects being retested and found positive for the pathogen.

29 Jun 2020 - 11:24AM

Dogs’ diagnoses even lead to two ‘healthy’ subjects being retested and found positive for the pathogen.

Belgian shepherd dogs trained to sniff out coronavirus score top marks in armpit odour tests
Prehistoric ancestors of modern-day Chinese favoured rice over millet, study says

Scientists from China, Europe and South Korea studied remains of populations who lived for about 6,000 years from 5525BC.

5 Jun 2020 - 7:00AM

Scientists from China, Europe and South Korea studied remains of populations who lived for about 6,000 years from 5525BC.

Prehistoric ancestors of modern-day Chinese favoured rice over millet, study says
Coronavirus may damage testicles without entering cells, study finds

Analysis of patient samples from Wuhan shows virus caused ‘ballooning changes’ and damage to cells that produce sperm.

4 Jun 2020 - 2:11AM

Analysis of patient samples from Wuhan shows virus caused ‘ballooning changes’ and damage to cells that produce sperm.

Coronavirus may damage testicles without entering cells, study finds
HIV carriers a fifth as likely to die from coronavirus, Madrid study suggests

Spanish research claimed to be first comprehensive study of the effects on those with HIV compared with the general population in the same region.

3 Jun 2020 - 12:49AM

Spanish research claimed to be first comprehensive study of the effects on those with HIV compared with the general population in the same region.

HIV carriers a fifth as likely to die from coronavirus, Madrid study suggests
Report of Chinese scramjet test a challenge to most-advanced missile defence systems

A 10-minute scramjet boost to a weapon could give it a range of over 4,000km at top speed.

31 May 2020 - 10:30PM

A 10-minute scramjet boost to a weapon could give it a range of over 4,000km at top speed.

Report of Chinese scramjet test a challenge to most-advanced missile defence systems
Crash course in saving the Earth: Chinese simulation stops asteroid strike without using nukes

Computer model shows how potentially hazardous asteroids can be knocked off course and out of harm’s way using an ‘enhanced kinetic impactor’ spacecraft.

30 May 2020 - 5:06AM

Computer model shows how potentially hazardous asteroids can be knocked off course and out of harm’s way using an ‘enhanced kinetic impactor’ spacecraft.

Crash course in saving the Earth: Chinese simulation stops asteroid strike without using nukes
Coronavirus uses same strategy as HIV to dodge immune response, Chinese study finds

Both viruses remove marker molecules on surface of an infected cell that are used to identify invaders, according to Chinese researchers.

27 May 2020 - 2:54AM

Both viruses remove marker molecules on surface of an infected cell that are used to identify invaders, according to Chinese researchers.

Coronavirus uses same strategy as HIV to dodge immune response, Chinese study finds
More young people are testing positive for coronavirus in US, study finds

Researchers looked at data from Washington state, finding half of those who had contracted the virus by early May were aged under 40.

25 May 2020 - 11:15PM

Researchers looked at data from Washington state, finding half of those who had contracted the virus by early May were aged under 40.

More young people are testing positive for coronavirus in US, study finds
Two sessions 2020: China cuts science budget by 9 per cent but national R&D still tipped to grow

Spending by local governments expected to buoy investment in the area despite the tough times.

22 May 2020 - 10:58PM

Spending by local governments expected to buoy investment in the area despite the tough times.

Two sessions 2020: China cuts science budget by 9 per cent but national R&D still tipped to grow