Stephen Chen

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.
Stephen Chen
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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Polar bear’s fur inspires Chinese breakthrough in super insulator for space

Synthetic material which mimics and improves on nature could be used in China’s hypersonic space plane.

17 Jun 2019 - 4:42PM

Synthetic material which mimics and improves on nature could be used in China’s hypersonic space plane.

Polar bear’s fur inspires Chinese breakthrough in super insulator for space
Security guards at Chinese psychiatric hospital sacked after four patients make audacious escape

Group got through main exit by posing as visitors taking their relatives out for a break, after earlier finding key to security door ‘hidden’ on a windowsill.

16 Jun 2019 - 11:13PM

Group got through main exit by posing as visitors taking their relatives out for a break, after earlier finding key to security door ‘hidden’ on a windowsill.

Security guards at Chinese psychiatric hospital sacked after four patients make audacious escape
Could Chinese scientists have found evidence of world’s first stoners in 2,500-year-old Xinjiang graveyard?

Findings published in Science Advances support earliest recorded cannabis use, written in 440BC, while researchers speculate psychoactive THC had grim role in funeral rites.

13 Jun 2019 - 5:33AM

Findings published in Science Advances support earliest recorded cannabis use, written in 440BC, while researchers speculate psychoactive THC had grim role in funeral rites.

Could Chinese scientists have found evidence of world’s first stoners in 2,500-year-old Xinjiang graveyard?
China’s ‘artificial sun’ project just got a whole lot hotter, scientists say

New facility in Sichuan province will enable researchers to recreate the ‘extreme environments’ necessary to harness nuclear fusion.

7 Jun 2019 - 12:14AM

New facility in Sichuan province will enable researchers to recreate the ‘extreme environments’ necessary to harness nuclear fusion.

China’s ‘artificial sun’ project just got a whole lot hotter, scientists say
China rockets to forefront of global space race with sea launch success

China has become the first nation to fully own and operate a floating launch platform for its space missions.

6 Jun 2019 - 12:31PM

China has become the first nation to fully own and operate a floating launch platform for its space missions.

China rockets to forefront of global space race with sea launch success
Chinese scientists find link between acne and common cold

Study of children prone to recurring colds identifies abnormally high presence of skin affecting bacteria.

4 Jun 2019 - 5:00PM

Study of children prone to recurring colds identifies abnormally high presence of skin affecting bacteria.

Chinese scientists find link between acne and common cold
Gene-editing breakthrough in China comes with urgent call for global rules

Leading Chinese scientist warns approved modified babies could be just a year or two away.

1 Jun 2019 - 3:32PM

Leading Chinese scientist warns approved modified babies could be just a year or two away.

Gene-editing breakthrough in China comes with urgent call for global rules
Chinese scientists find faster way to extract rare earths that may also cut industry pollution

Team’s process uses a new material to separate out the minerals used in hi-tech products – shortening extraction time from days to 20 minutes.

3 Jun 2019 - 3:49PM

Team’s process uses a new material to separate out the minerals used in hi-tech products – shortening extraction time from days to 20 minutes.

Chinese scientists find faster way to extract rare earths that may also cut industry pollution
Chinese scientists apply bat powers to privacy problem

Acoustic device uses high frequency sound waves to detect variations in activity.

29 May 2019 - 12:19AM

Acoustic device uses high frequency sound waves to detect variations in activity.

Chinese scientists apply bat powers to privacy problem
Chinese scientists develop transistors about the width of a human DNA strand

Beijing team believes it has solved problem of powering tens of billions of nanometre-sized transistors without burning out the chip.

27 May 2019 - 6:27AM

Beijing team believes it has solved problem of powering tens of billions of nanometre-sized transistors without burning out the chip.

Chinese scientists develop transistors about the width of a human DNA strand
Will China’s 600km/h maglev train bring air travellers down to earth?

Unveiled in Shandong, prototype will be a first step towards ground-breaking high-speed travel that will rival passenger jets, project engineer says.

31 May 2019 - 8:46AM

Unveiled in Shandong, prototype will be a first step towards ground-breaking high-speed travel that will rival passenger jets, project engineer says.

Will China’s 600km/h maglev train bring air travellers down to earth?
Beyond the Yellow River: DNA tells new story of the origins of Han Chinese

Researchers say history of China’s biggest ethnic group is more complex than many have come to believe and that their newly released DNA study involving 20,000 unrelated people points to three rivers origins.

23 May 2019 - 10:01PM

Researchers say history of China’s biggest ethnic group is more complex than many have come to believe and that their newly released DNA study involving 20,000 unrelated people points to three rivers origins.

Beyond the Yellow River: DNA tells new story of the origins of Han Chinese
China’s lunar rover Yutu ends 60-year riddle of moon’s mantle with discovery of mineral olivine

Yutu’s discovery of olivine helps pave the way for scientists to confirm existence of a mantle beneath satellite’s crust.

16 May 2019 - 2:41AM

Yutu’s discovery of olivine helps pave the way for scientists to confirm existence of a mantle beneath satellite’s crust.

China’s lunar rover Yutu ends 60-year riddle of moon’s mantle with discovery of mineral olivine
China cracks cheap lithium production in electric car breakthrough

Scientific breakthrough leads to record low costs for essential battery ingredient as US and Europe seek to break Chinese dominance in global supply chain.

15 May 2019 - 1:01PM

Scientific breakthrough leads to record low costs for essential battery ingredient as US and Europe seek to break Chinese dominance in global supply chain.

China cracks cheap lithium production in electric car breakthrough
Students at China’s leading universities offered more than US$14,000 to sell eggs illegally

Investigation by Chinese newspaper finds would be buyers are willing to pay more for desirable physical traits and intelligence.

13 May 2019 - 12:25PM

Investigation by Chinese newspaper finds would be buyers are willing to pay more for desirable physical traits and intelligence.

Students at China’s leading universities offered more than US$14,000 to sell eggs illegally
Chinese university students offer rural migrants a touch of glamour for Mother’s Day
Could caped dinosaur found in China glide like Batman?

163-million-year-old fossil represents something extraordinary in evolutionary history.

9 May 2019 - 12:16PM

163-million-year-old fossil represents something extraordinary in evolutionary history.

Could caped dinosaur found in China glide like Batman?
Chinese physicist says revolutionary technique means alloys can be developed in hours instead of years

Inspired by early colour television, method can create thousands of alloys quickly and leader of Beijing team says a ‘revolution in material science’ is at hand for work and exploration in harshest environments.

7 May 2019 - 7:10PM

Inspired by early colour television, method can create thousands of alloys quickly and leader of Beijing team says a ‘revolution in material science’ is at hand for work and exploration in harshest environments.

Chinese physicist says revolutionary technique means alloys can be developed in hours instead of years
Artificial intelligence robots boost profits in Chinese food factories, paving way for mass use

Manufacturers are profiting from machines that mimic the senses of human experts but not everybody is ready to let a device have the last word on Chinese cuisine.

7 May 2019 - 6:29PM

Manufacturers are profiting from machines that mimic the senses of human experts but not everybody is ready to let a device have the last word on Chinese cuisine.

Artificial intelligence robots boost profits in Chinese food factories, paving way for mass use
Are China and the US jostling for position at the highest point in Antarctica?

Beijing is leading negotiations to turn Dome Argus into a special zone for ‘scientific research and protecting the environment’, but some researchers say the United States is trying to block the plan.

29 Apr 2019 - 12:43AM

Beijing is leading negotiations to turn Dome Argus into a special zone for ‘scientific research and protecting the environment’, but some researchers say the United States is trying to block the plan.

Are China and the US jostling for position at the highest point in Antarctica?
The Chinese state-owned tech company supplying signal-boosting laser amplifiers to the world’s largest financial centres

Report reveals that Wuhan-based Accelink’s gear has been used in West for a decade while its clientele includes Huawei and it enjoys Nokia’s ‘complete trust’.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:51AM

Report reveals that Wuhan-based Accelink’s gear has been used in West for a decade while its clientele includes Huawei and it enjoys Nokia’s ‘complete trust’.

The Chinese state-owned tech company supplying signal-boosting laser amplifiers to the world’s largest financial centres
Chinese university becomes first in world to build and test its own hypersonic plane

Xiamen University’s ‘double waverider’ makes its maiden flight in the Gobi, although the ‘game-changing’ technology is usually the preserve of the military.

24 Apr 2019 - 11:34AM

Xiamen University’s ‘double waverider’ makes its maiden flight in the Gobi, although the ‘game-changing’ technology is usually the preserve of the military.

Chinese university becomes first in world to build and test its own hypersonic plane
How China’s scavenger satellites are being used to develop AI weapons, drones and robots

Small probes can latch onto targets such as dead spacecraft in near-Earth orbit – and in a military scenario they could stay attached to avoid being tracked.

23 Apr 2019 - 6:00AM

Small probes can latch onto targets such as dead spacecraft in near-Earth orbit – and in a military scenario they could stay attached to avoid being tracked.

How China’s scavenger satellites are being used to develop AI weapons, drones and robots
Science body VKI reassesses its ties to Chinese developer of ‘Guam Killer’ hypersonic missile

Brussels-based aerospace institute looks deeper into its relationship with state-owned Casic as analysts says cooperation on technology can be complicated by military links.

22 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Brussels-based aerospace institute looks deeper into its relationship with state-owned Casic as analysts says cooperation on technology can be complicated by military links.

Science body VKI reassesses its ties to Chinese developer of ‘Guam Killer’ hypersonic missile
‘We’re seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first true image of a black hole

For the first time, the world is seeing a black hole – not an artist’s impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing.

11 Apr 2019 - 1:56PM

For the first time, the world is seeing a black hole – not an artist’s impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing.

‘We’re seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first true image of a black hole
China’s astronomers helped capture photo of black hole but couldn’t use world’s biggest telescope to do it

Distance no object, but China’s Fast did not have part in cosmic event because it could not properly be tuned in to targets that lie light years away.

9 Apr 2019 - 9:44PM

Distance no object, but China’s Fast did not have part in cosmic event because it could not properly be tuned in to targets that lie light years away.

China’s astronomers helped capture photo of black hole but couldn’t use world’s biggest telescope to do it
No escape? Chinese VIP jail puts AI monitors in every cell ‘to make prison breaks impossible’

Yancheng prison, which is home to high-status inmates such as Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, hopes to use technology to monitor prisoners at all times.

1 Apr 2019 - 8:41AM

Yancheng prison, which is home to high-status inmates such as Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, hopes to use technology to monitor prisoners at all times.

No escape? Chinese VIP jail puts AI monitors in every cell ‘to make prison breaks impossible’
Chinese industrial park where chemical factory blast happened ‘opened in a rush’

Engineer alleges the park was set up without a proper planning process and accuses local authorities of turning a blind eye to the safety risks after taking bribes, official newspaper reports.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:14PM

Engineer alleges the park was set up without a proper planning process and accuses local authorities of turning a blind eye to the safety risks after taking bribes, official newspaper reports.

Chinese industrial park where chemical factory blast happened ‘opened in a rush’
China’s race to test ‘mutation-free’ gene-editing technology on cancer patients

Shanghai-based research group is keen to test its high-precision therapy that reduces risk of unintended mutations.

11 Mar 2019 - 3:22AM

Shanghai-based research group is keen to test its high-precision therapy that reduces risk of unintended mutations.

China’s race to test ‘mutation-free’ gene-editing technology on cancer patients
Chinese physicist hit by US visa delay misses out on collecting prestigious science award

Quantum physicist Pan Jianwei was a no show in Washington on February 14 thanks to a delay in getting his US travel visa

28 Feb 2019 - 7:05PM

Quantum physicist Pan Jianwei was a no show in Washington on February 14 thanks to a delay in getting his US travel visa

Chinese physicist hit by US visa delay misses out on collecting prestigious science award