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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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.

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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
Could a tiny Chinese magnetic sensor be up to the huge task of tracking submarines?

Researchers in China have shrunk their technology to the size of a computer chip but much more work needs to be done to get it into the field.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:34AM

Researchers in China have shrunk their technology to the size of a computer chip but much more work needs to be done to get it into the field.

Could a tiny Chinese magnetic sensor be up to the huge task of tracking submarines?
Why global warming may not mean more typhoons, according to new study

Analysis of South China Sea sediment and historical Chinese data on tropical storms suggests the reverse is true.

14 Sep 2019 - 1:04AM

Analysis of South China Sea sediment and historical Chinese data on tropical storms suggests the reverse is true.

Why global warming may not mean more typhoons, according to new study
Could a seaweed-based drug offer relief from the ravages of Alzheimer’s?

Scientists in Shanghai link degenerative condition to bacteria in human gut, while trials show GV-971 brought ‘significant improvement’ to early or medium stage Alzheimer patients.

10 Sep 2019 - 12:07PM

Scientists in Shanghai link degenerative condition to bacteria in human gut, while trials show GV-971 brought ‘significant improvement’ to early or medium stage Alzheimer patients.

Could a seaweed-based drug offer relief from the ravages of Alzheimer’s?
Chinese medicine herbs could defeat devastating cotton virus, study suggests

Scientists find some chemicals can kill the cotton leaf curl Multan virus and others can boost plants’ immunity to it, amid fears that outbreaks could wreak havoc in Xinjiang, which produces most of China’s cotton.

6 Sep 2019 - 9:43PM

Scientists find some chemicals can kill the cotton leaf curl Multan virus and others can boost plants’ immunity to it, amid fears that outbreaks could wreak havoc in Xinjiang, which produces most of China’s cotton.

Chinese medicine herbs could defeat devastating cotton virus, study suggests
‘Atomic origami’: Chinese scientists master the art of folding graphene

Researchers bend graphene using a single electrically charged atom in breakthrough that could eventually pave the way for powerful new computer processors.

6 Sep 2019 - 2:40AM

Researchers bend graphene using a single electrically charged atom in breakthrough that could eventually pave the way for powerful new computer processors.

‘Atomic origami’: Chinese scientists master the art of folding graphene
Could these crystals be the next leap forward in China’s laser technology?

Researchers say they have developed a substance that is 13 times better in tests than widely used alternative, pointing to a possible solution to a power source problem that has plagued commercial and military devices.

5 Sep 2019 - 11:04PM

Researchers say they have developed a substance that is 13 times better in tests than widely used alternative, pointing to a possible solution to a power source problem that has plagued commercial and military devices.

Could these crystals be the next leap forward in China’s laser technology?
Chinese, US scientists develop AI technology to help detect submarines in uncharted waters

Researchers from Beijing and San Diego say system should allow them to track any sound-emitting source – from nuclear subs to whales – using a simple listening device mounted on a buoy, underwater drone or ship.

31 Aug 2019 - 9:00AM

Researchers from Beijing and San Diego say system should allow them to track any sound-emitting source – from nuclear subs to whales – using a simple listening device mounted on a buoy, underwater drone or ship.

Chinese, US scientists develop AI technology to help detect submarines in uncharted waters
Chinese scientists ‘make first perfect replica’ of tooth enamel

New material almost identical in structure to human enamel – which does not regenerate itself – can grow on teeth and last permanently, researchers say.

31 Aug 2019 - 10:28PM

New material almost identical in structure to human enamel – which does not regenerate itself – can grow on teeth and last permanently, researchers say.

Chinese scientists ‘make first perfect replica’ of tooth enamel
China develops superconducting hybrid power line that could span the country

Prototype tested last month transports high-voltage power and liquefied natural gas side by side, which could cut the high cost and waste involved in sending energy from the far west to the east coast.

29 Aug 2019 - 9:45AM

Prototype tested last month transports high-voltage power and liquefied natural gas side by side, which could cut the high cost and waste involved in sending energy from the far west to the east coast.

China develops superconducting hybrid power line that could span the country
China ‘can transform the war on drugs’ with ultra-fast portable detector

Samples are collected by a needle that can detect quantities invisible to the naked eye, before being vaporised by a powerful flashlight for almost instant analysis.

25 Aug 2019 - 11:01PM

Samples are collected by a needle that can detect quantities invisible to the naked eye, before being vaporised by a powerful flashlight for almost instant analysis.

China ‘can transform the war on drugs’ with ultra-fast portable detector
Chinese scientists test satellite positioning technology that can work independently in space

Research team says probe managed to calculate its own location by using the X-ray from a small, distant star for reference – and it was more accurate than a similar Nasa experiment last year.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:57PM

Research team says probe managed to calculate its own location by using the X-ray from a small, distant star for reference – and it was more accurate than a similar Nasa experiment last year.

Chinese scientists test satellite positioning technology that can work independently in space
The solar-powered ‘tree’ that turns the sea into drinking water

Material that generates heat from sunlight could provide self-maintaining water supply on remote islands.

22 Aug 2019 - 5:03AM

Material that generates heat from sunlight could provide self-maintaining water supply on remote islands.

The solar-powered ‘tree’ that turns the sea into drinking water
Scientists find way to stop algae poisoning China’s dirtiest freshwater lake

Lake Chao is ranked bottom by the central government for water quality, but the discovery of a virus could allow algae to be controlled.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:30PM

Lake Chao is ranked bottom by the central government for water quality, but the discovery of a virus could allow algae to be controlled.

Scientists find way to stop algae poisoning China’s dirtiest freshwater lake
Chinese engineers follow the Sea Dragon with new submersible that can ‘fly’ through water like a plane in the air

Developers say their prototype craft could dive to 1,000 metres in five minutes – Liu Kaizhou, who also worked the Jiaolong submersible, says ‘We are in uncharted water’.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:59AM

Developers say their prototype craft could dive to 1,000 metres in five minutes – Liu Kaizhou, who also worked the Jiaolong submersible, says ‘We are in uncharted water’.

Chinese engineers follow the Sea Dragon with new submersible that can ‘fly’ through water like a plane in the air
China scientists warn of global cooling trick up nature’s sleeve

Research sheds light on 500-year Chinese weather cycle and suggests a cool change could be on the way but no room for inaction.

11 Aug 2019 - 6:30AM

Research sheds light on 500-year Chinese weather cycle and suggests a cool change could be on the way but no room for inaction.

China scientists warn of global cooling trick up nature’s sleeve
China is building world’s most powerful laser radar to study Earth’s solar shield

New facility is designed to help scientists study particles that help deflect cosmic rays in the high atmosphere.

5 Aug 2019 - 6:18AM

New facility is designed to help scientists study particles that help deflect cosmic rays in the high atmosphere.

China is building world’s most powerful laser radar to study Earth’s solar shield
iSpace becomes China’s first privately owned firm to put a rocket into orbit

Hyperbola-1, designed and built by iSpace, ‘makes history’ after delivering two satellites into near-Earth orbits.

26 Jul 2019 - 1:43PM

Hyperbola-1, designed and built by iSpace, ‘makes history’ after delivering two satellites into near-Earth orbits.

iSpace becomes China’s first privately owned firm to put a rocket into orbit
Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?

Researchers say they created E coli strain that can draw free energy from the environment; its next task is to see if technique can be applied to complex life forms such as humans and animals.

25 Jul 2019 - 12:17PM

Researchers say they created E coli strain that can draw free energy from the environment; its next task is to see if technique can be applied to complex life forms such as humans and animals.

Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?
Gallium: China tightens grip on wonder metal as Huawei works on promising applications beyond 5G

Alexandra Feytis, a consultant at Roskill Information Services, says the US and Europe will keep close watch on China’s dominance of the critical material as new promising applications are developed.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:04AM

Alexandra Feytis, a consultant at Roskill Information Services, says the US and Europe will keep close watch on China’s dominance of the critical material as new promising applications are developed.

Gallium: China tightens grip on wonder metal as Huawei works on promising applications beyond 5G
Chinese lunar ambitions soar 50 years after moon landing

As world remembers Neil Armstrong’s historic small step, Chinese scientists outline great leap for their space programme.

19 Jul 2019 - 11:42PM

As world remembers Neil Armstrong’s historic small step, Chinese scientists outline great leap for their space programme.

Chinese lunar ambitions soar 50 years after moon landing
Chinese scientists hail ‘incredible’ stealth breakthrough that may blind military radar systems

Researchers at academy of science believe electromagnetic wave model is key that will herald new era in radar detection and avoidance for military ships and aircraft.

19 Jul 2019 - 3:16PM

Researchers at academy of science believe electromagnetic wave model is key that will herald new era in radar detection and avoidance for military ships and aircraft.

Chinese scientists hail ‘incredible’ stealth breakthrough that may blind military radar systems
Chinese scientists’ new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases

Researchers managed to eradicate populations on two islands in Guangzhou province in two years by releasing 200 million insects specially bred to be infertile.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:14PM

Researchers managed to eradicate populations on two islands in Guangzhou province in two years by releasing 200 million insects specially bred to be infertile.

Chinese scientists’ new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases
How China could use bio-waste to mass-produce cheap super-fuel for missiles

Scientists say large-scale conversion of agricultural waste into fuel offers savings up to 60 per cent, which could slash military costs and bring civilian applications of hypersonic flight technology closer.

16 Jul 2019 - 1:22AM

Scientists say large-scale conversion of agricultural waste into fuel offers savings up to 60 per cent, which could slash military costs and bring civilian applications of hypersonic flight technology closer.

How China could use bio-waste to mass-produce cheap super-fuel for missiles
Chinese officials’ summer retreat closes down over pollution scandal

Cloud Valley Mansion once hosted lavish banquets but shut its doors after being found to have pumped waste water in reservoir that supplies Beijing.

14 Jul 2019 - 10:29PM

Cloud Valley Mansion once hosted lavish banquets but shut its doors after being found to have pumped waste water in reservoir that supplies Beijing.

Chinese officials’ summer retreat closes down over pollution scandal
What trade war? How China and US bonded over soccer and a nuclear ‘man-made sun’

Fusion energy can be controlled more effectively after the latest breakthrough in the two countries’ joint research effort, as lead scientist on the Chinese side hails their decades-long collaboration.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:30PM

Fusion energy can be controlled more effectively after the latest breakthrough in the two countries’ joint research effort, as lead scientist on the Chinese side hails their decades-long collaboration.

What trade war? How China and US bonded over soccer and a nuclear ‘man-made sun’
Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on US?

US is regarded as the world leader in hardware hacking, while its allies have found no evidence of planting ‘back doors’. Chinese researchers insist their work on Trojans is separated from telecoms firms.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:08AM

US is regarded as the world leader in hardware hacking, while its allies have found no evidence of planting ‘back doors’. Chinese researchers insist their work on Trojans is separated from telecoms firms.

Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on US?
Chinese scientists find cancer hope in old pest remedy

Common parasite treatment paves way for cancer-busting drugs in tests.

8 Jul 2019 - 10:59PM

Common parasite treatment paves way for cancer-busting drugs in tests.

Chinese scientists find cancer hope in old pest remedy
Google denies link to China’s military over touch-screen tools that may help PLA pilots

Lead scientist in Google’s AI team revealed to be taking part in work by Chinese institute on predicting screen touches accurately, which has many potential uses including helping pilots select a fast-moving target.

4 Jul 2019 - 5:11PM

Lead scientist in Google’s AI team revealed to be taking part in work by Chinese institute on predicting screen touches accurately, which has many potential uses including helping pilots select a fast-moving target.

Google denies link to China’s military over touch-screen tools that may help PLA pilots