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 coronavirus may have come from a snake, researchers say

Nearest match for virus’s genetic coding pattern found in two species – the Many-banded krait and Chinese cobra – both of which are commonly found in southern China, scientists say.

23 Jan 2020 - 11:39PM

Nearest match for virus’s genetic coding pattern found in two species – the Many-banded krait and Chinese cobra – both of which are commonly found in southern China, scientists say.

China coronavirus may have come from a snake, researchers say
Coronavirus weaker than Sars but may share link to bats, Chinese scientists say

Virus found in fruit bats is common ancestor of the two strains, study suggests.

22 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

Virus found in fruit bats is common ancestor of the two strains, study suggests.

Coronavirus weaker than Sars but may share link to bats, Chinese scientists say
China in new tech embarrassment as coding guru suspended for fake claims

Liu Lei faces an investigation after the Mulan programming language he said was entirely built by his lab was found to be partly based on an existing one.

22 Jan 2020 - 1:09AM

Liu Lei faces an investigation after the Mulan programming language he said was entirely built by his lab was found to be partly based on an existing one.

China in new tech embarrassment as coding guru suspended for fake claims
Meet the Chinese robot worm that could crawl into your brain

Scientists in Shenzhen are developing a machine that sounds like a form of ancient black magic because it could enter the brain and send signals to the neurons.

21 Jan 2020 - 5:47AM

Scientists in Shenzhen are developing a machine that sounds like a form of ancient black magic because it could enter the brain and send signals to the neurons.

Meet the Chinese robot worm that could crawl into your brain
How traditional Chinese acupuncture with an electric twist could help fight cancer

A team of researchers used electrically charged needles to treat brain tumours in mice and found the ‘electro-chemotherapy’ caused cancer cells to ‘burst and die’.

19 Jan 2020 - 11:00PM

A team of researchers used electrically charged needles to treat brain tumours in mice and found the ‘electro-chemotherapy’ caused cancer cells to ‘burst and die’.

How traditional Chinese acupuncture with an electric twist could help fight cancer
Wuhan pneumonia: Chinese tourist in Thai case did not visit outbreak-linked market, while scientists say virus not likely to prove as deadly as Sars

Woman, 61, the first confirmed case outside China, could have caught the virus in Wuhan at other markets, which she was understood to have visited.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Woman, 61, the first confirmed case outside China, could have caught the virus in Wuhan at other markets, which she was understood to have visited.

Wuhan pneumonia: Chinese tourist in Thai case did not visit outbreak-linked market, while scientists say virus not likely to prove as deadly as Sars
China is developing drones that use quantum physics to send unhackable messages

Particles can carry information securely because intercepting them would alter the message and alert the receiver or sender.

10 Jan 2020 - 5:59AM

Particles can carry information securely because intercepting them would alter the message and alert the receiver or sender.

China is developing drones that use quantum physics to send unhackable messages
Chinese scientist Li Ning gets 12 years in prison for embezzling US$4.3 million of government funds

Cloning expert and his colleague Zhang Lei from China Agricultural University in Beijing found guilty of moving funds to private firms the pair controlled.

3 Jan 2020 - 11:02PM

Cloning expert and his colleague Zhang Lei from China Agricultural University in Beijing found guilty of moving funds to private firms the pair controlled.

Chinese scientist Li Ning gets 12 years in prison for embezzling US$4.3 million of government funds
Chinese scientists develop portable quantum satellite communication device

Weighing in at just 80kg, the machine can connect to China’s quantum satellite and receive encryption keys in the form of entangled light particles.

3 Jan 2020 - 12:21PM

Weighing in at just 80kg, the machine can connect to China’s quantum satellite and receive encryption keys in the form of entangled light particles.

Chinese scientists develop portable quantum satellite communication device
China’s scientists aren’t shy about promoting their work any more

Years of language barriers and a culture of modesty are left behind as the country’s scientists are inspired by ‘wolf spirit’.

29 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

Years of language barriers and a culture of modesty are left behind as the country’s scientists are inspired by ‘wolf spirit’.

China’s scientists aren’t shy about promoting their work any more
China’s space programme gets back on track with successful Long March 5 rocket launch

CZ-5 mission declared a success after Shijian-20 satellite carrying ‘new era’ communications equipment entered its designated orbit on Friday evening.

28 Dec 2019 - 11:21AM

CZ-5 mission declared a success after Shijian-20 satellite carrying ‘new era’ communications equipment entered its designated orbit on Friday evening.

China’s space programme gets back on track with successful Long March 5 rocket launch
China prepares to unleash artificial intelligence to catch tax cheats

Researchers involved in project say it will make it almost impossible to avoid detection, while the current fragmented system is easier to get around.

25 Dec 2019 - 12:54AM

Researchers involved in project say it will make it almost impossible to avoid detection, while the current fragmented system is easier to get around.

China prepares to unleash artificial intelligence to catch tax cheats
China’s electrifying idea to stop African swine fever: a high-voltage pigsty

Researchers to wire up pens for 2,000 pigs and generate an electric field they believe can kill germs.

24 Dec 2019 - 2:54AM

Researchers to wire up pens for 2,000 pigs and generate an electric field they believe can kill germs.

China’s electrifying idea to stop African swine fever: a high-voltage pigsty
Ghost in the machine: Chinese scientists create camera that may reveal what goes on in our cells

By combining two technologies, researchers say processes like DNA coding and protein assembly could potentially be recorded in unprecedented detail.

22 Dec 2019 - 5:00AM

By combining two technologies, researchers say processes like DNA coding and protein assembly could potentially be recorded in unprecedented detail.

Ghost in the machine: Chinese scientists create camera that may reveal what goes on in our cells
Chinese scientists create ‘game-changer’ methanol battery that keeps drone in the air for 12 hours

Developers of FY-36 say they overcame ‘tons of problems’ to create alcohol-fuelled battery that allows 15kg (33lb) drone to fly for up to 12 hours.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:33PM

Developers of FY-36 say they overcame ‘tons of problems’ to create alcohol-fuelled battery that allows 15kg (33lb) drone to fly for up to 12 hours.

Chinese scientists create ‘game-changer’ methanol battery that keeps drone in the air for 12 hours
Why one of China’s poorest places has highest ‘material footprint’ per person

Domestic consumption and investment indicator shows Qinghai province ahead of wealthier neighbours – Beijing’s development policy in western China may have been key, researchers say.

17 Dec 2019 - 4:58AM

Domestic consumption and investment indicator shows Qinghai province ahead of wealthier neighbours – Beijing’s development policy in western China may have been key, researchers say.

Why one of China’s poorest places has highest ‘material footprint’ per person
China plans ‘paradise for physicists’ with particle colliders that will test the strongest forces in the universe

Guangdong becomes focus as China races the US to build bigger particle accelerators, with contest being described as for the good of the human race.

16 Dec 2019 - 12:19AM

Guangdong becomes focus as China races the US to build bigger particle accelerators, with contest being described as for the good of the human race.

China plans ‘paradise for physicists’ with particle colliders that will test the strongest forces in the universe
Why China’s next Long March 5 rocket mission will be about restoring national pride

Largest carrier rocket in Chinese fleet said to be on standing by after setbacks.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:09PM

Largest carrier rocket in Chinese fleet said to be on standing by after setbacks.

Why China’s next Long March 5 rocket mission will be about restoring national pride
Gene-editing scandal: CRISPR Cas9 method does not cause mutations in monkeys, study finds

But technique still not fit for use on humans, Chinese researcher says.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

But technique still not fit for use on humans, Chinese researcher says.

Gene-editing scandal: CRISPR Cas9 method does not cause mutations in monkeys, study finds
Chinese scientists raise alarm about LCD screen pollution

Researcher calls for urgent regulation of recycling plants where damaged screens are dumped, while his research team finds some of the highest concentrations of chemicals in homes.

10 Dec 2019 - 5:21AM

Researcher calls for urgent regulation of recycling plants where damaged screens are dumped, while his research team finds some of the highest concentrations of chemicals in homes.

Chinese scientists raise alarm about LCD screen pollution
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