Journals

Latest news and scientific research from China and Asia. 
  1. From ramping up 5G’s roll-out to exploiting its data, the European Union is turning to technology to help it bounce back from the coronavirus crisis and compete better in key areas with the United States and China.As part of a 750 billion euro (US$825 billion) recovery plan announced on Wednesday, the European Commission said the goal was to achieve technology sovereignty in crucial areas after it emerges from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.This has underlined how the 27-country…
  2. The US plans to join an international organisation that will advise companies and governments on the responsible development of artificial intelligence, becoming the last of the Group of Seven countries to sign on.The group, called the Global Partnership on AI, will study and provide recommendations to encourage the creation of AI technologies that respect privacy and civil liberties, said Michael Kratsios, the chief technology officer of the US.He called the partnership “a first of its kind…
  3. Five academics from some of China's most prestigious universities and one based in the US are among six Chinese scientists named in this year’s World Economic Forum list of 25 scientists under 40 at the forefront of scientific discovery.Each year the WEF compiles a list of young scientists, and this year’s line up has the highest proportion of Chinese since the project began in 2014. At that time there were no China-based scholars and only two Chinese from American institutes, out of a total of…
  4. China is accelerating plans to enhance its basic scientific research capabilities amid the ongoing tech race with the United States.Beijing is “speeding up” efforts to build 700 “key state laboratories” by the end of the year which will “serve as a significant force to lead fundamental research,” according to state-run newspaper Economic Information Daily. Key state labs, which receive backing from governments, universities or corporations, “will focus on the world's [most] advanced technology…
  5. At what age can a child start coding? What is the right age for kids to learn computer programming?While ambitious parents in China are already registering kids as young as four for coding classes, the CEO of a major Chinese online gaming and entertainment company proposes that the playing field be levelled by including computer programming in China’s compulsory basic education curriculum.William Ding Lei, the founder and chief executive of Hangzhou-based NetEase, said in a proposal for the Two…
  6. Cancer drugs developer Kintor Pharmaceutical saw its HK$1.86 billion (US$240 million) initial public offering heavily oversubscribed as investors continued to bet on biotech start-ups hitting the jackpot with innovative, high-demand medicines, sources close to the deal said.Kintor has attracted subscription commitments of more than 500 times the 9.2 million shares offered to retail investors, while 92.3 million shares offered to international investors were “heavily oversubscribed”.It is the…
  7. As Japan’s second female astronaut to fly up in the Space Shuttle Discovery, Naoko Yamazaki did not expect to spend a quarter of her time dusting, feeding mice and doing other menial jobs.It can cost more than US$430 million a year to keep an astronaut in orbit, according to three-year-old start-up called Gitai. It is only possible to keep humans alive in outer space because of the money and effort poured into ensuring their safety. One way to bring down the cost and risks is to send an avatar …
  8. Good morning, this is Melissa Zhu from the SCMP tech desk in Hong Kong with a wrap of some of our best stories from this week.First, the bad news. After Wuhan lifted its lockdown in early April and Beijing downgraded its emergency response level last month, satellite images and air quality index (AQI) data are showing a return of air pollution to parts of China, as Coco Feng reports.China's air quality had improved in recent months as result of recent lockdowns and industrial stoppages related…
  9. Satellite images and air quality index (AQI) data indicate that the improvement in China's air quality as a result of recent lockdowns and industrial stoppages related to the Covid-19 pandemic may have been a temporary phase as the country gets back to work.Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is produced by combustion engines and burning fossil fuels, fell in Wuhan – the early Covid-19 epicentre in China – during the 20-day period starting January 21 compared with the previous 20-day cycle, according…
  10. Fitbit on Wednesday launched a virtual study to test if its wearable devices can detect irregular heart rhythms or atrial fibrillation.The hardware to detect irregular beats is present in Fitbit’s devices, but is not available to consumers. Device users who enrol in the study will be allowed to test it in order for Fitbit to seek regulatory review.Fitbit, which is being acquired by Google-parent Alphabet, said in October that it planned to develop a method to detect irregular heartbeats that…