Journals

Latest news and scientific research from China and Asia. 
South China Morning Post
  1. Telemedicine, in which a doctor’s appointment happens over phone or video, could be the health care game changer to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. But a perfect marriage with offline services is needed to make the system work efficiently, say experts in the health care industry. “Due to Covid-19, people have noticed that a lot of things could be done online. But health care is unique. There is still a large portion of services needed to be done offline,” said Jeff Chen, chief innovation…
  2. Chinese researchers have developed a mobile device that can trace volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a key source of air pollution, as the country with the world's largest carbon emissions continues its battle to bring back blue skies.The equipment, comprising a vibration-resistant sensor, a positioning signal receiver and geographic information system, can be attached to vehicles to trace the distribution of VOCs in cities.VOCs are important precursors of ozone (O3) and PM2.5 matter – the most…
  3. Tesla reported a surprise second-quarter profit on Wednesday as it confirmed ambitious targets for 2020 car deliveries despite the coronavirus pandemic and announced plans for a new factory in Texas.The result clears the way for the highflying company led by Elon Musk to potentially join the S&P 500. A requirement for the prestigious Wall Street index is four successive profitable quarters, which Tesla has now achieved.Tesla shares – which have exploded in 2020 as the company has met key…
  4. China’s manufacturing heartland of Guangdong province has pledged to build 20 industrial estates by 2022 for firms that develop new industrial and business applications using 5G technology.The move by the provincial government is part of China’s programme outlined by President Xi Jinping to build “new infrastructure” to boost its economic recovery from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the action plan released last week by the provincial industry and information department,…
  5. China’s red-hot pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector is drawing in billions of dollars from US investors.No example is more surprising than the windfall that has come the way of cancer drugs developer BeiGene, a company once accused by a short seller of inflating its sales.The Nasdaq-listed firm boosted its cash hoard by US$2.1 billion in the latest fundraising round by placing out 145.8 million new shares – a 14.3 per cent stake in the company – to investors including California-based…
  6. Immunotech Biopharm, backed by proceeds from its HK$1 billion (US$129 million) stock offering, is out to prove the efficacy of its liver cancer-beating technology, years after Beijing clamped down on the industry to root out unproven therapies.The Beijing-based firm is conducting a second phase of clinical trials involving 272 liver cancer patients in 14 hospitals in northern China to scientifically prove its technology’s efficacy in preventing the recurrence of cancer after a tumour-removal…
  7. Testing for Covid-19 currently involves a deep throat saliva sample or the dreaded nasal swab. But it might soon be as simple as listening to the sound of your voice. By some estimates, asymptomatic carriers of the new coronavirus make up 40 per cent of all cases. Researchers at MIT believe changes in people’s voices might indicate whether or not they have been infected. By analysing audio data from asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory have proposed a…
  8. An ale that rewards drinkers with a healthy gut may sound like an idea devised during a night of heavy boozing. Combine that beer with durian – the spiky, smelly, sometimes polarising fruit popular throughout Southeast Asia – and it’s a concept bordering on the absurd. This sheer novelty value – and a love of beer – inspired Kriza Calumba, a food and science technology instructor from Davao in the Philippines, to create her unusual but healthy concoction. “We already know how good probiotics…
  9. Amid worsening US-China relations and the added pressures wrought by Covid-19, more international companies are looking to reshore manufacturing out of China, redefining global supply chains – especially in the tech sector. The trend began several years ago as China began to climb the economic value chain, lifting its cost of labour in the process, and has been accelerated amid US President Donald Trump’s war on globalism and vow to bring more manufacturing jobs back to America. But is it a…
  10. Discrimination in the real world is an ugly reality we have yet to change despite many years of effort. And recent events have made it clear that we have a long, long way to go. Some companies and governments have turned to automation and algorithms in a bid to remove the human bias that leads to discrimination. However, while machine learning (ML) systems and algorithms are theoretically more objective than humans, the ability to apply the same decision structure unwaveringly does not…