China’s Live, 24-Hour Panda Cam

The Wall Street Journal’s China Realtime Report draws attention to the Chengdu Panda Base’s newly-launched 24-hour “Panda Cam” website: China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda...

Pandas Survive Quake, But Some Face Other Threats

Xinhua reports that the 61 giant pandas at the Bifengxia breeding center were not physically harmed by the 6.6Mw earthquake that struck Sichuan province on Saturday, killing 193 and injuring over 12,000: According to the video...

China’s “Bio-Google” Hunts for Roots of Genius

At The Wall Street Journal, Gautam Naik details one of Chinese gene-sequencing firm BGI’s current projects: a search for the genetic roots of exceptional intelligence, conducted together with Robert Plomin at King’s...

Inside China’s Genome Factory

At MIT Technology Review, Christina Larson profiles the world’s most prolific DNA sequencer, BGI-Shenzhen, which has unravelled the genomes of the rice plant and the giant panda, contributed to the international Human...

Pandas Come With Strings Attached

At The Guardian, Henry Nicholls examines China’s cultivation of the giant panda as cultural capital, and the terms under which foreign zoos are allowed to take them in. Although Li Keqiang described the pair heading for...

Panda Bears to Britain; Panda Cows to China

Li Keqiang’s visit to the UK this week bore not only business deals amounting to £2.6 billion ($4 billion), but an agreement for two giant pandas to be sent to Edinburgh Zoo. From The Guardian: The pair of seven-year-old...

A Farewell to Charms: Panda Taishan Returns to China

The hottest news in Washington is not rising tensions between China and the U.S., or even the economy, but the return of the beloved panda Taishan from the National Zoo to China. The Washington Post has special coverage...

New Panda Preserves Suggested

A new study using satellite imagery examines the impact of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake on the panda reserves in the region. The New York Times reports: In one of the hardest hit areas, the southern part of the Minshan Mountains,...

Taipei Zoo Seeks Correction on Panda Prank Story

From China National News: A furious Taipei Zoo Friday demanded that a newspaper run a correction over an April Fool’s Day prank that claimed two pandas from China were disguised forest bears. ‘Using their...

Wild Pandas Further Threatened in Earthquake’s Aftermath

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that lingering threats to the welfare of South China’s wild pandas could intensify, in the wake of May’s devastating earthquake in Sichuan province. The damage caused by the...

Boost for China Panda Population

From BBC News: Four giant panda cubs have been born within 14 hours in China, boosting the population of the endangered species. The cubs were born at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre in south-west Sichuan province,...

Quake Panda Gives Birth to Twins in China

From AFP: A giant panda evacuated after China’s devastating earthquake in May gave birth to twins on Sunday, state media reported. Guo Guo, who was relocated from the Wolong Panda Breeding Centre following the earthquake...



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