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Shenzhou 10 Astronaut Beams Lesson From Space

After the launch of the Shenzhou 10 on June 11 and the spacecraft’s successful docking with the experimental Tiangong-1 space station/laboratory module two days later, China’s second female astronaut in space Wang...

Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Survive?

At Aeon Magazine, James Palmer describes the political, economic and cultural drives behind the $60 billion Traditional Chinese Medicine industry in China and Hong Kong, and its uneasy relationship with science and modern...

Chinese Genome-Sequencer Leads Autism Research

At Economic Observer, Nick Compton assesses the fruits of a two-year partnership between BGI-Shenzhen and American advocacy group Autism Speaks. Early results suggest that genes may contribute to around half of all cases of...

Shenzhen Genetics Firm Aims for Brighter Babies

‘China’s Bio-Google’ BGI-Shenzhen has attracted increasing attention in recent months, not least for its work with American psychologist Robert Plomin on tracing the genetic causes of exceptional intelligence....

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...

Chinese Scientists Measure Speed of Gravity

Chinese scientists announced this week that they have conducted the most precise measurement yet of the speed of gravity. Their finding that gravity’s influence propagates at the speed of light supports both earlier, less...

Giant Meteorite Discovered in China

Space.com reports the discovery of a large, partially buried meteorite in Xinjiang. The rock may weigh as much as 30 tons. “This is a huge iron meteorite,” Zhang [Baolin, of the Beijing Planetarium] said in footage...

A U.S.-China Odyssey: Building a Better Mouse Map

The New York Time profiles a Chinese geneticist at Yale and looks at why Chinese scientists abroad are increasingly moving back home: Dr. Xu now leaves Yale for Shanghai about three months a year. Other American scientists of...

Rampant Fraud Threat to China’s Brisk Ascent

The New York Times reports on recent cases on academic and scientific fraud that have been the focus of scrutiny in China: China devotes significant resources to building a world-class education system and pioneering research in...

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