scientists

Show Me the Money

For Science, Mara Hvistendahl recounts the experiences of theoretical physicist Ulf Leonhardt, who...

Was Fang Lizhi a “Black Hand” in 1989?

Fang Lizhi, the prominent astrophysicist who was sheltered by the US embassy and then fled China after the 1989 pro-democracy protests, denies any role behind the movement in his newly-published posthumous autobiography. From...

‘Hi! I’m Fang!’ The Man Who Changed China

At The New York Review of Books, Perry Link shares eight favorite memories of “astrophysicist, activist, and dissident” Fang Lizhi, who died on April 6th last year. In May, 1989, while student demonstrators were in...

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...

China Braces For End Of World

With the apocalypse now less than ten days away, China has been joining in the global festival of panic, resignation and denial at the imminent extinction of humanity. At China Real Time Report, Chao Deng described some Chinese...

An Appreciation of Physicist Fang Lizhi

Physicist Fang Lizhi, who died in April, became most widely known for his year-long refuge in the American embassy in Beijing, beginning on June 5th, 1989. In China Quarterly and the Forum on International Physics Newsletter,...

Perry Link: On Fang Lizhi

In the New York Review of Books, Perry Link remembers his friend Fang Lizhi, the physicist and one of China’s most prominent dissidents, who died last week: Fang’s path through life observed a pattern that is common to...

Dissident Physicist Fang Lizhi Dies

Astrophysicist and democracy activist Fang Lizhi has passed away in Arizona. A former professor at China’s University of Science and Technology, Fang was an eloquent and outspoken dissident who helped spearhead the...

China Building World’s Largest … Radio Telescope!

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), under construction in Guizhou, will dwarf the 305-metre dish at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, currently the world’s largest. From Electronics...

China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

John Pomfret writes in the Washington Post: Centuries after it led the world in technological prowess — think gunpowder, irrigation and the printed word — China has barged back into the ranks of the great powers in...

Get Ready for China’s Domination of Science

New Scientist writes about China’s recent gains in the scientific fields: Very quietly, China has become the world’s second-largest producer of scientific knowledge, surpassed only by the US, a status it has achieved...

Fighting Trend, China Is Luring Scientists Home

The New York Times reports on Chinese scientists who have made successful careers for themselves in the U.S. but choose to return to China after receiving generous incentive packages from the government: Determined to reverse...

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