Power supply technicians check icing conditions at an observation station in central China’s Hunan province last December. Regular monitoring and new technology have helped reduce the impact of severe storms on power supplies. Photo: Xinhua

China is beating winter power blackouts as Western countries warn to stock up

After major grid collapse in 2008, valuable lessons are now keeping the lights on during major storms.

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Chinese researcher hailed for life-giving leukaemia transplant research

Huang Xiaojun developed a treatment that greatly expanded the pool of bone marrow donors.

Huang Xiaojun developed a treatment that greatly expanded the pool of bone marrow donors.

25 Feb 2024 - 4:06PM

Chinese scientists invent method to transform salty soil into fertile farmland

Researchers treat saline-alkaline wasteland with crop stalks and plastic covering to retain moisture and prevent salt from rising to the surface, increasing crop yields by 30.5 per cent.

Researchers treat saline-alkaline wasteland with crop stalks and plastic covering to retain moisture and prevent salt from rising to the surface, increasing crop yields by 30.5 per cent.

25 Feb 2024 - 4:25PM

Chinese team uses Tibetan Plateau telescope to test constancy of speed of light

Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory in western China helps team test Einstein’s theory, finding no evidence that particles’ speed changes depending on energy.

Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory in western China helps team test Einstein’s theory, finding no evidence that particles’ speed changes depending on energy.

25 Feb 2024 - 4:53PM

Chinese team creates tiny robot that could help treat brain aneurysms and tumours

Embolisation is one of the first treatments for these life-threatening conditions that kill more than 750,000 people a year. Scientists say magnetic ‘microfibrebot’ can block blood supply and its coiled shape allows for more control than other methods.

Embolisation is one of the first treatments for these life-threatening conditions that kill more than 750,000 people a year. Scientists say magnetic ‘microfibrebot’ can block blood supply and its coiled shape allows for more control than other methods.

24 Feb 2024 - 4:00PM

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China’s State Council says the rise of seasonal infectious diseases rapidly pushed up demand for imported drugs, including azithromycin for injection, an antibiotic used to treat a range of infections. Photo: Shutterstock Images

China demands drug importers boost supply to combat rise in infectious illnesses

Doctors complain of a drug shortage amid a spike in respiratory diseases caused by multiple pathogens.

23 Feb 2024 - 3:00PM

Singapore’s Taylor Swift grant, China’s EV red flag: 7 highlights of the week

From Hong Kong talent scheme entrants earning HK$50,000 a month to how statins can lower the risk of dementia, here are a few highlights from SCMP’s recent reporting.

From Hong Kong talent scheme entrants earning HK$50,000 a month to how statins can lower the risk of dementia, here are a few highlights from SCMP’s recent reporting.

23 Feb 2024 - 12:00PM

Chinese and US astronomers to view universe through Odysseus’ eyes

After the landing of the Odysseus on the moon, Chinese scientists will now use on-board cameras to study the Milky Way.

After the landing of the Odysseus on the moon, Chinese scientists will now use on-board cameras to study the Milky Way.

23 Feb 2024 - 7:02PM

Chinese scientists use diamond to make high-power chips for electronic warfare

The new diamond-based chips have a 30% higher power density than any other product, scientists say.

The new diamond-based chips have a 30% higher power density than any other product, scientists say.

22 Feb 2024 - 6:01PM

‘Culture of exaggeration’ threatens rigour, authority of China’s crop research

China Comment report says local authorities and agricultural companies fabricated crop yield results to either enhance their image or secure financial support amid an ongoing food security drive.

China Comment report says local authorities and agricultural companies fabricated crop yield results to either enhance their image or secure financial support amid an ongoing food security drive.

22 Feb 2024 - 9:00AM

Chinese researchers shrink data centre storage capacity into DVD-sized disk

In world first, researchers use 3D optical data storage architecture to reach petabit level capacity.

In world first, researchers use 3D optical data storage architecture to reach petabit level capacity.

22 Feb 2024 - 12:00AM

As China powers ahead on EVs, battery plant health risks raise a red flag

Factory findings by health authorities around China have now shed light on the lesser-known health impact of the rapidly developing industry.

Factory findings by health authorities around China have now shed light on the lesser-known health impact of the rapidly developing industry.

22 Feb 2024 - 7:26AM

Can Hong Kong become a space hub? Possibly, experts say, but clock is ticking

City’s first satellite manufacturer, Uspace Technology Group, expects half of the units it produces annually will go to the Greater Bay Area, to spur digital transformation.

City’s first satellite manufacturer, Uspace Technology Group, expects half of the units it produces annually will go to the Greater Bay Area, to spur digital transformation.

21 Feb 2024 - 9:56AM

China creates electric power in its western deserts equal to half that in US

Booming solar, wind farms in Gobi can upend the AI race between China and the US, industrial expert says.

Booming solar, wind farms in Gobi can upend the AI race between China and the US, industrial expert says.

20 Feb 2024 - 11:00PM

Chinese plasma stealth device set to make planes vanish from enemy radar

Researchers have developed a new type of plasma stealth device that could be a game-changer for military aircraft.

Researchers have developed a new type of plasma stealth device that could be a game-changer for military aircraft.

19 Feb 2024 - 8:00PM

China-led research team pinpoints smallest star and its ghostly lone companion

Study reveals unique binary system made up of a white dwarf and a tiny hot subdwarf, just seven times bigger than Earth.

Study reveals unique binary system made up of a white dwarf and a tiny hot subdwarf, just seven times bigger than Earth.

19 Feb 2024 - 10:00AM

Chinese-led team’s carbon dioxide feat marks ‘milestone’ on No 1 greenhouse gas

Feat may mark a ‘milestone towards industrial use’, says lead author of study by researchers in China and New Zealand and published in the journal Nature.

Feat may mark a ‘milestone towards industrial use’, says lead author of study by researchers in China and New Zealand and published in the journal Nature.

18 Feb 2024 - 3:41PM

Chinese team uses data and AI to help predict dementia 15 years before onset

Team finds ‘important plasma biomarkers for future dementia prediction’ with their data-driven strategy, according to paper in Nature Ageing journal.

Team finds ‘important plasma biomarkers for future dementia prediction’ with their data-driven strategy, according to paper in Nature Ageing journal.

17 Feb 2024 - 6:45PM

China spy agency renews foreign cyber intelligence warning after data breaches

Negligence and a lack of precautions are making critical departments and companies vulnerable to attack, state security ministry said.

Negligence and a lack of precautions are making critical departments and companies vulnerable to attack, state security ministry said.

16 Feb 2024 - 8:00PM

When it comes to cyber threats, India – not the US – is China’s biggest concern

A group of cyber hackers based in India have become a major headache for China’s cybersecurity.

A group of cyber hackers based in India have become a major headache for China’s cybersecurity.

16 Feb 2024 - 5:38PM