China is exporting tons of killer fungus to fight locusts in Africa
Chinese factories are producing thousands of tons of a “green zombie fungus” to help fight the swarms of locusts in East Africa. Metarhizium is a genus of fungi with nearly 50 species – some genetically modified – that is used as a biological insecticide. Its roots drill through the insects’ hard exoskeleton and gradually poisons them. In China, it was named lu jiang jun, which means “green zombie fungus,” because it gradually turns its victims into a green mossy lump. There are now dozens of factories across the country dedicated to producing its spores and, despite the curbs introduced to stop the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, many of them have resumed operations and are
China is exporting tons of killer fungus to fight locusts in Africa
Why China has its eyes on the North Pole
As melting sea ice makes shipping across the North Pole more viable, the Arctic Ocean has become an important region for countries to expand their presence. The Artic's potential has led to a spat between the US and China, both vying for influence around the North Pole and the potential economic opportunities. In the video above, we look into why the region is so important and why tension over China’s plans there could escalate.
Why China has its eyes on the North Pole
China is planning to build a ‘paradise for physicists’
Scientists in southern China are planning to create machines that will be used to unravel the mysteries of the building blocks of the universe. They said two ring-shaped electron-ion colliders – one 1.2 miles long – will be built in Huizhou, a city in Guangdong province, beginning in 2025 and they will be designed to accelerate electrons to close to the speed of light. The project – known as the Electron-Ion Collider of China, or EICC – will see electrons being fired at the nuclei of heavy elements such as iron or uranium at high speeds. The scientists said the machines – among the biggest of their kind – would act as “cameras” when these collisions took place. This will allow them to study
China is planning to build a ‘paradise for physicists’
Chinese astronomers discover black hole so big that it shouldn’t exist
Chinese astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way that current scientific theory says is too big to exist. Scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory of China say the find, dubbed LB-1, has 70 times the mass of the sun, even though physics says that is impossible. “We were so shocked we could not believe what we saw,” researcher Liu Jifeng said in Beijing on Thursday. He said he and his colleagues consulted astronomers from around the world and after three years of fact-checking announced their find in an article published by the scientific journal Nature. Present theory says that stars are made up of various elements, ranging from light gas to heavy metals. Lighte
Chinese astronomers discover black hole so big that it shouldn’t exist
Alarm in US over China’s recruitment of scientists
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has deployed counter-intelligence agents in all 56 US field offices and centralized efforts to thwart China’s aggressive theft of strategic secrets and its recruitment of American scientists, according to Senate testimony on Tuesday. Field offices are command posts spread across American cities that are used to carry out local and regional operations.  “Technology is the key to military and economic power,” John Brown, assistant director of the FBI’s counter-intelligence division, told the US Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. “Time and again the Communist Party has shown that it will do whatever is
Alarm in US over China’s recruitment of scientists
China wants to create a star on Earth
The sun is powered by nuclear fusion, and China hopes to mimic this reaction to generate a non-polluting source of potentially limitless energy. The first step in this plan is China’s experimental fusion reactor, called the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), which is the world’s first facility to sustain the conditions needed for nuclear fusion. Fusion requires intense heat and, in November 2017, the reactor was able to sustain 212 million degrees Fahrenheit, which is six times hotter than the sun’s core. The government hopes to complete its own fusion power plant by 2050. China’s reactor is part of the $22.5 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)
China wants to create a star on Earth
Chinese geneticist chosen as a scientist of the year (It’s not an honor)
Chinese scientist He Jiankui shook the world last month when he claimed that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies. On Thursday, He was named by the science journal Nature as a member of a select group of 10 people “who mattered” in 2018. But unlike the nine other nominees, mostly scientists, He stands out on the list as a figure whose work’s impact on humanity is questionable at best. Nature called the Chinese scientist the “CRISPR rogue,” referring to the shorthand for the technique he claimed to have used to edit the genes of embryos that have resulted in the birth of twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The other nine people on the list include scientists who advanced the understand
Chinese geneticist chosen as a scientist of the year (It’s not an honor)
Man behind ‘gene-edited babies’ has $40 million in start-up funding
Dr He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies, has received at least $40 million (298 million yuan) in funding for his two biotech start-ups from Chinese and international investors.  He has defended his work against a chorus of criticism from scientists, who questioned the ethics and medical justification for his use of gene-editing technology on humans.  The global gene modification therapy market is rapidly growing and is expected to reach $17.4 billion by the end of 2023, according to BCC Research. This doesn’t include editing human embryos and implanting them in a mother’s womb, which is banned in much of the world. He claimed that
Man behind ‘gene-edited babies’ has $40 million in start-up funding
‘China’s Dr Frankenstein’ faces down his critics
After lying low since news of the possible creation of the world’s first gene-edited babies broke this week, the Chinese researcher behind the controversial experiment has resurfaced in Hong Kong to justify his actions. He Jiankui, dubbed in some corners “China’s Dr Frankenstein,” told a packed auditorium at an international genome editing conference that he was “proud” of his research, which some fellow scientists have criticized as unethical or even monstrous. “There are millions of families with inherited diseases or exposure to infectious disease. If we have the technology and can make it available, then this will help people,” He told hundreds of people at the University of Hong Kong.
‘China’s Dr Frankenstein’ faces down his critics
Chinese scientist says he’s made the first genetically edited humans
The world of science was rocked this week when a Chinese scientist named He Jiankui announced that he had created the first gene-edited babies. The twins had their DNA edited when they were embryos to make them more resistant to HIV infection, the researcher claimed. But many in the scientific community were appalled by the experiment. The university in southern China that he is affiliated with has distanced itself from the announcement and is investigating what happened. So far, Dr He has not published any research on the project, nor have his claims been independently verified. But if his claims are proven to be true, these babies would be the first gene-edited humans ever to be born. He s
Chinese scientist says he’s made the first genetically edited humans