Journals

Latest news and scientific research from China and Asia. 
  1. Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook mobile location data to provide daily updates to US cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders aimed at slowing the novel coronavirus.The Covid-19 Mobility Data Network, a group of 40 health researchers from universities including Harvard, Princeton and Johns Hopkins, said that since mid-March its members have been sharing insights gleaned from the social media giant’s data with California, Massachusetts and New…
  2. The Trump administration is tightening rules to prevent China from obtaining advanced US technology for commercial purposes and then diverting it to military use, several sources told Reuters.Three measures agreed to by senior US officials in a meeting last Wednesday, but not finalised, would introduce hurdles that could be used to stop Chinese companies from buying certain optical materials, radar equipment and semiconductors, among other things, from the United States.The moves are advancing…
  3. A group of Chinese and US researchers have jointly developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool to predict which newly infected coronavirus patients would have a higher risk for severe complications from Covid-19.Researchers at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, along with their counterparts at the Wenzhou Central Hospital and Cangnan People’s Hospital, worked on a study that designed computer models, which made…
  4. Chinese citizens stranded overseas by flight cancellations and lockdowns caused by the coronavirus outbreak will have access to advice from medical professionals at hospitals in China under a free consulting service launched by Alibaba Jack Ma.Ma’s service will be provided to Chinese citizens overseas via Alipay, a payment application owned by Alibaba, which owns the South China Morning Post.The service has been launched as China has come under a growing pressure from imported cases of…
  5. The Chinese government is compiling a database of technologies that can be used to combat the novel coronavirus after its top leadership highlighted the increasing importance of tech in bringing the disease under control at home.Officials have compiled a list of more than 2,000 “new technologies” and their providers, ranging from automatic temperature detection to diagnosis and hospital information systems, according to a post by the Ministry of Science and Technology on Monday.The ministry…
  6. China has created a “new world order” in technological areas including the development of critical digital infrastructure, artificial intelligence (AI) and data collection, according to an American think tank.“The growth of China’s economy might be slowing, but it would be a mistake to assume that the People’s Republic of China has lost its influence,” said the Future Today Institute in its 2020 Tech Trends Report released on Monday. “China has a rapidly-expanding middle class, an educated and…
  7. Alphabet’s Google said on Saturday that it was working with the United States government to develop a nationwide website that would help Americans with questions about coronavirus symptoms, risk factors and testing.“We are fully aligned and continue to work with the US government to contain the spread of Covid-19, inform citizens, and protect the health of our communities,” Google said in a statement on Twitter.US President Donald Trump had thanked Google on Friday for developing a website that…
  8. A new filtration technique could cut the time needed to produce lithium raw materials at South America’s vast evaporation ponds to hours from months, according to a study by a group of international scientists.The method, developed by researchers at Australia’s national science institute CSIRO, Monash University, the University of Melbourne and the University of Texas at Austin, mimics the filtering capabilities of living cells to extract lithium from concentrated salt water, where the metal is…
  9. China has started tests on a new earthquake monitoring system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to measure seismic activity in the southwest provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.The fully automated system, which is designed to process huge amounts of seismic data, is expected to fast-track earthquake prediction to within two seconds based on established source parameters, according to a report on Wednesday by Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and…
  10. A Chinese biotech company which claimed to be able to manufacture an experimental drug from Gilead Sciences, with the potential to treat the novel coronavirus, was censured for disclosing inaccurate information.The Shanghai Stock Exchange said in a statement on Sunday that BrightGene Bio-Medical Technology has not gained approval from China’s drug regulator to make the drug known as remdesivir, which is seen as the leading candidate in the race to find a treatment for the coronavirus that has…