Beijing to New York in 2 hours? Chinese team reveal hypersonic plane ambition

A Chinese research team has come up with a novel design for an ultra-fast plane they say will be able to take dozens of people and tonnes of cargo from Beijing to New York in about two hours. The plane would travel at hypersonic speed – meaning at more than 6,000km/h (3,700mph), faster than five […]

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To tackle Chinese roads, Silicon Valley-born self-driving car start-up first has to conquer rain

A Silicon Valley-born self-driving car start-up is taking to the streets of Guangzhou to acclimatise itself to Chinese road conditions. One of the first things the autonomous car had to learn: piloting itself in rain. “It’s all sunny in California, while [in] Guangzhou [it] tends to rain more frequently close to April,” said James Peng, […]

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Scientists launch ambitious plan to find viruses lurking in wildlife that could cause future pandemics

By Angelica LaVito Scientists want to identify viral threats lurking in the wild. Zoonoses like Ebola, SARS and Zika are viruses that originate in animals and can spread to humans. They can kill swaths of people and cost billions to contain and prevent from happening again. Most aren’t known until they spark deadly emergencies. Scientists […]

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Beijing’s overture to tech firms triggers a tug of war between mainland and Hong Kong bourses

The scramble by mainland China’s two stock markets to lure foreign-funded technology firms is firmly back on track, as its financial regulators revisit their plan to create a fast track mechanism for share offerings by what many consider will be the profitmaking stars of the future. But this time, their on-off-on-again plan – first revealed […]

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How Stephen Hawking reached cult status in China

“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love,” Stephen Hawking once said. Those words resonated across the world on Wednesday as news of his death broke, including in China where the visionary British scientist enjoyed cult status, beloved and admired by academics, students and even the […]

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China provides tracking system for Pakistan’s missile programme

China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles.  News of the sale – and evidence that China is supporting Pakistan’s rapidly developing missile programme – comes two months after India tested its most advanced nuclear-ready intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with […]

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