• How to address artificial intelligence fairness

    Jan 28, 2021 10:46

    Now that artificial intelligence (AI) is providing an increasing number of recommendations to human decision-makers, it is important to make sure that, as a technology, it is not biased and thus respects the value of fairness.

  • Why your face could be set to replace your bank card

    Jan 28, 2021 05:59

    Welcome to the futuristic world of facial recognition payment. It might sound like something from a science fiction movie, but this kind of transaction is already happening millions of times a day across China's major cities.

  • A year after Wuhan lockdown, a world still deep in crisis

    Jan 26, 2021 09:26

    The anniversary of the coronavirus lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Saturday Jan. 23, comes as more contagious variants of the coronavirus spread and efforts to vaccinate people against COVID-19 have been frustrated by disarray and limited supplies in some places. The scourge has killed over two million people worldwide.

  • Pandemic's robot 'heroes' highlight their value at tech show

    Jan 17, 2021 13:51

    Robots that helped people survive and stay safe over the past year are touting their value at the tech industry's annual extravaganza amid a pandemic which has given fresh momentum to the robotics sector. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is being held online this year due to the global crisis, includes robots that have become "heroes" for many during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Missions to Mars, Moon and beyond await Earth in 2021

    Jan 13, 2021 10:20

    About a month after the New Christian Year has started on Earth, three spacecraft will pull into the vicinity of Mars. These explorers, which launched in July last year, will be heralds of a busy year of space exploration, launches and astronomical occurrences.

  • Two-faced US trade policy erodes Atlantic alliance

    Jan 08, 2021 10:19

    European distrust of American motives was behind the EU leaders’ recent signing of a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with China over the urgent objections of the Donald Trump administration and Joe Biden’s transition team.

  • How have philosophers responded to pandemic?

    Dec 17, 2020 13:53

    The coronavirus pandemic is a direct consequence of the imperative for growth at all costs, especially through extractive wealth-concentrating capitalism, and at the expanse of the environment. This should make us all think whether any of us have spent enough time interpreting the world around us, and whether our actions have been preceded by thoughtful consideration and debate.

  • The virus won’t stop evolving when the vaccine arrives

    Dec 04, 2020 09:33

    The coronavirus is not a shape shifter like the flu virus, but it could become vaccine resistant over time. That prompts researchers to urge vigilance.

  • China's new moon mission to return the first lunar samples since 1976

    Dec 04, 2020 09:24

    China is attempting its most complex and ambitious space mission to date with the launch of its Chang’e-5 spacecraft, which will attempt to do something that has not been done since the 1970s: bring pristine pieces of the moon back to Earth.

  • Implications of the U.S. election on U.S.-China relations

    Nov 28, 2020 09:15

    In an attempt to pressure China, the U.S. President initiated a trade war in 2018 and ratcheted up tariffs on Chinese imports to the American market. By early 2020, these amounted to over $400 billion in tariffs, with China imposing its own retaliatory tariffs of $138 billion on its U.S. imports.