Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: ancient-dna hunter-gatherers china agriculture archaeology genes genomics southeast-asia rice adna siberia paleoanthropology human-migration east-asia hunter-gatherer start-of-agriculture paleogenomics

The US has lots to lose and little to gain by banning TikTok and WeChat

Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity china disinformation gdpr data-privacy technology privacy censorship free-speech authoritarian-regimes tiktok us-china-relations wechat first-amendment dissent dissidents

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it's become a powerhouse social media platform.

Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: social-media china twitter facebook video india young-people mobile-apps apps youtube instagram youth tiktok snapchat us-china-relations

International trade has cost Americans millions of jobs. Investing in communities might offset those losses

When manufacturing jobs disappear, what are the best ways to help unemployed workers?

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  china  employment  globalization  international-trade  labor-market

Giant panda conservation is failing to revive the wider ecosystem – new study

Pandas have done more to raise awareness of biodiversity loss than any other species. But they may not be good at stopping it themselves.

Jason Gilchrist, Ecologist, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity china human-wildlife-conflict tiger species-loss carnivores

Street vendors make cities livelier, safer and fairer – here's why they belong on the post-COVID-19 urban scene

After trying to remove street vendors from its cities for years, China is supporting them to help jump-start its economy. An urban scholar explains why other cities should do the same.

John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities covid-19 china immigrants informal-economy jobs new-york-city urban-policy farmers-markets postpandemic-future markets

China and AI: what the world can learn and what it should be wary of

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on.

Hessy Elliott, Researcher, Nesta • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence china technology

Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor of Wildlife and Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 china wildlife fishing wildlife-conservation bison endangered-species us-history wildlife-trade asia hunting ivory-ban wildlife-management

China's quantum satellite enables first totally secure long-range messages

The Micius satellite has enabled messages with unbreakable encryption to be sent 1,200km.

Harun Šiljak, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Complex Systems Science for Telecommunications, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: china quantum-entanglement quantum-communication

We designed an experimental AI tool to predict which COVID-19 patients are going to get the sickest

Researchers from New York University are designing AI algorithms to help predict COVID-19 outcomes.

Megan Coffee, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning health medicine artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus china pandemic sars-cov-2 outbreak hemoglobin predictive-analytics

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