Connecting Africa to China
New Chinese wind tunnel makes hypersonic space travel possible
A new wind tunnel may put China decades ahead in the race to further develop hypersonic technologies, according to a prominent Chinese physicist. The wind tunnel is the JF-22 facility, situated in Beijing’s Huairou District, and it’s capable of simulating flights moving at Mach 30, thirty times the speed... Read more
China nears nuclear fusion with new reactor
A Chinese-built nuclear reactor, constructed to replicate the energy that powers the sun, is closer to creating nuclear fusion. One of China’s most ambitious clean energy projects, it’s something scientists could only theorize about just decades ago. Situated in Hefei, Anhui Province, the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) is... Read more
Chinese robotaxi startup goes to California
Chinese robotaxi startup, Pony.ai, has been given the green light to test driverless vehicles in three Californian cities. In late May 2021, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) allowed for the testing in several prominent areas, making Pony.ai one of the only firms allowed to conduct full driverless testing... Read more
Chinese scientists announce new ‘intelligent’ material
A team of Chinese scientists have developed an intelligent material that is capable of curving and curling when external pressures are applied. The fluid motion resembles the mechanics observed in nature more closely than previously thought capable, and is planned for use in the soft- and micro-robotics industries. The... Read more
China joins calls for waiver of IP to help African vaccine efforts
China has lent its voice to the growing call for the temporary waiving of intellectual property (IP) rights for all Covid-19 vaccines. A groundswell of mostly developing nations have implored vaccine makers and major global players to relinquish IP rights for the life-saving vaccines and therapeutics. Calls to waive... Read more
China touches down on Mars in historic landing
For the first time in its history, China has landed a rover on the surface of Mars, becoming the second country, alongside the United States, to successfully touch down. China’s Tianwen or ‘Questions for Heaven’ mission made successful contact with Mars at roughly 19:11pm on the 14th of May... Read more
Chinese space station significantly closer to completion
Tianhe or ‘Heavenly Harmony’, China’s core module of its space station was successfully launched into orbit on the 28th of April from Hainan Island, strapped to a Long March 5B rocket. China’s space station – Tiangong or ‘Heavenly Palace’ – is expected to be complete and operational by 2022... Read more
China offers plastic-eating bacteria as waste solution for oceans
With the state of our oceans of critical importance, scientists from China have discovered a plastic-eating bacteria that may be a tool to combat marine pollution. The results have set tongues wagging in the scientific community, but some analysts say more research is needed. A team of researchers from... Read more
China makes strides in digital currency rollout
Currently there are over 5 000 cryptocurrencies in existence and China is fast developing its own digital currency pilot programme.  The Asian power became the first major economy to trial the concept last year and since then, a slew of tech firms and cities have started circulating China’s ‘renminbi’, or... Read more
Chinese engineers use body’s uncrackable code to encrypt data
Chinese engineers have developed a new method of encryption: using infrared radiation from the human body to decrypt sensitive data and create uncrackable passwords. The Chinese engineers from Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University published their findings on using body heat to gain access to, or secure, data in the Proceedings... Read more