Newsfeed for R&D, Innovation and Economics

Want China Times, 10/06/14
Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed that the direction of China’s science and technology development should be “innovation, innovation and innovation”. Xi’s call came at the biennial conference of the country’s two top think-tanks, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The conference was attended by more than 1,300 academicians, China’s most prestigious academic post-holders.
Want China Times, 07/06/14
Shenzhen, in China’s south, has been approved to become China’s first national city-wide independent innovation demonstration zone. The approval comes four years after Shenzhen began the application process. Shenzhen will be the fourth national independent innovation demonstration zone, after Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing, Donghu New Technology Development Zone in Wuhan, and Zhangjiang Hi-tech Zone in Shanghai, but be the first to be orchestrated on a city-wide zone. The zone will cover 397km2, including ten administration districts. The zone will enjoy government support in taxation, research and development financing and other fields of support.
Want China Times, 05/06/14
Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised that China will innovate in engineering to realize peaceful and sustainable development. Addressing the International Conference on Engineering Science and Technology in Beijing, Xi described engineering as a force to change the world. He called for science and technology to be used to help solve global challenges and to realise sustainable development.
Want China Times, 16/04/14
A Chinese chip has caught the international eye, for the first time beyond a market dominated by America’s Qualcomm. Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 features support for QHD displays, 4K video recording and high-speed LTE category-6 platform – something so far difficult for industry leaders. It’s too early to say China is taking over the global mobile processor market, but the news is a boon to china’s IT industry.
Want China Times, 15/06/14
Scientists at Zhejiang University have found a way to disempower the body’s antigenic response to a blood mismatch, a finding that may help persons with rare blood group types in emergencies. The team’s findings, which may help to create a “university” blood, have been published in Chemical Science, an academic journal of the British Royal Society of Chemistry.
China Daily, 14/06/14
China’s President has called for a “revolution in energy production and consumption” toward increasing security of China’s energy supplies. The President has called for increased energy efficiency and diversity of energy supplies.
Want China Times, 09/06/14
The rising number of industrial parks in China reflects poor planning and inefficient use of energy resources. The size of the average park has also grown, from 8,000 to 20-30,000km2 over the last few years, some of which have also been left idle. At present the ratio of green buildings is less than 1% in these parks, but by 2020 this will need to be 30%.
People’s Daily, 06/06/14
In 2014 Beijing municipal government plans to hire a total of 677 foreign experts to promote innovation and development in science and industry. 280 should hold a PhD and be technology experts based in universities, research institutes and R&D centres.
Xinhuanet, 03/06/14
Speaking at the International Conference on Engineering Science and Technology in Beijing, Xi has called for engineering to change the world through innovation-driven development. The conference was co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, UNESCO and the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences.
The Asian Scientist, 28/05/14
Three Chinese scientists attached to the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics have returned to earth after spending 105 days living in a capsule in space called Moon Palace 1. As best as possible the inside of the capsule mirror's Earth's biosphere - allowing grains to grow, insects to live, and fertiliser and water to be produced, etc. The aim is to enable astronauts to live for long periods of time in space.
Jerusalem Post, 29/05/14
Israel has signed a bilateral industrial R&D cooperation agreement with Zhejiang Province, known as China’s California and thus its Silicon Valley. The signing took place at the Israel Innovation Conference. Israel also signed agreements with Jiangsu Province’s Science and Technology Department to promote Israeli company participation in Chinese innovation parks. A first-of-its-kind poilot program will encourage Israeli company participation in the Changzhou Innovation Park.
Global Times, 29/05/14
More than Rmb700mn (USD112mn) has already been spent on the National Center for Protein Science Shanghai (NCPSS) in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park. Some of the world’s leading experts in life science have also been assembled there. The Centre is China’s first comprehensive national-level life science research facility, one of 32 major science and tech centres in China.
CNN.com, 29/0514
R&D spending by Chinese companies is rising rapidly, up by 20% a year – against growth of spending of 1%-4% in the USA. As a result, China is now home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, especially in mobile technology, biotech and medical devices. An example is ambitious Biotech firm B.G.I.
Global Construction Review, 28/05/14
The UK’s BRE and the government of Shenzhen will establish BRE’s China head office in Shenzhen, which is intended as the centre point for areas of collaboration, including on standards, R&D and professional training. As a result of the agreement, buildings in China may herein be built to British green construction standards. BRE China aims to certify over 1,000 buildings in China to standards that will generate GBP10mn in income, and GBP200mn in work for UK supply chain companies, according to the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Veooz.com, 17/05/14
The world’s most popular Chinese-language search engine, Baidu, has announced it will open a new artificial intelligence centre – in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. The new centre will be run by Andrew Ng, “Google Brain” founder and Director of Standford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. Ng helped Google set up its program to replicate the human brain using computer hardware and software, and at Baidu will oversee 200 employees working at a $300mn facility in Sunnyvale, CA. Taiwanese media also reports Ng will head the entire Baidu Research Institute, consisting of three laboratories: an artificial intelligence lab in Silicon Valley, a deep learning laboratory in Beijing, and a big-data laboratory, also in Beijing.
Asian Scientist, 15/05/14
Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Chinese tech giant Lenovo, has received the Edison Achievement Award. Yang is the first recipient based outside of North America. The Edison Achievement Award is part of the Edison Awards, and are one of the most prestigious accolades honouring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. The other recipient of this year’s Edison Achievement award is Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies. Past recipients include Apple’s Steve Jobs and Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs.
Want China Times, 19/05/14
A scholar from Sichuan University created biocoal from leftover food that can produce more electricity than the coal currently used in electricity plants, reports the Chengdu-based WCC Daily. Lu Hongyan, professor with the university's college of architecture and environment, came up with the idea to turn a ton of leftovers into 80 to 120 kg of biocoal. His research was reviewed and approved by seven experts from and outside of the province on April 29.
National Bureau of Asian Research, 21/05/14
Our China-focused research examines Chinese government support for its life sciences sector and the implications for international scientific competition and innovation, as well as its broader impact on U.S.-China political and economic relations. A series of interviews and research papers provide analysis of numerous Chinese government actions and policies that offer a departure from international trade norms, as well as the ability of the country’s policies to be as disruptive to global life science R&D and drug commercialization as they have been for clean-tech.
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, 05/05/14
Stem cell research is advancing rapidly, however only a tiny proportion of mothers save their newborn’s stem cells. Research is showing that through stem cells all sorts of diseases may be able to be cured. Outside of Beijing and Shanghai the practice is almost unheard of, but a tiny elite of Chinese mothers are starting to save their children’s cord blood.
Global Times, 03/05/14
China might be a superpower in computer hardware, but not yet in supercomputing. Of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, Mainland China is home to the No.2 computer and a total of 63 supercomputers on the list. The US is home to 264 out of the top 500. As China shifts its economy toward innovation, it is hoped to improve the country’s place in supercomputing.