Asia Pacific Topics

Apr 14, 2016

Human cloning with Chinese characteristics

China’s top geneticists say the country should set its own standards and regulations on human genome research, state-run media reported Wednesday, as ethical debate erupted over a Chinese study on modified human embryos. Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique ...

Apr 12, 2016

China sounds alarm on groundwater pollution

More than 80 percent of China’s underground water drawn from shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution, a government report says. The Water Resources Ministry study posted on its website Tuesday analyzed samples drawn ...

Apr 5, 2016

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2½ year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, ...

Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's robot

Apr 3, 2016

Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's robot

Like innumerable children with imaginations fired by animated films, Hong Kong product and graphic designer Ricky Ma grew up watching cartoons featuring the adventures of robots, and dreamed of building his own one day. Unlike most of the others, however, Ma has realized his ...

Mar 23, 2016

China detains 37 people linked to illegal vaccines

Chinese police have detained 37 people linked to a vaccine scandal and are investigating three pharmaceutical companies, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. The case involves nearly $90 million worth of illegal vaccines against meningitis, rabies and other illnesses, which are suspected of ...

Mar 22, 2016

South Korea registers first case of Zika virus

South Korea on Tuesday reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues. A 43-year-old man who recently returned from Brazil was diagnosed with the virus after suffering fever, muscle ...

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Mar 15, 2016

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Game not over? Human Go champion Lee Sedol says Google’s go-playing program AlphaGo is not yet superior to humans, despite its 4:1 victory in a match that ended Tuesday. The weeklong showdown between the South Korean Go grandmaster and Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence program ...

Total solar eclipse awes Indonesia

Mar 9, 2016

Total solar eclipse awes Indonesia

A solar eclipse began sweeping across the vast Indonesian archipelago on Wednesday, with hordes of skygazers set to watch the spectacle, which will be marked by parties, prayers and tribal rituals. The moon began to move between the Earth and sun at 6:19 a.m. ...