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Study: Half of US-based Chinese scientists express fear of racial profiling and surveillance by feds

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A new survey has revealed a persisting fear among U.S.-based Chinese scientists of being under federal surveillance due to racial profiling.

The findings: The study, conducted by the University of Arizona to determine the impact of the U.S. Department of Justice’s controversial China Initiative on scientists of Chinese descent, was commissioned by the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese American leaders in New York, reported Nature.

DNA linking dogs to extinct wolves suggests man’s best friend may have origins in East Asia, not Europe

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Scientists may have just discovered that the Japanese wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax), which went extinct over a century ago, might be the closest relative of modern dogs after studying the genomes of nine Japanese wolves.

The discovery: Joined by his colleagues, evolutionary biologist Yohey Terai from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan discovered this connection by comparing the genome sequence of the extinct wolves with 11 Japanese dogs, including shiba inus, in their study published on Oct. 11, according to Science.

The U.S. Deported The Man Who Would Become China’s ‘Father of Space Technology’ Out of Fear

Qian Xuesen

America may not have won World War II and landed on the moon later if not for the contributions of a brilliant Chinese scientist named Qian Xuesen.

Fearing communist presence after the war, the U.S., however, deported Qian to China, clueless that he would eventually spearhead programs that would target American troops and eventually propel China into space.

Chinese Scientist Who Created Gene-Edited Babies Gets 3 Years in Jail

A Chinese scientist who caused an international stir after claiming responsibility for the world’s first gene-edited babies in 2018 has been sentenced to three years behind bars on Monday.

He Jiankui, 35, along with two other collaborators, was found guilty of forging ethical review materials and misleading others into implanting genetically-engineered embryos in women, which resulted in three designer babies.

Chinese Scientist in ‘Gene-Edited Babies’ Controversy is Now ‘Missing’

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Professor He Jiankui, the controversial Chinese scientist who claimed to have produced the world’s first genetically-edited babies, is now reportedly missing.

Just last week, He gave a presentation at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, where he talked about his controversial experiment and responded to queries from his peers and the media.

Chinese Scientist in Gene-Edited Babies Controversy Reveals Second Pregnancy

He Jiankui

Chinese professor He Jiankui, the scientist who made global headlines after claiming to have created the first gene-edited babies, finally addressed the controversy during a genome summit in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Responding to questions from the media and his peers during the event, the Southern University of Science and Technology researcher defended his experiment and revealed a second pregnancy.

Chinese Scientists Suspended After Claims of Creating ‘World’s First Gene-Edited Babies’


The Chinese scientist who sparked near-universal criticism for his claim of creating the world’s first gene-edited babies has reportedly been suspended without pay and placed under investigation.

Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) associate professor He Jiankui revealed via a YouTube video on Monday that he and his research team used modified embryos to produce a pair of healthy twin sisters this month.

Japanese Scientists Just Used AI to Read Minds and We Are Scared AF

A team of four scientists at Japan’s Kyoto University succeeded in using artificial intelligence to decode images of thoughts.

The study, released in preprint server bioRxiv (“bio-archive”) by researchers Guohua Shen, Tomoyasu Horikawa, Kei Majima and Yukiyasu Kamitani, used deep neural networks (DNN) to generate “hierarchical” images — visualizations composed of multiple layers of colors and shapes — based on brain activity.

Science Confirms Drinking Alcohol Makes it Easier to Speak a Foreign Language

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Alcohol – in moderation – really does help you become more fluent when speaking a foreign language according to British and Dutch researchers who conducted the experiment.

Alcohol can be quite beneficial to someone who aims to be fluent in a certain language, whether it’s Mandarin, Japanese, Dutch, German or French. A pint of beer or even a glass of wine can lower your inhibitions that, in turn, can help you overcome obstacles like nervousness when speaking to people or hesitation, Time reported.