Room-temperature superconductors could revolutionize electronics

Superconductors make highly efficient electronics, but the ultralow temperatures and ultrahigh pressures required to make them work are costly and difficult to implement. Room-temperature superconductors

China treats both criticism and praise matter-of-factly

Paris-based international market research group Ipsos released its 2022 Sense of Happiness poll results in the middle of March, saying China tops the world happiness ranking with 91

SVB’s newfangled failure fits a century-old pattern of bank runs, with a social media twist

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank on March 10, 2023, came as a shock to most Americans. Even people like myself, a scholar of the

Ma’s visit has a deeper significance

Former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou’s visit to the Chinese mainland from March 27 to April 7 is the first by a former leader of the island to the

Generative AIs could help protect against fraud and misinformation

Shortly after rumors leaked of former President Donald Trump’s impending indictment, images purporting to show his arrest appeared online. These images looked like news photos,

Cross-Straits cultural bonds unite the family

Although he is visiting in a private capacity, the visit of Ma Ying-jeou to the Chinese mainland on Monday has still captured much attention as the former Taiwan

What peace in Ukraine and a post-conflict world look like to Xi and Putin

Just a few days after being branded a war criminal in an international arrest warrant, Russian President Vladimir Putin was talking peace with his most

New approaches needed to address global water crisis

With the lessening of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact, the world is returning its focus to the most pressing existential threat — global warming and climate change and their devastating

The risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23, 2023, amid a chorus of calls from members of

Federal Reserve’s ‘soft landing’ goal has become bumpier

U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers have targeted a “soft landing” for the U.S. economy since beginning their effort a year ago to tame runaway inflation by hiking interest rates. That

Building better brain collaboration online – the decade-long Human Brain Project

Recent years have seen both impressive advances in computational technologies and neuroscience and increasing prevalence of mental disorders. These forces sparked the launch of brain science

Preventing local governments’ hidden debt risks

Finance is the foundation of governance, while fiscal reform is necessary to facilitate overall reform and implementation of policies. There is need therefore to reform a tax-sharing system

Vague ‘one-China policy’ no excuse for secessionists

According to a spokeswoman for her office, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen will transit through New York and Los Angeles on her way to and from Central America, leaving

China-Russia ties a stabilizer for volatile world

President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia from Monday to Wednesday is his first foreign trip after being re-elected China’s president earlier this month. The visit has

Security over salary: Why do fresh graduates want civil service jobs?

The preference for job security over salary has been a common phenomenon among fresh graduates in China, especially for those civil service positions that are considered ‘iron bowl’

Practical promoter of peace in Middle East

The surprise announcement by Iran and Saudi Arabia that they had agreed to resume diplomatic relations after talks sponsored by China in Beijing last week has attracted attention

How English is taught is the problem to address By

Whether English deserves an equal status as Chinese and mathematics in the syllabuses of primary and middle schools, as well as in the college entrance exam, and whether

Environment Japan: Better to be safe than sorry

Following the announcement of the Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on March 3rd, 2023, the Japanese Government Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno has recently confirmed (BBC source) that

Inflation is proving particularly stubborn – but jitters over banking failures complicate rate decision

The U.S. Federal Reserve is facing a rather sticky problem. Despite its best efforts over the past year, inflation is stubbornly refusing to head south with any urgency

Why SVB and Signature Bank failed so fast – and the crisis isn’t over yet

Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank failed with enormous speed – so quickly that they could be textbook cases of classic bank runs, in which too

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