Making Time

Why does Russia have 11 time zones while China has just one? Peter Sherman investigates the history, politics and technology behind some of the world’s most incongruous ways of telling time.

News round-up: Space-Age China, In-Utero Surgery, Signing Physics, Sexist Science & H5N1 Published

Chinese astronauts reach orbiting space lab Image: Xinhua/Wang Yongzhuo via Xinhuanet China’s Shenzhou 9 rocket – which last week became the first Chinese mission to carry a female astronaut – has successfully docked with the orbiting Tiangong-1 station 340 km (210 miles) above the Earth. The arrival of the three crewmembers marks the first time […]

The Eastern Social Network

Sina Weibo logo Social media has become more than a hobby for much of the western world, with many users updating and sharing information so openly as to get in trouble with neighbours, partners, friends, and even employers. This phenomenon has spread to the east, where Twitter-rivalling microblogging networking site Sina Weibo captivates users in […]