China

COVID-19

WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals

A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings offer little new insight into how

Opinion

Opinion: How China’s Rare Earths Monopoly Controls Our Destiny

A world commodities rebalancing is underway, and China is in a position of dominance. Take lithium, where China is a major processor and battery manufacturer; cobalt, where China has dominated the supply chains; and rare earths, where China has an almost total monopoly. Taken together, these three commodities are key to the future of alternative

Science

Next stop Mars: 3 spacecraft arriving in quick succession

After hurtling hundreds of millions of miles through space since last summer, three robotic explorers are ready to hit the brakes at Mars. The stakes — and anxiety — are sky high. The United Arab Emirates’ orbiter reaches Mars on Tuesday, followed less than 24 hours later by China’s orbiter-rover combo. NASA’s rover, the cosmic

Energy

Opinion: Will America’s Renewable Energy Policy Offshore U.S. Jobs?

As the Biden administration prepares to take office, there’s increasing momentum to expand America’s renewable energy sector. Many in Washington are looking to increase the deployment of solar panels throughout the United States. This is expected to be a leading part of the Biden “Build Back Better” agenda. However, unless Washington gets serious about tackling

Opinion

Opinion: Trump Must Repeal Tariffs to Provide Americans Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring hardship to countless American households. Domestic businesses have also been challenged, with thousands of companies having to close or file for bankruptcy because of the virus. As vaccines begin to become available, and we accelerate the economic recovery process, President Trump’s trade war with China will continue to act

International

Lunar mission is latest milestone in China’s space ambitions

China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. China became the third country to put a person into orbit 17 years ago and the first to land on the far side of the moon in 2019. Future ambitions include a permanent space station

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