China lunar probe sheds light on the ‘dark’ side of the moon

By KEN MORITSUGU — AP

BEIJING (AP) — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed “dark” side of the moon.

Exploring the cosmos from that far side of the moon, which people can’t see from Earth, could eventually help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and maybe even the birth of the universe’s first stars.… Read Full Article

China factory activity shrinks for first time in over two years, 2019 looks tougher

By Ryan Woo and Lusha Zhang — Reuters

Employees work on a production line manufacturing light trucks at a JAC Motors plant in Weifang, Shandong province, China November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s factory activity contracted for the first time in over two years in December, highlighting the challenges facing Beijing as it seeks to end a bruising trade war with Washington and reduce the risk of a sharper economic slowdown in 2019.… Read Full Article