Stephen Hawking lauds Chinese pop star for space migration question

Wang Junkai
Updated 26 November 2017

Stephen Hawking lauds Chinese pop star for space migration question

BEIJING: British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, on his Chinese microblog Weibo account, praised the lead singer of China’s most popular boy band for asking about life beyond Earth.
Wang Junkai, leader singer of the wildly popular TFBOYS, posted a video of himself on his Weibo account on Friday asking the author of “A Brief History of Time” how humanity should prepare for interstellar migration in years to come.
Hawking recently warned that the human race must evacuate Earth in 600 years before soaring energy consumption turns the planet into a “ball of fire.”
Earlier this month, Hawking made a video appearance at a science summit organized by Tencent Holdings and pleaded for investors to support his idea of traveling to the closest star outside our solar system in the hope of finding an inhabitable planet.
The 75-year old physicist said in a video posting on his Weibo account that Wang asked “an excellent question,” which gave him insight into Chinese millennnials and their “curiosities” regarding the future.
Wang and his two other band mates each have more than 30 million followers on their Twitter-like Weibo microblog accounts.
Owned by Weibo Corp, Weibo is China’s biggest social media platform with more than 200 million active users.
Hawking, who opened his Weibo account last year, has 4.3 million followers, while British Prime Minister Theresa May has more than 900,000, having inherited her account from David Cameron.


Buzz off! Angry bees delay Air India flight

Updated 57 min 53 sec ago

Buzz off! Angry bees delay Air India flight

  • The insects landed on the window just before the plane was due to leave the eastern city of Kolkata on Sunday

NEW DELHI: An Air India flight was delayed by several hours after a swarm of bees landed on the cockpit window, attacking ground staff when they tried to remove them, officials said.
The insects landed on the window just before the plane was due to leave the eastern city of Kolkata on Sunday with 136 passengers, including Bangladesh’s information minister.
Ground staff tried to shoo the insects off, angering them, and when attempts to use the windscreen wipers failed officials switched to ‘plan b’ and blasted them off with water.
“Fire tenders were deployed to spray water to dislodge the honey bees and they could be driven away after nearly an hour-long operation,” airport official Kaushik Bhattcharya said.
The flight to Agartala in north-eastern India eventually took off more than three and a half hours late.
Bees swarm when a queen bee leaves an existing colony to found a new home together with thousands of worker bees.