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China's Push Into Cutting-Edge Gene Editing Technology

If you haven't heard, designer babies may be on the horizon. Thanks to CRISPR-Cas9 technology ("Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats"), some scientists believe they can edit human genes for the purposes of treating diseases. 

Posted by Daeil Cha on Jul 18, 2018 1:39:41 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Daeil Cha, Biotechnology, China

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Making News Again

Bitcoin has been a controversial topic among investors and financial professionals for quite a while. However, recently, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, made his stance very clear. Dimon said that if he found out a JPMorgan trader began trading in bitcoin, he would “fire them in a second.” Why? “It’s against our rules, and they’re stupid.” He also suggested that central banks view bitcoin as a novelty. 

Posted by Harry Polishook on Sep 21, 2017 2:15:33 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Harry Polishook, China, Bitcoin

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Using Small Satellites to Estimate Chinese Oil Inventories

Back in May, the R Squared team launched a blog series about satellite technology and its impact on the investing world. If you missed Part I or Part II, you can read those blogs here:



For Part III, we’re going to take a look at more ways the small satellite (smallsat) industry could change how investors allocate funds. 

Recently, the AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites took place in Logan, Utah. Attendance this year was around 2,550 participants—up from 900 in 2007. One of the conference presenters was Ursa Space Systems, a company that “delivers global economic insights to energy and financial enterprises, providing a reliable information source about areas of the world that are traditionally opaque.” More specifically, Ursa is able to offer estimates of oil inventories in China. 

Posted by Harry Polishook on Aug 23, 2017 11:06:27 AM

Topics: From the Desk of Harry Polishook, China, Satellite Series

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China Non-Consensus View: Raising GDP or Inflating a Chinese Real Estate Bubble?

Experts are more bullish on the Chinese Economy growth and have raised their 2016 GDP Growth forecasts to 6.7% from 6.5% in September. However, increasing curbs and capital controls in an attempt to cool the economy and speculative investments might actually increase the chances of a financial bubble.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Jan 24, 2017 12:02:43 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche, China

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