3 NYU Researchers Charged With Giving Away Secrets to China

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Forget self-deportation: It appears the feds have stumbled across a case of secret self-outsourcing at New York University. On Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara and the FBI announced charges against three NYU researchers who had been funded by the National Institutes of Health to work on super-specialized MRI technology--then gave away that research to an institute supported by the Chinese government and another competitor, according to the complaint.

"As alleged, this is a case of inviting and paying for foxes in the henhouse," Bharara said in a statement. While the researchers were toiling away with the multimillion-dollar grant, the charges allege that the defendants communicated with United Imaging, a Chinese medical imaging company, and the Shenzen Institute of Advanced Technology, a project established by the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Shenzhen municipal government.

A university investigation into researchers' NYU e-mail accounts found that the researchers had been sending NIH-funded project updates to United Imaging, while the feds discovered that an executive there paid one of the researcher's grad school tuition fees and another's rent. Guess SeekingArrangement.com just wasn't good enough this time around.

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Daughter of Republican Mayoral Hopeful John Catsimatidis is Sort of a Mini-Celebrity in China

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Andrea Catsimatidis, leader of the Newt Gingrich slumber party, on the far right.

It appears that Chinese media has taken a particular shine to Andrea Catsimatidis, daughter of Gristedes owner and Republican New York City mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis. She's on a trip with her husband, the grandson of Richard Nixon (yes), to recreate the former president's trip to the Great Wall with his wife in 1972. Catsimatidis the Younger made it on the cover of the China Daily, while China Radio International reminded us how much Chinese journalists love their click-through slideshows. (Hint: They love their click-through slideshows a lot.)

(h/t WSJ)


Chen Guangcheng Will Become a New Yorker in a Few Hours

Beijing might have us beat in regards to population and the Olympics opening ceremony but there's no place like New York. And the blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng will soon discover that.

This morning, the controversial figure who has given American diplomats a few headaches in past weeks boarded a plane leaving Beijing and landing at Newark International some time this evening. The State Department confirmed the news soon after a three-week passport process that ironed out the kinks of the ambassadorial deal was completed.

Once he arrives in the tri-state area, Guangcheng will enter the ranks of academia at NYU Law's US-Asia Law Institute as a visiting scholar. Professor Jerome Cohen, the co-head of the Institute, has been in contact with the Chinese national since rumors of the exchange began and, even two weeks ago, he said, "When he gets those updates [on his passport], he'll be on a plane immediately."

Looks like that day has finally come. Welcome to the Big Apple.

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Tibetan Hunger Strikers Enter Day 29 of Protest Outside The United Nations

Despite the hospitalization of one protester and police pressure, three Tibetans -- including one monk -- have entered the 29th day of a hunger strike outside the U.N., decrying China's harsh oppression of the Himalayan state.

Dorjee Gyalpo, 59, was taken to the hospital on Monday, Tsewang Rigzin, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, told Runnin' Scared.

Gyalpo, who has grown increasingly weak, has nonetheless continued his hunger strike at the medical center, and underwent a heart x-ray Tuesday, Rigzin said.

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Protestors Descend on Grand Central Apple Store; Reporters Attack Them

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Shelby Knox, from Change.org, at an Apple protest in Grand Central.
There were more reporters than protestors at a rally today at the new Apple store in Grand Central. A lot more reporters.

But it's an important cause, especially for you iPhone-iPad-MacBook-Apple-loving folks, so listen up!

SumOfUs and Change.org, two groups speaking out against labor practices in China, partnered up today to pressure Apple to address recent reports around the inhumane labor conditions in the factories that build the technology giant's products.

Officially, the groups arrived at 10 a.m. this morning to deliver a petition to the store. But as soon as the organizers -- four or so of them -- arrived, it quickly became a media spectacle. We're talking about Runnin' Scared running in circles in a fruitless effort to keep up with dozens of cameras and reporters surrounding the protestors as they ascended the steps of Grand Central to enter the Apple store.

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'Hottest Star in China' Looking For Love at Occupy Wall Street

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Yufeng Luo, Chinese Internet celeb.
A Chinese Internet celebrity named Yufeng Luo (whom we've covered before as "Feng Luoyu") is apparently looking for love here in new York City. Animal NY picked up a flyer being handed out near Zuccotti Park that purports to be from Luo, a "human meme" in China who papered Shanghai with leaflets advertising her search for a husband and who claims to have received 300,000 marriage proposals. Not good enough, apparently, because the search continues here:

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Four-Year-Old Chinese Girl Drives a Car [VIDEO]

The above video appears to show a 4-year-old girl in China at the wheel of a car. She is navigating a relatively busy street while her parents can be heard instructing her. Like the smoking baby before her, there is sure to be much outrage about this child exhibiting the dangerous behavior of an adult. Before that outrage erupts, can we take this time to acknowledge that she does a pretty good job merging? [h/t @stevesilberman] [@nickgreene]

There Is a Subway System Crazier Than New York's

It's Beijing's.

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Taiwanese iPhone Manufacturer Replacing Chinese Laborers with Robots After They Keep Committing Suicide

Foxconn, makers of the iPhone as well as products for Sony, Nokia, Dell and Hewlett Packard, plans to automate much of its manufacturing load. Last year they doubled wages after more than a dozen workers at its plant in southern China committed suicide. It was so bad, the factory had to install suicide nets from the rafters. Now, after more reported suicides, the company has decided to increase its automated workforce from 10,000 robots to a million in 3 years. Hey, it's easier than raising wages again!

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Viral Panda Video Set to Become Full-Length Motion Picture

The above viral video of a panda sneezing is going to be turned into a feature mockumentary. Lesley Hammond and Jenny Walsh, two nature photographers who captured the 16 second clip back in 1999, have secured $1.3 million to make The Life and Times of Sneezing Baby Panda. The Hollywood Reporter says the full-length movie will "employ the techniques used in Forrest Gump or Woody Allen's Zelig before that to place the ancestors of the Sneezing Baby Panda in crucial roles throughout history." Thanks, Internet. [THR]