Daily Archives: January 6, 2012

Smoke Alert

Last month, the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) contributed to the scientist in their ranks after his fourth attempt to enter the sacred body. Not big news, except, perhaps, the researcher in question, Xie Jianping, 52, happens to work at state-owned tobacco industry. Even in a country shrouded in cigarette smoke - last year’s nation wide ban on smoking in many public places are routinely ignored - the appointment caused a small furor.