(From Irish Times)

Some Chinese internet users said it was like “touching the cosmos” when Stephen Hawking joined the Chinese microblog network Weibo, with the British astrophysicist notching up nearly 2.5 million followers within 24 hours.


“In my physical travels, I have only been able to touch the surface of your fascinating history and culture,” the 74-year-old wrote in his introductory post on the Twitter-like service.

Some 230 million people use Sina Weibo, China’s biggest social media platform, every month.

“But now I can communicate with you through social media – and I hope to tell you more about my life and work through this page and also to learn from you in reply,” he said. Read More

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