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U.S. Says Scientist Hid Job in China. Web Search Tells Otherwise

  • Indictment reflects intense scrutiny of Chinese scientists
  • Defendant’s collaboration in China is easy to find online
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A University of Kansas researcher was indicted for allegedly hiding that he was working full-time for a Chinese university at the same time he was doing U.S-funded industrial research.

But a web search shows that Franklin (Feng) Tao appeared to be moonlighting in plain sight: His dual Kansas and China ties are disclosed in at least two U.S.-funded research papers published last year, as well as in several Chinese-language websites easily translatable online.