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China’s ‘science grandma’: retired professor goes viral with quirky physics videos on social media

SCMP, 24 Nov 2021
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Retired physics professor Wu Yuren has become an online sensation on Chinese social media with her quirky science videos. Affectionately called “science grandma” online, the 72-year-old’s short-form videos about physics have attracted more than one million followers and over 50 million views. The professor began making short-form videos on China’s video-sharing platform Douyin three years ago, hoping to bring physics to the masses in a casual, inspiring and fun manner.

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