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Cultural Evolution Knew What Statistics Didn’t: That Hillary Would Lose

As is well known, all major forecasters confidently predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential elections of 2016. On the morning of the election day (November 8th 2016) at 10:41 am, when a number of American voters had already…

/ March 20, 2017
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More Reasons to Eat Fat

In a recent blog post P. D. Mangan discusses the implications of the metabolic theory of cancer and the ideas of Dr. Laurent Schwartz, French physician and oncologist, who has been using this theory to treat cancer patients. Whether this…

/ March 13, 2017
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Life on Earth is used to gravity – so what happens to our cells and tissues in space?

There’s one force whose effects are so deeply entrenched in our everyday lives that we probably don’t think much about it at all: gravity. Gravity is the force that causes attraction between masses. It’s why when you drop a pen,…

/ March 10, 2017
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Bahamas’ Beleaguered Baha Mar Casino Resort To Open With Chinese Characteristics

More than a decade in the making, $3.5 billion Baha Mar is due to open as a Caribbean resort with Chinese characteristics. (Photo credit: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar)Grand Hyatt Baha Mar After many stumbles during its decade-plus gestation, the Bahamas’…

/ March 9, 2017
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A scientists’ march on Washington is a bad idea – here’s why

The April 22 March for Science, like the Women’s March in January 2017, will confront United States President Donald Trump on his home turf – this time to challenge his stance on climate change and vaccinations, among other controversial scientific…

/ March 8, 2017
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As Macau Casino Revenue Soars, Some Analysts Take A Reality Check

Macau shone brightly over the Chinese New Year holiday and throughout February, with its highest monthly gaming revenue in two years, with VIP play reportedly leading the way. (Photo credit: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg) Boosted by the Chinese New Year holiday period…

/ March 6, 2017
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Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk’s space race

Want to fly to the moon? Well, now you won’t have to bother with all those years of rigorous astronaut training – all you need is a huge wad of cash. Elon Musk, technopreneur, has built a small spaceship called…

/ March 6, 2017
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From travel bans to alternative facts: the dangerous descent into irrationality

Donald Trump has signed a new executive order preventing citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for the next 90 days. The decree covers Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen, but it will not apply to visa…

/ March 6, 2017
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Ages of Discord on Kindle!

Many of you will remember the post I published in November on why there is no e-book version of the Ages of Discord (AoD). In that post I wrote I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about whether there is…

/ March 3, 2017
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Journey To The New Macau Needs More Than Improved Transportation

The bridge linking Macau with Hong Kong and Zhuhai, possibly finished late this year, is part of a transportation infrastructure revolution remaking the way visitors reach to the global casino capital. But policy has to change along with the hardware.…

/ February 27, 2017
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Russia’s New “Evolutionary” Strategy

Prompted by the great discussion that followed my post, Does America Have a Long-Term Strategic Plan?, a reader sent me the link to a very interesting article by Michael Kofman, A Comparative Guide to Russia’s Use of Force: Measure Twice,…

/ February 27, 2017
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One Woman’s Journey From ‘Barefoot Doctor’ To Casino Billionaire

Cui Lijie has become a billionaire, thanks to Imperial Pacific International's casino in Saipan. (Photo credit: Muhammad Cohen) Cui Lijie has no official position with Imperial Pacific International Holdings, but everyone calls her Madame Chairlady. She deserves a title, since…

/ February 24, 2017
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It’s our Solar System in miniature, but could TRAPPIST-1 host another Earth?

Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets, so tightly packed around a dim star that a year there lasts less than two weeks. The number of planets and the radiation levels they receive from their star, TRAPPIST-1, make these worlds a…

/ February 24, 2017
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Billionaire Casino Owner Lawrence Ho Has The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

Billionaire Lawrence Ho, chairman and chief executive officer of Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., in November 2016. (Photographer: Calvin Sit/Bloomberg) For Melco Crown Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho, the year of the rooster presents great opportunities and great dangers. He’s…

/ February 24, 2017