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What France’s election means for Germany

IN MAY 2012 a freshly elected François Hollande took off for Germany on his first foreign visit as president, determined to forge a close alliance with Angela Merkel. His plane was hit by lightning and had to turn back to...

/ April 23, 2017

Global Casino Industry Juiced For Japan

Melco Resorts and Entertainment's Lawrence Ho invested US$3.2 billion on Macau's Studio City and says he'll spend "whatever it takes" in Japan. (Photo credit: David Hartung for Forbes)David Hartung For Forbes The world’s casino business sees Japan’s casino legalization as...

/ April 16, 2017

Why we don’t trust robots

Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, they might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humanity. Robots are strange creatures, and...

/ April 13, 2017

Who is Peter Altmaier and why does he matter?

IF YOU pass the vast, glass-walled chancellery in Berlin at night, you will often see a solitary room illuminated high on its northern side. That is Peter Altmaier's office, a few strides away from Angela Merkel's own eyrie on the...

/ April 12, 2017

Government Plays Casino Numbers Game In Australia’s Queensland

Star Entertainment and and its partners are investing US$3 billion in Queensland integrated resorts, including the icon Arc with its rooftop park at Queen's Wharf Brisbane, and don't think they need competition. (Image credit: Star Entertainment Group)Star Entertainment Group Star...

/ April 9, 2017

A primer on the AfD wars

IT IS a well-established truth that fast-rising political parties outside the political mainstream are prone to division. The National Front (FN) in France has a latitudinal split: its northern outposts are marked by economic statism, its southern ones by a...

/ April 8, 2017

A political audit of Martin Schulz

SHORTLY after his emergence as the SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz was interviewed on “Anne Will”, one of Germany's top political talk-shows. Quizzed on his prospects of victory he observed that the SPD had picked up about ten points...

/ April 7, 2017

Introducing Kaffeeklatsch: a new blog about German politics

IT IS, to put it mildly, a big year for Germany. In the era of Trump, its neighbours and partners are looking to the country for new leadership. Debates about its defence, its vast trade surplus, its handling of the...

/ April 4, 2017

Aliens, very strange universes and Brexit – Martin Rees Q&A

Martin Rees is Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, at the University of Cambridge, the Astronomer Royal, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, and a former President of the Royal Society. The following interview was conducted at Trinity College,...

/ April 3, 2017

VIP Revenue Drives Macau Casinos To March Beyond Forecasts

Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin After years of focus on diversification and mass market tourism, old school VIP play has led Macau's casino revenue growth in recent months. (Credit AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Macau’s casino revenue outdid...

/ April 3, 2017

Confused by data visualisation? Here’s how to cope in a world of many features

The late data visionary Hans Rosling mesmerised the world with his work, contributing to a more informed society. Rosling used global health data to paint a stunning picture of how our world is a better place now than it was...

/ March 30, 2017

The world’s first glow-in-the-dark frog found in Argentina

Scientists in Argentina have discovered a frog that glows in moonlight and at twilight. Fluorescence in terrestrial environments had previously only been traced to a few species of insects and birds and had never been scientifically reported in any of...

/ March 30, 2017

Silver Heritage Casino Hotel In Nepal Has A Mountain To Climb

Now scheduled to open in August, Silver Heritage Group's Tiger Palace Bhairahawa will be the first casino resort built especially for the Indian market. (Credit: Silver Heritage Group Ltd)Silver Heritage Group Ltd Frontier market specialist Silver Heritage Group’s casino project...

/ March 28, 2017

Cambodia Casino Deal He Didn’t Want Returns Malaysia’s Chen To Billionaire Ranks

Billionaire Chen Lip Keong has expanded NagaWorld in Phnom Penh from a barge to a 700 room hotel - shown here in 2014 - to Naga2, a US$400 million addition opening later this year aiming to lift NagaWorld into the...

/ March 26, 2017

Latin American presidents love Twitter – and that’s not a good sign

Leer en español. The Conversation Global’s series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Latin American democracy was born with an original sin: income inequality – the...

/ March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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