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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…

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…
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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…
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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,…
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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’…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Does America Have a Long-Term Strategic Plan?

During my brief stop-over in Moscow earlier this month, I was asked to give a lecture at the Institute for Economic Strategies about the recent political turmoil in the US as viewed through the lens of Cliodynamics. I’ve given lectures…
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Lessons from the Past: What Political Violence of the 1970s Tells Us about 2017

A Guest Post by David Hines At the start of 2017, America looks to be in for a stretch of serious political turmoil. Accordingly, it makes sense to look at previous such period to see what lessons can be learned.…
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How Vietnam Is Changing Its Gambling Rules To Win Foreign Investment

The Grand-Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam’s first and largest casino resort, is a contender for the government’s experiment to allow local players. (Photo credit: Asian Coast Development Limited) A year ago, the Asian gaming landscape appeared bleak. Macau was in the…
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NASA sent a twin to space to study nature versus nurture – and we’re starting to get results

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly recently spent one year in space, while his identical twin brother Mark (a former NASA astronaut himself) stayed on Earth. The mission was part of an important health experiment, looking at how being in space affects…
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Days of Rage

I’ve finished reading Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage, following a tip from David Hines. It’s an excellent detailed history of the American radical underground during “the long 1970s”. The details that Burrough provide will be interesting to anybody who does…
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