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

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

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

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 she...

/ February 24, 2017

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

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

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...

/ February 9, 2017

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...

/ February 7, 2017