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Going Rogue: Malaysia and the 1MDB Scandal

Democracy and rule of law won’t magically clear society of cronies and corruption.


Why Singapore Is the World's Most Successful Society

SINGAPORE -- Singapore turns 50 on Aug. 9, 2015. Is Singapore the most successful society since human history began? Or, to put it differently, did Singapore improve the living standards of its people faster and more comprehensively than any other society?

The only way to answer these questions is …


The Mt.Gox Bitcoin bubble

Come with us on a journey back to March 3, 2014. A time just after the premier bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspended operations (on Feb 22) and when …


Twin Trillion-Dollar Bubbles Prompt Dramatic Rise In Non-Mortgage Debt

Don’t look now, but the US is staring down not one but two trillion-dollar bubbles, both of which have been documented here extensively. The first is …


Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, waiting for his lab’s weekly meeting to begin. Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology at Stanford University, was leading a young group of researchers who studied ageing …

The Brain


Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable …


‘If you hate the migrants in Calais, you hate yourself’

I looked at Salah Mohammed Ali and wondered how he would be remembered if he died trying to reach the shores of England tonight. It was not a fanciful speculation.

Since 1 June, 10 refugees have died on the roads around Calais, at the port or inside the Channel tunnel. Their number included an …


This 12-minute workout plan will make intense exercise fun and easy to do

If you follow fitness news, you know that intense exercise has huge benefits.

Short bursts of high-intensity training can provide results similar to or even better than a longer, lower-intensity gym session. Small amounts of vigorous exercise can add years to your life, all while providing the …


We Found the Building Blocks of Life on a Comet

Last week, a slew of scientific papers told the story of comet lander Philae’s bumpy touchdown, comet 67P’s surprisingly fluffy surface, and — most …

Everything to hide: ICIJ reveals Bank Negara Governor Zeti Aziz link to offshore bank accounts

Swiss banking major UBS AG figures as the “master client” for several offshore entities floated by members of Bank Negara Governor Zeti Aziz’s family …


The Swedish cheese that can’t be moved

Despite being on the menu at royal weddings and Copenhagen super-restaurant Noma, Västerbottensost can only be made in a single Lapland village – and no one knows why.

As I reached the small village of Burträsk in northern Sweden, I saw snow piled by the roadsides like icing and a group of reindeer …


Pictures Worth A Thousand Words: Coafeidian, The Chinese Eco-City That Became A Ghost Town

"As precious as gold..." That was how then-president Hu Jintao described Caofeidian during his visit in 2006. It was pledged to be "the world’s first …


Tesla has a secret weapon to compete with other carmakers

Tesla is special. It excites people about its cars in ways that other carmakers can only envy.

There are other car brands that achieve this. But they have names like "Ferrari," "Lamborghini," "Pagani," "McLaren," and "Porsche." People put posters of the hottest rides these automakers make on their …


Would Chinese-style education work on British kids?

The Chinese education system - with its long school days and tough discipline - tops global league tables. But how did British pupils cope when five Chinese teachers took over part of their Hampshire school?

For the BBC documentary Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School, an experiment was carried …


Google’s AI robot has told us the meaning of life

The purpose of life is 'to serve the greater good', Google's robot claims

Google has created a new, super-intelligent robot — and it has provided …


Switzerland's central bank makes a massive loss

ON FRIDAY, the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Switzerland’s central bank, reported second quarter losses of SFr20 billion ($20 billion). Following an …


The writing is on the wall for Samsung

For four years Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has basked in the success of its Galaxy smartphones, making billions of dollars competing with Apple Inc. in the premium mobile market.

The coming years are set to be more somber for the South Korean tech giant, as it is forced to slash prices and accept …


“Got caught cheating.” 10 of the weirdest reasons Japanese store owners closed shop for the day

Running your own store and being your own boss can be tough. You have to work long hours, pick up the slack of any slacking employees, and if the …


Nikuzushi: Iidabashi

If you don't mind the informal setting, this unpretentious back-alley izakaya is a great place to explore the mysterious delights of horsemeat sushi …


Game of Thrones season 6: 'A Song of Ice and Fire should be finished by 1998,' said George R. R. Martin, 'but don't hold your breath'

As fans and frazzled HBO execs continue to wait for GRRM to finish his next book 'The Winds of Winter', a reminder of just how long in the works the A

George R. R. Martin

The 390 year-old bonsai tree which survived a nuclear bomb attack

The bonsai tree’s history is being honoured this week, as 6 August marks the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing

Moses Weisberg was walking his …

Nuclear Energy

If It Weren't for This Equation, You Wouldn't Be Here

This is Shannon’s information theory, and it’s the equation that makes data compression possible. Without it, you wouldn’t be reading this article …

Letting China’s Bubble Burst

As China’s capital markets expand, they are outstripping policymakers' capacity to manage prices and valuations. The only practical way forward is …

Chinese Economy

Greek Manufacturing Slumps at Record Pace as Crisis Takes Toll

Greece’s manufacturing industry shrank at a record pace last month as demand collapsed amid capital controls introduced in an attempt to contain the …


Say goodbye to the weirdest border dispute in the world - The Washington Post

Just after midnight Saturday, one of the most perplexing border disputes in the world officially ended. India and Bangladesh began the exchange of over 160 enclaves – small areas of sovereignty completely surrounded on all sides by another country – and in so doing ended a dispute that has lasted …

South Asia

The animated map that explains the world

One of the important differences between the modern world and most of recorded history can be summed up in one GIF. Ready? Here it is:

That's a map of …

Scholars are way more skeptical of war than the American public. Here’s why.

Probably the most important foreign policy challenge that a country can face is deciding when to go to war. And, based on a new study, the American …

International Relations

Everyone's overlooking a major player in Central Asia

REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

China and Russia have been front-and-center in the Central Asia conversation.

Beijing has been pushing westward — in part …


Kenya promises to start naming and shaming corrupt public servants

The Kenyan government has pledged to tackle government corruption by setting up a whistleblower platform and publicizing all claims of public graft.

Kenya’s rampant government corruption is believed to cost the country as many as 250,000 jobs a year, or according to estimates, $1 billion annually. …


Canada's economy is shrinking — here's what's going on

Canada's in rough shape.

The country's statistics agency released GDP data on Friday that showed the Canadian economy shrank by 0.2% in May.

That's worse than expectations of 0.0% growth, and it's the fifth consecutive month the economy contracted.

Weighing on the economy were the manufacturing and …