Book review: A Sense of the Enemy, by Zachary Shore

More than 2,000 years ago, Chinese martial philosopher Sun Tzu – generally recognised as author of military treatise The Art of War - advised generals to “know thy enemy”. Read at the South China Morning Post..



Book review: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, by David Harvey

If you’re sick of capitalism, here’s some good news. The dogma that has become default could yet collapse in the face of growing popular loathing, according to David Harvey, a distinguished professor at the City University of New York, who highlights “episodic volcanic eruptions of popular anger”, in London (2011), Stockholm (2013), Istanbul (2013) and a hundred Brazilian cities (2013).


Read at the South China Morning Post..

Cloisters and clapsticks

An indigenous Oxford graduate is making her mark in health, writes David Wilson.

Kerrie Doyle has gone far – from the red dirt of West Queensland to snowy Oxford. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Book review: Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen have taught negotiation at Harvard Law School for two decades. Their line is that other consultants over-stress the art of giving feedback, neglecting how to receive it.

Read at the South China Morning Post..

Smart gadgets take to air

Forget conventional remotely piloted airborne drones – the future of zippy, unmanned flying machines may lie with projected Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles (IAVs). In theory, IAVs will be armed with the smarts to perform all kinds of whiz-bang missions off their own bat – just ask University of Newcastle robotics expert Professor Tristan Perez. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

‘Living lava lamps’ her career

Jellyfish may seem an icky field to research, but they are deeply entwined with the fate of the ocean. Just ask CSIRO scientist Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, the director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services.

In her dramatic marine biology blockbuster, Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, Gershwin says the sea is becoming jellyfish soup, as rival marine animals die of plastic pollution, heat stress, carbon dioxide-driven acidification and overfishing. On the upside, she says, despite their image, jellyfish are captivating. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Book review: The Locust Effect, by Gary Haugen, Victor Boutros

In 1885, a racist Seattle mayor appointed himself police chief and tasked 100 men to stage an attack on the Chinese community: cue an orgy of murder, looting, forced expulsion and arson.

Today, officially sanctioned civic violence of that intensity is hard to imagine, but it still happens. Read at the South China Morning Post..


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