Book review: The Path of No Resistance

So you thought that the secret to solving a knotty problem was to get analytical? Wrong answer, says performance coach Garret Kramer in The Path of No Resistance: Why Overcoming Is Simpler than You Think. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Book review: My Tibetan Childhood, by Naktsang Nulo

Released in 2007 in China, My Tibetan Childhood was a bestseller before Beijing banned it three years later. The tragic memoir by an invasion survivor who became a Chinese government official is touted as the most reprinted modern Tibetan literary work. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Book review: Life and Death in the Garden, by Kathryn Meyer

Before the Nazis invaded Poland, the second world war began in China. Yet, largely thanks to factional complexity, little about the East Asian part of the conflict is known overseas, notes historian Kathryn Meyer.

Her gruesomely gripping chronicle helps redress the balance. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Deep secrets revealed

The Townsville-based National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) is touted as the world’s smartest aquarium. Manager Craig Humphrey confirms that the $35-million Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) device is a cut above other scientific aquariums and more high-maintenance.

“The way we used to set up experiments is: go to Bunnings, load up a trolley with irrigation fittings and fully construct an experimental system within a week,” the ecologist says. Read at the Age.

Book review: Opium and Empire, by Richard J. Grace

In their day, Scottish traders William Jardine and James Matheson were seen by the Chinese as “barbarians” – predatory invaders peddling “foreign mud”: that is, opium. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Is this the future face of financial advice?

Financial advice has a 58 per cent chance of being replaced by artificial intelligence, according to Oxford University’s Oxford Martin Program research into the impact of future technology.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Rewind book: The House Without a Key, by Earl Derr Biggers (1925)

It’s still possible to visit the Halekulani, the Hawaiian hotel where columnist Earl Derr Biggers wrote the first Charlie Chan novel, The House Without a Key. Read at the South China Morning Post.


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