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.


Book review: World Order, by Henry Kissinger

Love or loathe him, Henry Kissinger has amassed enormous experience. In his latest meditation, World Order, the 91-year-old American statesman argues that the United States must address mounting global tensions. Read at the South China Morning Post.


How to fight liver disease – make up for youthful excesses

Read at the South China Morning Post.


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