Jan 13, 2014

A third of Americans don't believe in the theory of evolution

One third of Americans utterly reject the theory of evolution and believe instead that humans “have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” a new survey has found. About a quarter of Americans surveyed believe that evolution was guided by God, ...

Hong Kong faces a familiar aging problem

Jan 2, 2014

Hong Kong faces a familiar aging problem

by Aaron Tam

Schools replaced by care homes and a once-vibrant economy dulled by one of Asia’s oldest populations: Experts fear this is the Hong Kong of the not-too-distant future. One in three people in the city is expected to be 65 years old or above by ...

Give kids a chance to solve their own problems

Dec 30, 2013

Give kids a chance to solve their own problems

A new moniker, “snowplow parents,” refers to those who not only hover like helicopter parents but also plow ahead to pre-emptively eliminate any obstacles from their child’s path. These are the folks who would like to hand-select their young child’s classmates, or who bribe ...

In memoriam: Those we lost in 2013

Dec 28, 2013

In memoriam: Those we lost in 2013

by Jun Hongo

2013 saw the loss of a number of personalities who stood at the top of their respective fields. As the year quietly draws to a close, we reflect on those we lost, their contribution to the world and their ongoing legacy.

From Mikimoto's pearls to ones of publicity wisdom

Dec 23, 2013

From Mikimoto's pearls to ones of publicity wisdom

by Edan Corkill

Having invented a method for creating cultured pearls in 1893, Meiji Era entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto set about selling them to the world. Apparently not one for understatement, he once announced he hoped to “adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls.” ...