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Towing the Line

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) was a respected biologist, who divided the earth into six continental bio-realms. The divide between the animal suites on Australasia and Asia, now known as Wallace’s Line, is especially notable with kangaroos, koalas and echidnas to...

Feeling Bored? Pay Attention to This

Dr Christian Chan’s least favourite emotion is boredom. To keep boredom at bay, he has kept his research pursuits varied and wide-ranging, from sleep and mentoring to the impact of natural disasters on mental health. And like many people, he has also turned to his...

Drawing Rhythm from the Algorithm

Dr Hu Xiao has a unique understanding of the power of music. For more than 15 years, she has used data to unleash new possibilities from music. Two groundbreaking models she developed automatically recognise the mood of music and have received hundreds of citations...

City Squeeze

In 1956 a giant iron and steel factory opened in Wuhan that was so important Mao Zedong visited it twice. Tellingly, the plant was situated in the centre of the city – an example of socialist city planning that places factories and giant squares at the centre of civic...

Sex among the Masses

Erotic literature in traditional Chinese society is famously associated with The Plum in the Golden Vase, or Chin P’ing Mei, which explicitly details the sexual goings-on of a wealthy merchant with multiple wives and concubines. But merchants and scholars did not have...
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