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I'm managing editor @NewScientist. PhD in evolutionary biology. Former Tokyoite & entomologist. Columnist for @japantimes. すごい!

Murakami is right about jazz and the brain — The above line is from the English translation of Haruki Murakami's 1985 novel, "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World." It offers a theory on the way in which the brain perceives the world. Famous for his wildly successful experimental fiction, Murakami is also crazy about jazz.

Cherishing Okinawa's diverse marine life — Diving in Okinawa this summer, I came face to face with my favorite undersea creature: the octopus. I was diving at Maeda Point on the main island when my guide directed my attention to something that was right in front of me. I stared but could only see coral.
Dec 21, 2015

RT @OISTedu: OISTでは土地の利をいかし、海洋科学研究が活発に行われています。…

Zzzz - a novel way to manipulate sleep — The Milinda Panha is a Buddhist text written more than 2,000 years ago. It takes the form of a dialogue between Indo-Greek King Menander I and a Buddhist sage. At one point, the king is interested in the meaning of dreams. The sage talks about the possible influences of the waking life on dreams and then mentions that they occur in the period between falling asleep and deep sleep.

How male killers transform into caring parents — When animals kill babies of their own species, it's brutal and shocking. Infanticide goes against everything we think adults should be in terms of looking after younger members of the species. Surprisingly, however, it happens fairly frequently in the wild. What's going on?
Oct 18, 2015

“Its tail starts rattling,” Kuroda says, “and the male bites the pup.” How males go from infanticidal to caring

How grandma drives human evolution — Speak to professionals from various disciplines and you will notice something funny: Even when they are off duty, they tend to view the world through the lens of their professional background. For example, a psychiatrist at a dinner party might pause to think a bit about the possible neuroses of the guests.
Sep 20, 2015

An explanation for mate-guarding in humans - involving grandmothers #evolution

Psychology is where real radiation risks lie — Misinformation breeds discrimination. As if it wasn't enough to experience the trauma of a nuclear bomb, many hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) also faced appalling discrimination. It appears their children and grandchildren still do - as do those who were caught up in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster in 2011.

A-bomb gene 'shadow' may be fading — One of the strongest memories I have of a trip to Hiroshima that I made a few years ago is of the shadow on the steps of the Sumitomo Bank. Someone had been sitting on those steps, probably waiting for the bank to open, when at 8.15 a.m. on Aug.

Surfing the waves between two worlds — In a Tokyo lab, a remarkable experiment is exploring the meeting of worlds. This is not a boring old metaphor for a meeting between East and West, it's a description of the interface between the world we live in and the frankly insane world of quantum objects. Quantum physics is famously difficult.
Jul 18, 2015

...But Soseki did have some interesting things to say

Medaka: the fish that helps us understand gender — The diminutive medaka (Japanese rice fish) have been kept as pets since the Edo Period (1603-1868). They are hardy animals, an important quality for a pet, and they naturally occur in a variety of colors, including gold. They have distinctive, some say attractive, eyes (for a fish) - indeed, medaka in Japanese means "with high eyes."
Jun 21, 2015

Putting aside the astronaut rumours, this is the first vertebrate to have sex in space

I, robot, am looking forward to a very bright future

May 13, 2015

@silkwormslumber sure. mentioned that here: but at first I thought the Aibo thing was a "isn't Japan weird" story

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Feb 08, 2016

Amazing view of the #ChineseNewYear fireworks from above Dahua Yao, Guangxi

Feb 08, 2016

Or a slightly less cute Chinese monkey pic - this head-transplant monkey #ChineseNewYear

Feb 06, 2016

Fab egg hopper at @hoppers_london where Koya used to be

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