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

Surfing the waves between two worlds

japantimes.co.jp — 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 ow.ly/PMz5W

Medaka: the fish that helps us understand gender

japantimes.co.jp — 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 ow.ly/3xYJBX pic.twitter.com/qtlPwaYgbI

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

May 13, 2015

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

On the pleasing violence of fairy tales

japantimes.co.jp — Traditional fairy tales are so steeped in blood it's astonishing that children didn't all grow up to become deranged in days gone by. Take, for example, the popular Japanese fable "Shita-kiri Suzume" (literally, "Tongue-Cut Sparrow"), which tells the tale of a kind old man, his avaricious wife and an injured sparrow.

When nature evolves to be awesome

japantimes.co.jp — A few years ago, an anthropologist told me an amazing story about a wild chimpanzee she had observed in Senegal. A bushfire had ignited in the summer heat, and she saw a chimp stand upright on its hind legs, face the fire and perform "a really exaggerated slow-motion display."
Mar 15, 2015

RT @m_m_campbell: This is awesome. Literally. On the evolution of awe *and* awesomeness. Wonderful: japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/1… #nature #evolution by @rowhoop

Mar 29, 2015

Awesome: NYT mag does its impression ow.ly/3xAd3m of @rowhoop's story on the power of awe ow.ly/3xAdWo

Japanese are quick to embrace robots

japantimes.co.jp — "H ello and welcome. I can tell you about money exchange, ATMs, opening a bank account or overseas remittance. Which one would you like?" This greeting is not uttered by a human employee but, instead, a diminutive robot named Nao.
Feb 16, 2015

By me! RT @japantimes: Will it be long before Japan’s robots are dreaming of electric sheep and more? jtim.es/J6msW

Polonium, peacocks -- and a dead spy

japantimes.co.jp — It's one of the biggest stories of the year - and certainly the most unusual. I'm talking about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy living in London who was poisoned with a radioactive isotope last month. Nothing like this has been seen for nearly 20 years, back when the Cold War was raging.
Jan 27, 2015

Could a Darwinian detective agency solve the Litvinenko murder? ow.ly/I05BI #r4today

Longevity, genetics and the whale

japantimes.co.jp — The oldest person in the world - and the oldest ever Japanese person - is Misao Okawa. She lives in Osaka and is 116. She'll be 117 in March. Okawa is the last living Japanese person to have experienced the 19th century. Not that she can remember much about it: She was born in 1898.
Jan 17, 2015

Misao Okawa: the oldest person in the world, and the oldest ever Japanese person ow.ly/3vMQFg #longevity pic.twitter.com/Al5MSt06D0

Mar 06, 2015

World's oldest person is turning 117. Her husband died in 1931 - she has never remarried ow.ly/3vMQFg pic.twitter.com/f4DHaaCYbK

Apr 01, 2015

My story about Misao Okawa, the oldest woman in the world until she died today age 117 ow.ly/L674r pic.twitter.com/hrk3WLS9IJ

Love of robots may pave way for better treatment of animals

japantimes.co.jp — If chimps had history books, a few individuals would have important chapters devoted to them. One would be David Greybeard, the chimp who in 1960 was observed by Jane Goodall using a piece of grass as a tool. Another would be Ai, the female chimp currently living at the Primate Research Institute in Kyoto.
Dec 20, 2014

By me RT @japantimes: Love of #robots may pave way for better treatment of animals jtim.es/Gds8L

Eels face the slippery slope to extinction

japantimes.co.jp — Last week I was crossing the River Thames on the way to work in London, and I happened to see a cormorant emerge from the water with a thrashing eel in its mouth. The bird juggled the fish, skillfully managing to position it so it could swallow the wriggling animal headfirst.
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Aug 03, 2015

@julianofclapton Richard Feynman wrote about this, and being able to shift the location around.

Aug 03, 2015

"These isopods are 10cm long and live at 600 metres" "I know, let's sell them as beer snacks" ow.ly/QpJQp pic.twitter.com/H2VKR7b48y

Aug 03, 2015

RT @ret_ward: Obama's new emissions rules likely to help shape White House race fw.to/G7mEm8T

Aug 02, 2015

RT @Raindance: All of Christopher Nolan's scripts on PDF here: Memento - Dark Knight ow.ly/QogPX

Aug 02, 2015

RT @louisebrealey: Thank-you so much for all your amazing messages about our beautiful Constellations. I've never loved a play like it. youtu.be/cZI6EdnvH-8

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