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

Saluting Shakespeare's scientific legacy

Saluting Shakespeare's scientific legacy
japantimes.co.jp — On April 23, the literary world marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. It's a good excuse for a lot of fuss: Britain's Royal Mint has produced a new £2 coin, the postal service has prepared a set of commemorative stamps depicting portraits of the Bard and thousands of theaters worldwide are expected to celebrate the anniversary.

Do chimp rituals reveal roots of religion?

Do chimp rituals reveal roots of religion?
japantimes.co.jp — How did gods evolve? I can't promise to answer a question of such gravity this week, but I can perhaps raise some interesting ideas. Note that I'm not specifically referring to the Christian, Islamic or Judean deity - I'm speaking more broadly about the roots of our belief in a higher power.

Stem cells used to replace part of the human brain

Stem cells used to replace part of the human brain
japantimes.co.jp — Sometimes I imagine famous scientists and doctors from the past magically catching a glimpse of our modern world. Sure it's fun to picture their gawping faces, but the daydream also helps remind me that we take so much for granted these days.

Murakami is right about jazz and the brain

Murakami is right about jazz and the brain
japantimes.co.jp — 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

Cherishing Okinawa's diverse marine life
japantimes.co.jp — 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.

Zzzz - a novel way to manipulate sleep

Zzzz - a novel way to manipulate sleep
japantimes.co.jp — 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

How male killers transform into caring parents
search.japantimes.co.jp — 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?

How grandma drives human evolution

How grandma drives human evolution
japantimes.co.jp — 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.

Psychology is where real radiation risks lie

Psychology is where real radiation risks lie
japantimes.co.jp — 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

A-bomb gene 'shadow' may be fading
japantimes.co.jp — 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.
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May 03, 2016

Er... Australian government plans to kill carp by releasing HERPES into rivers ow.ly/4nn92m pic.twitter.com/IQoHeHd4uQ

May 03, 2016

@sivajothy @StewPlaistow yep, from London. Seems to be a pamphiliid. Rare.

May 03, 2016

<shudder> Like a creature from another dimension. Kung Fu visualised with motion capture https:thisiscolossal.com/2016/05/kung-f…:pic.twitter.com/fuxn1afN0I

May 03, 2016

Amazing convergent evolution: lacewing fossil from 150 m yrs ago, and butterflies sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/j… @arbesman pic.twitter.com/9Yp9vKtmQl

May 03, 2016

Foldable electric car from South Korea. Armadillo. pic.twitter.com/KbnpKOtifv

May 03, 2016

Spring-fed pond in Kumamoto before and after the recent earthquakes. Dried up. pic.twitter.com/3S3JzhezUo


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