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

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

On the pleasing violence of fairy tales — 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 — 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:… #nature #evolution by @rowhoop

Mar 29, 2015

Awesome: NYT mag does its impression of @rowhoop's story on the power of awe

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Nov 28, 2015

Physicists says both Russian and Turkish accounts about the downed Russian jet are wrong

Nov 28, 2015

The real climate conspiracy: What you’re not being told. Vital read by @mjflepage

Nov 28, 2015

Japan says it will resume Antarctic whaling - possibly breaking international law…

Nov 27, 2015

Christiana Figueres on saving the world: "Best training for this job? Being a mother" @cop21

Nov 26, 2015

Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I) has spent YEARS on the trail of Jack the Ripper

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