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

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

Japanese are quick to embrace robots — "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?

Polonium, peacocks -- and a dead spy — 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? #r4today

Longevity, genetics and the whale — 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 #longevity

Mar 06, 2015

World's oldest person is turning 117. Her husband died in 1931 - she has never remarried

Apr 01, 2015

My story about Misao Okawa, the oldest woman in the world until she died today age 117

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Sep 02, 2015

@DoctorWho_BBCA @MrSmithInNotts how annoying that they've revealed she's coming back. SPOILERS!

Sep 01, 2015

Hello, Totoro #トトロ RT @chr1sa: Driving past Berkeley’s Skydeck tech incubator makes me happy

Sep 01, 2015

Did #Dusty record “the greatest British soul record ever recorded”? Maybe before Amy came along. Still, a cracker…

Sep 01, 2015

I think it's weird that there are four toffee pennies left in the Quality Street box, when they are clearly the best ones. What's going on?

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