I've got a PhD in evolutionary biology; worked as biologist in Japan, editor at the Japan Times in Tokyo, physics lab in Dublin before joining New Scientist in London. New book, SUPERHUMAN, out 2018
Japanese research into reverse-sex genitalia wins Ig Nobel
In caves in Brazil there lives a tiny insect with the most extraordinary story.
Animals on drugs: 11 unlikely highs
Animals take to drugs just as readily as we do. Sometimes they avail themselves of natural highs, and sometimes lab animals get very fond of substances they are fed for research
New Scientist Live: It’s show time!
A review of the highlights of the 2017 New Scientist Live event in London
Is it morally acceptable to eat intelligent animals?
The more I’ve learned about the intricacies of cephalopod behavior, the less I’m inclined to eat them
Did DNA influence Japan's collectivist society?
Genetic element linked with happiness/depression used to examine differences between East and West
The science behind the movie 'Arrival'
A linguists expert - a brilliant Amy Adams - is the hero
Multiverse me: Should I care about my other selves?
If the many-worlds view is right, our actions shape our counterparts' lives in parallel worlds. What does this mean for how should we behave in this world?
Waking up to the mechanics of sleep
"Sleep research will pave the way to a study of consciousness in the future"
'Gloomy Japan' highlights a loss of hope
University of Tokyo comparison of hope between Japan, the United States and Britain
The most multilingual man alive (probably)
This guy knows 60-70 languages to a high level. Hyperpolyglot!
Creating a real ghost in the shell
The scientist who has devoted his career to producing an utterly convincing artificial being
Shakespeare: The godfather of modern medicine
Epilepsy, psychiatric breakdown, sleep disorders – for all the crudity of 16th-century healthcare, Shakespeare's observations still inspire doctors today
My seminal link with manga god Osamu Tezuka
Tezuka does not have a medical degree after all - but he does have a PhD in sperm (like me)
Charles Darwin finally arrives in Japan
Darwin didn't consider it a sin to kill a mockingbird
'Moving Zen' and the modern samurai
The art of being perfectly in the now