Rowan Hooper

Rowan Hooper

I'm a journalist & writer @rowhoop

I've got a PhD in evolutionary biology and worked as an insect biologist in Japan, an editor at the Japan Times in Tokyo, and in a physics lab in Dublin before joining New Scientist in London

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Did DNA influence Japan's collectivist society?

Genetic element linked with happiness/depression used to examine differences between East and West

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The Washington Post

The science behind the movie 'Arrival'

A linguists expert - a brilliant Amy Adams - is the hero

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New Scientist

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?

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Waking up to the mechanics of sleep

"Sleep research will pave the way to a study of consciousness in the future"

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'Gloomy Japan' highlights a loss of hope

University of Tokyo comparison of hope between Japan, the United States and Britain

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New Scientist

The most multilingual man alive (probably)

This guy knows 60-70 languages to a high level. Hyperpolyglot!

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Creating a real ghost in the shell

The scientist who has devoted his career to producing an utterly convincing artificial being

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New Scientist

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

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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)

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Charles Darwin finally arrives in Japan

Darwin didn't consider it a sin to kill a mockingbird

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'Moving Zen' and the modern samurai

The art of being perfectly in the now

Dude makes his wife a stunningly creative harry potter pensieve is probably a ravenclaw article

Emotional hangovers and remembering the future

Do memories have structure? How are they formed?

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The Washington Post

The surprising reason for one group's Alzheimer's 'curse'

The town has uncanny parallels with Macondo in Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”...

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2016 science round up

No surprise that my favourite stories of the year were out-of-this-world/escapist

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New Scientist

Australia's oldest working scientist speaks about his life

At 102, I think he's the world's oldest university-employed scientist