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June 2019

6 innovations from Future Healthcare 2019


May 2019

Inspirational Speech by Steve Jobs

If  you score more than 33% i this quiz, well done: you know more about the world than a chimp

France Debates How to Rebuild Notre-Dame, Weighing History and Modernity

5G is Coming 


April 2019

How to Cultivate More Self-Compassion

An Artist of the Floating World

Homelessness on campus


March 2019

How to Eliminate Plastic Waste and Plastic Pollution with Science and Engineering

Are dolphins in captivity emotionally and physically healthy?

Brookfield Zoo researchers hope to find out

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators


February 2019

Rain Man at 30: damaging stereotype or 'the best thing that happened to autism'?

Praise for English Fizz Provokes Splutters in Champagne

Quotes from Mein Kampf

Deep Sea Ocean/Giant Tube Worm


January 2019

The World's Art Factory Is in Jeopardy

Economy's strengths in 2019: Strong job market, consumer spending and low inflation

Global growth is slowing amid rising trade and financial risks

Famous for its resistance to immigration, Japan opens its doors

'Contain and control' era comes to an end as, one by one, point men on Trump's 'axis of adults' disappear


December 2018

The Dangerous Navete of Trump and Xi

 China scientist’s gene-edited baby claim sparks immediate ethics outrage


November 2018

Shocking baths of Japan

'The Lady, or the Tiger?' by Frank R. Stockton

Fortune-Telling: Fact, Fiction & Fantasy

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

Brace for the risks of unanticipated disasters


October 2018

EDITORIAL: World remains vulnerable a decade after financial crisis

'She just ended her career': Taylor Swift's political post sparks praise and fury

Japan Has Enough Nuclear Material to Build an Arsenal. Its Plan:Recycle.



September 2018



Manga hero saves sake batch after rain wrecks Dassai brewery

About Dassai

Can your sunscreen protect you without killing marine life?


August 2018

Made men: Tokyo-based ‘yakuza’ talent agency delivers the real deal

Osaka and Tokyo among world’s top 10 most liveable cities as Vienna tops Melbourne for first: Economist survey

Here's Why the Concertmaster Is Always a Violinist

Summer Heat Waves Raise Risk for Heatstroke...Are You Prepared?

Trump and Kim can learn a lot from Singapore: US economist Tyler Cowen


July 2018

What we can learn from China’s fight against environmental ruin

Land of the Rising Robots

Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement

It’s time to get ready for the next recession


June 2018

US child migrants: First ladies speak out on Trump separation policy

New Zealand's Prime Minister is unmarried, pregnant and going on maternity leave

The Science of vision: How do our eyes see?

Swedish-Japanese swordsmith forges his destiny in Yamaguchi after trial by fire


May 2018

'Every day is the craziest': Japanese press tailing Shohei Ohtani is already worn out

Britain's Wedding-Mad Tabloids Feel a Cold Royal Shoulder

10 ways vegetarianism can help save the planet

A Japanese woman tried to save a man's life in the sumo ring, but was ordered away for being 'unclean' 


April 2018

The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump


Uber's Self-Driving Casualty

Facebook's Public Relations Crisis Is a Mess of Its Own Making

What Britain’s “Minister of Loneliness” Says About Brexit and the Legacy of Jo Cox 


March 2018

2018 Cherry Blossoms Viewing: An Updated Guide

Where should you put your money if you think the market will crash?

Japan is set to miss out on the global growth party this year

Eating disorders: The dark side of figure skating

Innovative maps show relationships among key issues


February 2018

Dog stamps bring UN headquarters a touch of Chinese New Year

Chinese art performance staged in Rwanda to send Chinese New Year wishes

Lost and Found: The Japanese Concept of Integrity

Japan struggles to store surging number of lost items

What We Can Learn From 'S-Hole Countries'

Here's what you should know about the flu season this year


January 2018

Is the ‘Sandy Springs model’ of government changing?

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017

Chiba could get geologic age named after it, a first from Japan

2,000-year-old tool offers new proof of Japan’s earliest writing


December 2017

10 years after Larry Stewart's death, cheer returns to his favorite Secret Santa spots

Not at home? Amazon wants to come in and drop off packages

Amazon is buying Whole Foods - here's Amazon's vision for the grocery store of the future


November 2017

Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged : The Illicit Global Ape Trade


Passengers Suffer as Crowded Field Puts Pressure on Europe's Airlines 

What is sleep debt? Signs, symptoms and solutions


October 2017

Google and Walmart Partner With Eye on Amazon

Even gangsters live in fear of Japan’s gun laws

Myanmar: Who are the Rohingya?

Use of Rather Than


Septmeber 2017

Future World: 10 Predictions for the Next 90 Years of Human Progress

Gov't teams up to revive Japan's taxi industry as ride-sharing gains popularity

New car hire service makes rides around Tokyo easy for foreign visitors, disabled

The toaster that changed the world

40 Amazing Facts About The Human Body


August 2017

Britain to Ban New Diesel and Gas Cars by 2040

Seven Filthy food habits and how dirty they really are

Difference between scared and afraid?

Differene Between Ghosts and Spirits



July 2017

Fire Aunts

The real risks of artificial intelligence


The Mummies’ Medical Secrets? They’re Perfectly Preserved


June 2017

Imagining the Retail Store of the Future

Japan’s Lack of Romance: Is It Due to Idol Culture?

Kumamoto baby hatch still delivers hope 10 years on

The best (and worst) ways to beat mosquito bites

The Alienated Mind


May 2017

Into the Land of Polka Dots and Mirros, With Yayoi Kusama

Vegan Japanese Potato Salad (GF)

North Korea

How to deal with the world's most dangerous regime 


Apr 2017

What's So Good About Men?

Sexy veils, running shoes and missing feminisms

Industry leader Yamato plans across-the-board parcel fee hike

Yamato to stop taking early afternoon delivery requests, adopt 'interval rule'

How To Sing Better Without Lessons In 4 Steps In 2017


Mar 2017

When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

Going From Bond Girl to ‘a Normal Life’

How Giuseppe Verdi's music helped bring Italy together 

Five Things You Didn’t Know About La Scala Opera House 

Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole


Feb 2017

①Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Will Not Attend Awards Ceremony

②2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined 

Full text of Trump's inauguration speech

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote 


Jan 2017

10 Ways Advertisers Persuade You to Buy  

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

Saudi Arabia, Where Even Milk Depends on Oil, Struggles to Remake Its Economy


Dec 2016

Four Video Message to the People: Outlines 100 Day Plan and Transition Progress

Jeff Koons Is Giving Sculpture to Paris to Remember Terror Victims


Nov 2016

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

'Emergency' need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic

When it comes to the Beatles, we’ll never let it be


Oct 2016

The New York Times hopes its first virtual reality film, “The Displaced,” kicks off mass adoption of VR

A Chinese surgeon plans to perform the world's first full-body transplant — here are the 5 biggest obstacles we'd have to overcome first

Constellations and the Calendar

Immune Enginering Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.


Sept 2016

Review: The Smithsonian African American Museum Is Here at Last. And It Uplifts and Upsets.
Frozen Life in Wartime Syria 

Hinomaru, ‘Kimigayo’ express conflicts both past and future

When an Endangered Species Endangers a Culture


Aug 2016

The Story of American History 

Why people don't tend to forecast recessions

Markus Rehm's personal best would have won gold at the 2012 Olympics and the long-jump amputee wants to prove his prosthetic leg does not give him an unfair advantage


Jul 2016 

Deadlocked: what a nine-word decision means for five million undocumented immigrants

Cave art hoax hits British Museum

Banksy Art in Bethlehem and Palestine  

Germany 'may revert to typewiters' to counter hi-tech espionage

Germany's Complicated Relationship With Google Stree View


Jun 2016

A 15-year-old might have just discovered a lost Maya city in the Mexican Jungle 

London mayoral election: How Sadiq Khan won 

Text of President Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima, Japan

Spin Cycle: The Social Realm of the Laundromat


May 2016

Spin Cycle: The Social Realm of the Laundromat

The Difference between 「は」 and 「が」 

This Is What It's Really Like To Hear Colors 

How disconnecting the internet could help our identity  


April 2016

How an American collector brought Jakuchu to Tohoku 

Real Death Star Could Strike Earth

Florence Tackles Duomo Defacement With a New tool: Virtual Graffiti  

An Aging Brain Is Still Pretty Smart 


March 2016

6 Factors That Point to Global Recession in 2016 

François Hollande warns Calais camps could move to Britain 

Why Nation Fail

Plant based eating: Not just for January 

The sweet potato ice-cream you HAVE to try 

10 Monogamous Animals That Just Want To Settle Down


February 2016

Ninth planet may have been discovered, researchers say

Inside the booming Muslim fashion industry

Dissecting New York City's High Line



January 2016

Taiwan nationalists suffer historic defeat with election of first female president

All Combat Roles Now Open to Women, Defense Secretary Says

Germany, Refugee Nation

Kengo Kuma is reclaiming Japanese architecture


December 2015

Why (Almost) Everyone Is Embracing the Digital Doctor

The Growing Problem of Kudzu

The Kudzu plant FAQ

If meat causes cancer, what can we eat?


November 2015

Why the Paris attacks are dominating the news

Meat Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk, W.H.O. Report Finds

This AI wants to sell you a pair of shoes

The Syrian exodus “Germany! Germany!”


October 2015

Cash reward for takeover man

How America became Italian

Why the pro-life Fiorina’s ascent should terrify Democrats

Why pain feels good

The 3 Anime You Should Watch This Season: Summer 2015


September 2015

20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing

The Whistled Language of Northern Turkey

Innovation Sputters in Battle Against Climate Change


August 2015

Japan's robot hotel opens its (automatic) doors

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

SoftBank's Masayoshi Son 'Bets The Ranch' On Nikesh Arora


July 2015


Greek debt crisis: Lessons from Cyprus and Iceland

Dream destinations for 2014

Here's how 'Thank you' sounds to Chinese ears


June 2015

Architects design 'world's tallest' wooden skyscraper

Rising wages send companies in search of cheaper workers

The Bilingual Brain

Novel nest-building in Japanese pufferfish


May 2015

Don’t rush to Nepal to help. Read this first

The robots aren’t threatening your job

Japan's bitterest feud: Kansai vs. Kanto

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU triples funding


April 2015

How ‘Kondo-ing’ my closet brought joy to my life

Cheaper oil will not boost global growth, says Moody's

Unsafe food is 'growing global threat', says WHO

Root and branch

Why Do Men Wear Wedding Rings? (And Why Some Don't)


March 2015

Regular coffee drinkers have 'cleaner' arteries

Nature plus nurture

Do We Need Laws to Help Us Say Sorry?

Why does ISIS keep making enemies?


February 2015

To Appreciate Surrealistic Art, Think About Death

Facebook will tag every photo ever taken of you—whether you like it or not

'Digital nose' on a chip can sniff out diseases


January 2015

The Stumbling, Tumbling Euro

Growth is likely to be robust in 2015—and will start to benefit ordinary families

The Interview: Sony's North Korea film to be screened in US

Toyota wants fuel-cell model Mirai to have competition


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Apr 2014

11 extremely practical Japan travel tips


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After Crisis, Iceland Holds a Tight Grip on Its Banks


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