Richard Ingham

For Richard Ingham's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Banking culture fosters dishonesty

Nov 29, 2014

Banking culture fosters dishonesty

A cesspool of fraud and lies in the banking industry has come to light since the financial crisis of 2008, raising questions about how such rogue behavior could have happened. What caused traders, asset managers and others in the money business to behave dishonestly? ...

Nov 1, 2014

Cocoa clue to reversing age-related memory loss

Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists reported on Oct. 26. The compounds, called flavanols, were taken in a specially-prepared cocoa drink, according to an experiment published by the journal Nature Neuroscience. Over three months, ...

Oct 25, 2014

Pollution in pregnancy 'damages kids' lungs'

Women exposed to high levels of traffic pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy are at higher risk of giving birth to a child with weak lungs, researchers said on Oct. 20. In a long-term study, investigators in Barcelona enrolled 1,295 pregnant women who ...

Aug 23, 2014

Science of brain signals opens era for advertising

Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements, music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial. So say psychologists who recently unveiled the results of ...

Jul 31, 2014

Riddle of bulging moon solved at last

Far from being perfectly round, the Moon has a weird shape, with a highland bulge on the side facing the Earth and another bulge on its far side — a riddle that has fascinated scientists for decades. In theory, the moon should be a ...

Secrets of superdense magnetic star revealed

May 24, 2014

Secrets of superdense magnetic star revealed

Astronomers said May 14 that they may have found the answer to a cosmic riddle called the magnetar — a star so dense that just a teaspoonful of it would have a mass of about a billion tons. Magnetars are mysterious phenomena whose magnetic ...

Experts cast worried eye on Ebola spread

Apr 12, 2014

Experts cast worried eye on Ebola spread

Virologists say they are deeply worried by the unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has claimed more than 90 lives and may now also have struck north into the Sahel. A rare but extremely dangerous virus, Ebola is historically rooted in Central Africa, ...

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

Mar 12, 2014

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

The space rock that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, famously wiping out the dinosaurs, unleashed acid rain that turned the ocean surface into a witches’ brew, Japanese researchers say. Delving into the riddle of Earth’s last mass extinction, the scientists said in ...

Wind farms can tame hurricanes

Mar 8, 2014

Wind farms can tame hurricanes

Huge offshore wind farms can protect vulnerable coastal cities against devastating cyclones such as Katrina and Sandy by tempering winds and ocean surges before they reach land, a recent study said. Had such installations existed at the time, Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans ...