Richard Ingham

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

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 ...

IPCC report may be ditched

Sep 29, 2013

IPCC report may be ditched

Top U.N. experts have just delivered the first volume of a massive new climate change report, but already whispers are starting to be heard: Will it be the last such review? By the end of 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should ...

Tsunami trash a long-term hazard

Mar 15, 2013

Tsunami trash a long-term hazard

The tsunami that ravaged Tohoku in March 2011 swept some 5 million metric tons of shattered buildings, cars, household goods and other rubble into the sea. About 3.5 million metric tons, according to official Japanese estimates, sank immediately, leaving some 1.5 million metric tons ...