Aging can be a laugh

| Aug 28, 2003

Aging can be a laugh

by Rowan Hooper

A teenager is being interviewed for a part-time job. “You’ll get 10,000 yen a week to start off,” says the boss. “Then after a month you’ll get a raise to 15,000 yen a week.” “Great!” says the teenager, “I’ll come back in a month.” ...

| Jul 10, 2003

Sifting through the goo

by Rowan Hooper

It’s been hailed as the first major scientific breakthrough of the 21st century, but in his recent book, “Prey,” Michael Crichton envisioned it taking over the world. Nanotechnology is the science of the very small. It works on the scale of the nanometer, one ...

| Jun 19, 2003

Men stripped to their Ys

by Rowan Hooper

Edward Lambert, born in the 1700s in England, was to all appearances a normal boy until he entered puberty, whereupon his skin turned black and thickened, hardening into scales, solid like the shafts of feathers. Edward and his father, who had the same condition, ...

| May 22, 2003

Reading the mind through the face

by Rowan Hooper

Victorian Englishmen were not known for feeling comfortable displaying their emotions. Charles Darwin, exceptional in so many other ways, was like his countrymen in this regard, and considered the display of emotions in adult humans to be vestigial, something left over from our evolutionary ...