Let science empower you

| Feb 13, 2008

Let science empower you

by Rowan Hooper

The setting: The 350-year-old Royal Society in London, whose magnificent neo-Classical base overlooks the Mall, which has Buckingham Palace at one end of the boulevard and Trafalgar Square at the other. The speaker: Lord Rees of Oxford, the Astronomer Royal. Martin Rees is the ...

Can we be forever young?

| Jan 9, 2008

Can we be forever young?

by Rowan Hooper

Jeanette Winterson’s latest novel, “The Stone Gods,” is set in the future on a distant planet whose resources have been over- exploited by colonizing humans. In Winterson’s world people can genetically “fix” themselves at whatever age they please. What age would you choose to ...

| Sep 12, 2007

Feelings we share?

by Rowan Hooper

To what extent do animals consciously experience emotions? The question is one that until recently could not have been asked with any seriousness at a scientific conference without risking snorts of derision. Heretofore it just wasn’t done to speculate on animal emotions, because to ...

| Jul 11, 2007

Satellite of love

by Rowan Hooper

Empress Michiko has a habit of gazing at the moon on New Year’s Day. How do I know? Well, here’s the poem the Empress wrote for this year’s New Year poetry reading: Each year / I look up to verify / The moon’s position/ ...