Daniel Lawler
For Daniel Lawler's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Aissam Dam, 11, the first person to receive gene therapy in the U.S. for congenital deafness, signs to an interpreter during an interview at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Jan. 16.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 28, 2024
'Game changer': Gene therapy offers hope for children born deaf
The treatment focuses on a rare genetic mutation that affects only a small number of the 26 million people with congenital deafness globally.
A street thermometer marks 40 degrees Celsius in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 15, 2023
Heat projected to kill nearly five times more people by 2050
A team of international experts warned that without climate change action, the "health of humanity is at grave risk."
French-Swedish physicist Anne L'Huillier, one of this year's Nobel laureates in physics, celebrates with students and colleagues in Lund, Sweden, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 4, 2023
What are attoseconds? New ways to measure time win physics Nobel.
There are around as many attoseconds in a single second as there have been seconds in the 13.8-billion year history of the universe.
A radiographer prepares a patient to undergo a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer in the radiology unit at a hospital in Nairobi.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 2, 2023
AI could halve time reading breast cancer scans, study suggests
The interim results of the trial were hailed as promising, but the authors cautioned that more research is needed.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 20, 2023
How heatwaves are dangerous to human health
Research recently found that more than 61,000 people died due to the heat in Europe last summer — and 2023 is shaping up to be even hotter.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 3, 2023
Experts warn bird flu virus changing rapidly in largest ever outbreak
While emphasizing that the risk to humans remains low, experts said that the surging number of bird flu cases in mammals was a cause for concern.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 11, 2023
Human pangenome ushers in 'new age of genetic diagnosis'
Scientists hope that the more diverse and accurate DNA blueprint for our species will help shed light on a range of diseases.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 2, 2023
Scientists use brain scans and AI to 'decode' thoughts
While the main goal is to help people who have lost the ability to communicate, the research raises concerns about "mental privacy."
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2023
Why was the Turkey-Syria earthquake so deadly?
Timing, location and the weak construction of the collapsed buildings are some of the factors that made the quake particularly deadly, experts said.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2023
Experts skeptical that China travel curbs will be effective
China has branded the restrictions "unacceptable" and vowed to take countermeasures.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Dec 29, 2022
Soaring China COVID cases increase risk of new variants, experts say
With the virus now able to circulate among nearly one-fifth of the world's population, other nations and experts fear China will become fertile ground for new variants.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2022
Three years into COVID-19, are we ready for the next pandemic?
Preparations to stave off the next pandemic are starting to ramp up, but far more needs to be done to avoid repeating past mistakes.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 18, 2022
High hopes for nasal COVID-19 vaccines despite 'disappointing' trial
By entering the body the same way as the virus, nasal vaccines aim to build immunity in the mucous membrane that line the nose and mouth.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 5, 2022
Quantum entanglement: The 'spooky' science behind the physics Nobel
Even people with physics degrees struggle to understand the bizarre phenomenon.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Aug 2, 2022
Richer childhood friends boost future income, Facebook data shows
It has long been believed that having rich friends can help children rise up out of poverty, but previous research has had small sample sizes or limited data.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2022
Smoke without fire? Researchers question heated tobacco products
IQOS is available in more than 60 countries under widely varying regulations, and sticks come in flavors such as menthol, cherry and grape, which critics say help attract younger users.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves