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For Robin Mckie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Why do identical twins lead such different lives?

/ Jun 8, 2013

Why do identical twins lead such different lives?

Barbara Oliver has had an intriguing relationship with her identical twin sister, Christine, over the decades. Throughout their childhoods, they were effectively treated as two versions of the one person: they were dressed in exactly the same manner and were given the same hairstyles. ...

Doomed 1897 balloon expedition a lively read

/ Apr 21, 2013

Doomed 1897 balloon expedition a lively read

In August 1930, the Norwegian ship Bratvaag, carrying a party of scientists and seal-hunters, moored off the tiny Arctic island of Kvitoya. Few humans had ever set foot there — it is extremely remote and usually surrounded by thick pack ice. A couple of ...

The truth behind the 'Origin of the Species'

Jun 28, 2008

The truth behind the 'Origin of the Species'

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 And Wallace was impetuous. While Darwin fully understood the implications of his theory, holding back publication because he knew he would upset believers, including his wife, Wallace plunged in, happy to upset society. He didn't give a damn, said Jonathan ...