The resignation of Olympic minister Yoshitaka Sakurada came far too late given that he has made so many remarks since he assumed office in October that have called his fitness for his Cabinet post into question.
Experts from seven countries have called for a moratorium on the kind of genetic manipulation -- known as germline editing -- used last year to permanently modify the genome of twin girls in Shenzhen, China.
The British travel writer Bruce Chatwin (1940-89) believed passionately in the importance of walking. The problems of humanity, he contended, were borne out of people being settled and static. For years he planned writing a book called "The Nomadic Alternative," but eventually he found his "voice" as a writer when he left London and went walking around Patagonia.
More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the UN warned Tuesday, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels.
Our propensity for blaming social media for the ills of the world is boundless, and the emergence of fake news is no exception. While it is true that social media has added to the challenge with respect to bots, newsfeed algorithms, and an augmented reach, the spread of misinformation cannot be blamed entirely on technology.