Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe in the upper house of parliament in Tokyo. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

A mash-up of bingo hall, pinball and slot arcade, pachinko is hugely popular in Japan. Players sit in crowded rooms hermetically sealed off from the o(...)

Passengers  seen on  deck of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Daikoku Pier. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty

Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with coronavirus have died, Japan’s Health Ministry said.(...)

The anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background as observed by the Planck satellite

How do you find out about something that happened almost 14 billion years ago? Researchers looking at the growth of the early universe are piecing tog(...)