Anime hero joins Japan’s antibiotics resistance campaign

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Japan Health Ministry Image caption Superheroes: The perfect metaphor for mankind’s greatest problems Japan’s health ministry has enlisted characters from cult anime series Mobile Suit Gundam in its campaign against the overuse of antibiotics. The new campaign twists Gundam hero Amuro Ray’s catchphrase “Amuro ikimasu!” (“Amuro launching!”) into “AMR taisaku ikimasu!” (“AMR countermeasures [...]

The online bots behind Vladimir Putin’s birthday wishes

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured on holiday in Siberia in August When President Vladimir Putin turned 65 on 7 October, he was not short of online well-wishers. But how many were real? A hashtag which translates as “Happy Birthday President” began trending in early that day in Russia. One [...]

Saudi Arabia bans ‘nightwear’ in sport stadiums

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @fi9_z/Twitter Image caption This diagram illustrating the ban has been widely shared on Twitter Saudi Arabia’s sports authority has banned anyone “inappropriately dressed” from entering stadiums or facilities. Since the ban was announced on 10 October, the hashtag “banning nightwear in stadiums” has been used close to 60,000 times on Twitter. The decision [...]