Kiun-Kaku: a garden of elegant period taste

Aug 30, 2014

Kiun-Kaku: a garden of elegant period taste

by Stephen Mansfield

Despite the seasonal limitations for visiting, the Atami Baien, a plum garden, is a better-known sight that the Kiun-Kaku garden, which is an all-seasons landscape also found in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. Perhaps it is the thirst for scale that has prioritized the plum trees in ...

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The U.S. Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than ...

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. protects 20 species of coral as threatened

The U.S. government is protecting 20 types of coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. As with the polar bear, much of the threat to the coral species is because of future expected problems due to ...

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

| Aug 28, 2014

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

by Tamara Lush

Once, emerald-green trees bursting with citrus carpeted more than half of Florida, from the northern reaches of Jacksonville and the parks of Orlando to the Miami coastline. Oranges, especially, have long been synonymous with the magic of Florida. Advertisements tout orange juice as a ...

Japan, ASEAN to step up cooperation on new industries

Aug 27, 2014

Japan, ASEAN to step up cooperation on new industries

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to strengthen cooperation on the joint development of new industries, including health care and environmental businesses. The agreement, reached Tuesday during an economy ministers’ meeting, comes as Japan and ASEAN are set to review ...

Aug 24, 2014

Australian spider grows bigger in city: study

A new study has found that at least one species of spider thrives on city life, growing bigger in urban areas. The University of Sydney’s Elizabeth Lowe said that while research shows invertebrates are sensitive to urbanization, not all species are negatively affected by ...