Hidden data: the new weapon that could beat hunger

Sep 15, 2016

Hidden data: the new weapon that could beat hunger

With a single smartphone app, you can now get a pretty accurate forecast of the weather anywhere in the world. That is largely thanks to a decision by science agencies, a decade ago, to put online their satellite data and make it available for ...

British habit of drinking tea catching on among Chinese

Sep 5, 2016

British habit of drinking tea catching on among Chinese

Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter. The opulently decorated Victorian tea salon is quintessentially British, something straight out of “Downton Abbey.” Except it’s in Beijing. The 25-year-old HR professional ...

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...

Aug 23, 2016

Australian unearths 'beast' of a truffle

An Australian has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever discovered in the country, a 1,511-gram (53.3-ounce) monster that could also be a world-beater. Stuart Dunbar said he had known since February that a truffle had been growing in the ...

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Aug 21, 2016

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Cheap instant “bubble tea” has become one of Taiwan’s best-known culinary exports. Now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide. Taiwan has been producing tea for more than 200 years, and a cup ...