The other costs of concrete

| May 19, 2013

The other costs of concrete

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Where does concrete come from? The material has become such a pervasive symbol of human alienation from nature that it's tempting to assume it's just another brutish product of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution.

Turnip-tossing turns up trumps for trader

| Jan 19, 2013

Turnip-tossing turns up trumps for trader

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Yoshio Otsuka's years of striving to revive a near-extinct strain of turnip known to have been grown some 400 years ago in the Shinagawa district of today's central Tokyo recently struck pay dirt in a most unexpected fashion. That's because, via a little local celebrity, ...

Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale

| Dec 16, 2012

Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale

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'March 11, 2011 — We will never forget the day. The disaster ... After the massive earthquake occurred, the huge tsunami destroyed this area. Many citizens were lost and the survived people also received the deep crack in their hearts. I had a narrow escape from the ...