World / Science & Health Jul 18, 2014

Wheat's genome is unveiled

As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread — wheat bread, that is. An international team of scientists Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of wheat in an accomplishment that may help guide the breeding of varieties of ...

Asia Pacific / Politics Jul 18, 2014

Criminal charge recommended against Yingluck

An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand's ousted prime minister over her government's rice subsidy program, which cost the country billions of dollars. National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said the commission voted unanimously that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed dereliction of ...

World / Science & Health Jul 3, 2014

Suspected mad cow disease discovered in Romanian beef

A case of suspected mad cow disease has been found in Romanian beef, officials said Wednesday. Romania's animal health and safety authority said a preliminary test on May 1 indicated that a cow slaughtered at an authorized abattoir was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or ...

A life of lettuce has its benefits

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 28, 2014

A life of lettuce has its benefits

by Michael Hoffman

Lettuce. Let us raise a glass to lettuce. There's a village in Nagano Prefecture called Kawakami — nothing, nowhere little place, deep in the mountains, far from the main road, population 3,960. Why does Shukan Gendai magazine devote three full pages to profiling it? There are ...

World / Science & Health May 25, 2014

Scientists trying to develop heat-beating chickens

American scientists are attempting to develop chickens that can cope with scorching heat as part of a series of government-funded programs looking to adapt to or mitigate the effects of extreme weather patterns on the food supply. A University of Delaware project is developing ways ...