The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

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The future of Japan's biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that's swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That's what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae as ...

Apr 5, 2015

Health ministry to survey how family income affects child nutrition

The government plans to conduct its first nationwide survey on how family income affects children's health as concerns grow about the nation's growing child poverty problem, officials said. More than 16 percent of children aged 17 or younger live in households that earn less than ...

Sep 23, 2013

The 'whole' brown-bread challenge in Japan

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Whole-wheat and whole-grain products are hard to find in Japan, where most bakeries and supermarkets sell white bread products only. Of the three major bread manufacturers in Japan, only Shikishima Baking Co.'s Pasco brand offers loaves of bread and "English" muffins made from whole-wheat flour ...

Good health essentials: whole grains and fiber

Sep 23, 2013

Good health essentials: whole grains and fiber

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Do all whole grains contain dietary fiber? What are other sources of fiber? These questions seem simple, but they're not. Answering them, however, is important because they focus on two healthful eating goals: 1) Eat more whole grains and 2) Eat more dietary fiber. Both are ...