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That ‘Fake Plastic Rice’ in Nigeria Was Actually Something Much More Depressing That ‘Fake Plastic Rice’ in Nigeria Was Actually Something Much More Depressing

Last week, Nigerian officials seized over 100 bags of what was claimed to be plastic rice. Lab tests have since shown the product isn’t fake, as Gizmodo and other outlets reported. But it is badly contaminated rice that’s unsafe for human consumption. The incident is casting light on the sorry state of the economy and…

Officials Seize Over 100 Bags of Fake Plastic Rice in Nigeria Officials Seize Over 100 Bags of Fake Plastic Rice in Nigeria

Customs officials in Nigeria have confiscated 2.5 tons of plastic rice smuggled into the country by people hoping to take advantage of skyrocketing food prices.

How Rice Built the World As We Know It How Rice Built the World As We Know It

Rice: It’s not just delicious, it’s also the building block of a large percentage of the world’s diet. But rice—and how we finally figured out how to domesticate it—is responsible for shaping a lot more than just what’s on our plates.

What can the ancestor of the world’s staple crop tell us? Plenty—if we can find it. This intriguing account of a hunt in the Australian outback for rice’s ancient ancestors in California Sunday is part treasure hunt, part travelogue, and part research paper.

The hypnotic cinema of turning rice into sake

Making sake typically looks like a beautiful ancient art, but the way this video is cut and edited, it looks like a chase scene from a movie or an intense spazzmastic sequence from a music video. It’s addicting, hypnotic and completely cinematic. Just watch rice turn into delicious sake in this stunning black and…

Video: Sushi food porn is always the best food porn

We learned from watching Jiro that sushi is perhaps the most visually arresting type of food you can capture on film. The colors, the details, the process, the simplicity and complexity of it all makes for salivating footage that can make your eyes hungrier than you’ve ever felt. Here’s more food porn of sushi from…

Just A Really Mesmerizing Video Of A Mochi Machine At Work Just A Really Mesmerizing Video Of A Mochi Machine At Work

Watch this video of a mochi machine working its transformation magic on a portion of rice, and three things are pretty likely to happen: 1) You will feel very relaxed; 2) Your sweet tooth will start making demands; 3) If you're me ... both.

The Foods That Will Survive the Disasters of the Future The Foods That Will Survive the Disasters of the Future

When we think of the future of food, we think of crops that are bred to be stronger, more productive, and even more nutritious. But it turns out that these super-crops can have unexpected weaknesses—as one scientist realized after a cyclone hit eastern India in 2009.

How Americans Changed The Way Japanese People Ate Sushi How Americans Changed The Way Japanese People Ate Sushi

Sushi has taken on its own shape and form in the United States, but even before the first sushi restaurants opened up in California, America had an impact on the type of sushi eaten in Japan. During the American occupation after World War II, a food rationing program helped the rise of nigiri outside Tokyo.

Behold These Incredible Artworks Grown from a Rice Field in Japan

It's like a reverse crop circle. The people of Inakadate, a village in Japan with only 8,000 inhabitants, found an artistic way to lure tourists: in 1993, they planted a rice field behind the town hall. Over the years, they've used different types of heirloom rice to grow art in the paddy.

It's hard to top the holy shit news that Antarctica is, as we've long feared, irreversibly melting, but this week's Landscape Reads is chock full of other great stories. Could the difference between rice and wheat farming also explain cultural differences? (By the way, those are rice terraces above!) What's a…

This Gorgeous Stained Glass Landscape Is Actually a Rice Field This Gorgeous Stained Glass Landscape Is Actually a Rice Field

Who knew growing rice on a mountain could be so beautiful? The Ailao Mountains in Yunnan, China, have been carved into thousands of gradual steps, each a paddy growing red rice. The rice terraces stretch out over some 400 square miles of mountains and valleys.

Watch JFK's iconic Moon speech, delivered fifty years ago today Watch JFK's iconic Moon speech, delivered fifty years ago today

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's legendary clarion call to the United States, to invest its heart, hopes and mind in the exploration of space. An enduring message of audacity and spirit, it remains as rousing (and, arguably, as relevant) today as it did when Kennedy delivered it at Rice…

Eating Rice Oozed from a Tube Sounds Efficient and Delicious Eating Rice Oozed from a Tube Sounds Efficient and Delicious

Taking some inspiration from the sucker-in-a-sleeve known as a Push Pop, Takara Tomy's Smart Han bento lunchbox lets busy office drones enjoy sticky rice lunch extruded from a large tube. It's not unlike the Sushi Bazooka, except that this contraption is designed to pump the food directly into your mouth.

Watch the Moment that Defined America's Most Epic Quest In History Watch the Moment that Defined America's Most Epic Quest In History

50 years ago today, on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered one of his best and most inspiring speeches. Arguably, one of the best in the history of the United States.

McDonald's Miracle Flavored Rice Will Either Be the Most Delicious or Disgusting Thing You Eat in Your Life McDonald's Miracle Flavored Rice Will Either Be the Most Delicious or Disgusting Thing You Eat in Your Life

The creativity that went in inventing McDonald's miracle flavored rice is so beyond my little human brain that I'd have to be high as a kite to understand the magic. But oh the magic. The culinary geniuses at RocketNews24 cooked rice with a Big Mac, fries, chicken nuggets, sauce and coke to deliver what has to be…

Mutant rice could help Japanese farmers bounce back from tsunami damage Mutant rice could help Japanese farmers bounce back from tsunami damage

Japan is still struggling to recover from the devastation caused by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit the country last March. One of the long-term problems is reclaiming farmland ravaged by the tsunami. And mutant rice might be the solution.

DUPE: Non-Mad Scientists Say They'll Turn Rice into Blood DUPE: Non-Mad Scientists Say They'll Turn Rice into Blood

It sounds like an act of witchcraft, but it's actually the cutting edge of medicine—on paper, at least. Researchers at China's Wuhan University say they can grow genetically engineered rice that yields blood. Human blood. Blood rice.

Researchers Squeeze Blood Proteins from Rice Researchers Squeeze Blood Proteins from Rice

Human Serum Albumin (HSA) is a protein commonly used in vaccines and often administered for serious burn injuries and liver disease and commonly in short supply due to a lack of donors. That's why researchers from Wuhan University have figured out how to grow it—not in people, but in rice.

New Study Suggests We Really Are What We Eat New Study Suggests We Really Are What We Eat

Scientists at Nanjing University made a startling discovery about the food we eat. Not only do we ingest the nutrients from our food, we incorporate some of the genetic material as well.

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