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The plastic tube is 40 cm long and 15 cm wide and there are tiny holes on all sides. It looks ordinary enough, but according to scientists, this humble tube could save up to 30 percent of water used in producing rice - a staple food for more than half the world's population and arguably the single biggest user of water on the planet.
Reuters (Aug. 20, 2013) The long-running debate over genetically modified rice in the Philippines has intensified, with farmers warning of damage to their livelihoods if so-called "Golden Rice" is allowed to be commercially ... watch video
AP (Oct. 29, 2014) California's drought is taking a bite out of the state's $5 billion rice industry, which supplies premium grains to nearly all U.S sushi restaurants. The drought is also affecting migratory birds ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 30, 2013) 80% of meals in Laos consist of rice, which is rich in calories but poor in nutrients. This one-sided diet creates a lack of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy development.
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Howdini (Mar. 22, 2013) Is your baby getting ready to start solid food? Want to feed your little one homemade brown rice cereal that tastes better and costs a lot less than anything you could buy in a box? Chef and author ... watch video
Howdini (Mar. 22, 2013) Looking for a quick dinner recipe that'll please the whole family? If you have a rice cooker (a great kitchen time saver), this recipe is going to change you and your kid's world! Chef and author ... watch video
AP (May 28, 2012) Fukushima farmers were taking steps to decontaminate the soil as they planted this year's rice crop, hoping and praying for a harvest that will clear radiation tests. ... watch video
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Dec. 1, 2015 New research breaks with existing knowledge about how our immune system works. The new experiments have shown how the body mobilizes a hitherto unknown defense against viruses and bacteria. This also ... read more
Dec. 1, 2015 Current El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean have created high water temperatures that are seriously damaging coral reefs, including those on Christmas Island, which may ... read more
Oct. 6, 2014 The effects of low water input, and high salt levels, on rice growth has been the focus of recent research. Rice is a staple food across Asia, with both people and economies reliant on its successful ... read more
Dec. 19, 2012 A new process for blowing up grains of rice produces a super-nutritious form of puffed rice, with three times more protein and a rich endowment of other nutrients that make it ideal for breakfast ... read more
June 9, 2011 Researchers are casting new light on the origins of rice. By reconciling two theories, scientists show that the domestication of rice occurred at least twice independently but with extensive ... read more