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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.