L.A. water sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

Water sommelier Martin Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: “Water tastings? Only in L.A.” Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the perfect setting for the next phase in Riese’s campaign to make people think about water in the same way they think about wine. U.S. consumers spent $18.8 billion on bottled water last year, more than any other nation, according to Euromonitor International. And, the residents of drought-stricken California […]

Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to take on Apple

(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones on Sunday (March 1) featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed “Project Zero”, the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung’s plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three […]

China to strengthen law enforcement, enhance environmental laws

China will strengthen enforcement of new environmental laws, Chen Jining, China’s new minister of environmental protection said at a press conference in Beijing on Monday. The minister promised that his first mission is to improve the environment in accordance with environmental laws, in reply to a question about some environmental departments failing to abide by the law. “In the past, environmental laws were enforced leniently by some departments. Failing to abide by the law has […]

World’s largest radio telescope project mark progress

Preliminary work on the world’s largest radio telescope project has made a major progress, with the completion of an array of radio telescopes in Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology joined representatives from other countries in the celebration ceremony on Saturday. The “Square Kilometer Array” (SKA) project, the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescope, will have its facilities constructed in South Africa, eight […]

Guian residents hope Hollande’s visit will highlight impact of extreme weather events

(Reuters) — As residents in the Philippine town of Guiuan, which faces the Pacific Ocean in the Eastern Samar Province, prepare for the French President’s visit, they are hopeful it will highlight the impact of extreme weather upon local communities. Francois Hollande, who is in the Philippines for a two-day state visit, will be heading to the coastal community in Guiuan to meet villagers and renew his call to action on climate change. The massive Typhoon […]

The Orchid Show blooms in New York City

Hot pink, sunlit yellow and snow white are just some of the brilliantly colored orchids on display at The New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx. The garden debuted its annual winter show called “The Orchid Show: Chandeliers” for the media yesterday. Offering a respite from New York’s cold, snowy, gray winter weather, the indoor display features thousands of orchids inside the glasshouse of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. “This is the 13th annual orchid […]

Hong Kong business tycoon welcomes individual inland travelers

Hong Kong (HK) business magnate and legislative council member stressed the importance of Chinese inland travelers on Thursday; days after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that the Individual Visit Scheme for tourists from the inland is to be tightened up. “Hong Kong’s biggest advantage is having inland as our supporter. If we don’t have the Individual Visit Scheme, I believe the stock would fall for over 1,000 point,” said Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong business […]

Microchips implanted under the skin of office workers

At the newly opened Epicenter office complex in central Stockholm, office workers can now open doors and operate the photocopier with a chip implanted in their hands. The so-called RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip is made from Pyrex glass and contains an antenna and microchip, with no need for batteries. Now, instead of identification cards and pass codes, all a worker has to do is wave their hand in front of a sensor. It currently enables […]

China maintains zero tolerance stance on illegal elephant hunting: FM

The Chinese government will continue to maintain zero tolerance stances on illegal trades of ivory, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson yesterday. “The Chinese government attaches great importance to the protection of wild animals including elephants, and maintains zero tolerance stance on illegal trades of ivory. China has been strictly cracking down on the illegal smuggling and trades of ivory at every aspect including legislation, judicature and law enforcement. In addition, China has carried out extensive educational […]

Eggs with the aroma of citrus fruits

In Japan, there are eggs called “yuzu tama”  which have the taste and aroma of citrus fruits. They were named after yuzu, one of Japan’s most loved citrus fruits.   These eggs don’t have chemicals or other additives.  The hens that lay them are just fed with the rind of the citrus fruit yuzu, some kale, corn and sesame seeds.   These are produced in Kochi Prefecture located in the southwest corner of Shikoku Island.