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Perhaps not coincidentally, from the time that French chefs began visiting Japan (and Japanese chefs...
Perhaps not coincidentally, from the time that French chefs began visiting Japan (and Japanese chefs began training in France) in the mid-1960s, fine dining has become increasingly like Japan’s most formal dining tradition, kaiseki. Kaiseki is most easily defined as Japanese haute cuisine, but like many translations, that equivalence leaves out key context. For one, while European haute cuisine descended from royal court banquets, kaiseki’s cultural legacy is tied both to the dining habits of the elite and to the Zen Buddhist tradition of the tea ceremony, which highlighted the rustic and the seasonal as a meditation on impermanence.
Film footage from panel discussion at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. "We lose sight of these disasters...
Film footage from panel discussion at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. "We lose sight of these disasters when the cameras are gone," warned Dr. Eric Noji, Prevention chief of Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Emergency Response at the Centers for Disease Control. Noji, along with his colleagues, Drs. Frederick "Skip" Burkle and Lynn Lawry, led a timely discussion on public health management before, during, and after natural disasters. Drawing on their extensive domestic and international disaster relief experience, as well as recent crises such as Hurricane Katrina, the Sichuan earthquake, and Cyclone Nargis, the three commented on the public health consequences of natural disasters, the current state of international humanitarian assistance, and priorities for health system reconstruction.
Today we invite you to venture into the heart of the Amazon and discover your connection to the world's...
Today we invite you to venture into the heart of the Amazon and discover your connection to the world's largest rainforest through Voyager, Google Earth's storytelling platform. You’ll find 11 new interactive stories about different parts of the vast Brazilian Amazon region, which is home to about 27 million people and a wide array of cultures.

All of these stories are told by the diverse peoples who call the forest home, and some were produced by one of Brazil's greatest storytellers, the acclaimed film director Fernando Meirelles. Combined, they create an immersive web and mobile experience told through video, mapping, audio and 360° virtual reality, covering a broad range of issues facing the future of the rainforest—and, consequently, the planet.
"…We live in the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Each day, whether it’s from TV news, phone notifications...
"…We live in the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Each day, whether it’s from TV news, phone notifications, online browsing, social media, or even the good old fashioned paper, we hear stories of the increasing dangers of cybercrime. Feeling overwhelmed yet? You’re not alone. A recent study published by the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) says that “security fatigue” is a real phenomenon affecting 63 percent of its participants. So what, exactly, is security fatigue? And why is it a dangerous, though understandable, phenomenon?"

By Dr. Fred An unnamed infant in the Bikingi group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, was observed by trackers with an abnormally distended belly earlier this month. He was ambulating independently but with difficulty due to his sagging belly....

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Rhino horn is the most valuable illegally traded wildlife product in the world, more expensive per pound...
Rhino horn is the most valuable illegally traded wildlife product in the world, more expensive per pound than either gold or cocaine and much more valuable than elephant ivory. With as few as 25,000 wild rhinos left in Africa, conservationist and law enforcement fight a constant battle with criminal syndicates seeking to kill rhinos and sell their horns to wealthy consumers abroad, many in Asia.
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