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Arsenic and global warming: The good, the bad and the deadly – Haaretz

Global warming increases the probability that we’ll be drinking arsenic, especially if we live in Asia. At this point, between 94 million to 220 million people – of whom 94 percent live in Asia – are at risk of drinking…

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Higher fiber saves lives, but food processing may remove benefits

Eating more fiber can improve life expectancy for those with diabetes, researchers say. Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions worldwide, is associated with serious medical complications, and increases the risk of dying from COVID-19.

First ancient cultivated rice discovered in Central Asia

(Science China Press) Rice has always been one of the most important food in Asia and the world. The spread of rice agriculture is an important part during the early crop globalization process. Recently, researchers have first discovered the carbonized rice remain in Central Asia archaeological sites, providing a new evidence to explain how rice further spreads westward, the local ethnic dietary systems and dietary culture transformation and the early civilization exchange on Eurasia continent.

Early Bird uses 10 times less energy to train deep neural networks

Engineers have found a way to train deep neural networks for a fraction of the energy required today. Their Early Bird method finds key network connectivity patterns early in training, reducing the computations and carbon footprint for training deep learning.

Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice’s evolution, spread across Asia

(New York University) A major global cooling event that occurred 4,200 years ago may have led to the evolution of new rice varieties and the spread of rice into both northern and southern Asia, an international team of researchers has found.

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Can COVID-19 spread through fecal matter?

Early studies show evidence of COVID-19 genetic material in fecal matter, but more work is needed to determine if the virus can be spread through stool, according to a new review paper.

What is lockdown eating and why am I doing it?

When the coronavirus crisis firmly took hold in the U.S. in early March, eating habits changed dramatically. For many, cooking meals every day was a whole new experience as they navigated recipes and their pantries. Others reveled in creating elaborate…

Satellite technology to help tackle invasive aquatic weeds

(University of Stirling) Scientists will use satellites, drones and ground sensors in a bid to tackle the spread of invasive aquatic weeds — a serious problem that damages vital water and food resources in Asia and Africa.