Literary Previews: London Review Of Books – SEP 23

Science: Aquatic Foods To Aleviate World Hunger, Australian Wildfires

How aquatic foods could help tackle world hunger, and how Australian wildfires spurred phytoplankton growth in the Southern Ocean.

In this episode:

00:45 The role of aquatic food in tackling hunger

Ahead of the UN’s Food Systems Summit, Nature journals are publishing research from the Blue Food Assessment, looking at how aquatic foods could help feed the world’s population in a healthy, sustainable and equitable way.

We speak to Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, who tells us about the role of blue foods in future food systems.

Immersive feature: Blue Foods

Nature’s Blue Food collection

12:27 Research Highlights

The ingestible capsule that injects drugs straight into stomach tissue, and a soft material that changes colour when twisted.

Research Highlight: An easily swallowed capsule injects drugs straight into the gut

Research Highlight: Flowing crystals for quick camouflage

14:52 How Australian wildfires spurred phytoplankton blooms

The devastating Australian wildfires of 2019-2020 released plumes of iron-rich aerosols that circled the globe, fertilizing oceans thousands of miles away. New research suggests that these aerosols ultimately triggered blooms of microscopic phytoplankton downwind of the fires, in the Southern Ocean.

Research Article: Tang et al.

Previews: Times Literary Supplement (TLS) – SEP 17

Walking Tour: Tatsuno In Southern Japan (4K Video)

Tatsuno is the birthplace of Rofu Miki, the author of the most beloved nursery rhyme “Akatombo” in Japan. Going back to the age of Azuchi-Momoyama period, soy sauce production has been carried out in this area since the latter half of the 1500s, and in 1666, light soy sauce was developed.

Video timeline: 00:00 タイトル(Title) 00:22 たつの散策(Walking Around Tatsuno) 10:13 龍野城(Tatsuno Castle) 10:31 たつの散策(Walking Around Tatsuno) 11:30 龍野神社(Tatsuno Shrine) 11:58 聚遠亭(Shuuentei Garden) 13:01 室津港の町並み(Walking Around Murotsu Port)

Walks: Top Landmarks Of Central Rome, Italy (4K)

Rome, Italian Roma, historic city and capital of Roma  provincia  province), of Lazio regione (region), and of the country of Italy. Rome is located in the central portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber River about 15 miles (24 km) inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Once the capital of an ancient republic and empire whose armies and polity defined the Western world in antiquity and left seemingly indelible imprints thereafter, the spiritual and physical seat of the Roman Catholic Church, and the site of major pinnacles of artistic and intellectual achievement, Rome is the Eternal City, remaining today a political capital, a religious centre, and a memorial to the creative imagination of the past. 

Morning News: Economic Collapse In Afghanistan, Apple Lawsuit, Polluters

Economic collapse and halting international aid following the Taliban’s takeover have compounded shortages that were already deepening; we examine the unfolding disaster. 

The verdict in a blockbuster case against Apple might look like a win for the tech giant; a closer read reveals new battle lines. And the data that reveal how polluters behave when regulators are not watching.