“A 10-year old-girl has become Japan’s youngest expert on Sake, despite being far too young to drink the famous rice wine. Akane Niikura has passed the Sake Service Institute of Japan’s test after earning her expertise on the ancient Japanese tradition solely through her sense of smell rather than palate. Rory Challands reports on how the fourth-grader can now advise others which type of sake complements certain foods.” — AlJazeeraEnglish
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“City officials announced the opening of a new maximum-security art jail, unveiling a modern detention facility designed to imprison a large population of high-profile paintings and sculptures. The brightly lit four-story structure, located in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown, is sectioned off into 30 cell blocks, each confining nearly 1,000 pieces of art in small, sparse rooms where guards can keep a close eye on them at all times. “Our goal was to create an institution capable of housing some of the world’s most sophisticated and renown artworks,” said art jail warden and distinguished Rembrandt scholar Dominique Paulson. “By keeping these masterpieces within our walls — whether temporarily or on a permanent basis—we hope to do a great service to our city and to society as a whole.” w/ photos
“Police arrested two drunk men from South Jersey for pretending to get arrested after they accidentally locked themselves in the back of a police van taking pictures of themselves. Ryan Letchford and Jeffrey Olsen thought it would be funny to break into the van and take pictures of each other ‘in custody’. But the prank took a turn for the worse when the van locked with the jokers still inside. According to police, a third man, who was also drunk, found his friends in the back of the van after leaving a nearby party to search for them, but he was unable to set them free and was forced to call 911. Radnor constable Mike Connor told the Philadelphia Daily News: ‘I came down and unlocked the doors, and “Dumb and Dumber” pranced out of the van. ‘They looked a little embarrassed.’ The pranksters didn’t regain their freedom for too long, as they were immediately arrested for attempted theft of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and public drunkenness.” w/ photo
“It seems Shirley Bassey got it wrong when she sang Diamonds Are Forever. For scientists have discovered that Earth’s hardest natural material evaporates under exposure to light. A rock was placed under intense light pulses in the UV-C band – the harsh ultraviolet rays filtered out by the ozone layer – and small pits in the diamond surface were visible after only a few seconds. Lead researcher Richard Mildren, from Macquarie University Photonics Research Center, said: ‘Although this type of light-induced evaporation has been observed in some materials, this is the first time it’s been shown to occur for diamond… But before diamond lovers around the world start to panic, he is quick to note that the rate of evaporation is very small and not noticeable under normal conditions.” w/ photos
“You probably already know that your taste buds have something to do with your food preferences, but you’ll likely be surprised to learn how deeply those preferences are rooted in your body’s survival instincts. We spoke to the experts to learn more about taste buds, and uncovered loads of surprising information, from how pregnancy can affect taste to why some people have more sensitive palates. [Click here] to learn seven surprising facts about taste buds.” w/ photos
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