December 13, 2012 |
This week's Newsweek magazine features a couple of essays -- one about Jesus and one about climate change -- that demonstrate the difference between simple faith in the unknowable and blind faith that denies scientific fact. An article by Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discusses things that people believe about the birth of Christ that are actually not in the Bible. For instance, despite what the Christmas carols say, nowhere in the holy book does it mention an ox and ass beside the manger or the exact number of wise men following the star (a star that seems to be operating contrary to the laws of physics, by the way)
November 29, 2012 |
Another day, another genome -- that's how easy large-scale DNA sequencing has gotten these days. Following fast on the tracks of the domestic Duroc pig and the watermelon , bread wheat, Triticum aestivum , now has its genetic code laid bare. It was a tough job -- because the ancient events that gave rise to wheat involved three separate hybridization events between close grassy relatives, resulting in a hulking, bloated genome....
November 26, 2012 |
Can scientists create gluten-free wheat plants to make bread with? Writing in the journal PNAS, a team of scientists concludes that it's quite possible. People with serious gluten allergies such as celiac disease now have only one tried-and-true option: swear off all foods containing wheat, barley and rye. Only that way can they avoid the damage that gluten exposure wreaks: abdominal pain, nutritional deficiencies and a progressive flattening of the tiny hairlike villi in the gut that are needed for the proper digestion of food.
October 11, 2012 |
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats are a little crunchier than usual. And that's not a good thing. Kellogg's has issued a recall of nearly 3 million boxes of its Bite Size Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal because of a manufacturing problem that left some packages contaminated with bits of metal. Yup: Bits of metal. Not exactly the breakfast of champions. "We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part," the company said in a statement.
July 14, 2012 |
A federal appeals court Friday rejected a class-action settlement involving allegations that Kellogg Co. made false health claims about cereal because the pact gave $2 million to the lawyers who sued and, at most, $15 for each consumer. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the lawyers' fees — $2,100 an hour— were too high, while those who bought Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats got a "paltry" $5 a box for up to three boxes. "Not even the most highly sought after attorneys charge such rates to their clients," Judge Stephen S. Trott wrote for the unanimous panel.
June 23, 2012 |
--J.C. Penney is adding 600 Izod shops within its department stores as part of an effort by the struggling retailer to increase its hip quotient by building in-store boutiques, Women's Wear Daily reports. The new shops will take over space left after Penney earlier this year got rid of a Ralph Lauren line called American Living, said Emanuel Chirico, chief executive of Izod owner PVH. More than 500 of the stores will be 600 to 700 square feet and about 70 will be more than 1,000 square feet.
March 29, 2012 |
The Obama administration is relying heavily on a 1942 Supreme Court case to sway today's justices as they consider the constitutionality of compelling Americans to buy health insurance. The 1942 ruling, in Wickard vs. Filburn, declared that "it is hardly lack of due process for the government to regulate that which it subsidizes. " The case spurred a vast increase in political-bureaucratic control over American life, even though the court's ruling rested on mind-boggling economic illiteracy.
November 18, 2011 |
Raise cash, head for the sidelines. That was the guiding sentiment in stock and commodity markets Thursday as some investors and traders sold what they could and looked for a hiding place amid fresh doubts about the global economy. Commodities took the heaviest hit: Gold futures dived $54, or 3%, to $1,719.80 an ounce in New York, the biggest one-day drop since Sept. 23. The Thomson Reuters/Jefferies CRB index of 19 commodities slumped 2.5%, the biggest decline since Sept.
May 12, 2011 |
Wheat beer just cries out for fruit flavors. Citrus and raspberry are traditional in Germany, and we've seen a couple of fine American apricot wheat beers. Now a Hawaiian brewery has taken the obvious step, throwing in locally grown pineapple. The combination works so well you might wonder why nobody seems to have tried it before. The beer pours medium gold and cloudy with a high though not terribly persistent head. At first all you're likely to detect in the nose is a nice bright Hefeweizen aroma of bananas and clove.
March 10, 2011
Wheat-free muffins Total time: 45 minutes Servings: Makes 10 muffins Note: Adapted from "Sunlight Café" by Mollie Katzen. Millet can be found at select well-stocked markets and health food stores. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Crumb Topping 2 tablespoons butter, softened 3 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup rice flour (ground from ¼ cup short-grain brown rice)