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Del Boy fan in £4,000 tattoo tribute

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:13
An Only Fools and Horses fan spends £4,000 having his whole back tattooed as a tribute to his favourite television show.

Seaweed: ‘Adventurous' and a $6.4 billion industry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:09

If someone mentions "edible seaweed," the first thing that often comes to mind is the sushi nori that holds a California roll together. And in fact, East Asia is one of the world's largest consumers of seaweed.

Over time, seaweed's global presence expanded to other parts of the world, and it has become a $6.39 billion farming industry worldwide – a move that hardly surprises Paul Dobbins, president of Ocean Approved, the first commercial kelp farm in the U.S.

"We saw the level of consumption of seaweed globally and realized it was only a matter of time before it started to be reintroduced into our country," he says. "Seaweed was eaten by our indigenous population before the colonists came along. When my great-grandmother in Newfoundland was a little girl, they would eat seaweed in the winter as a way to get your green nutrition at a time when there weren't any green plants available."

Dobbins says he holds a significant share of the seaweed market in high schools and colleges, as demand for healthier dietary options continues to grow.

"It's an adventurous food. It's not something they were probably served when they were really young," he says.

As for Dobbins' favorite way to eat seaweed? Tossed in with scrambled eggs, shrimp, and cheese, not terribly unlike an omelet.

Seaweed: ‘Adventurous' food's a $6.4 billion industry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:09

If someone mentions "edible seaweed," the first thing that often comes to mind is the sushi nori that holds a California roll together. And in fact, East Asia is one of the world's largest consumers of seaweed.

Over time, seaweed's global presence expanded to other parts of the world, and it has become a $6.39 billion farming industry worldwide – a move that hardly surprises Paul Dobbins, president of Ocean Approved, the first commercial kelp farm in the U.S.

"We saw the level of consumption of seaweed globally and realized it was only a matter of time before it started to be reintroduced into our country," he says. "Seaweed was eaten by our indigenous population before the colonists came along. When my great-grandmother in Newfoundland was a little girl, they would eat seaweed in the winter as a way to get your green nutrition at a time when there weren't any green plants available."

Dobbins says he holds a significant share of the seaweed market in high schools and colleges, as demand for healthier dietary options continues to grow.

"It's an adventurous food. It's not something they were probably served when they were really young," he says.

As for Dobbins' favorite way to eat seaweed? Tossed in with scrambled eggs, shrimp, and cheese, not terribly unlike an omelet.

From seaweed to shining seaweed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:09

If someone mentions 'edible seaweed,' the first thing that often comes to mind is the sushi nori that holds the innards of a California roll together. And in fact, East Asia is one of the world's largest consumers of seaweed.

Over time, seaweed's global presence expanded to other parts of the world, and has become a $6.39 billion farming industry worldwide—a move that hardly surprises Paul Dobbins, the president of Ocean Approved, the first commercial kelp farm in the U.S.

"We saw the level of consumption of seaweed globally, and realized it was only a matter of time before it started to be reintroduced into our country," he said. "Seaweed was eaten by our indigenous population before the colonists came along; when my great-grandmother in Newfoundland was a little girl, they would eat seaweed in the winter as a way to get your green nutrition at a time when there weren't any green plants available."

Dobbins says he holds a significant share of the seaweed market in high schools and colleges, as demand for a healthier dietary options continues to rise.

"It's an adventurous food. It's not something they were probably served when they were really young," he said.

As for Dobbins's favorite way to eat seaweed? Tossed in with scrambled eggs, shrimp, and cheese, not terribly unlike an omelet.

David Shukman: Should we try to halt extinction?

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:07
Should we try to halt forms of life from being wiped out?

Fake Facebook page costs US $134,000

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:07
The US government agrees to pay a woman $134,000 after creating a fake Facebook page using photos of her as well as her son and niece.

Eni warns oil could shoot up to $200

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:06
The boss of Italian oil group Eni, speaking in Davos, warns oil could shoot up to $200 a barrel if the Opec cartel fails to cut supplies.

Anti-Islam Protesters Plan Massive Rally In Leipzig, Germany

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:05

As many as 60,000 people are expected to attend the rally in what could be one of the biggest protests in the eastern German city since pro-democracy marches a quarter-century ago.

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In Pictures: Snowfall around the UK

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:04
Images of snowfall from farms in Scotland to parks in Yorkshire

State Of The Union: A Quick Wrap On Education

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 07:03

Good news about graduation rates, and more about Obama's plan for making community college free.

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How sportswomen deal with periods

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:54
How do sportswomen deal with periods?

A year-long joke: the 'never-ending' Twitter chain

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:46
What's the punch line of this year-long Twitter joke?

VIDEO: Who's in charge in Yemen? In 90 secs

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:43
The political situation in Yemen is one of the most confusing in the Middle East. Here's a 90 second guide to the key players in the country's current unrest.

Man arrested over Madonna hack

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:41
An Israeli man is arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of pop stars including Madonna and selling unreleased songs online.

VIDEO: Car smashes into Sheffield home

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:26
A car crashes into a house in Sheffield, damaging the property but injuring no one.

VIDEO: Fracking plan 'should be refused'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:21
Plans to explore for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire should be turned down, according to council officials.

Google robot severs its power cord

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:19
Atlas - one of the most advanced robots in the world - is upgraded by its owner Google to include a battery pack, allowing it go "wireless".

Summerhayes wins slopestyle silver

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:18
Katie Summerhayes becomes the first British female skier ever to win a Freestyle World Championships medal.

870 jobs lost as JTI Gallaher closes

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:14
A tobacco factory in Ballymena, County Antrim, is set to close with the loss of nearly 900 jobs, after owners reject a union plan.

VIDEO: Clegg voices report delay anger

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 06:07
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has voiced his anger that the official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not report until after the general election.

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