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Indonesian Fried Rice

Indonesian fried rice, like most national dishes, comes in infinite variations and types. Yet in most of these variations, a few ingredients remain constant. Shallots, shrimp paste, day old rice, and fried eggs come together, seasoned with heady chili peppers and deeply umami soy sauce, to make a super simple and immensely satisfying comfort food that easily adapts to whatever…

Reports from Sulawesi in Indonesia indicate that once again thousands are fleeing smoke, ash and lava from a spectacular eruption. Whether Indonesia, Chile, Iceland or Eritrea—volcanic activity is grabbing headlines and has made us wonder if world travelers are increasingly likely to encounter active volcanoes. We asked Robert Peckyno, webmaster for Volcano World at Oregon State University, what scientists think.…

This week The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory for anyone traveling to the island of Bali to take precautions against rabies; the disease has been uncomfortably common in the area since December 2008. Specifically the CDC is reminding travelers that the following activities may be risky: Working closely with animals of unknown rabies exposure or…

Mount Merapi erupted just before dusk on Tuesday, shaking the region and spawning more than 600 earthquakes.  According to a New York Times report, the eruption killed at least 29 people, and many others are being treated for respiratory issues and severe burns.  Tens of thousands of people have been driven from their homes, many of which no longer stand.  The area…

The most volatile volcano in Indonesia has been experiencing increased activity in the past 24 hours.  On Monday, the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to the highest level and reported that the magma has risen to about 1km below the surface. About 500 volcanic earthquakes were recorded on the mountain over the weekend.  Officials have reported that…

The death toll from an outbreak of rabies on Indonesia's Bali tourist resort reached 100 on October 15th after a 40-year-old villager died overnight of the disease after he was hospitalized. The outbreak began in 2008, with officials killing some 200,000 stray dogs and vaccinating others against rabies. Several countries have issued travel advisories advising their nationals to be vaccinated…

Good news for travelers throughout Asia.  There is a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis that significantly reduces typical side effects. We all know that mosquitoes transmit some very serious viruses to humans. In addition to malaria and dengue fever, another mosquito-driven disease is Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) JEV is endemic in parts of…

New Scientist magazine is reporting a scientific advance that may hold the key to defeating  a mosquito-borne virus that turned dangerous and deadly and has been spreading across the world for the past five years. Carried by the tiger mosquito and driven by the forces of global commerce, chikungunya  virus causes fever, headache, nausea as well as excruciating pain in…

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