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Hawker Food Is Cheap Because You Are

<b>Image credit: City Nomads</b><p>“What’s there to do in Singapore?” asked a friend who was going to visit.<p>“Eat,” I replied. And so we ate.<p>Because I had an …

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

When the Poor Oppose a Redistribution of Wealth

As inequality spreads, support for sharing economic gains should increase. So why is it fading?<p>With all the outrage about growing economic inequality one might think that there’d also be growing support for wealth redistribution—policies that include hiking taxes for the wealthy or increasing aid …

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, waiting for his lab’s weekly meeting to begin. Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology at Stanford University, was leading a young group of researchers who studied ageing …

Medicine

The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever

From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and prematurely cancelled, sci-fi and TV have had a nice run. We locked ourselves in the basement with several milk crates of VHS tapes, laser discs, and back issues of Starlog to come up with the top<p>From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and …

June 2015

Diversity

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

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Beijing Censors Viral Film On Chinese Pollution

The film had garnered over 100 million views before being pulled from the internet.<p>An independent documentary on China's extreme pollution problem that had gone viral in the country was blocked by Beijing authorities on Saturday.<p><i>Under the Dome</i>, a 103-minute film by independent reporter Chai Jing, …

Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers

<b>Fifty years ago Singapore became an independent state, after leaving the short-lived Malaysian Federation. With no natural resources, just how did this tiny country go from swamp to one of the region's leading economies? On the strength of its human resources - immigrants like my grandfather.</b><p>At the …

Waking, Dreaming, Being

Dreaming and waking up have puzzled and fascinated humanity since prehistoric times. Paleolithic cave paintings, according to some art historians, depict mental images from dreams and the borderland between sleep and wakefulness. The ancient Indian texts called the Upanishads describe three states …

Paratroopers Train To Fight ISIS, Even As U.S. Pledges 'No Boots On The Ground'

FORT POLK, La. -- Moments after landing in the blackness of a warm night and securing his parachute, Col. Joseph A. Ryan huddled on the drop zone with several of his officers. Radio messages crackled in his earpiece. Red flashlights illuminated a folded map. Above him, a thousand paratroopers were …

California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

The ongoing California drought has pitted wild salmon against farmers in a fight for water. While growers of almonds, one of the state's biggest and most lucrative crops, enjoy booming production and skyrocketing sales to China, the fish, it seems, might be left high and dry this summer—and maybe …

Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

Ongoing research suggests at least two 2,000-year-old corpses had traveled before their deaths.<p>Cast into northern European wetlands, bog bodies have long appeared as opaque to archaeologists as their dark and watery graves. But new clues are coming in the centuries-old mystery of their origins.<p>Over …

Solitary confinement: inside America's dreaded isolation cells

Depicted in 'Orange is the New Black' and fiercely debated in Congress, America's widespread and controversial use of solitary confinement is under fire. The Telegraph visits an isolation cell in Maine State Prison to find out more<p>The heavy steel door clangs shut. The bolt makes a startling bang as …

New York State

Niue, the Pacific island struggling to cope as its population plummets

It was a school once, but there are no children here any more. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punchbag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: “Keep this place clean so it stays beautiful.”<p>While much …

How To Cure Garlic Breath

Thank you, science.<p>Counter to most vampire lore, there is no magic to the pungent odor of garlic. The stench is the result of four major sulfur-containing compounds, which, when ingested, move into the bloodstream and then out through the lungs and sweat glands. But that doesn’t make it any less …

FutureFood 2050

For a video on this subject, click here.<p>Biotech policy expert Calestous Juma believes educating Africa’s leaders about the role of technology in …

American Resistance

Would Jurgen Klinsmann be more popular if he were American?<p>Even before Monday’s major win over Ghana, Jurgen Klinsmann enjoyed success with the U.S. …

CNN exclusive: Rancher says he's not racist, still defiant over grazing battle

Cliven Bundy -- the Nevada rancher turned conservative folk hero for bucking the federal government's attempts to stop his cattle from grazing on public land -- admits he doesn't understand the bipartisan uproar over his comments suggesting blacks might have been better off under slavery.<p>But in a …

50 Most Inspirational Quotes in Sports

It doesn't matter if your dad owns a professional sports team or if you play squash on the weekends with Rupert Murdoch; if you don't perform as an elite athlete or coach, then you're history.<p>Consequently, the people in this list are uniquely qualified to inspire.<p>Major sports figures have …

Jackie Robinson

Surprising Science Experiment Backs 5-Second Rule For Dropped Food

If you’ve ever consumed food after dropping it on floor and then wondered what sorts of diseases you might be contracting, here’s a new study that may put your mind at ease (or not). New research out of Aston University in the U.K. finds that there may be some truth to the old wives’ tale, often …

Understanding Umami

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Which ingredients carry that fifth taste -- and the best ways to cook with them.</i><p>A long, long time ago, only four tastes ruled the culinary world: sweet, …

Thailand Secretly Sells Myanmar Refugees To Human Trafficking Rings

Thai immigration officials said he was being deported to Myanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps.<p>As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters …

Organ trafficking: a deadly trade

A kidney? £84,000. A heart? Up to £1 million. With the number of organs now critical, wealthy patients are spending a fortune on illicit transplants. But it is the desperate 'donors' who are paying the ultimate price.<p>One January night in 2004, Susan Sutovic was woken from her sleep by a …

May 2013

Apostrophe now: Bad grammar and the people who hate it

<b>Children are again to be subject to a rigorous examination in grammar. But why does it make adults so cross when other adults break the rules?</b><p>A new grammar and spelling test arrives in primary schools in England this week. It is the first time in a while that such emphasis has been put on …