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A dairy scientist reveals why cheese tastes so good

Cheese is jam-packed with science.<p>Everything from how it's made to the trial-and-error process of creating new kinds of cheese can be attributed to reactions between microbes, sugars, fats, and proteins.<p>We asked with Michael Tunick, a research chemist with the US Department of Agriculture and the …

Food

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 55 – Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S Grant (1885)

The civil war general turned president was a reluctant author, but set the gold standard for presidential memoirs<p>According to Mark Twain, these are “the best [memoirs] of any general’s since Caesar”, but we have to take that verdict with a pinch of salt: Twain was also Grant’s publisher. As a …

Literature

Genetically-engineered hens produce birds of a different feather

Rare breeds of chickens could soon come from entirely different types of hens. The University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute with help from US …

Genetics

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

At the halfway point in his series, our columnist reflects on what constitutes a classic, the selection process and the omissions he regrets<p>• The 100 best nonfiction books: No 51 – The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois<p>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and …

Literature

Get your story right: the Storytelling Canvas.

Whenever I give a workshop about new tools and formats for storytelling I always start with a good look at what you need first: <b>a story</b>. Without a …

Three Totally Unique Games You Need to Experience

Lots of great games – even some of the best – fall into clear categories. Worker placement, trick-taking, auction games. Sure, they bring their own …

Settlers of Catan in Space Is One Gorgeous Game

I'll trade you two space bricks for a space ore and a space sheep.<p>Settlers of Catan is one of those iconic board games that everyone has to play at least once. It is one of the most popular modern board games ever made and has inspired countless variants. One of those variants is a homemade version …