Farah Jabri

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Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome<p>Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, …

Fasting slows the ageing process. Sounds unlikely? Here’s the science

A drug that slowed ageing and protected the body from diseases such as cancer would no doubt cause considerable excitement around the world. While there is no such miracle drug, there is a way to trigger these effects in the body without taking any medicine at all — simply by fasting. You probably …

How did Denmark become a leader in the food waste revolution?

A six-year-old sniffs asparagus suspiciously as his father grapples with a grapefruit and several women admire a selection of cabbages, in search of a bargain.<p>“Everyone pays 20 kroner (about £2) for a reusable bag to fill with whatever they like,” says Bettina Bach, 31, of Bo Welfare, a social …

Sustainability

Swiss scientists have figured out what it is about pomegranates that can slow down the aging process

Pomegranates slow down the ageing process by prompting cells to recycle and rebuild themselves, Swiss researchers have shown.<p>The ruby red fruit was …

The best body language to use in your online-dating profile, according to science

She noticed his photo, she said in a recent talk at the 92Y in New York City, because he was positioned "in the most extreme 'power pose' imaginable."<p>"Power pose" is a term that Cuddy coined in her 2012 TED Talk, and it describes an expansive posture that can make you feel more powerful and …

Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks

Afghanistan's president has ordered a "thorough investigation" into institutionalised sexual abuse of children by police, after news agency AFP revealed the Taliban are using child sex slaves to launch deadly insider attacks.<p>There has been international condemnation of paedophilic "bacha bazi" - …

Sociology

Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body's demise, study finds

‘Is there life after death?’ is a question that has dominated human thinking since time immemorial.<p>But now researchers have discovered that an …

The best ice cream in London

Check out our sticky-fingered guide to the best cold stuff in the capital. We've put together a list of top-notch ice-cream parlours serving …

This is the World's Safest Country

The Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) just released its 10th edition of the Global Peace Index, revealing the countries with the fewest threats …

How to eat the best, for less: the UK's top 10 budget cafes and restaurants

In the last eight years, I have, almost literally, eaten my way around Britain for the Guardian’s Travel section. I have written around 80 instalments of its best budget eats series which, including the venues that did not make the final cut, means I have visited over 1,000 establishments from …

England