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Future Ice Cream Might Not Melt Thanks to One of Japan's Weirdest Foods

Researchers have figured out how to use natto—the much-reviled dish of gooey fermented soybeans—to make ice cream unmeltable.<p>It takes a hell of a lot of unmitigated gall (or a pretty serious neurological disorder) to claim you can take the world's single greatest foodstuff—ice cream—and actually …

Ice Cream

We are f***ing sadists: We are not decent, and we are not a democracy

The torture report requires us to look in the mirror — and accurately assess the monster that we see<p>“You’ll comment on the torture report?” a friend in London asked just after the Senate’s revelations came out last week.<p>“No, everybody and his in-laws will be on it within hours. Besides, I do …

Lima for dummies: a guide to the UN climate change talks

As thousands of Government delegates meet in the Peruvian capital for the annual United Nations summit on tackling climate change, we present a beginner's guide to what it's all about<p><b>What’s happening in Lima?</b><p>Delegates from 190 countries are meeting for the annual United Nations talks on tackling …

Climate

Dick Cheney is in Obama’s head: Why U.S. foreign policy is broken

The American national security machinery seems incapable of handling the single threat it was built to destroy<p>Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great …

Killer cops, drone wars and the crisis of democracy

Americans have surrendered democracy and enslaved ourselves to illegitimate power. The consequences are murder<p>This will long be remembered as the week when another grand jury declined to prosecute another white police officer in the death of another unarmed African-American man, this time in the …

Hong Kong’s waning protest may be a hollow victory for Beijing

It's still too early to erect a tombstone to the Umbrella Movement, the student-led protest that for more than two months has swept Hong Kong in an occasionally-violent bid to demand a purer form of democracy from Beijing.<p>But as leaders across generations call for a retreat, the campaign that once …

Hong Kong

8 Surprising Ways You're Slowing Your Metabolism

<b>You Ditched Dairy</b><br>Muscle is essential for keeping your metabolism humming, and women who consumed three to seven servings of dairy per day lost more fat and gained more muscle mass than women who downed less, according to research from McMaster University. Check out these 10 portable protein-packed …

How do we save the soul of microfinance?

The introduction of hard-nosed private sector investment and the age-old pressures of social norms mean microfinance institutions are at risk of …

The best careers for travelling the world

Dreaming of a job that pays you to travel? Who doesn't? Competition is stiff and salaries aren't always something to write home about, but here's our pick of the best jobs to turn that daydream into reality.<p>Flight attendant<p>Yes, flight attendants travel the world but short haul staff rarely leave …

Employment

London's Hidden History: Ten Great Sites You Shouldn't Miss

Millions of tourists flock to London every year to take in the culture, sample the cuisine and, most important of all, to see the sites. But as well as the more prominent places to visit in London, the UK's capital is full of hidden wonder and secret gems that can add an extra dimension to any trip.<p>…

England