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Is MSG as bad as it’s made out to be?

Monosodium glutamate is blamed for a range of nasty side effects. But is there evidence to back up these claims?<p>It used to be called ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’: a collection of symptoms such as headache, nausea and a strange numbness that certain people seem to suffer after a meal of Chinese …

The White House is prepping for a single weather event that could cost $2 trillion in damage

On October 29, the White House's National Science and Technology Council released its strategic plan to prepare for an extreme weather event in space that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems.<p>Many of these electrical systems depend on one another, which is a …

The White House

China’s focus on football could tilt the global game on its axis

Ajax have long been synonymous with all that is worthy in developing talent. But now the Dutch institution could be at the forefront of another trend, with Chinese investors thought to be targeting a stake in the club in the hope of unlocking the potential to grow football from the bottom up in the …

China

How much do Delhi’s top advocates charge?

The colonial-era building with a red sandstone dome on Delhi’s Bhagwan Dass Road is home to an elite class of lawyers who are likely to be the most …

Nasa says the world is not going to end in September

Space agency kills off internet rumour by confirming an asteroid strike will not wipe out humanity in the next few weeks, or years, or decades<p>Good news for those with plans for October and beyond: the Earth will still be in existence.<p>Nasa has confirmed – after rumours swept the internet about an …

Lost in space? Nasa under pressure

<b>The recent flyby of Pluto brought back memories of Nasa at its best. But is the space agency's effort to explore the Solar System with robotic spacecraft in trouble?</b><p>Among Nasa's greatest achievements was sending astronauts to the Moon and returning them safely. An American flag was planted on the …

Space Science

Missile Man to President: ‘A P J Abdul Kalam drove people to think’

Kalam was also instrumental in laying the foundation of the rocket launch systems at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) during a nearly …

ISRO

Meet the 72-year-old grandfather who scripted this year’s biggest blockbusters in India

In the mid-nineties, he started penning stories out of financial need. Now, within weeks of each other, two of his films have made more than $100 million.<p>K V Vijayendra Prasad is the 72-year-old scriptwriter of <i>Bajrangi Bhaijaan</i> and <i>Baahubali</i>—two of the biggest blockbusters ever made in India. (“Let …

Bollywood

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

To my fellow Pakistanis, we need to look in the mirror

To my friends in Pakistan:<p>Tonight, we mourn. And so we must.<p>But we must also reflect: what do we mourn, and why? As we change our profile pictures or organise vigils or, as I have done for the past few hours, stare into the blankness, paralysed, we must ask: why are we so shocked? What is it about …

Pakistan

The Wolf of Wall Street Is Enraging Moviegoers, Thrilling Bankers, And Making Tons Of Cash

<i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> is doing great—it led the holiday box office with $10 million on Christmas Day!<p><i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> is doing terribly—it earned a C rating on CinemaScore, meaning audiences liked it less than everything else currently in theaters, including <i>Walking With Dinosaurs</i>.<p>Whatever …

BlackBerry pauses BBM rollout for Android and iOS following leak

We hope you weren't scheduling your weekend around the launch of BBM for Android and iOS, as BlackBerry has paused the rollout following a leak of the Android version. There were too many simultaneous users, the company says; with over 1.1 million active clients in the first eight hours, the …