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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

The buzz around bees has been bad lately. As we've reported, beekeepers say they lost 42 percent of honeybee colonies last summer.<p>And it seems that fixing what ails bees is no simple task. Over the past few decades, they've been hit by diseases and habitat loss. There's also increasing evidence …

Wild Panda Killed, Dismembered, Sold as Meat: China State TV

BEIJING — Ten people were arrested in suspicion of killing and dismembering a wild panda and selling its meat, according to Chinese state television.<p>Police found the panda's skin, bones and 22 pounds of meat in a raid on a house in Yanjin, Yunnan province, in December, CCTV reported.<p>Two of the …

Islamic State 'threatens ruins of ancient site of Palmyra'

One of world's finest classical sites in line of Isil advance across north-east Syria<p>Islamic State fighters are attacking Syrian troops near the ancient Roman site of Palmyra, one of the world’s finest set of classical ruins.<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have suffered losses in Iraq …

Bistro Steak with Buttermilk Onion Rings

4 Servings<p>Here’s how to time this: Have the salad and onion ring components ready before you cook the steak and the sauce, then keep the sauce warm while you fry the onions. Toss the salad at the last moment.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>vinaigrette, steak, and sauce<p>2 tablespoons hazelnut, walnut, or …

5 Magazines that Explore the Future of Food

The latest innovations in the culinary world are making us think beyond just breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food started out as a necessity for survival. Now scientists, artists and chefs are working together to figure out new methods to feed the world and celebrate creativity with new dining …

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Harissa-roasted carrots with white-bean and dill purée recipe

SERVES<p>6<p>INGREDIENTS<p>• 750g carrots, preferably long slim ones, with the greenery still on<p>• 1 lemon, very finely sliced and deseeded, plus the juice of ½ lemon<p>• 2 tbsp harissa<p>• 2 tsp honey<p>• 2 tsp cumin seeds<p>• 4 tbsp olive oil<p>• 2 cloves garlic, crushed<p><b>For the purée:</b><p>• 2 tbsp olive oil<p>• ½ onion, roughly …

Persian rice with dill and broad beans

This is cooked the Persian way, with butter and oil creating a crusty bottom in the pan. It's good with chicken and lamb but especially lovely with fish.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1.5kg broad beans in their pods<br>• 435g basmati rice<br>• 40g butter<br>• 50ml olive oil<br>• 160g chopped dill and flat-leaf parsley (two-thirds dill …

Salmon en papillote recipe

A simple way to bake salmon, wrapped in a paper parcel with potatoes, a splash of vermouth, butter and dill<p>The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of fillets. For chunky fillets (the kind most often sold in supermarkets), the timing here works perfectly. Thinner pieces will cook more …

Take a bunch of dill: the best recipes for this refreshing herb

Central to Scandinavian cooking, dill's feathery fronds add a refreshing contrast to dishes from hotter climes too. Try it with salmon, on spicy carrots, and Persian rice<p>Dill. The very word sounds soothing. In fact it comes from the Nordic <i>dilla</i>, which means "to lull". And the herb does comfort.<p>My …

Veal chops with shoestring courgette fries and aioli

Courgette shoestrings are a great alternative to chips - and are perfect with this simple veal recipe and a generous dollop of garlic aioli<p>When you are in the mood for meat, there is nothing more delicious than a veal chop cooked simply – a good sprinkle of sea salt, a little olive oil and a …

Simple summer pudding recipe

This sponge-based summer pudding is just what you need to get in the mood for the new season<p>Nothing says English summer to me quite like a summer pudding, and I return to this recipe year after year, when our beautiful soft summer fruits are at their peak. I make a sponge rather than using the more …

Discovered. A fish with a warm heart

New research demonstrates a remarkable adaptation in a fish. It has a warm heart<p>We usually think of fish as cold-blooded creatures and 99.9% of them are. But the opah, a deep-sea fish, has distinctly warm blood, according to new research.<p>Most fish have a body temperature tracks that of the water …

16 Biscuits, Shortbreads, and Scones That Prove Butter Is Always Better

Say hello to our favorite 16 recipes for fluffy, flaky, and buttery biscuits, scones, and shortbreads.<p><b>Whether sweet or savory</b>, topped with fried chicken or flowers, these recipes prove that biscuits, shortbreads, and scones are the fluffy, flaky, buttery breads of our baked-goods dreams. Here we've …

How horse whinnies convey their emotions

Horses whinny in two voices, which let them express both positive and negative emotions, as well as the strength of that feeling.<p>The findings come …

The Killers’ 10 Best Songs

So, hands up who agrees with Brandon Flowers that his cult-band-gone-good are “the best band in a long time”? It’s been a topic of hot debate, with …

7 Oyster Common Mistakes, from Shucking to Storing

When it comes to cooking or preparing oysters, there are a lot of rules—make sure you're not breaking any with this rundown of the most common mistakes<p>It's one thing to belly up to your favorite oyster bar and order a dozen. It's another if you want to order a dozen from your fish monger and crack …

How pandas may be eating their way to extinction

A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside.<p>A genetic analysis of 121 samples of panda poop finds that the community of microbes living inside these animals' guts is optimized to digest meat. This is despite the fact that giant …

Beautifully Mysterious Photos of Gallipoli by Ekin Kucuk

Istanbul-based photographer Ekin Kucuk captures the Gallipoli peninsula in a series of moody black-and-white images. The Turkish locale was once the site of war, but here, Kucuk depicts a more tranquil existence where animals roam on desolate city streets. Her monochromatic pictures have a …

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#TheDress: have researchers solved the mystery of its colour?

Gold and white or blue and black? Why did people see The Dress so differently? Researchers believe the key might lie in our exposure to artificial light<p>The image of The Dress that went viral this year and split friends and families over the colour of its stripes has sparked a fresh debate among …

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Isis reaches gates of ancient Syrian city Palmyra, stoking fears of destruction

Islamic State group fighters have advanced to the gates of ancient Palmyra on Thursday, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the jihadis have already wreaked in Iraq.<p>A sledgehammer to civilisation: Islamic State’s war on culture<p>Read more<p>Isis fighters were …