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Monsanto’s sick new power play: Why we could all be eating their GMOs

The biotech giant is close to the biggest agribusiness merger in history. Our food supply hangs in the balance<p>Earlier this month, Swiss seed and agrochemical company Syngenta rejected Monsanto's second takeover bid in a year. Syngenta's board said the offer undervalued the company and did not fully …

How Ford Models Changed the Face of Beauty

The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.<p>When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as …

The Arts

Bulletproof Coffee: The Buttery Caffeine of Champions

Forget cream and sugar. Add butter to your morning brew to kickstart your day and feel invincible when you ride.<p>In his new book, <i>The Bulletproof Diet</i>, author and cyclist Dave Asprey says, "When you mix coffee with the right fats, you get a drink that stomps on hunger, and helps you lose weight, …

The Absolute Best and Worst Ways to Build Muscle

<b>Advice on the best ways to build muscle will send you off in all kinds of directions, but here are two fundamental truths that cut through the …

Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All

Are child prodigies genuinely gifted? And, if they are, do they become even more gifted as time goes on? We track the fortunes of a clutch of child …

Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola infection: ‘The world is not safe’

Sparsely-equipped hospitals and beleaguered staff battle a disease whose victims outpace the number of beds being built<p>All over Freetown, buildings, vehicles and people are being commandeered in the fight against Ebola. In the suburb of Wilberforce, in an old building for the telecommunications …

Archeologists Make Incredible Discoveries In Tunnel Sealed 2,000 Years Ago

Banana Recipes for Athletes

Bananas are an athlete staple. They pack a nutritional punch with high levels of potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber and (despite common belief to the contrary) they score low on the Glycemic Index, meaning they won't spike your blood sugar. They're also versatile and can be used in everything from …

What Your Birthday Says About Your Mood And Personality, According To Science

Astrologers and other spiritual types are typically the only people to believe in a connection between a person's birthday and their personality. But according to a recent study, there's scientific evidence that indeed, the season of your birth may have some impact on who you are.<p>Researchers from …

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

Protesters Pulling Back From Hong Kong Offices After Handshake Deal

The Perfect Amount of Sleep, According to Science

<i>This post originally appeared on Refinery29.com.</i><p>Wondering how much your sleep-in Saturdays or that one all-nighter will set you back? New research …

Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since

On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors' accounts.<p>Instead, more …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

Film-maker defies China's censors to reveal horrors of the Great Famine

Hu Jie's documentaries tells story of students whose criticisms of Maoist excesses cost them their lives<p>For modern Chinese students it is not the Great Famine but the Three Years of Difficulties. The catastrophe remains so sensitive that their history books do not document how many starved to …

“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Marvel’s goofy, exhausting and faintly fascist new franchise

This whimsical space adventure will leave you hooked on a feeling — and longing to stomp Bradley Cooper’s raccoon<p>Once upon a time, the combination of lighthearted whimsy and extreme violence was nearly unknown in popular culture. Of course I am speaking of the bygone days of Charlton Heston and …

Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead

Adani's Carmichael coal mine and rail project will dig up and transport about 60m tonnes of coal a year for export, sparking fears for the Great Barrier Reef<p>The Australian environment minister, Greg Hunt, has approved a $16.5bn resources project that will lead to the creation of the largest coal …

Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

New viruses are a dime a dozen.<p>Every few months, we hear about a newly discovered flu virus that's jumped from birds to people somewhere in the world. And the number of viruses identified in bats is "extraordinary and appears to increase almost daily," scientists wrote last year in the journal <i>PLOS</i> …

Invertebrate populations have dropped by 45 percent in the last four decades

"The richness of the animal world of our planet is being seriously threatened by human activities."<p>Much has been said about the loss of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species around the world. By current estimates, at least 322 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years. And researchers …

Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

Surgeons operating on lump in Ashik Gavai's jaw found many 'pearl-like teeth' and a solid 'marble-like' growth<p>Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation.<p>Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on …

It’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger<p>After years in which tech-company hype has drowned out most other voices, the frustration of musicians with the digital music world has begun to get a hearing. We know now that many rockers …

The US government wants to create an experimental city for testing wireless tech

Like Rapture, but for spectrum sharing<p>The US government has for years been trying to encourage "spectrum sharing" as a way of getting more and faster wireless connections around the country. The idea is to convince the organizations that own rights to transmit data over specific airwaves — such as …

10 Common Excuses That Could Be Holding You Back

Illustrated by Tida Tep.<p>I’ve written a lot about loopholes. In my forthcoming habits book, I identify the multiple strategies we can use to shape our …

Predicting A Future Free Of Dollar Bills

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Simon Black is CEO at London-based</i> <i>Sage Pay.</i><p>Picture the scene. It’s 2020. You’re at the checkout in a convenience store with a carton of milk. But you’ve got no cash and you’ve left your cards at home. No problem. You scan your right index finger; the green light flashes. Purchase …

A Simple Eye Test Could Accurately Detect Alzheimer's

Current tests for Alzheimer's include expensive tests using brain PET or MRI imaging. But two studies have shown that a simple eye test can detect …

The Hottest Soccer Players at the World Cup

These are the men we don't mind watching play the field.<p>The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off this Thursday. Before the games begin, here's your definitive guide to whom to root for on each team, based on their unparalleled skills in the sexiness department. These are 33 <i>very</i> good reasons to become a …