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Tasting a Flavor That Doesn't Exist

Scientists and food companies are experimenting with “phantom aromas,” in which a smell tricks the brain into manufacturing a taste.<p>In 2007, the Campbell Soup Company started slashing the salt content in its canned soups in an effort to be more health-conscious. But the move, while it may have been …

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Did Israel and Palestinian militants commit war crimes in Gaza?

The devastation caused by 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip a year ago was staggering.<p>On the Palestinian side, more than 2,000 people were killed, many of them civilians. Entire city blocks were reduced to rubble, and much of the electricity and …

White supremacist gathering underscores Russia's nationalist trend

The protesters, several thousand strong and surrounded by hundreds of armed police, chanted nationalist slogans and racial slurs, occasionally raising their right hands in a Nazi salute.<p>It was the 10th annual gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and far-right nationalists, held in Moscow in …

U.K. Re-Opens Embassy In Iran

Four years after an angry mob trashed the British embassy in Tehran, the new nukes deal with Iran has the former frenemies shaking hands once more. The U.K. will open its embassy again after closing it in November 2011 and Iran will do the same at its embassy on Princess Gate in London.<p>“Four years …

UN aid chief condemns civilian deaths in Syria

The United Nations humanitarian chief has condemned attacks against civilians in Syria, a day after more than 100 people were killed in what activists said were regime air raids on the rebel-held suburb of Douma, near Damascus.<p>New UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien's comments came as sources told Al …

Two ways of coming to terms with wartime tragedy

<b>We are in the year of anniversaries, and anniversaries are about reflecting on the past. How Germany and Japan reflect on 1945 gives an insight into how they see themselves today. Who do they blame for defeat? Where do they think guilt lies?</b><p>So, compare and contrast two museums, one in Dresden, the …

The Guardian view on the freedom of the internet: it’s under attack around the world | Editorial

Internet,Technology,Surveillance,World news,NSA,US news,Russia,Europe,Syria,Middle East and North Africa,Turkey,Singapore,Asia Pacific,Bangladesh,Kazakhstan,Bahrain,Ukraine,Twitter,Media,Blogging,Facebook,Social networking,Edward Snowden<p>The net is a powerful weapon, and governments don’t want it in …

Pizza Hut's 2,880-calorie monster: a taste of a burgeoning global food crisis

A chilly late autumn day in 2013 and I am sitting in a central London branch of Pizza Hut trying not to be noticed. I wanted a table towards the back but they directed me instead to one here, in the window. I turn my body away from the glass, but it makes no difference. I am well over six foot, …

Wildlife casualties of floods grow amid fears over 'polluted' wetlands

Seals, moles, hedgehogs, badgers, mice, earthworms and a host of insects and seabirds are among the unseen casualties of the floods, storms and torrential rains of the last few weeks, say wildlife groups.<p>As the waters started to subside across England, conservationists reported that about 600 …

Ukraine hopes Russia will not change gas price

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine hopes the price it pays for Russian gas will not change, Acting Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky said on Monday, following the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich as president.<p>“We hope that the price (of Russian gas) will be stable,” Stavytsky told Reuters by …

Russian police detain protesters outside trial over anti-Putin rally

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian riot police detained over a hundred protesters on Monday at a Moscow courthouse where seven opponents of President Vladimir Putin were jailed from two and a half to four years over a demonstration that turned violent.<p>Police detain a protester outside a courthouse in …

Ukraine's Yanukovich on the run, wanted for mass murder

KIEV (Reuters) - Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was on the run on Monday, possibly somewhere in southern Ukraine, hunted by police for “mass murder” linked to the revolt against his rule in which scores have been killed.<p>Yanukovich, 63, now accompanied only by his chief aide and a …

What are the most popular swearwords on Twitter?

What do you think is the most commonly used swearword on Twitter? Well of course it is. Very detailed work by researchers at Wright State University in Ohio has found that 34.7% of all the swearwords in their sample of 51m tweets were "fuck" or one of its long list of cognates.<p>In comparison, the …

Fugitive Ukraine leader wanted for murder, Russia sounds alarm

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s fugitive president was indicted for “mass murder” on Monday over the shooting of demonstrators as new leaders in Kiev sought urgent Western aid to make up for a loss of funding from Russia, which is angry at the overthrow of its ally.<p>Moscow said it would not deal with …