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Iceland: whale watching in winter

Wildlife guide Marie and boat captain Skarphédinn came down to the hotel that morning to apologise: “The trip is postponed – the weather is just too bad, and tomorrow is going to be worse.”<p>It was almost noon and just light. We stood in the hotel doorway looking out to where the mountains should be. …

Awkward Album Covers

History's Greatest Comebacks

Winston Churchill vs. Lady Astor<p>Calvin Coolidge vs. an audience member<p>Gandhi vs. a reporter<p>Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen Douglas<br>(After Douglas called …

Influence of trial sample size on treatment effect estimates: meta-epidemiological study

Hopewell S, Dutton S, Yu LM, Chan AW, Altman DG. The quality of reports of randomised trials in 2000 and 2006: comparative study of articles indexed …

Clinical Trials

A Medicine That Will Cure You From Being A ‘Hipster’

<b>Want to be cured</b> of the disorder known as ‘HIPSTER’ but don’t know how?<p><b>Have no fear</b>; there is now a medicine for you to cure ‘Hyper Involuntary Panic …

How Feedback Biases Give Ineffective Medical Treatments a Good Reputation

On May 7, 2013, reviews of FertilAid (n=206), Fertilitea (n=198), and FertilityBlend (n=80) were downloaded from Amazon.com and reviews of …

Evidence-Based Risk Communication | Annals of Internal Medicine | American College of Physicians

Background:<p>Effective communication of risks and benefits to patients is critical for shared decision making.<p>Purpose:<p>To review the comparative …

Medicine

Our 10 best strawberry recipes

Caramelised chicory, labneh and strawberry salad<p>Sweet, sharp and creamy, this salad is as delicious as it is pretty. Serve as an impressive summer starter.<i><br>The Ethicurean Cookbook (Ebury)</i><p>Serves 4-6<b><br>500g ewe's milk or natural yoghurt</b><b><br>1 tsp salt</b><b><br>120g medium-sized strawberries, hulled and sliced</b><b><br>200ml</b> …

Our 10 best vegan recipes

Chocolate and pecan tart (above)<p>The rich fruitiness (and extra vitamins) provided by the avocados, dates and coconut oil here add hidden depth to this chocolate tart. Best served from the fridge, within two days of making it.<p><i>Jordan Bourke, jordanbourke.com</i><p>Serves 8<b><br>150g pecans, plus extra for</b> …

Latin spirit: Brazil's cachaça trail

São Paulo<p>The barman's white shirtsleeves are bunched up at his elbows, showing his tattoos. This is the sort of place where staff are decidedly cooler than the clientele, who have spilled out from nearby offices, ties loosened, but unable to shake that awkward corporate look. In front of me is the …

Travel tips: holidays in Croatia and this week's best breaks at home and away

Take me there: Osijek<p><b>Why go?</b><br>Ryanair's new destination in Croatia (it launches flights from Stansted on 4 April) is a likable, laid-back university town. It's the capital of Slavonia, a land of cornfields, vineyards and pastel-hued villages, famed for its cuisine. (Nope, we'd never heard of it …

Ski-yoga in Switzerland: salute the slopes

When a skier is stock-still halfway down a piste, it usually means they are frozen with fear. They are unlikely to have stopped to "listen to the whispers of the mountain" – unless they are on the Paradiso piste in Corviglia, just above St Moritz, Switzerland. Welcome to the world's first yoga …

The 10 best leek recipes for Saint David's Day

Leek, taleggio and thyme pie<p>The creamy taleggio and leeks cook down together to form a delicious, gooey filling, and the parsley adds a fresh note.<p>Serves 4-6<b><br>1 large baking potato, cut into slices</b><b><br>3 medium leeks, washed and sliced into rounds</b><b><br>A knob of butter</b><b><br>Salt and black pepper</b><b><br>20ml double cream</b><b><br>180g</b> …