Royal Ascot 2017 fashion: from edible hats to equestrian embellishment, we chart the weird, wonderful and wackiest style from this year’s races

With the British summer now in full swing, today it fell to Royal Ascot to kick off its festivities. Opening this morning with an expected 300,000 attendees expected over the 5-day event, all eyes are on the Berkshire racecourse for a whole host of different reasons. But while a number of people will be keeping up to date with the odds and the races, many more of us annually find our attention drawn to Ascot’s sartorial highlights. Famed for its ability to welcome some of the most extravagant head wear,…

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Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state,…

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10 Food Lies We Need to Stop Telling Ourselves

We are bombarded with an overload of information these days, thanks to the internet. Though this is a blessing sometimes, some of it may also be propaganda to serve the interests of certain lobbyists. Lies, some big and some small, are told to us over and over again, until we believe them. And then, a study comes out against them or someone writes an article like this, to arm you with knowledge, and help you decide for yourself, what is fact and what is fiction. Here are some of the…

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What we love about food in 2017

Grape, Olive, Pig by Matt Goulding Few writers immerse themselves so fully in their subject as Matt Goulding, whose first book Rice, Noodle, Fish was a deep dive into the obsessions at the heart of Japanese food culture and an OFM favourite. Goulding’s beat is understanding places where food and life remain intertwined, so where better for him to write about next than Spain? His wife’s family are Spanish and bonding with them meant helping his father-in-law, Angel, in the annual slaughter of a pig, helped by great uncle Chacho,…

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Tacos: The 2017 food trend we can all get behind

I can’t tell you how little I wanted to like Breddos. The new taqueria in Clerkenwell has the restaurant version of a punchable face. It is tiny, one step up from the shack in a car park that was its original incarnation. Most of the seats – sorry, stools, no chairs with backs in these parts – are around a large communal table or crammed against the edges of the room. The single loo opens more or less directly onto the eating area. When you arrive you are told there’s…

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Millennials, We Need Your Help To Fix Health Care

Seventy-five years ago, America and the free world faced an existential threat from the Axis powers—and the so-called “greatest generation” responded. There’s no doubt that people who were 18 to 35 years old in 1942 paid the heaviest price earning their place in the pantheon of history. I believe, today, our country faces a challenge of that magnitude. If one takes a sober look at collateral damage from an extremely expensive and dysfunctional health care system, both to doctors and patients, I believe that we have gone to war for…

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Trump could gut public health funding at the exact time we need it most

We’re hearing a lot about the 22 million people who may lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. But there’s another, quieter tragedy that could play out if the ACA is gutted: States could lose critical funding for public-health efforts like responding to outbreaks, vaccination programs, and anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns. When the ACA was enacted in 2010, the law established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, with an annual appropriation that began at $500 million in 2010. The goal of the fund was simple: boost…

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Why do we love and hate different tastes?

Why do people like one type of food and really dislike another? How much are our responses to food, including putting on weight, influenced by genetics? And could the taste of food be chemically re-engineered to appeal to particular groups, such as the elderly? A unique summit of some of the world’s leading chefs and top scientists put our complicated relationship with food under the microscope. This “Brainy Tongue” experiment, a collision of science and cooking, took place in San Sebastian in the Basque region of northern Spain, a seaside…

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The Boxes We Keep Forcing Students Into In The Name Of Education

When I was in school, I thought I knew what I wanted to be in life. I had a few options, with the little I had seen growing up: 1. A Catholic priest 2. A rockstar 3. A doctor I pursued the first early on, got bored of the second and gave up option three in junior college when I couldn’t prick my own finger for a blood sample. I had chosen science after high school, and later on graduated as a math major. I really liked math, I wasn’t…

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How do we avoid the antibiotics apocalypse?

Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. It is why government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century. So what are people doing to try to avert the so-called antibiotics apocalypse? Well, it turns out, quite a lot. First, there are those who are trying to get us to take fewer antibiotics. That is because the more antibiotics we all take, the more resistant bacteria become. Jason Doctor, a psychologist at the University of Southern California, has been…

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