Susie Mesure

Susie Mesure writes interviews, news and features for the Independent on Sunday, Independent and i, and has done for the last ten years or so give or take two lengthy maternity leaves. She is interested in just about any topic, especially anything Scandinavian, food, or consumer-orientated, and used to be the Independent’s Retail Correspondent

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Stevia wonder: The plant that's a super sugar alternative – and free from calories and carbs

The sugar substitute comes from a plant that has been used as a sweetener for centuries in Paraguay and Brazil

Green plants, such as moss, use energy from the Sun to transform water, carbon dioxide and minerals into oxygen, organic compounds, and a surplus of electrons

Tune in to Moss FM: Swiss designer uses the prolific plant to power a radio

Stand by for the ultimate gardening programme. A Swiss designer has teamed up with scientists at the University of Cambridge to use one of Britain's most prolific plants – moss – to power a radio. The device, nicknamed Moss FM, effectively turns moss into biological solar panels by tapping into the surplus electrons that moss creates during photosynthesis.

Performers simulate the Russian flag moving in the wind during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games

Winter Paralympics 2014: And the gold medal for skiing full pelt downhill with your eyes closed in Sochi goes to...

Susie Mesure introduces the madcap world of Winter Paralympics

Sailor’s lunch: Wakame

It’s a shore thing: Seaweed harvest is coming in to tempt our palates and trim our waistlines

Seaweed is no longer just the stuff that’s strewn around the beach

Slow burner: Tim Pigott-Smith relishes the unusually sedate pace of 37 Days

Tim Pigott-Smith: What does the actor think of current politics?

He made his name with a Second World War role, and now plays Lord Asquith during the crucial days of 1914

Book review: The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

A man, it seems, can have a surfeit of both Sarah Lund-style knitwear and slow-burn TV dramas. Not to mention a bellyful of anything foraged or fished from the sea. And his name is Michael Booth, a British-born journalist-turned-Danish-expat who has made it his mission to explode the myth of Nordic perfection that has, to be fair, permeated every pore of middle-class British society, including the hallowed Sunday night telly slot.

From bullying to pornography: How to keep your children safe online

How do we grant our children access to all the good the internet offers while keeping them safe? As Susie Mesure discovers, we are having to learn parenting anew

‘Brilliant code is like poetry’ and it beats Sudoku

Get coding people: It's the new Mandarin, and it's not just children who can learn how to do it

Come September, it will be taught in schools – and clubs. Susie Mesure gets a lesson in basic computer-speak

Crème de la crème: William and Suzue Curley

The patissiers are back: Sweet-toothed Britain gets its just desserts

The once crumbling art is on the rise to meet new demand

Run and jump: Skiing on fresh powder snow in Méribel

My Olympic escapade in the Alps with Greg Rutherford

With the gold-medallist long jumper (and keen skier) by her side, Susie Mesure flies down the slopes of Méribel

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