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My stomach has endured the full scope of awful foods this planet has to offer Trying adventurous food is a big part of travelling, but India, where I'm travelling through now, has more problems with [food] hygiene than anywhere else in the world. It's a cultural problem, as eating meat is a rarity in rural areas, so they treat it like a vegetable, keeping it in a cupboard. So when the occasional Westerner passes through, by the time it's pulled out, it's been in there for a few months. When travelling across poorer parts of India now, I try to survive off rice and dahl.

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The pieces of skull of an early modern Homo sapiens, found in the Tam Pa Ling cave in Laos. Dating suggests it is between 46,000 and 63,000 years old, making it the oldest skeletal remains of modern man in Asia

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Maurice’s Jubilee, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

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Olympic athletes to receive free eyecare and dental treatment

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Artifact/Royal Ballet of Flanders, Sadler's Wells, London

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Frequent dental X-rays may significantly increase the risk of non-malignant brain tumours, say researchers.

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