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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.

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb, Underbelly, Edinburgh

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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

Skull shows early man's epic journey to Asia

It's 46,000 years old – but bears evidence humans were colonists from the start

Maurice’s Jubilee, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Maurice, a retired jeweller living in Penge, is expecting a visit from the Queen. Sixty years ago, when he took charge of the crown jewels overnight, she promised to find him, should she ever reach her diamond jubilee and he his ninetieth birthday.

Seaweed 'could fight tooth-decay'

Microbes found on seaweed could provide an unexpected weapon in the fight against tooth decay, scientists have said.

Olympic athletes to receive free eyecare and dental treatment

Free dentistry and eyecare will be provided to Olympic athletes at a specially constructed £23m Polyclinic in the Olympic Park, it was revealed today.

Deborah Ross: Son, your pasta calendars were only ever average, if that

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Laurie Penny: It's not good enough just to want to be in power

Many cling to a sense that if we only wait long enough, fairness and equality will eventually come about

Dentists 'inventing work to defraud NHS'

Dental surgeries are exaggerating or inventing work they have done for the National Health Service in order to swindle tens of millions of pounds out of taxpayers, according to a check up of dentists’ honesty.

Grace Dent on Television: The Bridge, BBC4

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Care worker sacked after feeding patient dog biscuit

A care worker at an old people's home has been sacked for feeding a patient a dog biscuit, it emerged today.

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

Brutal and brilliant, it's high time a British company got in on the action

Justin Esch and Dave Lefkow multi-purpose condiment, Baconnaise

Bacon is all over us – like a rasher...

Everything tastes better with bacon. Or so goes a flawed bit of mid-Noughties American wisdom.

Researchers link dental x-rays to brain tumours

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

Dentists 'should check for alcohol abuse'

Dentists should screen patients for signs that they drink too much alcohol, researchers have said.

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