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The World’s Weirdest Chef

Profile of Hervé This, French pioneer of molecular gastronomy. Having shown how science can transform cookery, now he wants to to synthesise food itself. “What if you could make dishes only using pure chemical compounds? What if you used only the building blocks of proteins and triglycerides and amino acids and starches and polysaccharides and odorant compounds instead of meat and vegetables?” (4,000 words)

Tahrir Square’s Military Coup

Fine reporting. Lucid account of turbulent events: “It felt upside down. A popular protest to oust President Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was democratically elected, in which, since Monday, the military has taken the side of the protesters. From one perspective, what is happening in Egypt represents an extraordinary repudiation of political Islam. From another, it is an outright military coup” (1,100 words)

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