Scientists make detailed 3-D map of human brain

Scientists make detailed 3-D map of human brain

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A deceased 65-year-old woman has provided scientists with the material for the first super high resolution three-dimensional digital model of the human brain, researchers said Thursday. The roadmap of the mind was painstakingly created by scientists in Germany and Canada and is 50 times more detailed than the last attempt, containing 100,000 times […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, Science & Technology ·
Banks wrote ‘The Quarry’ before coincidental diagnosis, explains widow

Banks wrote ‘The Quarry’ before coincidental diagnosis, explains widow

(Relaxnews) – Celebrated author Ian Banks planned, plotted, and wrote “The Quarry” in the last months of 2012, all before his own life mirrored the book’s cancerous theme with a diagnosis delivered in March 2013, his wife Adele Hartley explained. Writing on the Banksophilia website prior to the novel’s publication (June 25 in the US, June 20 […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, International Stars, Online ·
Cola-flavored red: the latest taste in flavored wines

Cola-flavored red: the latest taste in flavored wines

(Relaxnews) – Grapefruit rosés, chestnut whites, and now…cola reds. At Vinexpo, the international wine trade show that wrapped up Thursday in Bordeaux, France, French wine dealer Haussmann Famille unveiled an exclusive new product: red wine with a cola flavor. The flavored wine sector has made headlines recently due to its rising popularity and the boldness […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
You clap, so I clap: Peer pressure drives applause

You clap, so I clap: Peer pressure drives applause

(PARIS-AFP) – If you have just seen a play that you privately think is drivel, will you keep silent when everyone around you demands an encore? Possibly not, says an unusual investigation published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Combining a psychological experiment and mathematical analysis, the research marks a scientific attempt […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online ·
Medici villas, historic N.Korean city join UNESCO list

Medici villas, historic N.Korean city join UNESCO list

(PHNOM PENH-AFP) – A dozen Renaissance villas built by Italy’s powerful Medici family and monuments from North Korea’s medieval city of Kaesong were granted World Heritage status by UNESCO on Sunday. Constructed outside Florence, the villas and their gardens were commissioned by the Medicis, a Tuscan banking dynasty instrumental in the politics and culture of […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era

Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era

(MAE CHAN, Thailand-AFP) – In a rural classroom in the Thai highlands, hill tribe children energetically slide their fingertips over tablet computer screens practicing everything from English to mathematics and music. The disadvantaged students are part of an ambitious scheme by the kingdom to distribute millions of the handheld devices in its schools in a […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Helena Bonham Carter to watch over Cinderella for Disney

Helena Bonham Carter to watch over Cinderella for Disney

(Relaxnews) – The English actress will play the fairy godmother in the latest celluloid version of the popular fairy tale, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Helena Bonham Carter will be joining the cast of this live-action remake by Kenneth Branagh. Tim Burton’s muse will play a beggarwoman who turns out to be Cinderella’s fairy godmother and […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Thousands of yoga fans take over Times Square

Thousands of yoga fans take over Times Square

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Thousands of New Yorkers took some time off Friday to celebrate the first day of summer by taking part in mass outdoor yoga classes in Times Square, the Big Apple’s busiest crossroads. The summer solstice yoga festival — for everyone from beginners to the most experienced practitioners — started early in the […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness ·
Japan’s Mt Fuji, Niger’s Agadez among new UNESCO sites

Japan’s Mt Fuji, Niger’s Agadez among new UNESCO sites

(PHNOM PENH-AFP) – Japan’s Mount Fuji, a series of ancient terraced rice paddies China, and the desert city of Agardaz in Niger were among the cultural jewels granted World Heritage status by UNESCO at its annual meeting on Saturday. Fujisan, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 metres (12,460 feet), is one of the country’s […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Anne Hathaway in the dock in ‘The Lifeboat’

Anne Hathaway in the dock in ‘The Lifeboat’

(Relaxnews) – The Hollywood star is to co-produce and star in this no-exit-style drama on the high seas. The screenplay is based on a novel by Charlotte Rogan, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “The Lifeboat” has attached Anne Hathaway to co-produce and to play Grace Winter, a newlywed already widowed and standing trial for murder in […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Special Screening of “Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage” Documentary on Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Special Screening of “Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage” Documentary on Tuesday, 30 July 2013

“Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage” written, directed and produced by Mona Lisa Yuchengco You are invited to the Washington, D.C. premiere of the documentary, “Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage” on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Romulo Hall, Philippine Embassy at 1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Reception starts at 6:15 p.m. and screening starts promptly at 6:45 p.m.  The film runs one […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Royal Ascot 2013: dramatic hats

Royal Ascot 2013: dramatic hats

(Relaxnews) – Europe’s best-attended horse-racing meeting, Royal Ascot draws around 300,000 visitors every year, who flock to the Berkshire racecourse for the five-day festival which is famous for its stylish ladies and dramatic hats. Anneka Tanaka-Svenska TV presenter and conservationist Anneka Tanaka-Svenska wore a hat designed by Louis Mariette. Racegoers Racegoers approach the Royal enclosure where top […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, International Stars, Offbeat, Photos ·
Lose weight, improve your memory: study

Lose weight, improve your memory: study

(Relaxnews) – Not only is shedding excess weight good for overall health, a very small new study suggests that weight loss can also help improve memory and overall brain activity in women. That’s the conclusion from a study out of Umea University in Sweden in which scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) to monitor the […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
A good reason to go to bed early tonight

A good reason to go to bed early tonight

(Relaxnews) – Prior research has already linked lack of sleep with weight gain and and junk food cravings, and even to having a damaging effect on our genes. Now a small new study indicates that men who shortcut sleep hours during the work week could have increased risk for Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Los […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Jennifer Lopez gets 2,500th Hollywood star

Jennifer Lopez gets 2,500th Hollywood star

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez was honored Thursday with the 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joined by celebrities including Jane Fonda and watched by screaming fans. “I really am overwhelmed,” she said at the ceremony on Tinseltown’s star-studded sidewalk, a tourist favorite. “This all feels, I don’t know, kind of surreal, […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars ·
Philippines financial district bans plastic bags

Philippines financial district bans plastic bags

(MANILA-AFP) – The Philippines financial capital banned disposable plastic shopping bags and styrofoam food containers Thursday, as part of escalating efforts across the nation’s capital to curb rubbish blamed for deadly flooding. After a widespread publicity campaign leading up to the ban, Makati city environment protection officers began handing out fines of 5,000 pesos ($115) […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Downey Jr signs up for ‘Avengers’ sequels

Downey Jr signs up for ‘Avengers’ sequels

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Hollywood A-lister Robert Downey Jr has signed up to play Iron Man in two sequels to the blockbuster superhero action film “The Avengers,” comic book giant Marvel announced Thursday. Downey Jr will reprise his role as tortured tycoon Tony Stark, who donned his metal suit to save the world as Iron Man […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
US Secretary of State John Kerry hands over the “2013 Hero Acting To End Modern-Day Slavery Award” to OFW advocate Susan Ople

US Secretary of State John Kerry hands over the “2013 Hero Acting To End Modern-Day Slavery Award” to OFW advocate Susan Ople

WASHINGTON, DC. US Secretary of State John Kerry hands over the “2013 Hero Acting To End Modern-Day Slavery Award” to OFW advocate Susan Ople in recognition of her outspoken advocacy on behalf of the millions of overseas Filipino workers during today’s recognition rites for this year’s Trafficking in Persons Hero Awardees held at the Benajim Franklin […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Photos ·
World cities improving energy efficiency: report

World cities improving energy efficiency: report

(LONDON-AFP) – Some of the world’s largest cities are improving their energy efficiency, a report said Thursday, while nations struggle to forge a global response to climate change. Cities are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions and better manage their water strategy, said a report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which runs a […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
REMINDER: Invitation to The Mango Bride Reading and Reception on June 27, 6:30 pm

REMINDER: Invitation to The Mango Bride Reading and Reception on June 27, 6:30 pm

Kindly be reminded that the reading and reception of The Mango Bride with author Marivi Soliven, Grand Prize Winner – 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, will take place at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on June 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  You are cordially invited to this free event, which is sponsored by the […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, Happenings ·