Olympics: Open race for 2020 Games after IOC report

Olympics: Open race for 2020 Games after IOC report

(PARIS-AFP) – All three cities bidding for the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics declared themselves happy after the release on Tuesday of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Evaluation Commission report. The Commission, headed by IOC vice-president Craig Reedie, were unanimous in their opinion that all three candidates, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo could host […]

26.06.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Trailer: One Direction in ‘This Is Us’

Trailer: One Direction in ‘This Is Us’

(Relaxnews) – A new trailer for “One Direction: This Is Us” offers a peek at the lives of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. TriStar used the group’s Vevo channel to unveil this trailer from the highly anticipated movie looking at the worldwide phenomenon that is boyband One Direction. The group’s […]

26.06.2013 · Filled under: Film, International Stars, Music, Videos ·
Star power: Depp, Cruise hail producer Bruckheimer

Star power: Depp, Cruise hail producer Bruckheimer

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise hailed veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Monday, as the man behind “Top Gun” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” got a star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame. The A-listers joined Bruckheimer at a ceremony adding his name on the famous stretch of Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk, which is […]

26.06.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars ·
Melting ice pulls Norway closer to Asia

Melting ice pulls Norway closer to Asia

(KIRKENES-AFP) – The town of Kirkenes in northernmost Norway used to be further away from Asia than virtually any other European port, but it suddenly seems a lot closer. The reason: Global warming. Melting ice has opened up the Northern Sea Route along Russia’s Arctic coastline, changing international trade patterns in profound ways — even […]

26.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Ancient Asian art of origami gains following in West

Ancient Asian art of origami gains following in West

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Hundreds gathered in New York over the weekend for a convention celebrating origami, the ancient Asian art of paper folding, as the craft gains increasing recognition as serious art in the West. Animals, shapes, landscapes and spaceships constructed with astonishing intricacy were on display at OrigamiUSA, all fashioned entirely from uncut paper […]

26.06.2013 · Filled under: Art ·
Satellites to bring ‘fast, cheap’ Internet to ‘under-connected’

Satellites to bring ‘fast, cheap’ Internet to ‘under-connected’

(PARIS-AFP) – The first four of 12 satellites in a new constellation to provide affordable, high-speed Internet to people in nearly 180 “under-connected” countries, will be shot into space on Tuesday, the project’s developers said. The orbiters, part of a project dubbed O3b for the “other 3 billion” people with restricted Internet access, will be […]

24.06.2013 · Filled under: Online, Science & Technology ·
Top 25 theme parks worldwide in 2012

Top 25 theme parks worldwide in 2012

(Relaxnews) – Global theme park attendance rose 5 percent last year, with exceptionally strong performance across Asia, poised to overtake North American attendance in the not-so-distant future, predicts an industry-wide report. According to the 2012 Theme Index, produced by the Themed Entertainment Association in California, Asia is on track to becoming the theme park center […]

24.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Tech agenda: Windows BUILD 2013

Tech agenda: Windows BUILD 2013

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, Microsoft shifts attention from its Xbox One console and the furore surrounding some of its features to the future of its operating system Windows 8. As well as a reinstated start button expect announcements about new tablets and maybe even something about a health and motion tracking smartwatch. Windows BUILD conference […]

24.06.2013 · Filled under: Apps, News, Science & Technology ·
Trailer: Ashton Kutcher becomes Steve Jobs

Trailer: Ashton Kutcher becomes Steve Jobs

(Relaxnews) – A trailer has been released for “Jobs,” the biopic about the computer pioneer. This two-minute trailer shows Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, depicting his youth as Apple’s creator and some of his wildest experiments as well as his association with co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jobs’s success story is shown throughout the decades and up […]

24.06.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Talk to the hand – the phone that fits like a glove

Talk to the hand – the phone that fits like a glove

(Relaxnews) – British cellular network operator O2 teams up with artist and designer Sean Miles to turn vintage gloves into mobile phones. Conceived as an elegant way of highlighting the possibilities when it come to recycling gadgets, the “Talk to the Hand” gloves combine vintage Miu Miu and Pineider gloves with parts from old mobile […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
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 ·