US ramping up private sector’s role in spaceflight

US ramping up private sector’s role in spaceflight

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The first flight of a commercial vessel to the International Space Station in late April will signal a bigger role for the private sector and open up space tourism opportunities, industry experts and lawmakers say. SpaceX, owned by Internet entrepreneur and PayPal founder Elon Musk, made history with its Dragon launch in December […]

27.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
(March-May) Travel agenda: Looking inside the way we fly, and Disneyland Paris celebrates

(March-May) Travel agenda: Looking inside the way we fly, and Disneyland Paris celebrates

(Relaxnews) – Next week, the Aircraft Interiors Expo will shine a light on the high-tech innovations that are changing the way we interact and relax above the clouds. Later in the week, Disneyland Paris will celebrate its big 2-0, ushering in a host of celebrations for the event. Aircraft Interiors Expo March 27-29 Hamburg, Germany […]

27.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Happenings, Videos ·
The empire smiles back: Taiwan’s Japanese cherry festival

The empire smiles back: Taiwan’s Japanese cherry festival

(TAIPEI-AFP) – Taiwan loves cherry blossoms. In fact, it loves almost everything Japanese. For a nation that ruled the island for 50 years, often with an iron fist, Japan has left a very favourable impression. In the latest triumph of Japanese soft power in its former colony, tens of thousands of Taiwanese have taken up […]

27.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
New site latest to promise savings for travelers ahead of the summer season

New site latest to promise savings for travelers ahead of the summer season

(Relaxnews) – Right ahead of the summer travel season, a new tool called Tingo has been released with a grand promise that it could save travelers hundreds of millions of dollars. The reasoning behind Tingo, which is owned by TripAdvisor, is simple — hotels often change rates dependent on demand (i.e., how many rooms they have sold), […]

27.03.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business, Promotions ·
Eight ways to bag a hotel bargain online

Eight ways to bag a hotel bargain online

(Relaxnews) – The recent launch of TripAdvisor-owned Tingo has added yet another option for vacationers keen to snag a deal on hotels. But with so many types of hotel booking sites out there, which ones offer what? Here, a handy guide to the sites. Flash sale sites Sites such as Jetsetter, Voyage Privé, Tablet and SniqueAway specialize in selling discounted hotel […]

27.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Promotions ·
Submarines — the ultimate toy for the super rich

Submarines — the ultimate toy for the super rich

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Jet plane, tick. Private island, tick. Chopper, tick. Submarine? When director James Cameron descended to the bottom of the Pacific on Monday, he not only shed light on the world’s deepest ocean, but the world’s most exclusive hobby: private submarine voyages. The phenomenally profitable director of “Avatar” piloted an ungainly looking, bright […]

27.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Images of the week: Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Paris

Images of the week: Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Paris

10 photos ©AFP PHOTO / STRINGER Bucharest Romanian woman wears the longest train of a wedding dress in front of the Parliament palace in Bucharest March 20, 2012. The 2,750 meter long train broke a previous record of 2,488 meters. It is made of 4,700 meters of material. ©AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI Athens Performers […]

26.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Photos ·
What makes a great nostalgia vacation?

What makes a great nostalgia vacation?

(Relaxnews) – A new report has suggested that Australian holidaymakers should be persuaded to holiday at home using a sense of ‘nostalgia’. The report from market research firm TNS Domesticate suggested that Australians are searching for a sense of ‘security and certainty’ as the world’s financial crisis rumbles on, a gap which could be filled […]

26.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
New nutrition apps this week: Foods to make you fertile and weight-loss buddy

New nutrition apps this week: Foods to make you fertile and weight-loss buddy

(Relaxnews) – From an app that informs on which foods can make you fertile, to an app that houses a whopping 5,000 vegan recipes, here are a few recently released food and nutrition apps. Plate Maker This app allows users to replicate their meal virtually and clock the number of calories they’re consuming by adding […]

26.03.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Raisins and soy may ward off high blood pressure

Raisins and soy may ward off high blood pressure

(CHICAGO-AFP) – Eating raisins and soy appears to help ward off high blood pressure, a key risk factor in heart disease, according to two studies presented at a major US cardiology conference on Sunday. Munching on a handful of raisins three times a day helped people with slightly elevated blood pressure lower their numbers after […]

26.03.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Nokia feels out tattoos that vibrate with incoming calls

Nokia feels out tattoos that vibrate with incoming calls

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Mobile phone maker Nokia is seeking a US patent for tattoos that vibrate to let people know when they have calls on their mobile phones. Technology laid out in a patent application available online Wednesday would enable tattoos to receive magnetic waves emitted by mobile phones. Waves would trigger tattoos to generate […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Love vinyl? Record Store Day boasts hundreds of new releases

Love vinyl? Record Store Day boasts hundreds of new releases

(Relaxnews) – Famed acts Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, and The Clash are among some 300 artists releasing new records as part of this year’s Record Store Day on April 21. The annual event will see more than 300 artists offer up new limited-edition vinyl releases, with new tracks, cover versions, rare songs, and studio […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Whitney Houston drowned after taking cocaine

Whitney Houston drowned after taking cocaine

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning after taking cocaine which exacerbated her heart disease, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Thursday. Houston, who died at age 48 in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel room last month, likely had some kind of heart attack which caused her to slip under […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Pollock masterpiece loaned from Iran for 1st time

Pollock masterpiece loaned from Iran for 1st time

(TOKYO-AFP) – A masterpiece by US artist Jackson Pollock is being exhibited at a Tokyo museum in its first trip outside Iran in more than three decades. The Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art is holding an exhibition of Pollock (1912-1956) including “Mural on Indian Red Ground” on loan from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Top Google+ trends: largest cargo ship sets off for the International Space Station, Kim Kardashian

Top Google+ trends: largest cargo ship sets off for the International Space Station, Kim Kardashian

(Relaxnews) – An unmanned European cargo ship called the ATV Edoardo Amaldi has set off on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft is expected to arrive at the ISS on March 28 with a 20-ton load of food and supplies — the heaviest cargo load ever delivered to the station by […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Videos ·
(March-April) Music agenda: Madonna unleashes ‘MDNA’

(March-April) Music agenda: Madonna unleashes ‘MDNA’

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, Madonna unveils her much-hyped MDNA. Meanwhile, Katy Perry fans can get their hands on a special edition re-release of Teenage Dream featuring new tracks. Madonna: ‘MDNA’ March 26/27 US/UK American pop star Madonna is releasing her 12th studio album, MDNA, via Interscope Records on March 26. Her world tour in support […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Happenings, Videos ·
Nissan bids to keep the Leaf ahead in the electric car game

Nissan bids to keep the Leaf ahead in the electric car game

(Relaxnews) – As electric cars race ever faster towards the mainstream, Nissan has lifted the lid on the upgrades it’s planning to include with the next generation of its market-leading Leaf. The 2013 Leaf, set for launch later this year, will get a serious set of improvements to help it compete against a rapidly expanding […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
America sells recreation, as its tourism figures soar

America sells recreation, as its tourism figures soar

(Relaxnews) – As the US celebrates a record-breaking year for international tourism, senior administration officials are already planning how to attract more visitors to one thing their country has plenty of — natural beauty.Perhaps unsurprisingly for a country so large, the US boasts nearly 400 national park units and 556 national wildlife refuges, and in […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Money & Business ·
Fisker prepares for next debut, hoping for better karma

Fisker prepares for next debut, hoping for better karma

(Relaxnews) – Troubled green automaker Fisker has announced plans for a debut at next month’s New York International Auto Show (April 4-15) The vehicle is believed to be the Fisker ‘Project Nina’, a proposed model which would be larger than its existing $107,000 Fisker Karma plugin but retail for a lower price point. The first […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring, Videos ·
(March-April) North America agenda: Kid’s Choice Awards, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

(March-April) North America agenda: Kid’s Choice Awards, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Spring breaks bring events from Easter to Earth Day, the start of the summer music fests with Coachella, film fests from Hot Doc in Toronto to Tribeca in New York, and award shows from The Razzies on April Fools Day to the Comedy Awards. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier March […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·