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 ·
World wine consumption increases in 2011

World wine consumption increases in 2011

(PARIS-AFP) – World consumption of wine increased slightly in 2011 thanks to added consumers in the United States and China, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said on Thursday. The organisation, an intergovernmental industry group, said 242 million hectolitres (mhl) of wine were drunk last year, up 0.7 percent from 2010. In Europe, consumption […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Money & Business ·
Manga comics in the sky join expanding world of in-flight distractions

Manga comics in the sky join expanding world of in-flight distractions

(Relaxnews) – Fans of cult Japanese manga art will be able to get their fix in-flight from later this year, when a Japanese airline integrates them into in-flight entertainment. JAL announced this week that its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner would offer a new ‘Sky Manga’ feature on its in-flight entertainment systems, in a bid to […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Videos ·
(March-May) Food agenda: Food & Hotel Asia, World’s Best 50 Restaurant Awards

(March-May) Food agenda: Food & Hotel Asia, World’s Best 50 Restaurant Awards

(Relaxnews) – Italy’s answer to France’s Vinexpo takes place this month. Unlike other wine shows, this one is open to consumers and dedicated oenophiles. Here are some other major food events taking place around the world. 46th Annual Vinitaly March 25-28 Veronafiere Fairground Verona, Italy Vinitaly is the Italian answer to France’s Vinexpo, an event […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Kitchenomics ·
Things Facebook learns from your relationship status changes

Things Facebook learns from your relationship status changes

(Relaxnews) – If you want to get into a relationship, Valentine’s Day and Christmas are the best days to find love says a new study by Facebook. The large-scale study looks at how relationships — as self-reported by Facebook users via status update changes on the social network — are influenced by seasons, holidays and […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Tutorials: how to combat daily beauty woes

Tutorials: how to combat daily beauty woes

(Relaxnews) – In light of a recent report commissioned by UK health and beauty fair the Vitality Show divulging that 70 percent of UK women wouldn’t feel confident going to work without a full face of makeup, here is a guide to combating daily beauty problems and finding the right look for the office. Coping […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·