Images of the week: Prague, Tokyo, Washington

Images of the week: Prague, Tokyo, Washington

11 photos ©AFP PHOTO/ MICHAL CIZEK Prague A 1933 double eagle $20 gold coin on display during the two-day long exhibition at the National Museum on March 12, 2012 in Prague. The coin, one of two 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution since 1934, is […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Ashton Kutcher signs up for Branson space flight

Ashton Kutcher signs up for Branson space flight

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Actor Ashton Kutcher is set to go into orbit after becoming the 500th customer to sign up for Richard Branson’s pioneering space ship, the British tycoon said Monday. The newly-single star, who split from actress Demi Moore in November, is “thrilled” to join the line for the Virgin Galactic service, which is […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
1970s icon Datsun to return to the roads

1970s icon Datsun to return to the roads

(Relaxnews) – Nissan is to revive the Datsun brand after three decades as a new low-cost car brand for emerging markets, it confirmed March 20. The decision will see new Datsuns return to the roads in 2014, over 30 years after the name was dropped by Nissan in 1983 in favor of ‘Nissan’ as the […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Virgin’s airlines hook up for loyalty points

Virgin’s airlines hook up for loyalty points

(Relaxnews) – Virgin’s major airlines — Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Australia — are to allow loyalty point swaps between them for the first time. The deal, announced March 19, allows ‘earning and burning’ virtually without restrictions, allowing  each airline’s loyalty program members to redeem miles or points when flying on any of […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Promotions ·
Linsanity spreads to the roads, courtesy of Volvo

Linsanity spreads to the roads, courtesy of Volvo

(Relaxnews) – The seemingly unstoppable craze of ‘Linsanity’ spread to the automotive world this week with the news that Volvo has inked a sponsorship deal with Jeremy Lin. The undrafted Harvard graduate led the New York Knicks to victory in February and quickly became an overnight star in the US thanks to his unconventional background. […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Opening of Starbucks’ first juice bar a sign of what’s to come

Opening of Starbucks’ first juice bar a sign of what’s to come

(Relaxnews) – A newly opened juice bar by coffee giant Starbucks in Washington provides a first glimpse into what’s poised to become a major trend, akin to the ubiquitous green and white logo around the world. After acquiring California-based juice company Evolution Fresh four months ago, the company has wasted no time in setting up their first […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Money & Business ·
Record 62 million visit US in 2011: officials

Record 62 million visit US in 2011: officials

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A record 62 million foreigners visited the United States last year, spending $153 billion on travel and tourism-related services, the US government said Wednesday. Releasing tourism industry data for 2011, the Commerce Department said spending by domestic as well as international tourists grew 8.1 percent in 2011, “supporting an additional 103,000 jobs for […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Money & Business ·
Dubai to build opera house, museum

Dubai to build opera house, museum

(DUBAI-AFP) – Debt-laden Dubai will build an opera house and an modern art museum, the government said Wednesday, in the first such project since the Gulf emirate was hit by the global economic downturn in 2008. The Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District “aims to further strengthen UAE’s emerging role as the cultural […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Award-winning dishes from Bocuse d’Or Europe 2012

Award-winning dishes from Bocuse d’Or Europe 2012

12 photos (Relaxnews) – During a two-day cookout at the Bocuse d’Or Europe — known as the culinary Olympics of the food world — chefs from 20 countries had five and a half hours to prepare two dishes: a fish and meat platter, each with three garnishes. Here are the winning dishes from the top […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Photos ·
Blood test could predict heart attacks: US study

Blood test could predict heart attacks: US study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US researchers have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency. The study by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) found that the endothelial blood cells from heart attack patients are abnormally large and […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Angry Birds launches into space with new app

Angry Birds launches into space with new app

(Relaxnews) – Angry Birds Space, one of the most hotly anticipated mobile phone apps of the year has blasted into this galaxy and is now available for iOS, Android, Mac and PC users. “This is Rovio at its finest, and we are more than excited to bring Angry Birds Space to all our fans worldwide,” […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Videos ·
Anti-smoking efforts save 800,000 US lives: study

Anti-smoking efforts save 800,000 US lives: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Higher taxes on cigarettes, limits on selling to kids and campaigns to educate people on the dangers of smoking have saved nearly 800,000 lives, according to a US study released Wednesday. The research is based on scientific models that counted how many people smoked up until 1970 and projected how many would have […]

18.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Avoid overeating by getting extra sleep

Avoid overeating by getting extra sleep

(Relaxnews) – If you find you have an insatiable appetite throughout the day, consider the amount of sleep you’re getting every night. A new study presented this week at a medical conference in San Diego has found more evidence linking sleep deprivation to obesity. For eight nights, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota observed the sleeping […]

18.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
In US, sickness from imported foods on the rise

In US, sickness from imported foods on the rise

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – People in the United States are getting sick more often from imported foods in recent years, and seafoods and spices from Asia are the most common culprits, US health authorities said Wednesday. After reviewing cases of reported outbreaks from 2005 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 2,348 illnesses […]

18.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Jilted fruit flies slurp alcohol to forget: study

Jilted fruit flies slurp alcohol to forget: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Frustrated male fruit flies, whose sexual advances are rejected by females, turn to alcohol to drown their sorrows, a study published Thursday revealed. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco discovered that rejected male flies have a tiny neuropeptide F molecule in their brain that pushes them to drink far more than […]

18.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Weekly most-watched sports videos: windmill slam, triple knockdown

Weekly most-watched sports videos: windmill slam, triple knockdown

(Relaxnews) – Gerald Green’s windmill slam-dunk for the New York Nets, Derek Boateng’s one-man Ukranian soccer rumble, and choice words from AC Milan’s Ibrahimovic top the YouTube weekly sports charts on March 15. YouTube’s most watched sports videos of the week (All-time views in parentheses) 1) Gerald Green… Are You Kidding Me? (2,123,182 views) 2) 3 knockdowns in […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Saint Patrick’s Day beauty tutorials: shamrock hair, clover nails and green lips

Saint Patrick’s Day beauty tutorials: shamrock hair, clover nails and green lips

(Relaxnews) – This Saturday, March 17, forget current on-trend tones such as pastels or neon brights because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and the only color to be seen in will be green. Ahead of all those parties, here are a selection of beauty tutorials inspired by the Emerald Isle for its inhabitants and their honorary […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
PayPal to expand in Asia after mobile app launch

PayPal to expand in Asia after mobile app launch

(Hong Kong-AFP) – PayPal Asia-Pacific chief Rupert Keeley said Friday the US company plans to expand in the region over the next 12 to 18 months, after it launched the region’s first payments service for smartphones. Australia and Hong Kong were the first countries in the region to have the new mobile system but Keeley […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business, Science & Technology ·
Recipe ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

Recipe ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Take any recipe, swap out the liquid for stout, and you’ve instantly rejigged the recipe –  Irish style. For St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a round-up of recipe ideas that takes liberal — and creative –use of Ireland’s unofficial national drink for the most sacred of Irish holidays. Beef and Dark Beer Chili Editors […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Free Recipes, Videos ·
Donuts, ketchup and milkshakes go green for St. Paddy’s Day

Donuts, ketchup and milkshakes go green for St. Paddy’s Day

(Relaxnews) – It’s that time of the year again, when foods take on an unnaturally bright green hue and are manipulated into four-leaf clovers. In the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, fast food companies are releasing their tributes to the Irish holiday by coating, glossing and injecting foods with bright green coloring. McDonald’s, […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·