US robotic ‘cheetah’ breaks speed records

US robotic ‘cheetah’ breaks speed records

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Pentagon’s main research agency has created the fastest-ever land robot, named “Cheetah,” which can gallop at a speed of 18 miles (29 kilometers) per hour, scientists said Tuesday. The headless robot looks to be about the size of a small dog and is shown running on a treadmill in pictures and video […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Americans not fans of online targeted ads: survey

Americans not fans of online targeted ads: survey

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Most Americans are satisfied with their Internet search engines but they are not fans of targeted advertising, seeing it as an invasion of privacy, according to a survey published on Friday. The survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project also found that the vast majority of Internet search users — 83 […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Tokyo to relax rules on poisonous puffer fish

Tokyo to relax rules on poisonous puffer fish

(TOKYO-AFP) – Tokyo is set to relax its strict controls on the sale of the poisonous puffer fish, a dangerous but highly-prized delicacy known for making the occasional diner very sick, a city official said Monday. Under present rules no “fugu” can be served in restaurants in the Tokyo Metropolitan area by anyone other than […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Hisss and hers: When women are best at spotting snakes

Hisss and hers: When women are best at spotting snakes

(PARIS-AFP) – Women who have just finished ovulating are better at detecting snakes than at other times of their menstrual cycle, according to an unusual study that sheds light on in-built reflexes for survival. Nobuo Masataka of Japan’s Kyoto University tested 60 healthy women of child-bearing age at three different phases of their cycle. They […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·

Beauty agenda: 4th Makeup Show Los Angeles, Madonna, Lady Gaga fragrance launch

(Relaxnews) – From the US to Europe, the beauty trade fair season continues into March and April, with upcoming events including the 4th Makeup Show Los Angeles and the 22nd In-cosmetics Europe. Read about these and other upcoming beauty events here. 4th Makeup Show Los Angeles March 17-18 Los Angeles, US Since its debut in 2005, the Makeup […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Happenings ·
Tennis: Miami-bound Serena treats fans to tweetfest

Tennis: Miami-bound Serena treats fans to tweetfest

(MIAMI-AFP) – Serena Williams took to Twitter on Friday to confirm that she plans to return to WTA play in two weeks at Miami. Former World No. 1 Williams, now ranked 11th in the world, has only competed in two events this year. She lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open after withdrawing […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Small US trial looks at body’s ability to fight HIV

Small US trial looks at body’s ability to fight HIV

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A new approach to coaxing the body to fight HIV without antiretroviral drugs has shown some success in almost half the patients enrolled in a small study, US researchers said Wednesday. Twenty HIV-positive volunteers in Pennsylvania were asked to stop taking their drug therapy and submit instead to weekly doses of interferon-alpha, an […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·

Coke, Pepsi to drop level of ‘cancer’ chemical

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Coca-Cola and Pepsi said Friday they will lower levels of a chemical in caramel coloring to comply with a California law, but insisted the beverages pose no health risks and recipes will not change. The changes allow the companies to avoid having to label products with a cancer warning due to what California […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Olympics: British athletes warned about hand-shakes

Olympics: British athletes warned about hand-shakes

(LONDON-AFP) – Britain’s athletes have been told of the dangers of shaking hands at this year’s Olympics in case they pick up a bug that could wreck their sporting dreams. The British Olympic Association’s (BOA) chief medical officer said that “within reason”, shaking hands should be off-limits, given the fact that all athletes will live […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
What crisis? Swiss watchmakers eye record 2012

What crisis? Swiss watchmakers eye record 2012

(GENEVA-AFP) – The world’s biggest watch fair is set to open in an optimistic mood, with Swiss watchmakers — the industry’s barometer — expecting 2012 demand to beat 2011′s, when exports hit a record. “The watchmaking sector is probably a unique case,” said Jacques Duchene, who heads the exhibitors’ committee of the Baselworld fair, which […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
Award-winning Peruvian chef recipe for scallops with lime butter

Award-winning Peruvian chef recipe for scallops with lime butter

(Relaxnews) – Rafael, El Chef, by Peruvian chef Rafael Osterling was named the best chef cookbook in Paris March 6 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Here’s a recipe from his his website www.rafaelosterling.com. Grilled Scallops with Lime Butter and Crunchy Garlic (serves 4) 20 large scallops, in their shell flat leaf parsley Lime Butter […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Free Recipes, Kitchenomics ·
Low-fat Dutch gouda crowned world champion cheese

Low-fat Dutch gouda crowned world champion cheese

(Relaxnews) – A Dutch Gouda has been crowned the big cheese among more than 2,500 entries from around the world. An international panel of judges at the World Champion Cheese Contest, held every two years in Wisconsin, deemed a mild low-fat Vermeer Gouda from dairy maker FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands the best in show, giving […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Geneva Motor Show: eleven new cars you shouldn’t miss

Geneva Motor Show: eleven new cars you shouldn’t miss

11 photos (Relaxnews) – The Geneva Motor Show sees launches and product refreshes from most of the major automotive brands — here, the Relaxnews pick of the ones to see first. ©Ferrari Special uses : Ferrari Only Ferrari F12berlinetta Ferrari’s most powerful road vehicle in history can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds thanks to […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
From ‘The Voice’ to The Scent: Maroon 5′s Levine launching men’s and women’s fragrances

From ‘The Voice’ to The Scent: Maroon 5′s Levine launching men’s and women’s fragrances

(Relaxnews) – While fans eagerly await debut perfume releases from Lady Gaga and Madonna, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is the latest pop star to announce a fragrance launch. Levine, who is also a mentor on US reality talent show The Voice, will unveil his debut scent, 222 by Adam Levine, in May 2013, with […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Paris Fashion Week finale highlights: Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, Miu Miu

Paris Fashion Week finale highlights: Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, Miu Miu

9 photos (Relaxnews) – The most talked about show on the final day of Paris Fashion Week was undoubtedly Louis Vuitton’s extravagant Fall/Winter 2012 presentation in a lifesize facsimile of a train station, while Elie Saab and Miu Miu were among the other big names on closing day. See all the latest highlights here. ©AFP […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
Calling shoeaholics: Arianne Phillips curates new international footwear site

Calling shoeaholics: Arianne Phillips curates new international footwear site

(Relaxnews) – March 7 saw the launch of Yoox Group’s new online shoe boutique shoescribe.com, with unique features including a resident shoe guru as well as celebrity guest editors. Dedicated solely to footwear ranging from sportswear to high heels, the site ships top international brands ranging from Havaianas to Giambattista Valli across the globe. Visitors […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Ambient awareness, crowdsourced funding, and focused apps at SXSW Interactive

Ambient awareness, crowdsourced funding, and focused apps at SXSW Interactive

(Relaxnews) – SXSW Interactive is challenging people to envision the future, and while attendees might have the future of technology in the back of their minds, their phones are zoomed in on a new breed of location-aware apps. Technology bloggers and SXSW attendees are already buzzing about a swathe of new location-based and check-in applications […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Advert for next-gen iPad becomes a viral video hit

Advert for next-gen iPad becomes a viral video hit

(Relaxnews) – Apple unveiled the highly anticipated next gen iPad at an event on March 7, sparking a massive online reaction and sending a TV advert for Apple’s latest product viral.The TV ad for the next-gen iPad looks likely to be a viral hit, gaining well over 100,000 views in 18 hours after it was […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology, Videos ·
Consumer group claims Coke and Pepsi can cause cancer

Consumer group claims Coke and Pepsi can cause cancer

(Relaxnews) – A consumer’s group in the US says it’s found a known animal carcinogen in sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi which contain caramel coloring. According to the lab results of The Center for Science in the Public Interest, sodas like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi contain high levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
US health authorities warn against ‘inhalable caffeine’

US health authorities warn against ‘inhalable caffeine’

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US health authorities on Tuesday issued a warning to the maker of a new inhalable caffeine product sold in the United States and France, citing mislabeling and safety concerns. “The Food and Drug Administration reviewed your website at www.aeroshots.com in February 2012 and has determined that the product AeroShot is misbranded,” said the […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·