‘Harry Potter’ 31-disc Wizards Collection features five new hours

‘Harry Potter’ 31-disc Wizards Collection features five new hours

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Since Harry Potter fans are no longer awaiting more books or films from author J.K. Rowling, who is readying an adult novel now, devotees can anticipate the ultimate Harry Potter box set on Blu-ray/DVD, available to pre-order now. The most successful film franchise will get the deluxe treatment with a definitive package containing all eight films, […]

05.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
New itineraries added to North Korea vacations

New itineraries added to North Korea vacations

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – Encouraged by the interest in traveling to one of the most unlikely tourist destinations in the world, Koryo Tours has added a new trip to its itineraries in North Korea. The company, founded by Briton Nick Bonner in 1993, had been concerned that the death in December of Kim Jong-Il, known as The […]

05.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Consumers seek ‘authentic’ ethnic flavors: report

Consumers seek ‘authentic’ ethnic flavors: report

(Relaxnews) – No more ‘nuclear-orange’ shellacked Chinese chicken balls or cowardly spiced curries. When it comes to ethnic fare, a new market research report has found that increasingly international taste buds are seeking authentic and traditional flavors. In a Mintel survey released last week, analysts found that two-thirds of US respondents named authenticity as the […]

05.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Audi reveals seven new technologies heading for our cars

Audi reveals seven new technologies heading for our cars

(Relaxnews) – Audi has revealed details of seven new technologies it believes could soon be changing the way we drive. The automaker, which is gearing up to display at the enormous CeBIT technology show this week (March 6-10), is keen to emphasize the rapidly increasing sophistication of its vehicles in the face of competition from […]

05.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring, Videos ·
Fragrance boon: Celebrity scents and designer launches bolster category

Fragrance boon: Celebrity scents and designer launches bolster category

(Relaxnews) – Celebrity fragrances and designer launches have been cited as two of the biggest factors behind the fragrance industry’s dominance among prestige beauty sales last year. The trend for celebrity fragrances is showing no signs of slowing down, with recent figures from the NPD Group revealing the category enjoyed gains of 57% last year […]

05.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
China says most cities fail to meet new air standard

China says most cities fail to meet new air standard

(BEIJING-AFP) – China said Friday that two-thirds of its cities currently fail to meet new air-quality standards introduced this week that are based on the pollutants most harmful to health. Under pressure from a worried Chinese public, the government this week issued revised air-quality targets based on the smallest particulates, which make up much of […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Ocean acidification may be worst in 300 million years: study

Ocean acidification may be worst in 300 million years: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – High levels of pollution may be turning the planet’s oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday. The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history when natural pulses of carbon […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Macabre hobby gives dead animals new life

Macabre hobby gives dead animals new life

(NEW YORK-AFP) – There are mice and men and, thanks to a macabre hobby, there are also mice that look like men. Bent over tables in a room in an industrial corner of Brooklyn recently, about 20 New Yorkers used scalpels to slice into dead white mice, the first step in the animals’ unlikely journey […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
(March-April) Health and fitness agenda: International Women’s Day

(March-April) Health and fitness agenda: International Women’s Day

(Relaxnews) – More than a thousand events around the globe will celebrate women in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. Also coming up, fitness professionals head to Los Angeles’ world-renowned IHRSA Convention. 101st International Women’s Day March 8 Worldwide More than a thousand events will be held around the world to mark the […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Radiation fears haunt Japanese food shoppers

Radiation fears haunt Japanese food shoppers

(TOKYO-AFP) – For Japanese shoppers, food safety was taken for granted until the Fukushima crisis. Now many have lost faith in government guarantees and fear that radiation could have contaminated their diet. Meltdowns at the nuclear plant in the aftermath of last year’s tsunami sent poisonous radioactive particles into the air and water, blanketing crops […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Is sharing the key to advanced society?

Is sharing the key to advanced society?

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The ability to share knowledge and learn from each other may be the key difference between people and chimpanzees that helped humans to dominate the modern world, scientists suggested on Thursday. The research in the journal Science aimed to discover what has allowed humans to establish what is known as cumulative culture, or […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Lifestyle ·
Upper class people more likely to cheat: study

Upper class people more likely to cheat: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – People from the wealthy upper classes are more likely than poorer folks to break laws while driving, take candy from children and lie for financial gain, said a US study on Monday. The seven-part study by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto analyzed people’s behavior through a […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Lifestyle ·
Gluten-free diet could improve symptoms of autism in children: study

Gluten-free diet could improve symptoms of autism in children: study

(Relaxnews) – A new study suggests that a gluten-free diet could help improve behavioral issues associated with childhood autism like poor attention span and social responsiveness. The latest study, published in this month’s journal Nutritional Neuroscience, adds to an existing body of conflicting and contradictory research on whether or not diet can play a role in autism in […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Cybercriminals target phones, Android most exposed: analysts

Cybercriminals target phones, Android most exposed: analysts

(BARCELONA-AFP) – Cybercriminals are sneaking a soaring number of malware into smartphones to steal data or even money, with those running on Google’s Android most exposed to security threats, analysts said. While the Android open concept has gained the hearts of those who find the iPhone too closely managed by Apple, it is also turning […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
IBM takes giant step to faster, quantum computers

IBM takes giant step to faster, quantum computers

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – IBM researchers have taken a leap in computing by using quantum mechanics to harness the power of atoms and molecules, a move likely to lead to vast increases in speed and security of computers and other devices. IBM researchers presenting the results at this week’s American Physical Society meeting in Boston said that […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
(March-June) Apps agenda: Louis Vuitton, Michael Jackson, CeBIT

(March-June) Apps agenda: Louis Vuitton, Michael Jackson, CeBIT

18 photos (Relaxnews) – A roundup of the essential apps needed for keeping up-to-date with major events in art, music, sport and more for March 5th - 11th . ©Android Arts: Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art (November 13 – May 14, New York) From the Mexican muralist’s one-person show for MoMA in 1931, […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Happenings ·
Clooney and Pitt in live-streamed play March 3

Clooney and Pitt in live-streamed play March 3

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – George Clooney and Brat Pitt re-team after 2007′s Oceans Thirteen on stage March 3 for a live-streamed reading of the drama 8 by Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) about the legal battle in California over gay marriage. The play is directed by Rob Reiner (The Bucket List, Spinal Tap) and being performed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Uggie to hang up movie star dog collar

Uggie to hang up movie star dog collar

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – He won a canine version of the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival — and Uggie the dog was back in the spotlight as “The Artist” scooped top prizes at the Oscars on Sunday. But now the trick-performing, life-saving Jack Russell is hanging up his dog collar, said his trainer, […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Website lets people shine light on dark secrets

Website lets people shine light on dark secrets

(LONG BEACH, California-AFP) – People around the world share their deep secrets with Frank Warren and he, in turn, reveals them to all. Confessions drawn, pasted or written on postcards flow relentlessly into his mailbox and Warren provides as many as possible with time in the spotlight at his website, PostSecret.com. “I’ve never been a […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
American car sales soar again, VW and Chrysler lead the way

American car sales soar again, VW and Chrysler lead the way

(Relaxnews) – US auto sales jumped by 16 percent in February, figures released this week showed, with a host of automakers posting gains of more than 30 percent on the same month last year. American consumers bought a total 1.15 million cars last month, more than expected by many and boosted by a warmer-than-expected winter […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·