Disney names its latest cruise ship as Costa’s troubles rumble on

Disney names its latest cruise ship as Costa’s troubles rumble on

(Relaxnews) – Disney has christened its latest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy, at a glittering ceremony in New York March 1. With no sign that the recent high-profile events involving competitor Costa Cruises has dampened the mood, the lavish celebration saw Mariah Carey named the ship’s godmother. Carey, who sang the 1995 hit “Fantasy,” broke […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Vatican archive treasures go on show for first time

Vatican archive treasures go on show for first time

(ROME-AFP) – Vatican archives documenting centuries of European history including Galileo Galilei’s trial documents and Martin Luther’s excommunication went on public display for the first time Wednesday. The exhibit also includes a request to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon and the ‘Dictatus Papae’ of Pope Gregory VII, an 11th-century script asserting the […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Mediterranean wines eye joint push into Asia

Mediterranean wines eye joint push into Asia

(MONTPELLIER, France-AFP) – What do the Grenache grapes ripening above the smooth river stones of France’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape have in common with the Xinomavro clinging to the slopes of Greece’s Mount Olympus? That was the question facing winegrowers and merchants who gathered in the southeastern French city of Montpellier at the recent annual Vinisud trade fair, […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Oreo facts and figures

Oreo facts and figures

(Relaxnews) – The iconic Oreo cookie sold in 100 countries, also celebrates its 100th anniversary March 6. Here are some Oreo facts and figures: – In the same year that the Oreo was born, the South Pole was discovered and the Titanic sank. – The first Oreo cookie was sold in Hoboken, NJ, where the […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Thanks to a huge movie screen, the world’s best airport just got better

Thanks to a huge movie screen, the world’s best airport just got better

(Relaxnews) – Bored of waiting around at airports? How about catching a 3D movie, on a screen that’s as big as the plane you’re about to board? Later this year, that’ll become a possibility, with Hong Kong International Airport set to become the first airport in the world to offer weary travellers a chance to […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Japan tightens limits on radiation in food

Japan tightens limits on radiation in food

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – Japan is to place stricter limits on the amount of radiation in vegetables sold for human consumption from April 1. The new maximum limits of radioactive cesium will be between one-twentieth and one quarter of the provisional limits imposed after the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant was crippled by the Great East Japan Earthquake […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Paris Fashion Week beauty highlights: Color-block hair

Paris Fashion Week beauty highlights: Color-block hair

8 photos (Relaxnews) – It may be time to reach for the hair dye as day five of the ongoing Paris Fashion Week was all about wild hair colors with Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garcons both sending models down the runway with bright locks. See highlights from all the latest shows here.   ©AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
Great Barrier Reef corals clone in bad weather: study

Great Barrier Reef corals clone in bad weather: study

(SYDNEY-AFP) – Coral offspring spawned from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef clone themselves when rough weather hits with not all of the fragile embryos perishing in big waves, research showed Friday. Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science discovered the previously unknown reproductive strategy, which shows that coral offspring can form genetic clones of themselves […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Social media used to sell illegal drugs to youth, INCB warns

Social media used to sell illegal drugs to youth, INCB warns

(VIENNA-AFP) – Illegal online pharmacies are using social media to attract young customers and sell them illicit drugs and medicines, a UN agency warned Tuesday. “Illegal Internet pharmacies have started to use social media to get customers for their websites,” Hamid Ghodse, president of the International Narcotics Control Board, said in the agency’s annual report […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Queen to open London Olympic Games: palace

Queen to open London Olympic Games: palace

(LONDON-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will open the London Olympic Games in July, the palace announced on Wednesday, continuing a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. “Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the London 2012 Olympic Games at the […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Fried food raises stroke risk in older women

Fried food raises stroke risk in older women

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Older women who eat high amounts of the kind of fat found in fried foods and baked goods face a greater risk of stroke than women who eat lower fat diets, a US study suggested on Thursday. However, aspirin use could cut those risks, said the researchers from University of North Carolina whose […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Kids get most of their excess sugar from food, not drinks: study

Kids get most of their excess sugar from food, not drinks: study

(Relaxnews) – News that kids and teens get most of their excess sugar intake from food and not beverages may throw a wrench into a controversial debate about the role soda and juice have on childhood obesity. In a study released February 29 out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers pointed out that […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Arsenic found in US toddler formulas and cereal bars

Arsenic found in US toddler formulas and cereal bars

(Relaxnews) – A new US study published last week reports that arsenic has been found in some foods that use organic brown rice syrup as a sweetener, including toddler formula and cereal and energy bars. According to researchers from Dartmouth College, the type of arsenic found in the products has been identified as a carcinogen […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Emma Watson to star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Bling Ring’

Emma Watson to star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Bling Ring’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Post Harry Potter, Emma Watson has signed on to appear in Sofia Coppola’s next film, The Bling Ring, it was announced February 29. The story of The Bling Ring follows a band of teen burglars who focus on robbing the homes of Hollywood celebrities, with Watson playing the leader of the pack of thieves. Based on […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Film trailer: ‘Despicable Me 2′ in 3D

Film trailer: ‘Despicable Me 2′ in 3D

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The first teaser trailer for Despicable Me 2 in 3D released on March 1 with a spotlight on the little yellow Minions performing a version of The Beach Boys’ tune “Barbara Ann.” The sequel to this animated blockbuster family comedy of 2010, which made $543.1 million worldwide, brings back super villain Gru and the […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Film trailer: Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ in 3D

Film trailer: Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ in 3D

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The first trailer for Tim Burton’s animated film Frankenweenie in 3D debuted March 1 online, taking a twist on the Frankenstein story with a boy and his dog. The black-and-white stop-motion animation recalls the director’s 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas in his dark yet whimsical horror humor. This feature-length version of a 1984 short film […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Most blogged artists: Bear in Heaven, Regina Spektor release new tracks

Most blogged artists: Bear in Heaven, Regina Spektor release new tracks

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Brooklyn-based electronic rock band Bear in Heaven continues to climb up The Hype Machine’s chart of most blogged artists on March 2 as bloggers circulate a new track by the group. Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Regina Spektor emerges in the top ten with a new track of her own. Bear in Heaven was formed […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Video: Peter Jackson releases ‘The Hobbit’ sixth production video

Video: Peter Jackson releases ‘The Hobbit’ sixth production video

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – A new production video from director Peter Jackson for The Hobbit films was released March 1 with behind-the-scenes footage from various locations across New Zealand and highlights of the massive production. In the first video blog of 2012, Jackson explains he can’t show any real scenes since some of the footage is from part […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
(March-April) Music agenda: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’, Juno Awards, MDNA

(March-April) Music agenda: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’, Juno Awards, MDNA

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, New York hosts The Secret Policeman’s Ball on March 4 while Bruce Springsteen unveils his 19th studio album, Wrecking Ball. Also Austin readies the massive South by Southwest conference and festival, with the music portion running March 13-18. The Secret Policeman’s Ball  March 4 New York City, US To mark the 50th […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Videos ·
Facebook game maker Zynga launches its own social games platform, Zynga.com

Facebook game maker Zynga launches its own social games platform, Zynga.com

(Relaxnews) – Popular Facebook game maker Zynga is scaling up and branching out from the clutches of the world’s biggest social networking site with the launch its own Zynga.com website and gaming platform. The shift means users will soon be able to play Zynga’s popular social games including CityVille, Words with Friends, CastleVille, Zynga Poker and Hidden Chronicle outside of the Facebook […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·