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 ·
Global airline passenger traffic up 5.7% in January: IATA

Global airline passenger traffic up 5.7% in January: IATA

(GENEVA-AFP) – Global air passenger traffic rose by 5.7 percent in January from the level 12 months earlier, but freight activity fell by 8.0 percent, the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday. The Chinese New Year in January, instead of in February in 2011, exaggerated the increased passenger demand and the fall in air […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Ferrari unveils its fastest road car yet

Ferrari unveils its fastest road car yet

(Relaxnews) – Ferrari has unveiled the fastest road-car it has ever produced, ahead of the vehicle’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show (March 8-18) The F12 Berlinetta, revealed for the first time February 29, can streak from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds and continue up to 200km/h in just 8.5 seconds, thanks to a host of […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Japanese car maker dominates top car selection

Japanese car maker dominates top car selection

(TOKYO-) – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp. has driven off with top spot in no fewer than five of the 10 categories set by the US magazine Consumer Reports for 2012 car models. The achievement is the first time one car brand has dominated the rankings so comprehensively since 2003, according to the magazine, and will […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Titanic centenary – on both sides of the Atlantic, destinations associated with the liner prepare to commemorate

Titanic centenary – on both sides of the Atlantic, destinations associated with the liner prepare to commemorate

(Relaxnews) – In less than 45 days, the world will mark a century since the sinking of the Titanic, the most famous cruise ship disaster in history. The fateful night of April 14-15, 1912, in which 1,517 people died, has gone on to become one of the most infamous stories in history, spawning novels, music, […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Quad-core smartphones power up at Mobile World Congress

Quad-core smartphones power up at Mobile World Congress

5 photos (Relaxnews) – One of the biggest trends at this year’s Mobile World Congress event is the rise of the quad-core smartphone. Smartphone makers have upped the antie this year debuting a range of powerful mobile devices. Unless noted, pricing and release dates have not been announced. ©Huawei Device The world’s fastest quad-core smartphone […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Photos, Science & Technology ·
The uber-hip W Paris lands… Just in time for Paris Fashion Week

The uber-hip W Paris lands… Just in time for Paris Fashion Week

9 photos (Relaxnews) – The latest outpost of W Hotels, the long-awaited W Paris, has thrown open its doors in the French capital as Paris Fashion Week gets underway. Here, a look inside. ©Starwood Special uses : W Paris Only W Paris The W Paris, a new outpost from boutique chain W Hotels, has finally opened […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

(SYDNEY-AFP) – Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef will broadcast their findings in partnership with Google, emulating its “Street View” to spotlight the impact of climate change. The University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey will use custom-designed cameras and diving robots to plumb never-before-seen depths of the reef off Australia’s northeast coast. It is a […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Top tech headlines: MWC, Windows 8, iPad 3, Lytro reviews

Top tech headlines: MWC, Windows 8, iPad 3, Lytro reviews

(Relaxnews) – Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending March 2 include new smartphones and tablets at Mobile World Congress, the consumer preview of Microsoft’s Windows 8, Apple’s March 7 press conference and iPad 3 rumors, reviews of the shoot-first-focus-later Lytro camera, and Zynga launches Zynga.com. Smartphone and tablet announcements at Mobile […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology, Videos ·
(March-April) Arts agenda: Armory Arts Week, Armory Show, JUE Music + Art

(March-April) Arts agenda: Armory Arts Week, Armory Show, JUE Music + Art

(Relaxnews) – Art lovers in New York will be busy visiting galleries and taking in exhibitions during Armory Arts Week. The event revolves around the Armory Arts Show but also includes smaller exhibitions at local galleries and art fairs including the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Art Show, the Independent, the Art Show, Volta […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·