Horse racing: Scientists say secret of success is the pack

Horse racing: Scientists say secret of success is the pack

(PARIS-AFP) – Racehorses that stay in the pack longest before breaking for the final sprint have the best chance of earning prize money, scientists said on Wednesday. By tucking in cleverly behind the leaders, the horse uses “aerodynamic drafting” to its advantage, they said. By coasting along behind the front horses, which are battling wind […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Doctor looks to China for spinal injury ‘cure’

Doctor looks to China for spinal injury ‘cure’

(HONG KONG-AFP) – One of the world’s leading researchers into spinal cord injuries says China could hold the key to a cure that he has been searching for since he met late actor Christopher Reeve in the 1990s. US-based Doctor Wise Young first used the word “cure” in relation to his work after a conversation […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
(March-April) Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention in LA, 8th International Fitness Showcase

(March-April) Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention in LA, 8th International Fitness Showcase

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, fitness professionals head to Los Angeles’ world-renowned IHRSA Convention. 31st IHRSA Convention March 14-17 Los Angeles, California, US A rival to the IDEA World Fitness Convention and FIBO, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association annual convention is another top, long-standing fitness trade show held in Los Angeles. Thousands of fitness […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Health & Fitness ·
Olympics: Historic 1896 Olympic marathon trophy to be sold

Olympics: Historic 1896 Olympic marathon trophy to be sold

(ATHENS-AFP) – An historic item of Olympic memorabilia — Spyridon Louis’s trophy for winning the 1896 marathon — is to go under the hammer at a London auction house next month, the athlete’s grandson said on Friday. The 15-centimetre (5.9-inch) tall silver cup, valued at between £120,000 and £160,000 (143,000-191,000 euros, $190,000-250,000) is being auctioned […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Cured meats linked to exacerbated respiratory illness symptoms: study

Cured meats linked to exacerbated respiratory illness symptoms: study

(Relaxnews) – Eating too much cured meats like salami, chorizo and bacon can worsen symptoms of respiratory diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis and lead to a trip to the hospital, says a new study. Published in the European Respiratory Journal last week, a team of Spanish researchers say they’ve found a link between the consumption of […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Australian kids think yoghurt grows on trees: survey

Australian kids think yoghurt grows on trees: survey

(AFP) – Most Australian children in their last year of primary school think cotton socks come from animals while one-quarter believe yoghurt is from plants, a study warning of the growing gap between city and country found Monday. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) survey of almost 1,000 students in grades six and 10 found widespread misconceptions about […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
London survey spells out dos and don’ts of dining out

London survey spells out dos and don’ts of dining out

(Relaxnews) – Is it rude to tweet about a luscious treacle tart at dinner? Or take a phone call when your starter is being served? It’s an issue that has London divided in a Zagat survey released Wednesday that asked respondents to weigh on the issue. According to the 5,500 diners answering the 2012 London Restaurants […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Table Manners Around the World ·
Fuggedaboutit! NY named rudest US city

Fuggedaboutit! NY named rudest US city

(NEW YORK-AFP) – In-your-face drivers, unsmiling pedestrians and more than eight million people in a rush: New York has been named America’s rudest city. The January issue of Travel and Leisure magazine gave the Big Apple the honor, saying readers voted America’s most populous city at the head of a list of 20. Following up […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Iconic Oreo cookie celebrates 100th birthday with link to Oreo recipes

Iconic Oreo cookie celebrates 100th birthday with link to Oreo recipes

(Relaxnews) – The best-selling cookie brand of the 21st century celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. It’s survived two World Wars unscathed, and despite the younger competition, hasn’t yet crumbled. The Oreo, an iconic American cookie sandwich made with chocolate wafers and a vanilla cream center, celebrates its milestone centenary on March 6 with the […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Free Recipes ·
Traditional Icelandic recipes: lamb soup, deep-fried bows

Traditional Icelandic recipes: lamb soup, deep-fried bows

(Relaxnews) – Iceland has launched a roving, mobile restaurant called Eldhús, “Iceland’s Little House of Food” that will serve traditional Icelandic dishes against the backdrop of a waterfall or snow-capped glaciers. The tourism board is promoting Icelandic cuisine –  little known outside the island nation — at a time when Nordic and Scandinavian gastronomy is attracting […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Free Recipes ·
Proper sushi etiquette worthy of Michelin-starred chef Jiro Ono

Proper sushi etiquette worthy of Michelin-starred chef Jiro Ono

(Relaxnews) – A documentary on master chef Jiro Ono, considered the best sushi chef in the world, opens across the US starting Friday. Ono, 85, was the first in Japan to earn three Michelin stars for his modest, 10-seat sushi eatery Sukiyabashi Jiro tucked away in a Tokyo subway station. Against a narrative that tells […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Table Manners Around the World ·
Saturn Awards nominees in sci-fi and fantasy reflect box office hits

Saturn Awards nominees in sci-fi and fantasy reflect box office hits

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The Oscars may indicate great achievements in film, but the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films focuses on genre films when considering nominees for its annual Saturn Awards, which in 2011 were also recognized at the box office. The Saturn nominees were announced this week and include Harry Potter and the […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Tim Burton’s multimedia artwork on display in Paris

Tim Burton’s multimedia artwork on display in Paris

10 photos (Relaxnews) – An art exhibition and retrospective devoted to the work of Tim Burton is on display in Paris after touring to Los Angeles, Melbourne and Toronto. The show looks at Burton’s work as a director of animated and live-action films as well as his creations in the fields of art, illustration and […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Photos ·
Watch: master class with Tim Burton in Paris

Watch: master class with Tim Burton in Paris

(Relaxnews) – On March 5, director Tim Burton gave a master class at the French Cinémathèque in Paris to coincide with an exhibition of his work. A video of the talk has since been posted online and is available to watch in its entirety. After stops in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Toronto, the show titledTim […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
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 ·