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 ·
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 ·