KLM unveils Meet & Seat for social-network-powered seat mates

KLM unveils Meet & Seat for social-network-powered seat mates

(Relaxnews) – KLM has officially launched its ‘Meet & Seat’ tool, allowing passengers to pick a seatmate using social media. The Dutch carrier confirmed February 3 that passengers on select flights are now able to use the tool after linking their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts to the KLM.com website. After ‘sharing’ their profile so that […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

(Relaxnews) – New American cuisine came out on top this week in a list that names the most romantic restaurants in the US, in time for Valentine’s Day. According to the five million reviews submitted on user-generated online reservation website OpenTable.com, homegrown American cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients led a list of the top […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Ultrasound zaps could be used as male contraceptives: study

Ultrasound zaps could be used as male contraceptives: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Zapping testicles with ultrasound can reduce sperm counts and might be used in the future as an inexpensive, reliable and reversible male contraceptive, according to US researchers. Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who conducted experiments on male rats, issued their findings on Saturday in the journal Reproductive Biology […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
US study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

US study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A new US study has found that Alzheimer’s disease spreads from one part of the brain to another like an infection, a discovery that could aid the development of treatments to slow its progress. The Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) study on transgenic mice found that the abnormal tau protein linked to the […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
‘Trompe l’oeil’, or the art of deception, on show in Paris

‘Trompe l’oeil’, or the art of deception, on show in Paris

(PARIS-AFP) – “Trompe l’oeil” — or art designed to trick the eye — is the title of a new Paris exhibit exploring the history of illusion and pastiche, from ancient frescoes to fashion and the decorative arts. The first known use of trompe l’oeil, as legend would have it, dates back to ancient Greece, in […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Three Oscar winners, Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), will star in Stand Up Guys. Previously titled Old Timers, the story follows a pair of aging con men who try to get the old gang together again for one last night of debauchery […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
‘Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard’ at the Phillips Collection

‘Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard’ at the Phillips Collection

11 photos (Relaxnews) – With more than 200 photographs and approximately 70 paintings, prints, and drawings from renowned international collections, Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard examines how the invention of the Kodak handheld camera in 1888 inspired many post-impressionists. The exhibition runs from February 4 through May 6 at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
Ad giants seek catchy tunes at MIDEM music market

Ad giants seek catchy tunes at MIDEM music market

(CANNES, France-AFP) – What kind of tune will make someone want to buy a bar of soap, a painkiller or a condom? That was the question facing ad agencies who flocked to this week’s MIDEM global music market in search of catchy sounds for their next big brand campaigns. Many artists were long reluctant to […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Mazda MX-5 Special Edition heading for Chicago

Mazda MX-5 Special Edition heading for Chicago

(Relaxnews) – Mazda is to launch a limited-edition model of its popular MX-5 sportscar at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The Japanese brand confirmed the launch February 2, saying that only 450 Special Edition variants of the MX-5 will be produced, boasting an upgraded roof and new interior. Since its launch in 1989, the […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Your app’s ‘virtual coach’ may give you beneficial nudge: study

Your app’s ‘virtual coach’ may give you beneficial nudge: study

(Relaxnews) – If you’re looking to shed weight by relying on a smartphone app and/or a portable fitness gadget, look for one that comes with a “virtual coach,” at least according to new research published last week. US-based researchers from the Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that virtual coaches […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness ·
Cookbook offers taste of Mandela’s table

Cookbook offers taste of Mandela’s table

(JOHANNESBURG-AFP) – Nelson Mandela’s personal chef of 20 years launched her first cookbook Thursday, giving the world a taste of some of the anti-apartheid hero’s favourite South African dishes. Xoliswa Ndoyiya’s “Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen” (the title means “home cooking” in Xhosa) features recipes such as umsila wenkomo (oxtail stew), umngqusho (maize […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Style Olympics: London announces International Fashion Showcase

Style Olympics: London announces International Fashion Showcase

(Relaxnews) – It was announced January 31 that an inaugural International Fashion Showcase will take place during this February’s London Fashion Week, unveiling the work of some 80 rising international creators. Organized by the British Council and the British Fashion Council (BFC), the event will see 19 embassies and cultural institutes across the English capital […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple ‘super tomato’

Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple ‘super tomato’

(Relaxnews) – Researchers in the US have announced the debut of a purple “super tomato,” dubbed Indigo Rose, bred to contain higher than normal levels of antioxidants. Following on the veggie trail of the cancer-fighting “super broccoli” out of the UK last year, researchers from Oregon State University officially rolled out the new breed of […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Chinese epic vies for gold at Berlin film festival

Chinese epic vies for gold at Berlin film festival

(BERLIN-AFP) – A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday. Festival chief Dieter Kosslick told reporters the movie by 2007 Berlin Golden Bear winner Wang Quan’an would go up against competitors from the United States, Europe, […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

(MANILA-AFP) – Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection programme starts to pay off, environment group Conservation International said Wednesday. The project is a key part of worldwide efforts to rebuild green turtle populations, and could help see the species’ status upgraded from endangered to […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Philippines, 100 countries back world environment agency

Philippines, 100 countries back world environment agency

(PARIS-AFP) – More than a hundred countries now support a French proposal to create a “World Environment Organisation” at the upcoming 20th anniversary conference of the Rio Summit, France’s ecology minister said on Tuesday. “More than 100 countries have now associated themselves with the proposal,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said at a conference in Paris aimed at […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
One out of five page views in the US occurs on Facebook: Hitwise

One out of five page views in the US occurs on Facebook: Hitwise

(Relaxnews) – Love it or hate it, Facebook accounts for more and more of people’s time spent online. In the US, one in every five pages viewed on the web is on Facebook, revealed market researcher Hitwise in a February 2 blog post. Facebook filed its initial public offering on February 1 and revealed that […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Watch Madonna’s video for “Gimme All Your Luvin”

Watch Madonna’s video for “Gimme All Your Luvin”

(Relaxnews) – Pop icon Madonna just released the clip for the first single from her upcoming album MDNA, “Gimme All Your Luvin’” featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. MDNA, her 12th album and followup to 2008′s Hard Candy, releases via Interscope Records on March 26. A preview of the video premiered on Thursday, February 2, on […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Fiat 500L first images released

Fiat 500L first images released

(Relaxnews) – Fiat has finally lifted the lid on a long-awaited larger edition of its hit Fiat 500 city car, set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Fiat 500L (the ‘L’ stands for Large) is an aim to broaden the appeal of the tiny model, which has proved popular among […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Cooking conversions, owl cake pops and fried chicken top Tumblr food posts

Cooking conversions, owl cake pops and fried chicken top Tumblr food posts

(Relaxnews) – A poster on volume conversions for precision cooks that includes the number of dashes and drops which go into a teaspoon is the most popular food post on Tumblr this week. As of February 3, the visual aid guide generated the most activity from Tumblr bloggers for elucidating that one teaspoon equals either 60 dashes, […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·