Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Drug addicts have inherited abnormalities in some parts of the brain which interfere with impulse control, said a British study published in the United States on Thursday. Previous research has pointed to these differences, but it was unclear if they resulted from the ravages of addiction or if they were there beforehand to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Health benefits of 1,000 bottles of red wine in a pill?

Health benefits of 1,000 bottles of red wine in a pill?

(Relaxnews) – Some experts say that for red wine lovers to see health benefits of resveratrol, a compound purported to add years to your life, they’ll need to guzzle excessive quantities of the stuff. But now a new study suggests that a class of drugs can offer the benefits of mega doses of resveratrol, equivalent […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
For many Indonesians, ‘Fesbuk’ is the only Internet

For many Indonesians, ‘Fesbuk’ is the only Internet

(JAKARTA-AFP) – Indonesia, a developing Muslim nation which claims the world’s third-largest community of Facebook users, has become a showcase for the social networking site’s global power and reach. Facebook has broken technological and social barriers to connect 40 million users in the sprawling Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, some without even landline […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Apps agenda: RBS Six Nations, Sydney Mardi Gras, Grammys

Apps agenda: RBS Six Nations, Sydney Mardi Gras, Grammys

9 photos (Relaxnews) – A roundup of the essential apps needed for keeping up-to-date with major events in art, cinema, music, sport and more for February 6 – 12.   ©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 […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Happenings, Photos ·
Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

(Relaxnews) – The celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the summer Olympic games in London are poised to reignite national pride in all things British, including a renewed and rising interest in classic British cuisine. That’s the epicurean prognosis of trendspotting agency The foodpeople, which predicts that, like the Royal Wedding which put the UK […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

(Relaxnews) – According to the results of a market research survey, consumers in the US say it’s hard to find healthy snacks around them. A month into 2012, when resolutions begin to dissolve and fade, a new Mintel survey released last week found that almost half, or 46 percent, of respondents said it’s difficult to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

(Relaxnews) – Like the sweeping love stories Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, inspired by perhaps one of the most mythologized foods in literature, a confectionery brand has partnered with New York Times bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks in a contest that seeks the sweetest love story. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, when store shelves groan with heart-shaped […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Promotions ·
New app allows hotel guests to control TVs – without touching that filthy remote

New app allows hotel guests to control TVs – without touching that filthy remote

(Relaxnews) – TV remotes are reportedly among the dirtiest objects in the average hotel room — but now, hundreds of thousands of travelers will be able to watch television without even needing to touch one. A new app produced by Lodgenet, the firm which provides in-room entertainment for thousands of hotels in the US and […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
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 ·