EU to impose stricter rules on organic products
2014-03-26 04:02:05 UTC
<h3>How green are organic products really? Consumers are increasingly uncertain. In order to win back their trust, the EU Commission now wants to implement stricter regulations for products with an organic seal.</h3>
Pesticide-ladentomatoes and falsely declared olive oil - scandals in the organi...
WHO: air pollution linked to seven million deaths in 2012
2014-03-25 07:56:24 UTC
<h3>Roughly seven million people have died from air pollution, a report by the World Health Organization says. The analysis linked dirty air not only to lung disease, but also to heart disease and cancer of the bladder</h3>
The United Nation's health agency raised its previous estimates of dea...
Our home in space, the Solar System
2014-03-23 07:57:24 UTC
Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far apart they are, etc., plus a few fun tid-bits (Sat...
London 'draining life' from rest of UK economy
2014-03-19 07:49:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's London. And then there's the rest of the U.K.
A tale of two Britains has increasingly emerged since the Great Recession. While the government trumpets the country's recovery from the financial crisis and its status as the world's fastest-growing developed economy, the rhe...
Underground modeling in Iran
2014-03-14 02:53:04 UTC
Tehran (The Guardian) - There is a “fever for modelling” in Tehran right now, says a photographer who has been working in the field for 20 years, as the profession has become a “status marker” in a vanity-driven culture. And the look that’s in vogue among female models is far from what many would...
EU seeks to ban U.S. from using European names
2014-03-12 05:16:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.
As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States.
Atlantic slave trade: Caribbean nations demand reparations
2014-03-10 23:51:34 UTC
Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations will gather in St Vincent on Monday to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade.
In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hilary Beckles, who chairs the reparations task force charged w...
Karl Lagerfeld to design Macau hotel
2014-03-07 08:43:28 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.
The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will open in 2017 in a 20-story tower in the gambling enclave in southern China, according to Lagerfeld and the Sociedade de Jog...
Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug
2014-03-08 08:56:15 UTC
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection ...
Dyslexia unscientific and lacks meaning, warn academics
2014-02-27 06:41:25 UTC
Dyslexia may not exist, warn academics. Experts at Durham and Yale Universities are calling for the term ‘dyslexia’ to be abandoned because it is unscientific and lacks meaning.
Millions of children may have been wrongly diagnosed as dyslexic after academics found the condition probably does not...
San Francisco: Is this the end of the city as we know it?
2014-02-24 09:12:49 UTC
The big pay cheques of the tech boom are changing the City by the Bay as Twitter and Google millionaires take over its bohemian haunts. Is San Francisco losing its soul?
Poet and painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti came to San Francisco in 1951 because he heard it was a great place to be a bohemian....
265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
2014-02-22 08:31:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 dama...
Is Israel "the Jewish state"?
2014-02-21 08:50:14 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The answer may seem as obvious as the Star of David on the Israeli flag. Yet the question is starting to complicate the ambitious U.S. effort to ram through a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel.
A broad-based group of Israelis plans to lobby the Knesset to declare ...
Tribal objects shown reverence on trip home to US
2014-02-20 08:56:21 UTC
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two dozen ceremonial items bought last year at auction in France are set to return to Arizona in a way that pays reverence to the beliefs of American Indian tribes.
The masks and hoods invoke the ancestral spirits of the Hopi and Apache Tribes — who consider them living...
The honest image of a woman's body
2014-02-14 07:18:27 UTC
Beth Whaanga's photographs of her cancer scars, Jade Beall's images of 'pregnancy stretchmarks' and Gabi Gregg's 'fat women in swimwear' could change our view of 'perfection'
How radical and provocative is an honest image of a woman's body? Beth Whaanga, a mother of four from Brisbane, Austral...
Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children
2014-02-11 22:09:23 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first time.
The legislation appears to have wide sup...
White falls to the I-Pod in Olympic stunner
2014-02-11 22:03:15 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Shaun White lost to a kid they call the "I-Pod," and now, he may never hear the end of it.
How big of an Olympic shocker was this? White, the best snowboarder of his era and one of the best-known and best-marketed athletes at the Sochi Games, didn't even win a m...
Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda
2014-02-11 08:16:49 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
Wang lures fashionistas to Brooklyn Navy Yard
2014-02-09 20:45:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There are hip fashion shows. And then there are fashion shows that seek nothing less than to redefine just how hip a fashion show can be.
How else to describe a designer who can get crowds of the most discerning fashionistas to leave Manhattan on a frigid Saturday night in Febr...
California drought granted respite with Spate of storms
2014-02-09 06:59:39 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides.
Wolf, Bears, Eagles, Seals: How endangered animals fare
2014-02-04 22:56:39 UTC
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars trying to save more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened.
A group of House Republicans say that's translated into just 2 percent of protected species taken off the list. They called Tuesd...
Cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years
2014-02-03 22:25:37 UTC
<h3>New cancer cases expected to grow from 14m a year in 2012 to 25m, with biggest burden in low- and middle-income countries</h3>
Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the next two decades, from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisa...
The 102-year-old Frenchman sets world record
2014-02-01 09:25:32 UTC
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Age hasn't slowed cyclist Robert Marchand.
The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race...
Why city life may be bad for you
2014-01-30 10:33:18 UTC
When it comes to getting people to be more active, much of the attention is focused on the improving sports facilities, encouraging people to join the gym or lambasting schools for not doing enough PE.
But could another crucial factor be the way neighbourhoods are designed?
The Royal Instit...
Luxury home boom to change face of London
2014-01-30 10:34:36 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The face of London is about to change.
Dozens of buildings of 20 stories or more are under construction or planned along the south bank of the River Thames just upstream from Big Ben and the majestic dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. The development surge, fueled by wealthy foreigner...