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Meditation beats relaxation in improving resistance to stress

What’s really going on in our brains when we meditate? Among growing scientific research backing up its beneficial effects on health – such as improving anxiety, depression and inflammatory conditions ... Read More »

Drug-resistant malaria: the world’s next big health crisis?

A government health worker taking a blood sample from a woman to be tested for malaria in Ta Gay Laung village hall in Hpa-An district in Kayin state, south-eastern Myanmar, ... Read More »

Global population living six years longer than in 1990

A huge increase in collective action and funding given to potentially deadly infectious diseases has reduced death rates and extended life expectancy. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, December 18, 2014. Global life ... Read More »

Lights off for Earth Hour’s crowdfunding call

Lights went off in thousands of cities and towns across the world today for the annual Earth Hour campaign, which is aiming to raise money via the internet for local ... Read More »

Mimosa, French perfume-makers’ secret ingredient

Like miniature pompoms bursting with colour and fragrance, mimosa flowers turn the hills around France’s perfume capital, Grasse, a golden yellow for a couple of fleeting weeks each year. Though ... Read More »

For the clown industry, recession no laughing matter

In a global recession, being a clown is no laughing matter. That was the sombre verdict as the World Clown Association wrapped up its annual convention on Saturday after a ... Read More »

Quest for oil threatens Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve

The quest for oil may be the latest threat to Africa’s most venerable wildlife reserve, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and already hard hit by deforestation, poaching and ... Read More »

Cutting out TV may improve kids’ snacking habits, says study

A new study adds to the body of research linking TV-watching to increased consumption of junk food, finding that TV may have more of a negative effect on snacking than ... Read More »

Connected watches, virtually absent but still creating buzz at Baselworld

Watches that connect to your smartphone or even a satellite to ensure perfect time, regardless of where you are in the world, or alert you if you leave your phone ... Read More »

Radio, bucket… take your pick in Afghan polls

Parachute or laptop computer? Sunrise or binoculars? Five days before polling, Afghan voters are spoilt for choice as they prepare to make their selection from an oddball array of candidates’ ... Read More »

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