Egypt Independent: Life Style-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en New coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth unveiled http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2445353 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/02/43/british_coin.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A new portrait of Britain&#39;s long-reigning Queen Elizabeth which will on the nation&#39;s coins was unveiled on Monday, and is set to reach her people&#39;s purses and pockets later this year.</p><p>The portrait is the fifth of the 88-year-old queen, who will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain&#39;s longest-reigning monarch in September, to appear on coins since she came to the throne in 1952, and the first since 1998.</p><p>The new portrayal, which shows Elizabeth wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her coronation, was created by 33-year-old Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark, whose design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions.</p><p>The last Royal Mint Engraver to be commissioned to undertake a royal portrait was George William de Saulles, who engraved the portrait of Edward VII which first appeared on coins in 1902.</p><p>Coins featuring the new effigy will go into production immediately.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:13:00 +0000 Reuters 2445353 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/02/43/british_coin.jpg Apple watch to replace car keys, credit card http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2445329 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/02/43/apple_watch.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Apple Watch will replace your car keys and its battery will last the whole day, Apple Inc&#39;s Chief Executive Tim Cook told <em>The Telegraph</em> in an interview.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used in many vehicles, Cook told the newspaper.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Its battery will last the whole day, and will not take as long to charge as an iPhone, the report quoted Cook as saying.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Apple Watch will also work as a credit card through Apple Pay, Cook told the paper, but did not mention how user verification will work with the watch.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The rollout of the watch might pose a challenge for Apple&#39;s stores, which may involve &quot;tweaking the experience in the store,&quot; <em>The Telegraph</em> said, citing Cook&#39;s conversation with the staff at Apple&#39;s Covent Garden store in London.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last March, Apple unveiled CarPlay, which lets drivers access contacts on their iPhones, make calls or listen to voicemails without taking their hands off the steering wheel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the iPhone maker is looking at making a self-driving electric car, and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the interview, Cook said that the Apple Watch will operate a special rewards system, track the user&#39;s activity and &quot;be correct to 50 milliseconds&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Apple was not immediately available for comment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The company has scheduled a special event on 9 March, where it is expected to showcase Apple Watch, which will be launched in April.</div> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:21:00 +0000 Reuters 2445329 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/02/43/apple_watch.jpg Experts say chronic fatigue is biological, not psychological disorder http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2445333 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/01/25/43/r.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A team of scientists said on Friday they had found &quot;robust evidence&quot; that a condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a biological as opposed to a psychological disorder, but some experts questioned the findings.</p><p>The team from Columbia University in the United States identified in their research distinct immune changes in patients with CFS -- markers they said pointed to distinct disease stages and would lead to better diagnosis and treatment.</p><p>CFS, sometimes called myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME, is a controversial and debilitating condition characterized by disabling physical and mental fatigue, poor concentration and memory, disturbed sleep and muscle and joint pain.</p><p>There is no cure and scientists don&#39;t know what causes it, but it affects around 17 million people worldwide.</p><p>Many sufferers say they think their illness started after a viral infection. But suggested links to a virus known as XMRV were shown in a scientific paper in 2010 to have been based on contaminated samples in a lab.</p><p>Recent research showing psychological treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy can help CFS sufferers become more active have also caused argument, with some patients complaining such results suggest they are just lazy or suffering from a condition that is all in the mind.</p><p>&quot;NOT PSYCHOLOGICAL&quot;</p><p>In the latest study, published in the Science Advances journal, researchers found that specific immune patterns in patients who had CFS for three years or less were not present in controls or in patients who had the disease for more than three years.</p><p>Short duration patients had higher amounts of many different types of immune molecules called cytokines, researchers found. The link was unusually strong with a cytokine called interferon gamma that has been linked to fatigue after viral infections.</p><p>&quot;We now have evidence confirming what millions of people with this disease already know -- that ME/CFS isn&#39;t psychological,&quot; said Mady Hornig, who co-led the study.</p><p>The results should help speed diagnosis and the discovery of new treatments, she said.</p><p>However, other CFS specialists urged caution.</p><p>Michael Sharpe, a professor of psychological medicine, at Britain&#39;s Oxford University said the finding was &quot;potentially interesting&quot; but added: &quot;This type of study (a case-control study) is notorious for producing findings that other researchers subsequently fail to replicate.&quot;</p><p>In a similar tone, Stephen Lawrie, an Edinburgh University psychiatry expert, said Hornig&#39;s team may well have found different immune profiles at different stages of the disease, but added this could be &quot;down to chance and hence a false positive signal&quot;.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:55:00 +0000 Reuters 2445333 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/01/25/43/r.jpg First lady pays first visit to Suez Canal Project http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2445310 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/02/94/egypts_first_lady_intissar_al-sisi_sits_next_to_president_abdel_fattah_al-sisi_during_a_honorary_celebration_for_army_veterans_february_2014.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div>Egypt&rsquo;s First Lady, Intissar Amer, has embarked on her first public activity, arriving in Ismailia on Sunday in order to pay a visit to the working sites at the Suez Canal Project.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A security source told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> that the first lady headed to the presidential rest house overlooking the Canal, and is scheduled to head to the project site to check up on the latest developments in the construction works.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The source added that tight security measures have been imposed on the Cairo-Ismailia road, with police checkpoints erected outside the city&rsquo;s entrances.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Intissar Amer&rsquo;s first appearance with her husband came in February 2014, when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was still defense minister. In comparison to the wives of former presidents Anwar al-Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, who actively engaged in social activities and were open to the media, the current first lady&#39;s public appearances are rare.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:49:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2445310 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/02/94/egypts_first_lady_intissar_al-sisi_sits_next_to_president_abdel_fattah_al-sisi_during_a_honorary_celebration_for_army_veterans_february_2014.jpg