Society

Teens who have close friendships likely to become healthy adults

Guests sit on automobile shaped beds as they play a game on the Sony Playstation 3 
 
03 Sep 2015
Peer pressure is a number one concern for teens and their parents, yet a new study indicates that close friendships during adolescence could have health benefits that last into early adulthood. "These results indicate that remaining...
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103-year-old Titanic lunch menu up for auction

103-year-old Titanic lunch menu up for auction
03 Sep 2015
More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship’s last luncheon menu is expected to fetch up to US$70,000 (RM291,167) in...
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During childhood, learning grammar and music go hand-in-hand

A new study has linked music with language learning, making the case for music education.
02 Sep 2015
A child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm could enrichen his understanding of grammar, according to what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind study at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Working with 25 six-...
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World number one ranked squash player is... Egyptian Raneem al-Welily

Egyptian Raneem al-Welily acclaims the first world squash player
02 Sep 2015
In an unprecedented victory, Egyptian Raneem al-Welily has been crowned the world number one ranked squash player, according to the September 2015 Professional Squash Association (PSA) Women’s World Rankings.   Welily is the...
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Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call'

Imam of Mohamed Ali Mosque leads Eid al-Fitr prayer, Cairo, 19 August 2012.
31 Aug 2015
An Egyptian muezzin has been suspended by the authorities after being accused of intoning "Prayer is better than Facebook" in his early morning call for people to pray.   The action was taken against Mahmud al-Moghazi, who...
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Big motorbikes rev up again under Iranian reforms

An Iranian visitor takes photograph of Harley Davidson motorcycles during the Tehran Classic Car Show 09 at Niavaran palace in northern Tehran July 21, 2009.
 
31 Aug 2015
The joy of riding big Japanese and American motorbikes was just one of the pleasures taken away from Iranians after the country's Islamic revolution.   But three decades on, to the delight of enthusiasts, there are signs of...
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AP criticized for reference to Amal Clooney as 'actor's wife'

© AFP | Amal Clooney, pictured in Athens on October 15, 2014, says she was threatened with arrest in Egypt after identifying flaws in the judicial system linked to the convictions of three Al-Jazeera journalists
 
 
 
31 Aug 2015
In a recent tweet that quickly became controversial, the Associated Press (AP) referred to well-known human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as the "actor's wife", associating her with husband and Hollywood actor George Clooney....
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The dharma of dollars: What Buddhism says about money and meaning

29 Aug 2015
Buddhism, which holds that wealth is temporary and no path to happiness, might not sound like the best source for money wisdom.   Not so, says Ethan Nichtern, the prominent Buddhist teacher, who has written a new book, "The Road...
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Instagram breaks out of the square

Instagram 
29 Aug 2015
After five years of square-shaped tyranny, Instagram will finally allow users to post portrait and landscape photos and videos.   The Facebook (FB, Tech30)-owned photo-sharing tool announced the change Thursday morning. To start...
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La Tomatina: The world's biggest food fight

Each August, around 20,000 people head to the tiny Valencian town of Bunol, Spain for the La Tomatina festival -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one another.
 
29 Aug 2015
Each August, around 20,000 people head to the tiny Valencian town of Bunol, Spain for the La Tomatina festival -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one another.   Why?   Well, the origins are obscure.   Some...
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