‘Silver porn’ shows fifty shades of greying Japan

Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony – instead she's debuting as a porn...

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Diet for better sleep, energy, sex and great skin

Diets are no fun, and it is hard to keep the weight from rolling back on. Yet diets geared towards goals other than weight loss could make you feel better, look better and enjoy life more. So...

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Party like it’s 3000 BC: Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv

Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now...

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Earth Hour: what is the carbon footprint of an email?

Sending a text message or email, eating an apple or watching TV — each of these activities has a different carbon footprint. People around the world are getting ready to mark Earth Hour by...

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Studies show sleep loss could bring on turbulent emotions

Stressful situations can elicit an emotional response, which could snowball with sleep loss, according to a new book summarising many studies. The recently published book is called “Sleep and...

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Is juicing really good for you?

Juicing has become one of the hottest health trends in the past few years with juicer sales rocketing. Home juicing is no longer confined to hardcore yoga fans, and numerous juicery businesses...

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New tool introduced to foretell heart attack and stroke risk

A new instrument dubbed Globorisk, unveiled today, will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, gender, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, whether you have diabetes or...

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In Syria, race to save antiquities from looting, damage

Workers at Syria's National Museum of Damascus carefully wrap statues and place them in boxes to be transported to a safe place, hoping to save the priceless pieces from theft or...

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‘Ice vault’ idea to keep climate’s time capsule intact

Imagine you are Sherlock Holmes bent on solving a mystery but the evidence is starting to crumble and eventually you will be left with worthless dust. This is the worry which haunts ice...

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Technology advancement reaches even the dead during Qing Ming

With the Qing Ming festival just around the corner, prayer item traders in Ipoh are keeping up with the development of technology to come up with replica electronic devices to be offered to the...

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Without Lee Kuan Yew, ‘there would be no Garden City’

By all accounts, Lee Kuan Yew (pic below) was a nature lover, but his vision of Singapore as a Garden City boiled down to very practical considerations and his care for his fellow...

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Over half of teen driver crashes due to distraction

They could be talking to passengers, checking their hairstyle or using a smartphone, driver distraction is a factor in six out of 10 car accidents involving young drivers. The AAA describes its...

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George Town’s heritage under threat from thriving tourism industry

In the old colonial city of George Town, many old residents who grew up and raised their families in the city are being forced to move out due to rising rent and new landlords wanting their...

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Frenchman fights to make Gabon a gorilla haven

Hearing the dreaded sound of human footsteps, three enormous gorillas jump down from the branches of central Gabon's lush rainforests and rush off into the distance. To photographer and...

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Will that be all, sir? Butler business booms in China

Hands sheathed in white gloves, Alvin Hu's dream of serving as butler to China's growing ranks of super-rich faced an unlikely challenge: a dinner plate piled high with multicoloured toy...

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Florida town tries to tame spring break without killing the party

A tradition of around-the-clock spring break partying has drawn Lance Granata to this small Florida Gulf Coast town three times. But this year, his antics landed him in jail – twice. The...

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Peru’s growing capital seeks to preserve Inca ruins

Puruchuco, an ancient Incan complex, sits at the fast-moving edge of Lima's real estate boom, forcing authorities in the Peruvian capital to get creative as they seek to preserve the...

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Botswana hosts wildlife summit as elephants fight for survival

Wildlife experts and officials from around 30 governments will gather next week in Botswana to confront the threat that wild elephants could be heading for extinction, due in part to Chinese...

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Intrepid eclipse chasers swoon over ‘awesome’ views

Thousands of people flocked for a glimpse of the solar eclipse Friday, with the most intrepid enthusiasts swooning over spectacular sights in a frozen Arctic archipelago and aboard a plane above...

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Coming of age in Spain

Mar Luna Villacañas says of Almazara La Alquería, "We live by this principle, as expressed in our mission statement: The extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) we produce must be that which we will use...

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