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Flying into the future

RARELY has there been a shortage of suggestions from passengers on how to improve the flying experience, but what would a Silicon Valley entrepreneur …

Will next week’s crisis be in Argentina?

Midnight last night was the final deadline for Argentina’s government to come up with a plan to pay bondholders or face a default on its foreign debt. Perhaps jealous of all the attention Cyprus is getting, it seems to be leaning toward the latter option.<p>The deadline came as part of a long legal …

Economy

Chocolate: The rise of the cocoa purists

<b>You can now buy 100% cocoa chocolate on the High Street and sales are said to be on the rise. It's a rather acquired taste, so why is it becoming more popular and does real chocolate have to be high in cocoa to be good?</b><p>A "demanding and very powerful experience" is one description of eating …

Dessert

London Olympic Park opens for visitor tours

<b>The London Olympic Park has reopened to visitors, starting this Easter weekend.</b><p>So far, 20,000 tickets have been sold to people wanting to see the site in Stratford, east London, where the Games took place last summer.<p>The Park in Progress Tours will run on weekends and during the school holidays …

England

Gel Manicure: How to Make Your Mani Last Longer

So how strong are the UV lamps? A Brown University study found that it would take more than 13,000 10-minute drying treatments to equal the radiation emitted by one session with an FDA-approved UV phototherapy device commonly used by dermatologists, which has a low cancer risk but is considered to …

What Causes Tiredness? The Surprising Things That Make You Sleepy

3. Medication<p>Many drugs have veiled energy-sapping side effects. Chief among them are some classes of antidepressants and certain beta-blockers used to prevent migraines or treat high blood pressure. If you start a new med and feel more lethargic than usual, see your doctor for an alternative. (If …

Americans are still fighting banks over their mortgages—and it’s intensifying

Five years after the worst of the US housing crisis and nearly three years since the enactment of Dodd-Frank consumer protections, Americans are reporting problems with loans and mortgages more often than any other financial activity, according to new data from the Consumer Financial Protection …

Bank of America

Hong Kong, scarred by SARS, plays it safe with a nasty new coronavirus

The last time a coronavirus reached near-pandemic status—you may remember it as SARS—Hong Kong was hit with 1755 cases and 299 deaths, and severe damage to its economy. Now there’s a new coronavirus on the loose, and though there is no sign yet that it’s the next SARS, Hong Kong and world health …

Hong Kong

Dog-pampering obsessions in Singapore and Hong Kong are symptoms of a demographic time bomb

In Hong Kong and Singapore, it is not unusual to see couples pushing baby strollers that do not contain a baby, but rather a small dog. Sometimes the puppy prams are not wheeled by the dog owners, but by a Filipino or Indonesian domestic helper who has been hired just to look after the pooch.<p>This …

Hong Kong