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  • How to spot a good baguette
    How to spot a good baguette

    For hours on a Parisian spring afternoon, a panel of judges tore, chewed, sniffed and inspected hundreds of baguettes before pronouncing a single baton the best of the bunch. At the 21st edition of Paris’s annual baguette contest Thursday, baker Djibril Bodian of Grenier à Pain in Montmartre cemented his reputation as the best baguette maker in the city for a second time --  no small feat given that more than 230 loaves of bread were subject to blind taste tests this year. For the …

  • Montmartre bakery crowned winner in best baguette contest for Paris
    Montmartre bakery crowned winner in best baguette contest for Paris

    Visitors to Paris looking for the best example of a French baguette -- that edible icon for France -- may want to add the Grenier à Pain to their itinerary, as it won the title of best baguette maker for the second time. In the 21st edition of the competition which crowns the best baguette in the city, baker Djibril Bodian, 38, helped cement the reputation of his bakery in the Montmartre neighborhood, a win that bestows celebrity status on the shop and will lengthen already long queues outside …

  • Italian prosecco sales fizz with no sign of bubble bursting
    Italian prosecco sales fizz with no sign of bubble bursting

    If there was one tipple wine lovers couldn't get enough of last year it was prosecco, the Italian sparkler that has outstripped champagne as the world's favourite bubbly. A disappointing 2014 harvest means producers could soon be struggling to keep pace with expanding demand as consumers in China -- where the wine industry is burgeoning -- and South-East Asia look to join a party already in full swing in the English-speaking world. Giancarlo Vettorello, the head of the consortium of producers …

  • Beyond weight-loss: Diet for better sleep, energy, sex and great skin
    Beyond weight-loss: Diet for better sleep, energy, sex and great skin

    So even if you can eat burgers and fries every day and not gain an ounce, you may want to consider one of these health food kicks to give yourself a boost this spring. You may have heard that foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan such as turkey, milk, bananas and nuts are known to promote sleep. Although health experts often recommend cutting back on sugar for better sleep, those with a sweet tooth might want to try swapping refined sugar for honey, which contains tryptophan. While it may …

  • Conan Doyle and Houdini's friendship to be reimagined on the small screen
    Conan Doyle and Houdini's friendship to be reimagined on the small screen

    A drama based around the lives of two unlikely friends -- crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini -- is set for TV networks in the USA, Canada and the UK. David Titcher, who came up with ongoing action and adventure series "The Librarians," is also credited with creating "Houdini and Doyle" for Sony. He's joined on staff by writer David Shore and producer David Hoselton, who both worked together on "House" -- Hoselton also has "CSI:NY" and "Chicago P.D." on his …

  • Sex lives of senior citizens more satisfying now: study
    Sex lives of senior citizens more satisfying now: study

    Hailing from Sahlgrenska Academy, author Dr. Nils Beckman concluded that sexual activity among 70 year olds has increased from 12 percent to 34 percent for women and from 47 percent to 66 percent for men since the 1970s. Seniors' sexual activity has increased not just in frequency, but in quality as well, for 62 percent of women and 71 percent of men reported being highly satisfied with their sex lives. By contrast, only 41 percent of women and 58 percent of men described their sex lives in …

  • Pill taken before, after sex may prevent HIV: study
    Pill taken before, after sex may prevent HIV: study

    An HIV prevention pill taken by gay men before and after sex reduced the risk of virus transmission by 86 percent, according to the results of a clinical trial released Tuesday. Truvada contains HIV treatment drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, and is made by Gilead Sciences in California. While the latest evidence on the technique known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is not enough to change guidelines, it was welcomed as a novel approach to HIV prevention. The study "provides the …

  • Beyond weight-loss: Diet for better sleep, energy, sex and great skin
    Beyond weight-loss: Diet for better sleep, energy, sex and great skin

    So even if you can eat burgers and fries every day and not gain an ounce, you may want to consider one of these health food kicks to give yourself a boost this spring. You may have heard that foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan such as turkey, milk, bananas and nuts are known to promote sleep. Although health experts often recommend cutting back on sugar for better sleep, those with a sweet tooth might want to try swapping refined sugar for honey, which contains tryptophan. While it may …

  • One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik's exit
    One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik's exit

    Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg Saturday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress over heartthrob Zayn Malik quitting the group. Adoring young fans said they feared the departure of Malik, 22, could mean the break-up of One Direction, but the performers made no mention of their missing bandmate as they tore into a string of hits, including "What Makes You Beautiful". "Thank you for choosing to spend your …

  • Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery
    Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery

    US health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced plans Friday to collaborate with Google on surgical robotics. "The companies seek to develop new robotic tools and capabilities for surgeons and operating room professionals that integrate best-in-class medical device technology with leading-edge robotic systems, imaging and data analytics," the statement said. Robotics has been used to improve accuracy in operating rooms for around 15 years, including in heart, eye and prostate surgery. …