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Shaping consumer eating habits with VR technology

Consumption of ‘unhealthy foods’ is a major societal problem, especially with spiraling obesity rates in so-called ‘developed countries’. Can consumer behavior be modified to eat more healthy foods through the use of virtual reality?

How to revitalize a city? Attract millennials

Columbus - The concept of the city as a contained social structure is well-established and cities go through different periods of prosperity. Key to a successful city today, according to one analyst group, is a matter of demographics.

Op-Ed: Canada to look at economic and social effects of legal grass

Ottawa - Statistics Canada is to hold a study of the potentials of legal grass. The big questions are what’s an “economic effect”, other than sales, for example. What’s a “social effect”?

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called "inclusive writing" in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.

Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'

Shenyang - When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: Gay.

N.Z. PM denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday played down suggestions US President Donald Trump confused her with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife at a summit in Asia last week.

Love without limits: binational marriage on the US-Mexico border

Tijuana - Proving that love knows no boundaries, a Mexican woman and a US man meet at a gate that has been briefly opened in the fence separating their countries to exchange marriage vows.

In DR Congo, fight for sanitation is also a fight for dignity

Kinshasa - From crouching over a small hole with a sheet for privacy to defecating in the open air, for millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo going to the toilet is a daily act of misery.The UN has estimated more than 2.

Berlusconi's ex-wife to repay 60 mn euros in alimony

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi won an appeal against paying his ex-wife alimony on Thursday, as a court told Veronica Lario to repay cheques totalling some 60 million euros ($70 million).

Fairies, brides in black descend on Arab Fashion Week

Dibai - Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls take the runway in Dubai this week for the fifth Arab Fashion Week, a five-day affair focussed on instantly available "ready couture" and pre-collections.

China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries

Bejing - China's most ubiquitous public performers -- lively groups of primarily elderly women who show off their moves in outdoor squares -- have been ordered to avoid dancing on graves and spreading superstitious beliefs.

Celebrations spread after Australia backs same-sex marriage

Sydney - Celebrations swept across Australia Wednesday as voters emphatically endorsed same-sex marriage after more than a decade of divisive debate, and political leaders immediately began moves to enshrine the historic shift in law by Christmas.

Madrid to contest bullfighting ban on Balearic Islands

Madrid - Spain's government said Friday that it was contesting a law banning the killing of bulls in bullfights passed by legislators in the Balearic Islands.

Shari Bitterman to hold Simon the Snail book signing in Chappaqua

Chappaqua - On November 11, children's book author Shari Bitterman will be holding a book singing for her children's book, "Simon the Snail."

Melania Trump in glitzy Tokyo pearl visit

Toukyo - While her husband hit the greens, First Lady Melania Trump got a glimpse on Sunday of Japanese cultured pearls at Tokyo's glitzy Ginza shopping district on the first day of their Asia tour.
 

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