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(MENAFN - AFP) By putting two Romanian beggars on display in their latest show, Swedish artists meant to raise questions about global inequality but instead find themselves accused of exploiting the poor.

For the street beggars, from Europe's oppressed Roma minority, it was an offer they could not refuse.

But since it opened in January, the show has turned out more ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Video game makers are being lured into virtual worlds in the hope players will dive in behind.

Virtual reality headgear makers including Sony and Facebook-owned Oculus were at a Game Developers Conference here this week to tout the promise of putting players so deeply into game worlds that they seem real.

"Virtual reality headset makers are looking for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) David Mitchell remembers the day he read the memoir of a 13-year-old boy with autism -- hailing it a "revelatory godsend" that offered a window on the life of his own autistic son.

The best-selling author of "Cloud Atlas" said Naoki Higashida was "one of the most helpful and practical writers on the subject of autism in the world."

"Pre-Naoki, I'm ashamed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Authorities and tech developers must stop sensitive health data entered into applications on mobile phones ending up in the wrong hands, experts warn.

As wireless telecom companies gathered in Barcelona this week at the Mobile World Congress, the sector's biggest trade fair, specialists in "e-health" said healthcare is fast shifting into the connected sphere.

"It's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank, meeting in Cyprus on Thursday, is set to update its economic forecasts and reveal details of its new bond purchase programme, analysts said.

Greece will also be high on the agenda of the ECB's decision-making governing council, following the recent eurozone deal to extend aid to the debt-wracked country, the experts said.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It could be a scene from a thriller: a ghost ship abandoned in the crystal-clear bay of a Greek island, its hold crammed with millions of illegal cigarettes, the crew nowhere to be seen.

And no one knows where the freighter Amaranthus or its cargo were bound for when it beached on the island of Zanthe off the Ionian coast of western Greece in December.

But ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Back in the day, the prospect of a French king speaking English would have been enough to trigger a century-long war.

Not any more, as evidenced by what will be France's most-expensive TV series ever, "Versailles", a period mini-series of 10 episodes that will come out at the end of this year.

The makers of the series, about the famous Palace of Versailles ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A study conducted over 20 years in the Los Angeles area has shown that the region's improving air quality has led to children having better functioning lungs, researchers said.

The findings, which tracked 2,000 young people from age 11 to 15, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The scientists studied three cohorts of different children ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Marriages are more likely to end in divorce if the wife takes seriously ill, a US study has found.

The research, detailed in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found that divorce was six percent more likely if the wife fell ill, than if she remained in good health.

In contrast, when husbands fell gravely ill, the likelihood ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) People who suffer from gout can take comfort in one thing: they may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, researchers said Wednesday.

The same uric acid that can crystallise to cause gout, a form of arthritis, may protect against Alzheimer's, they wrote in the online journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Testing a theory that antioxidant ...

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