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Friendship heals

Social relationships impact physical wellbeing

June 16, 2017
Friendship heals
There are many benefits to being supported by a strong social network. Moreover, a study says that more friends can actually make a person healthier. The research published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine in 2015 showed that social relationships impact not only our mental but also our physical wellbeing.

Working in Nuba Mountains

Armenian doctors return from South Sudan

June 13, 2017
Working in Nuba Mountains
Three Armenian doctors, who departed for South Sudan to temporarily substitute Aurora Prize winner Tom Catena, an American physician, who has been practicing in Gidel in the Nuba Mountains since 2008, returned to Yerevan on June 10, 2017. Dr. Tom, as the locals call him, spends all his time at the Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital to care for the more than 750,000 citizens of Nuba amidst ongoing civil war. Upon their return, Hayk Hovhannisyan, Armine Barkhudaryan and Gevorg Voskanyan shared impressions about their mission.

‘Woman without paint is like food without salt’

History of makeup

May 26, 2017
‘Woman without paint is like food without salt’
The history of cosmetics spans at least 6000 years and is present in almost every society on earth. Some argue that cosmetic body art was the earliest form of ritual in human culture, dating over 100,000 years ago from the African Middle Stone Age. The evidence for this comes in the form of utilized red mineral pigments (red ochre) including crayons associated with the emergence of Homo sapiens in Africa.

Armenia among most religious and USSR-nostalgic nations

Facts and figures

May 11, 2017
Armenia among most religious and USSR-nostalgic nations
Nostalgia for the USSR is common among Armenians, and the majority identify themselves as followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to religious identity, beliefs and practices, and national identity, the survey explores respondents’ views on social issues, democracy, the economy, religious and ethnic pluralism, and more.

Otri Trio performs for children with disabilities

Chance to have another dream

May 6, 2017
Otri Trio performs for children with disabilities
On May 5, 2017, Yervand Kochar Museum in Yerevan hosted a concert organized by a group of Armenian musicians and Pyunik charity organization for an unusual audience. More than 10 children with disabilities were invited to listen to the works by Aram Khachaturian, Komitas and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Fashionable or absurd?

Horse in suit and pet boutiques

May 5, 2017
Fashionable or absurd?
While animal rights activists call to stop killing poor creatures to make fashionable dresses, some designers create clothes for favorite pets. Dressed dogs and cats are no longer a wonder, but in March 2016, the world saw a horse in a suit.

Armenian Genocide in photos

11 shots of awful tragedy

April 24, 2017
Armenian Genocide in photos
The history of the Armenian Genocide had been fixed in dozens of thousands of documents – diplomatic reports, evidences of the witnesses, memoirs and oral narratives. Besides, there are hundreds of photographs made by Armenians and foreigners during those years of horror.

From sundials to wristwatches

History of timekeeping

April 8, 2017
From sundials to wristwatches
People often complain about the lack of time. Indeed, for many of us having 24 hours in a day is not enough to sleep, eat, work and have a rest. To orient in time, humanity invented the clock, a unique device that went through a lot of transformations from huge stone discs to tiny watches.

General without army

Samvel Babayan’s post-war life

March 25, 2017
General without army
17 years after the assassination attempt on then-President of the Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic, Arkady Ghukassian, on March 22, 2000, the Armenian law enforcers announced on March 22, 2017, that the NKR Defense Army former commander Samvel Babayan was arrested during the investigation of an attempt to smuggle in IGLA surface-to-air missile system.

Azeri attack or pilot’s fault?

The crash of Armenian Yak-40

March 24, 2017
Azeri attack or pilot’s fault?
On August 1, 1990, a civil aircraft en route from Yerevan to Stepanakert crashed, killing the crew and all passengers onboard. According to the official narrative, the plane plunged due to the mistakes made by the pilots and controllers; however, the possibility of an Azerbaijani attack was much spoken about at that time. The truth never got through.
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