While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 5 edition

Swimming: Joseph Schooling fails to make 200m fly final, finishes overall 10th

Singapore swim star Joseph Schooling failed to make the 200m butterfly final at the Fina World Championships, after coming in 10th overall in the semi-finals at the Kazan Arena on Tuesday.

Only the top eight swimmers will feature in the final.

Schooling had clocked 1:56.85sec in his morning heats to finish 13th overall and move into the semi-finals.


Special veg-rich diet may slow cognitive decline in elderly, study shows

A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, whole grains and wine can help to slow normal brain ageing and cognitive decline, researchers said on Tuesday.

Cognitive decline is a normal part of ageing but a study by scientists at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago showed that elderly adults who strictly followed the Mind diet were 7.5 years younger cognitively over a period of nearly five years than those who adhered the least.

The Mind diet consists of 15 dietary components and recommends at least three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable each day and a glass of wine. Beans and poultry should be eaten at least twice a week and fish once a week.


Giant sinkhole swallows up New York street

New Yorkers living in the borough of Brooklyn woke to a strange sight on Tuesday - a giant sinkhole had swallowed an enormous chunk of road.

The sinkhole, formed by the natural process of erosion, appeared shortly after 7am at an intersection in the neighbourhood of Sunset Park, according to the Fire Department.

The gaping hole exposed torn pipes and crushed asphalt at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th Street.


US restaurants betting on 'breakfastarians' for growth

Call it the rise of the "breakfastarians" - the dining tribe that craves breakfast food morning, noon and night.

Sales of morning standards such as coffee, pancakes and doughnuts are feeding US restaurant traffic growth, outpacing lunch and dinner items.

The trend is driven by an improving US job market, with more Americans on the go in the morning and willing to spend on meals outside the home.


Love no longer blossoms for Miss Piggy and Kermit

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog shocked Muppets fans on Tuesday by announcing the end of their long-running and often tortured love affair.

"After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, we have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship," they said on their respective social media accounts.

News of the breakup coincided with a promotional event in Los Angeles on Tuesday for the upcoming ABC programme, simply titled The Muppets.