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How dating app algorithms predict romantic desire

Lots of apps and websites claim to be able to use data to sort through profiles for better matches. By completing their personality tests, they say they can save your thumb the effort of swiping. The issue for scientists who might want to investigate their data, and journalists who want to fact-check their claims, is that the algorithms are […]

How to get along with someone you don’t like at work

We all might work with people we do not like and most of the time we try to ignore it at first but, what about if the problem only gets worse and worse each time you see ‘that’ face? We spend half a life in our workplace so, why would not you want to be happy there? If you […]

Cigarettes: leaders in modern marketing methods?

In the late 19th century, cigarettes were seen as lower-status than cigars, which –crucially– were proving altogether harder to mechanize but the secret to increase its production –and therefore, sales– was in advertising. The idea originated in Virginia by James Bonsack, an inventor who needed to boost its economy (and actually did). By 1923, cigarettes had become the most […]

The origins of trick-or-treat: how did Halloween start?

Trick-or-treating—setting off on Halloween night in costume and ringing doorbells to demand treats—has been a tradition in the United States and other countries for more than a century. Its origins remain murky but traces can be identified in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices—and even British politics.

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    Young translators: children helping their parents to communicate

Young translators: children helping their parents to communicate

When a family arrives in a new country, often the children are first to pick up the new language – and inevitably, they become the family translators. Thousands of migrant children in the UK translate for their families every day. Often the children were not pleased to be dragged from Italy to the UK; learning a new language and […]

Femtech: what is it, a wrong term in the right time?

The meteoric rise of the label “femtech” to describe technology products, apps and hardware addressing women’s health and well-being issues divides opinion. While some say it helps the sector secure vital funding from male-dominated venture capitalists, others argue that it unnecessarily pigeonholes women’s health. Nevertheless, there are some relevant points to be taken into consideration such as Carolina Milanesi, […]

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    Identify the signs of scammers in the Spanish market: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

Identify the signs of scammers in the Spanish market: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

Martín-Consuegra’s case is one of the many such fraudulent methods used in the rental market in Spain, and which are benefiting from a 50% rise in prices over the last five years. The situation is given current precarious employment and few options to buy properties that live renting as the only option left open.

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    “Oh my God! Es muy heavy.” Does English interfere with your day-to-day conversations?

“Oh my God! Es muy heavy.” Does English interfere with your day-to-day conversations?

English is increasingly mixing up with other languages, as it is the case with Spanish, which has already adopted a wide range of terminology as part of its own vocabulary. See, for example; feedback, post, hashtag, CEO, brainstorming or community manager. And who doesn’t remember the famous ”relaxing cup of café con leche in Plaza Mayor” during Spain’s bid […]

Spain is Taking Care of Business

How many people do you know either in GB or in Spain who are somewhat up in the air with the Brexit ordeal?  They have invested their life savings in living in Spain, or have dedicated their career to working in Great Britain – so – what will happen next? How will things continue?  Can things get even worse?  […]

Political Correctness Put to the Challenge

The good boy of the world is now seen under a different light. In Canada it IS a big deal – that is basically what he has been selling, right?  Should it be such a big deal in the rest of the world? How does the rest of the world see it?  What am I speaking of? The Canadian […]