There are plentiful legitimate studies that have extensively evaluated the impact our names have on our lives. From altering the shape of our faces, to increasing the likelihood of reckless spending; our names, and stereotypes associated with them have a surprising influence on how our lives pan out.

How our name influences the way we look

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Take a look at the image on the left — what name do you think the person looks like?

Go with your gut feeling, and keep your answer in mind. …


‘People who speak two languages fluently think about time differently depending on the language context in which they are estimating the duration of events.’

Speaking another language is so much more than simply using different words in a slightly different order, and ocassionally written using different shapes.

Over time, groups of people all over the world developed their own way of speaking about things relative to them — and for these groups certain things mattered more.

For example, a group of indigenous people inhabiting the arctic known as ‘Inuit’ have almost fifty different words for snow within their language, mainly…


Disclaimer: I’ve always been a passionate advocate for e-scooters — I believe the evergrowing ubiquity of these trendy toys zipping down roads at 15 mph, brings us all one step closer to achieving world peace.

So this article may be a little biased.

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The UK Government’s Announcement

On the 9th of May, as part of the government’s announcement of a £2 billion package to ‘create a new era for cycling and walking’, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the fast-track of trialling e-scooters, bringing the trials forward from next year, to next month.

“And extending those trials from four local authorities, to every region in…


Leonardo Da Vinci is mainly known for his art, but he was more than just a painter.

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The Last Supper

Da Vinci defined what it meant to be a genius. Having spent most of his lifetime in engineering, he conceptually invented parachutes, helicopters, machine guns, armored tanks, diving suits, and even crocs.

That’s a joke, the crocs part — Da Vinci wasn’t the lunatic that invented those.


It’s been 50 years since the internet has become accessible to the general public — but even then, it’s primarily been the ‘rich world’.

The second half of the global population, those from less developed countries have began to come online too, and it’s had a subtle, yet drastic effect on the internet as we know it.

There’s a fantastic case study for this; India.

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This country comprising of over 1.3 billion people, had less than 10% of their entire population connected to the internet in 2010.

In the last few years, India has seen a tremendous growth in internet…


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Yep, I avoided the original Lion King movie for almost two decades.

No, I had no clue who Mufasa was, or Simba or anything, I hadn’t even heard the song Hakuna Matata until yesterday.

I guess I didn’t really have a childhood.

Anyway, a couple years ago when the Lion King remake was announced, I thought about finally watching the original one before seeing the 3D one, and then I thought that there probably aren’t that many people my age who haven’t seen the original one, so I might have a pretty valuable perspective seeing it the other way around.


It’s been known for a while that Facebook has aimed to delve into the area of cryptocurrency, and after many different rumoured names such as ‘GlobalCoin’ and ‘Facebook Coin’, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement last week, of launching ‘Libra’ — Facebook’s ambitious cryptocurrency*.

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Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Yes — there’s an asterisk next to cryptocurrency there (and I wish I could make it larger). To explain how Libra isn’t a real cryptocurrency, I’ll lay out what makes a real cryptocurrency and how Libra does not meet that criteria.

I will credit Andreas Antonopolous here; a prominent blockchain expert who lucidly laid…


Constant smartphone usage has led to us all living in a constantly interconnected world, with instant access to social interaction and other means of mental stimulation, which can be quite pleasurable at the moment.

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However, this comes with it’s downsides; studies have found that increased, constant smartphone and social media usage comes with it’s downsides, with an increase of low-level anxiety and depression amongst avid social media users. Also leading to a lack of mental clarity, and increasing feeling of being overwhelmed.

I’m not at all suggesting that you should immediatly deactivate all your social media accounts, and throw away…


Why do we cry? I mean, physically shed tears when we’re upset, or joyful, or even cutting onions? It was a bit of a random shower-thought I had — what is the purpose of shedding tears?

Well, I did a bit of research, and I am by no means a biologist, but the science behind it was quite interesting.

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Some people are able to release fake tears, known as ‘crocodile tears’.

Essentially, we have three types of tears: basal tears, reflex tears, and psychic tears. They’re all activated by different stimuli, but formed in the same way, by the lacrimal gland behind your eyelids, which produces and drains your tears.

Basal Tears

Basal tears…


Today, the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn announced that the Labour Party would increase the national minimum wage to £10 per hour for all ages.

As of 11/05/2019, these are the current National Minimum Wage rates for the following age ranges:

  • Under 18 — £4.35
  • 18–20 — £6.15
  • 21–25 — £7.70
  • 25 and over — £8.21

“ Equal pay for equal work is hardly a controversial idea, so why are we discriminating against young people? You don’t get a discount at the shops for being under 18. But if the person serving you on the other side of…

Zain Hussain

Informally informative. 20, London, UK

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