The Mercadona mystery

If you’ve been to Spain (and if you haven’t, get going!) you’ll likely recognise the name Mercadona.  It is one of the country’s largest grocery chains. As you probably know, many companies (like us, for example) assemble their names by concatenating one or more words together into something recognisable, but not a “real” word. Some have wondered how Mercadona’s name…

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Brain drain

Scientists are discovering that investigational Alzheimer’s disease therapies are more effective when paired with a treatment geared toward improving drainage of fluid—and debris—from the brain, according to a study in mice. Some drugs have shown little success in slowing declines in memory and thinking, leaving scientists searching for explanations. Read more courtesy of futurity.org. Sometimes a spa can rejuvenate. Germany…

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Bridge of cries

Everyone knows it’s windy. Somewhere in a wind tunnel on the south-western side of Ontario, a group of the world’s leading bridge aerodynamics and acoustics experts are puzzling over a full-scale model of the railing of the Golden Gate Bridge. The experts have been contracted to solve the mysterious problem of a strange humming sound that has been emanating from…

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You’ve got a friend in we

People are people, thankfully, but everyone is distinctly different in one way or another – again, thankfully.  But some collections of people seem to have attributes that give their countries – and themselves –shiny reputations. There have been plenty of these lists circulating in the past, but the world has gotten bigger and smaller at the same time, so you…

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Sea crews

This article is simply a big “thanks” and a pat on the back for those selfless crew members who make your cruise experiences so nice and easy. They are often far, far away from home, sometimes for long periods of time.  Every day, they encounter customers from all corners of the globe, often with unusual requests – or demands –…

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Tornados in Europe!

Even if you’re a European whiz, sometimes you might want to retrace your steps to ensure that you’ve seen it all.  Or maybe you’re just in a hurry.   So here’s a plan for you.  Be a tornado. Experience three of Europe’s iconic capitals in just ten days. If you only have a short stay in Europe and want to fully…

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Weave got the beat

This might be an odd question, but what do neurons prefer?  They do react to sounds, you know.  And sometimes they gravitate to certain kinds of stimuli. Some even respond to music, like we humans. Why are we talking about this?  Because these are questions that informed neuroscience specialists.  These scientists capture the “spikes” that the neurons emit. Through this,…

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Yea, verily. Take thee food and drink at The King’s Jail

We jest . . . but only somewhat.  Is this a castle?  Perhaps not.  Is it a jail?  It once was. Now known as the Royal Crown Castle Bar and Grill, it’s a rather nice pub in New Westminster on the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada.  With inspiring views over the Fraser River, a delightful staff, good food and a pleasing…

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Do I have clearance to ask you out on a date?

WARNING – look away now if you are allergic to bad naughty humour. “After being deprived of two of my favorite activities — travel and sex — over the past year, one thing I’m looking forward to as both become more feasible is that inexplicable wave of horniness that reliably overcomes me when I’m on a plane.” Apparently this is…

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Find the hidden restaurant

Are you “in” with The In Crowd?  Do you know every latest dance?  When you’re in with The In Crowd, it’s easy to find a hidden restaurant.*  New York is the place that never sleeps, is sometimes confusing and maybe a bit too artsy, and is certainly in with The In Crowd.  We love it. So much so, that you…

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Bicycle … bicycle

We all know that we need exercise, some of us more than others.  For some, walking on a treadmill is the next worst thing jumping off of a building.  For others, it’s jogging or running:  will we ever get there, literally and figuratively? Well then, how about bicycling?  We know that it’s a rather obvious choice, but how many of…

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Ground control to Major Mom

This article is somewhat of a bittersweet tome.  It’s about love and separation, being missed and being loved.  Letting go and holding on tight. You see, Elon Musk’s SpaceX team are in early conversations with a number of airlines with the aim to provide Starlink satellite internet network to provide travelers with inflight Wi-Fi.  Science marches on, but not as…

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Jane, stop this crazy thing!

Plastics.  Carbon fibre. Airloys. Atomic layer deposition. Nano putty. Aerogel. Memory foam.  Metalized polyethylene terephthalate. Your travel future relies on the space-age materials listed above.  They play their part in making planes, trains and automobiles better, lighter, stronger and faster. Why  does this matter to you?  Both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic recently signed deals with Vertical Aerospace to acquire…

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Give peace a chance

We live in an age in which – for obvious reasons – it’s vital to understand how to build peace. Nuclear proliferation, inter-state and civil wars, terrorism and insurgencies, rising extremisms and hate crimes, social polarisation and increasingly vituperate online diction mean that learning how to reconcile enemies has never been more important. This importance is widely recognised. Around $22…

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You’re worth it, and you know it

Who hasn’t – at least once – dreamt of basking in the sun in Saint-Tropez?  Since the 50’s, it has always represented the universal ideal in luxury, culture and aspirations. Well, for those in the mood and in the position to do so, you’ll be thrilled that the Airelles Saint-Tropez, Château de la Messardière will be opening again in July,…

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