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Is Bumble changing the face of networking?

In 2017, there were approximately 197 billion app downloads worldwide, highlighting just how popular mobile apps are becoming. Bumble formed a big part of this, with 22 million registered users, and over $100 million in sales between 2016 and 2017 demonstrating it clearly to be a force to be reckoned with. So what exactly is […]

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Are we missing the political messages in paintings?

Over the 20th century, art has become more and more overtly politicised, with our culture becoming more accepting of art with underlying political significance. The recent unveiling of the Obama portraits has brought to light some of the issues surrounding political art, and the way in which politics manifests in the art world. Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ […]

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This Week in History: 27 February 1917 The February Russian Revolution

The February Bourgeois Democratic Revolution, also known as the February Revolution, was the first of two revolutions which took place in Russia in 1917. On February 23, 1917, mass protests against food rationing took place near the then Russian capital of Petrograd, now known as St Petersburg. The protests lasted around eight days and led […]

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Are we starting to take Christmas too seriously?

For children and adults alike, the Yuletide season is an exciting time of year. However, in the age of technology and overt consumerism has our dedication to, and preparation for, this season been taken too far? Many people believe that Christmas has become less and less about celebrating the birth of Christ and goodwill to […]

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‘Just Tattoo of Us’: more to face ink than meets the eye?

In the age of shows like MTV’s ‘Just Tattoo of Us’, tattoos are becoming more popular on an international scale. In 2016, it was estimated that 36% of 18-25 year olds in America had at least one tattoo, showing just how popular they are. Facial tattoos have less popularity, although generally those who have them […]

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Can driverless cars be programmed to make ethical decisions?

A driverless car is capable, in theory, of sensing its environment and navigating it without human input. Currently, no completely driverless or autonomous cars are permitted on public roads unless there is a human present who can take over control in an emergency. It is predicted, however, that within the next 10 years this may […]

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Does the ‘City of Culture’ award really benefit its recipient?

In 2008, Liverpool was bestowed the title of European Capital of Culture, resulting in 9.7 million visitors to the city that year, an increase of 34 per cent from the year before. It has been estimated, based on a five-year research programme, that £753.8 million was generated as a direct consequence of the award. Having […]

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This Week in History: 16 October 1793, Marie Antoinette is Executed by Guillotine

This Monday marks the 224th anniversary of the execution of Marie Antoinette, following a two-day trial for an array of sensational charges, which included exporting treasury money to Austria, planning the massacre of the national guards and unlawfully declaring her son the new king of France. The latter charge was raised by her son Louis […]