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The lingua franca of our time: English

Roughly a billion people speak English. International diplomacy is conducted in English, stocks are traded in English, almost all scientific journals are written in English and the majority of the internet is in English. When a Russian woman travelling in Brazil wants to know the cost of her bus ticket […]


Why does ‘X’ Mark the Unknown?

For centuries we have associated the letter ‘X’ with ‘something’ that is unknown – a ‘thing’ that cannot be named because it has not yet been discovered. The letter ‘X’ has leaked from its origin of representing an unknown quantity in mathematical equations to making shows, movies, and other pop cultural things sound cool […]