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Snapshot Update: The Self-driving Apple Car

Apple will commence production of its ‘Apple Car’ – an autonomous vehicle with innovative battery technology – in 2024. Whilst analysts claim its launch might be delayed until 2028, the electric vehicle (EV) and self-driving car market is gaining traction. For example, Volkswagen has pledged to invest €2bn into expanding EV production in China and …

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Snapshot: Investigating Detrimental Oil Spillage in Mauritius

Mauritius is famous for being a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. However, this perception was somewhat tainted ever when a Japanese ship struck a reef on July 25 2020, which then leaked some 1,000 tonnes of oil in the pristine waters. On the 15th August the ship split apart causing …

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Snapshot Update: Capital ‘Protestors’ Faced with No-flight Bans

On 6th January, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in scenes that sent shockwaves around the world. This was hours after the out-going President addressed his supporters at a rally outside the White House and encouraged them to protest the result of the election. This was hailed as an ‘assault on democracy’ by President-electJoe Biden.  As …

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The Malaysian government plans to increase anti-LGBT rights

The deputy minister for religious affairs in Malaysia has submitted a proposal to amended the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (355). The aims of this proposal under Sharia law is to punish consensual gender non-conformity and impose harsher sentences on same-sex conduct than current maximum sentencing under federal law. State Sharia laws only apply to …

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Snapshot Update: Latham & Watkins leads on Airbnb $3.5bn IPO

Airbnb’s initial public offering was the largest US IPO of 2020, with stock values doubling their predicted $68. Despite facing disappointing figures in the first two quarters of 2020, Airbnb made a surprising recovery as lockdowns began to ease and tourists opted to stay in houses instead of hotels. Partly due to 2021 optimism, Airbnb’s …

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Evictions Ban on Businesses Extended

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the extension of the business evictions ban to March 2021 to protect business owners who have been badly affected by the pandemic. This opens up a window for negotiations between commercial landlords and their tenants to settle disputes on unpaid rent. Additionally, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act introduced as …

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Is Smiling the Key to Increasing Happiness?

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A ground-breaking study has revealed that the action of moving the facial muscles to smile tricks the mind into contentment: ‘the happiness formula’. Moving the facial muscles triggers the amygdala, which generates positive emotions. This study is important, considering that on average adults only smile 20 times per day, in comparison to children who smile …

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