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Can an Economic Crisis Make Us Fatter?

Listen here Would you expect people to become overweight when, in difficult economic times, they have to struggle hard? Under such dire economic circumstances people purchase cheaper, lower quality food, often containing unhealthy additives. This may contribute to a population getting more obese, because people have less money in their pockets to…
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One of the World’s Longest Sea Bridges

Listen here After construction plans were approved in 2003, the Chinese completed the building of the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in 2007. The 36-kilometer bridge was finally opened to the public on May 1st, 2008. The bridge links Shanghai to the industrial city of Ningbo, shortening the highway distance between the two cities from 400 km to only 80 km. It…
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Black Friday

Listen here The Friday after the American holiday of Thanksgiving is the largest shopping day of the year in the United States. The day is often called Black Friday. Many stores opened at midnight as customers are already preparing for the Christmas holidays. Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
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Leapfrogging

Listen here Click to listen // Leapfrogging is an economic concept often used to describe a new company moving ahead of an old company by introducing a radical…
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When Will We Retire?

Listen here Click to listen // People are living longer, healthier lives. Meanwhile, many are struggling to save money, as salaries are worth less than they used to be. Because of these issues, many of us will be working long past the age of 65 -- a common time to retire in several societies. In fact, many people may work well into their 70s or…
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Cyber Monday

Listen here Click to listen // The Monday after the American holiday of Thanksgiving has become known as Cyber Monday because this is the day some people start…
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Expensive Paper

Listen here Click to listen // A single piece of paper can go a long way in Singapore. The Singapore 10,000 dollar bill is the largest bank note in circulation in the world. It is worth the equivalent of roughly 8,165 US dollars. The next largest bank note is 1000 Swiss francs, which is worth roughly 1,060 US dollars. Words in circulation: (related…
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From Chess Master to International Bookseller

Listen here Click to listen // Kenneth Tomkins is a chess master who has also written a book about the game. In 1995, he set up Multilingual Books, a supplier of translation and language products around the world. On his website, you will find courses for almost any language you can imagine. He also sells software such as Global Writer, a…
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The Vancouver Real Estate Market Is Still Crazy

Listen here Click to listen // Last summer we wrote about the bubble in the Vancouver housing market. Home prices in Vancouver continue to move higher. Yesterday an article on Business Insider showed that a person would be able to buy a 55-room hotel in Ireland for less money than a horrible home in Vancouver. The Vancouver real estate market is…
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