Sotiris Koutsomitros

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Demand for Irish passports soars in the UK post-Brexit

<b>More than a fifth of all Irish passports issued in the last year went to people living in the UK.</b><p>The surge has been directly linked to Brexit.<p>The …

7 Reasons Why It's Good To Speak Another Language

It's one of life's truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing. The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; to interact with people you wouldn't otherwise be able to communicate with; to really understand and immerse yourself in another culture, whether it …

Towards a confusion of tongues (why a common language isn’t always helpful)

There sometimes exists in schools a cognitive dissonance that appears to hold these three theories as truth:<p>The reason I think this represents …

The rise of the super-fast industrial 3D printer

3D printers are slow; so slow that in the time it would take to print a screwdriver, you could just drive to the store and pick one up with a half …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

Time to Swap Power Plants for Giant Batteries? Almost

High costs have limited the use batteries in the electricity grid, but emerging technologies will make batteries a more compelling way to supply …

Cognates: A Language Learner’s Best and Worst Friends

Just starting to learn a new language? Well, what if you I told you that right now, you already know dozens (if not hundreds!) of words in that …

Ford recalls 434k vehicles for several unrelated issues

It seems that the hard winter in much of the country has been as rough on some Fords as it has on many people. The Blue Oval is recalling roughly 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls, and one of them partially caused by the salt used to melt the snow on roads.<p>The first recall covers 385,750 …

Best of March 2014

Abuse inquiry: 'Termonbacca' head nun 'very caring'

<b>A nun in charge of a Londonderry children's home in the 1970s was "very caring", an ex-social worker has said.</b><p>She was giving evidence to the Historical Abuse Inquiry about the former St Joseph's Catholic children's home in Termonbacca.<p>The inquiry is examining claims of abuse at 13 homes and …

Sociology

Ukraine says it retakes building seized by protesters

Ukrainian special forces moved against pro-Russian demonstrators in the eastern city of Donetsk late Monday after the country's acting President vowed to resist efforts to "dismember" his country, his office reported.<p>The troops cleared armed protesters from the headquarters of Ukrainian security …

MH370 missing plane: 'black box pings' tracked to same point as final 'half-handshake'

MH370's final 'half-handshake' communication tracked to around the same point in Indian Ocean as authorities detect underwater signals that could be from missing plane's black box<p><b>Follow latest MH370 updates</b><p>A final unexplained signal emitted by the missing <b>Malaysia Airlines</b> plane was tracked to the …

Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron’s handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party’s already clouded electoral outlook.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Nuclear …