ABT – Shopping for a Conversation, Happy Hormones, Tarzan and Jane and more…

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By: Paula Gonzalez, Manuela Camarero & Yosra Kok

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Gen Z Takes Over Tennis

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Does the name Emma Raducanu ring a bell? How about Leylah Fernandez? Well, at just 18 years old, both of them managed against all odds to play a Gen Z Grand Slam tennis final. Raducanu, 18, and Fernandez, 19, both reached the final of the US Open, beating some tennis favourites along the way: including 3rd ranked Naomi Osaka and 2nd ranked Aryna Sabalenka. 

Fernandez went home after a bittersweet ending, leaving the sensational British player Raducanu to take home the trophy. The champion managed to accomplish what few have done before her, she got to crown herself champion in New York at the age of 18. To add to the exceptional accomplishment, she had never won a single qualifier until that tournament! 

The US Open is one of the 4 grand slams of the ATP tour and she managed to not lose a single set during the whole tournament, not even against Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medallist Belinda Bencic. In other words, Emma Raducanu came to New York as the underdog and left with her name engraved on the trophy and in tennis history. 

Despite her loss, Raducanu’s fellow Gen Z competitor Leylah Fernandez has a journey just as remarkable. You heard it here first, these are two names to watch out for in the future of tennis. 

Image by: Seth Wenig

Trees for Jane

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The name Jane and trees have gone hand in hand since the release of Disney’s hit movie Tarzan and Jane in 2002, and we now have more reason to believe in the correlation of the two. 

Jane Goodall, a world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, known as the world’s expert on chimpanzees, has kickstarted an initiative called “Trees for Jane”. Jane is also a UN Messenger of Peace and an honorary member of the World Future Council. In other words, Jane Goodall is pretty cool, and she’s about to get even cooler…

Jane Goodall’s initiative focuses on enlisting fans to help her plant a trillion trees around the world by 2030, helping the UN achieve its Sustainable Development Goals. This initiative was encouraged through a film called “A Trillion Trees”. In the film, she not only encourages every person to plant trees, but also emphasises the ecological importance of protecting them. 

If you want to be as cool as her, you can join the “Trees for Jane” movement by either planting a tree or donating to the website treesforjane.org.

Shopping for Groceries and a Quality Conversation!

#Business

Nothing brings humans together like a good little chat, and Dutch supermarkets have noticed! As a global society constantly moving forward in the face of a global pandemic, we’ve become used to avoiding social interaction and instead opt for self-checkout, leading to extremely reduced numbers of cashiers. A Dutch supermarket has found the perfect solution, a ‘Kletskassa’. 

‘Keltskassa’, which can be translated to ‘chat checkout’, is the name of Jumbo supermarket’s innovative new tool which will work to reduce loneliness among elderly people. The initiative began development just around the beginning of the pandemic more than two years ago, after people began to notice how important daily social interactions are.

With this initiative, the Dutch government kicked off its ‘One Against Loneliness’ campaign, working closely together with the Jumbo supermarket chain. Results have been nothing but positive, and the initiative will be expanded further, aiming for chat checkouts in 200 stores across the country by next year.

Image by: Jumbo Supermarkets

Happy Hormones for All Dogs

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It’s no news that cuddling your puppy is the best cure for a bad day. After all, dogs are man’s best friend. New research around canine-human connections has found that dogs can read human emotions and they often look at their humans’ faces for clues about how to react to their attitude. It has also been found that dogs experience the release of the “relationship-building” hormone oxytocin when bonding with humans, making them incredibly loyal.

For years it had been thought that this biological process was just a result of an evolutionary necessity, but the reality is much different. It has now been shown that pack-living dogs and wolves don’t release oxytocin even when spending time with humans, whereas pet dogs do, even just hearing their humans’ voices, clearly demonstrating that they’d rather be close to their owners than alone or in the company of other dogs. 

We now also know that they share their humans’ feelings. For example, when they react to crying babies or to dear friends greeted at the door. Sharing our lives and homes with dogs has allowed us to develop much more intimate relationships with them, so science shows, as the release of oxytocin is more than just a result of evolutionary necessity.

Sources

-, A. C., By, & -. (2021, October 14). Dogs Catch Actual Chemical Cues From Humans That Transmit Excitement, Fear, or Angst to the Pups. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dogs-catch-human-emotions-like-joy-fear-and-stress/.

-, G. N. N., By, & -. (2021, October 25). A Grocery Line Where Slower is Better: Supermarkets Open ‘Chat Checkouts’ to Combat Loneliness Among Elderly. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/a-checkout-line-where-slower-is-better-supermarket-jumbo/.

-, G. N. N., By, & -. (2021, October 14). Jane Goodall Enlists Fans to Help Plant a Trillion Trees Around the World by 2030. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/jane-goodall-enlists-fans-to-help-plant-a-trillion-trees/.

Guardian News and Media. (2021, September 12). Emma Raducanu: British 18-year-old makes tennis history with US Open final win. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/sep/11/emma-raducanu-makes-tennis-history-with-us-open-final-win.

Absolutely Brilliant Times
ABT team: Yosra Kok (Co-Founder and Creative Director), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University | Tomas Lemus (Scriptwriter), 1st year Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE) student at IE University | Manuela Camarero (Writer), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University | Mariola Lopez Perez (Writer), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University | Jood Abu Hantash (Writer), 1st year communication and digital media student at IE University | Paula Gonzalez (Writer), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University |

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