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Rikishi, a professional sumo wrestler

Rikishi, a professional sumo wrestler

Rikishi is the Japanese term for a professional sumo wrestler, and it literally means ‘a gentleman of strength’. Within the world of sumo, Rikishi is used as a catch-all term for wrestlers who are in the lower, un-salaried divisions. The more prestigious term sekitori is used to refer to a wrestler who is ranked in one of the top two professional divisions.

Sumo, Japan’s national sport

SUMO originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It has a history of spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in Sumo. Sumo actually comes from Shinto practices, and still very closely associated with its religious origins. The 6-ton canopy that hangs over the ring inside the Kokugikan stadium in Tokyo (the only hall where sumo bouts take place in the region) is modeled after the roof of the Shinto shrine, indicating that the ring itself is a holy place.

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Nudge theory applied in our daily life

The great thing about a good nudge is that a lot of concepts can be applied across the board.

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Nudge theory, the Nobel prize-winning concept (1)

Richard Thaler, an American economist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2017 for his contributions to behavioral economics. He was a key proponent of the idea that humans do not act entirely rationally. By applying insights from psychological research, he helped the world better understand people’s economic decision-making in particular.

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The story of ‘Sudan’, the northern white rhino (1)

The northern white rhino is a subspecies of the white rhino. Years of widespread poaching and habitat loss in their home range in Africa have devastated their populations.

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A flying car, no longer a dream

A flying car is no longer only in movies and cartoons. The first production model of a flying car, PAL-V Liberty, a sleek three-wheeled, two-seat car and gyroplane rolled into one, was unveiled at the Geneva motor show last month.

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