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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

The end of the colonial conflicts and their consequences opened the door to a new century with various sectors of Spain’s privileged classes showing renewed interest in the creation of new banks. Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao continued to be the country’s main banking hubs, although the development of the financial industry’s business varied in each region.

Gravitational waves have been the most-talked-about scientific discovery of the year that is about to conclude. David Reitze, the physician that broke the news to the world, describes it as an achievement that can be compared to measuring the distance from our Sun to the nearest star with a margin of error under a human hair’s breadth.

Encouraging concert goers to turn on their smartphones during performances, filling London pubs with the music of Handel’s arias and sharing the stage with a rock band, are just some of the ways that some large symphony orchestras are exploring to attract younger audiences to concert halls.

He travels incognito in a big wooden box that reveals neither the contents nor the destination. Completely immobilized and protected from any impact, Charles II arrives in Puebla by land and by air. The International Museum of the Baroque in Puebla anxiously awaits the arrival of this King’s portrait - part of the BBVA Collection. It hangs in one of the rooms of the exhibition “The Art of Nations: The Baroque as Global Art”. There nothing disturbs the monarch who probably never dreamt he would one day visit Mexico.

Europe’s technology sector is frequently criticised for lacking ambition, but growth in so-called “deep-tech” start-ups in less glamorous segments of the industry has raised hopes for the region’s digital hubs.

Industrial applications and technical platforms that underpin consumer- focused services are attracting record levels of activity and investment, according to Atomico, the venture capital fund that specialises in the sector.