Category: Art & design

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Susan Bywater

Is an award winning freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories about social justice and environmental issues. Her first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (University of Regina Press) was released in early March 2002.

You fold your transparent mobile phone so that it fits into your wallet and charge it on the way to office using your helmet. While in a meeting with your boss, you switch on your washing machine with your phone. Your fancy jacket runs your laptop as you make an award-winning presentation. If this sounds like a sci-fi movie script, you may soon be a part of it.

Flexible, single-layer mobile phones, solar jackets and helmets for energy generation and storage on-the-go and smart power out.

The transparent and foldable mobile phones are made of graphene, the new super material in the tech industry that’s extremely thin, strong and flexible.

The bulky solar panels of today could soon be replaced by aesthetic ‘solar trees’ near your offices and homes with ‘leaves’ made of small panels to generate electricity.

Fluid and flexible solar panels that can be moulded into any shape can make current solar panels a thing of the past as India targets generation of 100 GW.

Cataclysmic collisions between space rocks have helped explain some of the solar system’s biggest mysteries, from how the moon formed to how Uranus got its lopsided rotation. But convincing evidence for such events happening outside of the solar system is scant.

Now scientists think that they have found the first known example of a near head-on collision between two massive worlds in another planetary system, roughly 2,000 light-years away from Earth.

The chance discovery came while researchers were observing Kepler 107, a sunlike star with four orbiting planets first described in 2014, to determine each planet’s mass. Surprisingly, the star’s two innermost planets, each roughly 1.5 times the size of Earth, have dramatically different masses, the team reports February 4 in Nature Astronomy. Analysis of each planet’s mass and size revealed that Kepler 107c is roughly twice as dense as Kepler 107b. That finding suggests that Kepler 107c has a large iron-rich core, similar to the solar system’s innermost planet, Mercury, the scientists say.

The Brazilian Neymar, who this Tuesday has turned 27 years, celebrated with a big ‘red party’ the anniversary. He surrounded himself with his teammates of Paris Saint Germain and some other colleague, like his compatriot Arthur, the Barça, who traveled to the French capital 48 hours from the classic of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid. Neymar did not allow, at least apparently, that his injury to his right foot – which will prevent him from playing until the beginning of April and which is being treated in Barcelona – would spoil the party, for which he wore red crutches, to match the motto of the night. All attendees had to wear at least one garment of that color.

The London Society and London Historians* have joined forces to conduct this most important of polls. Last year, they asked for nominations; dozens were submitted. Now the list has been whittled down to a terrible ten.

The shortlist contains a mix of maligned monuments — from abstract sculptures to (perhaps controversially) war memorials. Some were chosen for sheer ugliness. Others were deemed to be unsuitable for the location, or inappropriate to the subject.

Take a look at the shortlist and cast your vote. Some of the inclusions may surprise.

The ‘winner’ will be announced at a special event on 26 February 2019. The evening will also include a series of talks about Londoners who should be commemorated but aren’t.

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