Bulletin West

Top stories from Tuesday 28th March:

White supremacist charged with an act of terrorism:

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The landmark case decided yesterday has seen white supremacist, James Harrison Jackson, charged with murder as an act of terrorism after fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman. Jackson had planned a killing spree based on race in one of the most diverse multicultural cities, New York, to “make a statement.”

Jared Kushner is set to testify in the Trump-Russia investigation:

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Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has agreed to testify before the Senate committee that is investigating the case of Russian interference in the latest US election.

The Independent have shared a video where Donald Trump admits Vladimir Putin is a killer but says he respects him.

Worldwide ban on nuclear weapons thought to be unrealistic:

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US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons is not “realistic.” 40 countries, including the US, Britain and France, have refused to join in on talks about the issue.

Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans:

Police have undergone an investigation due to reports of human waste being found in Coca-Cola cans that were delivered to their factory in Northern Ireland.

The new £1 coin has security features:

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Material inside the coin allows it to be electronically scanned by payment and coin-counting machines. It also includes micro-sized lettering inside both rims and a hologram-like image as additional security measures.

Two girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight:

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United Airlines have defended a gate agent who stopped two young girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings.

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Design Museum Review

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It was a fine morning when my colleagues and I visited the Design Museum in Kensington. The weather was just right for a stroll in the garden after completing our own tour of the vast and innovative building. What first caught my eye was its contemporary architecture. I have always been influenced by modern and minimalist building designs. John Pawson, the architect of this masterpiece has outdone himself. Once you enter, it will feel empty. Maybe it is because we arrived at 10:00 am exactly, the opening time of the museum. But later on, you hear the buzz of people around you getting louder. You will start to observe more figures when you look down from the glass railings. It is riveting to see what other people look at in the museum, you know what interests them.

Once you enter, it will feel empty. Maybe it is because we arrived at 10:00 am exactly, the opening time of the museum. But later on, you hear the buzz of people around you getting louder. You will start to observe more figures when you look down from the glass railings. It is riveting to see what other people look at in a museum, you know what interests them.

A few pieces triggered my interest and made me want to know more. And other pieces made my jaw drop! Like the first ever hair dryer! I never thought such object existed till I saw one at the museum.

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It was labeled as ‘Hairdryer 1.0’ and was produced in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The materials it was made of was glass, cork, PLA, and bentwood. Kees Berende made the glass body. The filter and joint piece were made at the Eindhoven FabLab. This is interesting – the electric components were found in the local metal junkyard! Fascinating!

Facts:
Labour: 15
Production area: 4.5 km
Price: 100 Euros

The wall of things. It is literally ‘the wall of things’. Random objects that people find to be compelling in a way are stuck on a wall. Here’s how it looks like;

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Next to this wall was written, “What does design meant to you?” The museum asked people about the designs that are important to them. They were looking for affordable everyday designs that meant something special. Some of the objects were put there because they held personal memories, some have been chosen for their beauty and others because they do their job well, like the bicycle and an Apple MacBook.

Now, let us look at something smaller. And I mean very small. Something as small as a chip.

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Above, we have a human chip. As I was looking through the museum, this was the only thing that made me stop and go back to know more. Human organs on chips were designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, 2010-14.

Harvard Univesity’s Wyss Institute has developed multiple ‘chips’ that model the behavior of human organs. The devices are made from living human cells cultured inside hollow channels shaped like organs. By recreating the performance of natural human organs they help scientists study what happens within the body. The chips open up a possibility of building custom replicas of individual patients’ organs in order to advance personalized medicine. The image above shows human lung on a chip, around 2014.

Saving the best for last. As I have a passion for photography and love to make art out of my images with everything I capture. Here are vintage cameras to look at.

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I could name every camera that you see above, but that will be time-consuming. Let me just tell you one thing; the camera is the most magnificent invention of all. And it looks beautiful regardless of color or the company that manufactured it.

Fact: The earliest cameras were specialist pieces owned and used by professionals. When the Box Brownie launched in 1900, Kodak kept the prices low by making on the sale and development of film. A century later Kodak’s business model couldn’t survive the popularity of digital cameras and the company went bankrupt.

 

Online abuse can and will ruin your life

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Cyber-bullying, an already persistent issue, is escalating. It is beyond awful and difficult to handle. Online harassment often leads to different devastating consequences, such as suicide or depression issues that last a lifetime. Cyber bullying involves harassing someone consistently and repeatedly by passing hostile, judgmental, horrid and sometimes even threatening messages on the victim’s social media activities. The most vulnerable part of our society that could be targeted are teenagers and young adults. Moreover, even celebrities have not been untouched by these horrific experiences.

Here are 7 celebrities who have fallen prey to cyberbullying:

1. Adele: After giving birth she received many congratulations, but even more death threats and insults. Vanessa Bieber tweeted “just murder it already lol”.                                                     adele

2. Cheryl Cole: She received hate comments criticising her hair, looks and make-up and her weight.

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3. Charlotte Dawson: Lost the fight against cyber-bullies and committed suicide.                     charlotte

4. Caroline Flack: Used to date Harry Styles when he was 17. She experienced constant harassment from Harry’s fans online, one went ahead with sending her a threatening picture of herself holding a knife. This led her to report the incident to the authorities.

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5. Anna-Gunn: Has faced some serious cyber bullying for her portrayal of Skylar White in the series, Breaking Bad. Attacks ranged from name-calling to hateful comments about her income and weight.

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6. Melanie Griffith: Faced a lot of Twitter abuse because of her looks, many think she looks old and ugly. She preserved her beauty despite her being almost 60. Luckily, no one cares if you disagree.

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7. Lorde: Was targeted in racist comments on Twitter. She opened up about this in an interview for the Rolling Stones magazine and admitted that it did affect her as she is only human.

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It takes a lot of courage to fight against malicious comments and constant criticisms and many believe they do not have. Your whole life is ahead of you and you should live it to the fullest (no matter how cliché this sounds).

Malaysia bans Disney film due to ‘gay moment’

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The release of Disney’s latest film Beauty and the Beast has been delayed indefinitely in Malaysia due to it featuring a “gay scene”.

Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, film censorship board chairman, commented that he was unaware of the postponing of the film. The film had been approved by the board apart from a minor gay scene, however Malaysia is not supportive of it.

“We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie,” Abdul Halim said.

Disney refused to cut the scene, instead deciding to not release the film in Malaysia at the current time.

The controversy stemmed from the film featuring a character called LeFou, who according to director Bill Condon “is confused about his sexuality.” Condon has described a brief scene as a “gay moment.”

We talked to students at the University of Westminster and gathered their thoughts and opinions of this controversial topic.