Previously in the business of snapping supermodels, a chance meeting at a bus stop made this fashion photographer look again at young people affected visibly by genetic disease.
I’m in a hotel in Seattle watching photographer Rick Guidotti at work. Amid high fives and shouts of “awesome” a group of young people are laughing and posing as he clicks away, capturing the wide smiles and infectious enthusiasm in the room. This is not an average photo shoot, however, and Rick is not your average photographer. Each of the young people has Costello Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome, characterised by very distinct physical features, varying degrees of learning disability and an increased risk of cancer.
A few years ago, Guidotti was a successful fashion photographer, flying between New York, Paris and Milan working on high-profile campaigns for YSL, Revlon, Elle, Vogue and Marie Claire, photographing some of the most beautiful women in the world.
Symbol of decades of US interventions to be replaced with vehicle more suited to urban warfare environment the US has faced in Iraq and Afghanistan
It became the symbol of half a dozen US military interventions – a vehicle instantly recognisable across the globe, and as popular with the US military (if not with the actual soldiers) as with Islamic State, who stole 2,300 of them in Iraq during the fall of Mosul in 2014.
Now the US Department of Defense has announced the beginning of the end for the ubiquitous Humvee, awarding a $6.7bn contract to replace it to the Wisconsin firm Oshkosh.Continue reading...
Surprisingly enough complexity turns out to be complicated to handle - but here two physicists offer a set of principles for where to start
Jean Boulton is a onetime theoretical physicist turned consultant, and one of her passions is complexity and systems thinking, and their implications for how organisations, including development agencies, go about their work.
She’s teamed up with fellow lapsed physicist Peter Allen, and Cliff Bowman (a “theorist and practitioner of strategy,” whatever that is) to write Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence, a smart, 250-page introduction to complexity and its implications for action.Continue reading...
Despite our marquee not surviving the Welsh rain, science is a strong part of Green Man’s identity, and what makes it special
This weekend I took part in one of the more unusual science-communication events I’ve ever done. I, along with other researchers in my lab group, risked both sunburn and trench foot to bring a science stall to Green Man.
Despite being predominantly a music festival, Green Man takes its science seriously. There is a whole area called Einstein’s Garden, with science stalls run by academics, and a programmed stage and tent operating throughout the whole festival. Science-themed activities include singing, stand up comedy, plays, interactive shows for kids, demos, skeletons, even 4-hour taxidermy workshops!Continue reading...
Scientists say there is a formula for winning the stick-throwing bridge game made famous by Winnie the Pooh and friends
Poohsticks, the timeless game made famous by Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin, is not a game of chance, according to scientists – and there’s even a formula to win.
The game, in which competitors drop sticks into a river upstream off a bridge and see which comes out downstream first, is first mentioned in the book The House At Pooh Corner by AA Milne published in 1928.Continue reading...
Physicist says information sucked into a black hole may emerge in another universe
All is not lost if you fall into a black hole – you could simply pop up in another universe, according to Stephen Hawking.
The celebrated physicist has a new theory about where lost information ends up after being sucked into a black hole, a place where gravity compresses matter to a point where the usual laws of physics break down.Continue reading...
The answer to this question may surprise you. Your life will begin when two important changes take place. Fortunately, these changes are totally within your control. They are attitudes, not circumstances, and both have been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you, although you may not be aware of having made those choices.
The first impediment to living fully right now is the belief that you need to consider all possible options before you commit to anything. We believe in choice – when asked, most people will tell you that it’s better to have lots of choices. That way, most people will say, you’ll make a better decision, and feel happier and more satisfied as a result.Continue reading...
Sarcoptic mange can leave southern hairy-nosed and bare-nosed wombats blind and deaf before eventually killing them
Two of Australia’s three native wombat species are under threat from a disease which can leave the animal blind and deaf, and eventually kill them.
A project launched by the University of Western Sydney is calling on the wider community to help track wombat health, and hopefully stop the spread of the sarcoptic mange disease before it wipes out the animals.Continue reading...
Dust from 1100 homes was surveyed to learn more about microbes that might exacerbate breathing problems and allergies ... or even have health benefits
If the steady build-up of grime, stains and crumbs on the floor is not enough to spur you to a home cleaning spree, then research on the bugs that lurk in house dust might just do the job.
Tests on dust gathered from the tops of door frames in more than 1100 US homes revealed rich communities of fungi and bacteria that varied with the sexes of the home’s occupants, and whether cats or dogs lived with them.