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August, 2020

The Good News #19

The weather might be more confusing than a Boris Johnson speech but at least we know there’s still plenty of good news in the world of tech, creativity and innovation. Read on to learn about some of our favourite recent stories.

Reclaim her name

Have you heard of Mary Ann Evans, Mary Bright or Amantine Aurore Dupin? Perhaps you’re familiar with their male aliases George Eliot, George Egerton and George Sand? Throughout history, many female writers have been forced to adopt male pen names for their work to be read, or in some cases even for it to be published. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, founded by author Kate Mosse, long-time sponsor Baileys is publishing 25 novels written by women, previously published under a male pseudonym, released for the first time with the author’s correct name on the stylish new cover.

As literature fans we’re obviously delighted. As designers we’re obsessed with the fabulous new covers designed for each novel.

Image of books by female authors, featuring their real names for the first time

Palm Temple by Luke Jerram

Our Paintworks neighbour Luke Jerram is already well known for his multidisciplinary art installations, including; Museum of the Moon, a touring inflatable installation featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, Play Me, I’m Yours, 2000 street pianos installed in over 65 cities across the globe from Tokyo to New York, bearing the simple instruction to ‘Play Me, I’m Yours,’ and of course Park and Slide, a 95m water slide installed on Park Street in our hometown of Bristol for just one day for 360 people to slide down.

Now, Jerram’s artwork that was originally commissioned as a celebration of the 600th anniversary of the dome of Florence Cathedral has found a new home in Bristol. Palm Temple, is based on a spiralling lamella dome structure and changes minute by minute with the shifting weather patterns and time of day. It is now on permanent display outside the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, visitors can even walk inside the six-metre high sculpture which is internally illuminated at night.

In the apex of the dome shaped sculpture is an ‘Extinction Bell.’ The bell tolls once 150 to 200 times a day at random intervals to signify the number of species lost worldwide every 24 hours.

We’re excited to visit the stunning sculpture and get the perfect pic for Instagram!

Image of artist Luke Jerram's installation, Palm Temple

3D printing to the rescue

3D printing has transitioned from a buzzword that would fit in well in a James Bond film to a technology that we can expect to soon feature in almost every industry. Now, researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are exploring how 3D printing technology could be used to improve surgical training by creating organ simulators which look and feel like real body parts.

The three-year project is one of numerous PhDs funded by the Appearance Printing European Advanced Research School (ApPEARS) at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology and supervised at UWE Bristol’s Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR).

What’s the aim? The researchers hope to create interconnected model organs which mimic the appearance elasticity and consistency of human tissue, thereby giving surgeons a realistic simulation on which to practice more complex procedures.

PhD researcher and CFPR Associate, Marine Shao, who is also working on the project said: ‘‘While there are a number of commercial organ simulators available, they tend to reproduce just the most common procedures and do not accurately replicate the properties and feel of human tissue. This research project will address those limitations and develop a low-cost method of producing organ simulations which are cheaper to produce and more realistic than existing simulators.’’

Another exceptional project from UWE that could have huge ramifications for the health care sector.

Image of technicians working on 3D printing lifelike organ simulators

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