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SurvivaBall has a plan to save you from the wide range of catastrophes that are likely to come from our increasingly unstable climate.

SurvivaBall is nothing less than a self-contained living system. Truly, a gated community for one. If you have a SurvivaBall, even if everyone else is dying, at least you can weather all storms.

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A stripper was the first woman to model a bikini…

… because no Paris fashion model would dare wear it.

First bikiniTwo weeks after the Able atomic bomb test, and one week before the Baker test, Parisian Louis Réard registers the name bikini, adopting the name of the nuclear Bikini Atoll for his latest swimsuit creation. Does the box she is holding hold the bikini? From the front Réard’s design is cut below the navel, vees up the front of the pelvis, and sports string sides. From behind the suit is, well, bare-butted. None of Paris’s fashion models will wear Réard’s creation, so it is introduced by Michele Bernadini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris.

Tan bikiniTanning problems are created by the abrupt diminution, both on the backstrap but especially the buttocks. Or as a Brazilian says, looking at the picture in the 1990s, “She have bum bum white!”

The Paris fashion press suggests that the bikini gets its name because it looked as if its wearer is emerging in tatters from a nuclear bomb blast, wearing what little is left over. Or perhaps the combination of half-naked south sea islanders coupled with the atomic impact strikes a chord in the haute couture, and reminds them that atom bombs reduce everybody to primitive costume. Réard simply states, “Bikini–smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world.”

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Negative pressure wound therapy

A streamlined version of ‘negative-pressure’ wound therapy is put to the test in Haiti — and could have ‘enormous potential’ across the developing world.

Nobody knows precisely why it works, but doctors have known for decades that the healing process for open wounds can be greatly speeded up by applying negative pressure — that is, suction — under a bandage sealed tightly over the affected area. The speculation is that it helps by drawing bacteria and fluid away from the wound, keeping it cleaner.

For patients, there is a benefit even beyond the speedier healing. Traditional dressings need to be removed and replaced — sometimes painfully — up to three times a day, but with the negative pressure system dressings can be left in place for a few days. But in the developing world, there’s a problem: The systems are expensive, and they need to be plugged in or powered by batteries that last only a few hours. In many developing nations, a reliable source of electricity is rarely available.

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Is it art or is it suicide?

High up on the Empire State Building a lone figure stands.  Another poor soul prepares to shuffle off their mortal coil by leaping from the ledge.  Or are they?

Art or suicide

Suicide2British sculptor Anthony Gormley’s latest piece of public art is causing a stir in New York City. Event Horizon, as it is known, consists of his trademark life-sized figures, thirty one of them in total. The only problem is that people keep mistaking them for suicide jumpers and call the police.

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