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Approx Reading Time-10This morning, we focus solely on the positive. We’ve had an artificial womb keep a lamb alive, a potential cure for Parkinson’s and the date for Wes Anderson’s next film.




Sleeping on a freshly washed sheet (aka the “other” sheet) gives one an “up” view on proceedings – joie de vivre for the French speakers among us (or the extroverts who cover large personal flaws with the masking tape of obnoxious bilingual tidbits…bonjour to you). Sleep exists in the warm, crisp tundra of cotton-blend possibility, with some immunity to the fact that it’s the same bed, with the same stains underneath that won’t come off, so-much-so that you’ve run out of sides to turn it. Same goes for the news cycle, yeah?

So as you’re dragging yourself from – or fantasising about being back in – your messy, murky, negative, depressing blanket fort, allow The Big Smoke to force down the corners of the pristine, fitted sheet known as WYWA – the one that smells like optimism. Mmm. Lemony fresh.


Development of artificial womb afoot, 100% of premature ruminants polled can’t tell the difference.

Premature babies, put your under-developed hands in the air, what what, because science may have a solution – perhaps not for you expressly (soz), but for those who are similarly born too early in the future. Loosely described as a zip lock bag with a goat in it, the Centre for Fetal Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philly has been able to mimic conditions inside the womb of a barnyard maternal figure, supporting the youngling for around a month, which spools the mind with possibilities.

And yes, for the overly literal, that bag is that goat’s mum…theoretically.


A potential solution to Parkinson’s disease from Korea all the rage.

The Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) believe that they’re on the first tentative steps to navigating the thorny hedge maze of Parkinson’s, a disease that currently stands unsolvable. The solution, as they see it, is Cortisol, the stress hormone we all possess, although you could safely say, some more than others.

Now, Parkinson’s is a degeneration of the brain, in particular the dopaminergic neurons within. The theory claims that the release of Cortisol also brings a protective protein (parkin) which can inhibit the abovementioned neurons from cell death, and therefore, Parkinson’s.

So in layman’s: get angry, avoid Parkinson’s.

The application of provoking Cortisol in patients is not yet known, however, we here at The Big Smoke can speculate it might take the form of a scientific broomstick in the ribcage.

Jokes aside, let’s hope this works and that we can best this prick of a disease.


Wes Anderson’s next film confirmed. Cast brilliant, backdrop even more so.

A search for a lost dog. Japan. Bob Balaban. That’s all you really need to know about Wes Anderson’s next weird/charming celluloid jaunt. Oh, that and it’s slated for release in April 2018. Try not to skew your faces in a stage-five nerdgasm, please.

Wesley Anderson, you little Ronnie Coote.

Isle of Dogs would be Wes Anderson’s first jaunt to the Emperor’s bedroom. Here’s hoping Cranston plays a man in a Lhasa Apso costume, unable to accept that he’s a man, unless he’s talking directly to us, to the glum strains of The Kinks.

Actually, while you’re over there, Wes, call up Murakami’s sheeple and adapt Norweigan Wood already. Adrien Brody can play Toru.

Nah, jokes. No more whitewashing – primarily because of the moral question, but seeing as it’s also a business, here’s a nifty micro-history of how those movies went.

Since 2000 most whitewashed films have lost money - Atlas

Since 2000 most whitewashed films have lost money (image: Atlas)

Whitewashing. Not even once. Not even Robert Downey Jr.


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