This week’s selection of unmissable news brand stories from the past seven days includes the pros and cons of the latest wellness trend, the creative thoughts behind the newest sci-fi film and a heart-warming note…
1. Special PJs
Betsi Powley was diagnosed aged 9 with Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones or the soft tissue around them.
While undergoing chemo and radiotherapy, Powley felt that ordinary pyjamas aren’t designed to suit children having treatment. According to the Mirror’s story this week, she worked to design a range of adaptive pyjamas ‘Real Eazy’, making it easier for children with ports and other medical devices to have hospital treatment.
2. Tape it up
Mouth taping is the latest wellness trend going viral on social media and championed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and KSI, the Guardian reports on Instagram.
Putting tape across your mouth is supposed to help you sleep better. For those who sleep with their mouths open, it’s supposed to force you to breathe through your nose. According to accounts across TikTok, this lifehack has lots of benefits such as reducing stress, insomnia and blood pressure.
3. Movie magic
The Creator is the latest science fiction film to hit cinemas, following the theme of future war between the human race and artificial intelligence. In the film, an ex-special forces agent is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI.
In a video The Sun Showbiz shared to YouTube, the creative director Gareth Edwards talked about the progression of blending in AI design into reality, discussing the design work at the end of shooting in postproduction, reverse engineering and how the unusual process turned mistakes into movie magic.
4. A heart-warming note
In a story from The Independent, a man from Blackburn has formed lifelong friendships after he released a balloon in memory of his late sister. A note was attached for whoever finds it to get in touch.
The balloon travelled to a tulip field in the Netherlands, 500 miles away. A Facebook page named ‘Here I am’ was set up, where founder of the note tulip farmer Pieter Burger and his wife got in touch and formed a friendship. The couple were so touched by the story they named a new species of tulip after the man’s sister.
Levi, of Blackburn, Lancashire, continued: “We’ve been in contact with their family for two years. They’ve sent over hundreds of tulip bulbs for us to plant in Scarlett’s schools and around the homes of family members, as well as in Australia where Scarlett and I used to live. We plant them in November, and they bloom in April which is when Scarlett’s birthday is.”
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5. News in 10
The Times’s podcast the World in 10, shares and analysis stories from around the world. Wednesday’s edition covered a Netflix row which rocked the Ryder Cup after American golfer Xander Schauffele faced being kicked off the USA team due to contractual disputes involving Netflix’s behind the scenes access, The episode also explained the latest on the trail of American investor and former FTX boss Sam Bankman-Fried. Bankman-Fried