Oh hey there! Have you noticed something different about us lately? Like maybe our BRAND NEW WEBSITE?! Isn’t it pret-ty?
Don’t worry, we haven’t just spent the week looking at our shiny new website and stroking the screen. Here are some of the other things we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.
Alfie Deyes, Fleur De Force (hey, we met her!) and Casper Lee are among the 200 YouTubers from 18 countries that participated in this year’s YouTube Rewind. The video includes the biggest viral trends of 2016 – from the mannequin challenge, to the water bottle flip – and, of course, the 100 layers challenge. 2016 has truly been a bizarre year…
The Clothes Show 2016
This week, the betty team boarded the betty bus and headed to The Clothes Show. You can read about everything we got up to here. Or you can watch our vlog. Or do both. Totally your call.
Giraffes may face extinction
It turns out the literal giants of the animal kingdom that roam southern and eastern Africa are now classed as vulnerable on the latest global Red List of Threatened Species. It’s thought they’re being pushed towards a “silent” extinction because of illegal hunting (weep) and habitat loss, with their numbers falling 40% in the last 30 years.
13-year-old invents bandage that helps wounds heal faster
Anushka Naiknaware has developed a bandage that senses the moisture in a wound dressing (which tbh, sounds super complicated and involves something called nanoparticles). Her bandage allows doctors to monitor the moisture in the wound without even having to unwrap the dressing. It’s a huge break through because the healthier the moisture range, the faster a wound heals.
Her idea won her the Lego Education Builder Award at the 2016 Google Science Fair. Which, totally NBD, comes with $15,000, a trip to Denmark, and a one-year mentorship with Lego to help get the project into production. What a boss.
So…Space Poop is a thing
If there are any budding scientists out there who are a bit miffed that Anushka beat them to the Lego Education Builder Award, fear not because you don’t always have to be number two (lol). No, but for reals, NASA is holding a competition to solve one of life’s greatest mysteries: how to do a poo in zero gravity. Currently astronauts diaper up, but NASA thinks there’s gotta be a better system out there. If you’ve got any ideas, dump ’em here.
The Queen is hiring
You might want to brush up your CV because the Queen is looking for some interns. That’s right, when Prince Harry was on his two-week royal tour of the Caribbean (sigh), he announced that his Grandma would be offering up nine new scholarships to young professionals seeking to improve their hospitality skills. The slight snag? You have to be a resident of one of the Queen’s realms of the Caribbean, which, we’ve gotta admit sounds a little Game of Thrones-y, even for Her Majesty.
Greek philosopher schools us in the art of rejection
The Greek philosopher and mathematician, Hypatia, came up with the most incredible way possible to ward off one of her male suitors… she threw her sanitary pads at him. Maybe we’ll try this next time.
Have a good weekend – we’ll see you Monday!