The Weekly Wrap-Up

| April 17, 2016

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Words by Ryan Grice

CHINA loves IKEA, River of fire, The life-saving zebrafish, Menstruation in space, and Jeff Goldblum.

China has IKEA. As if this isn’t surprising enough, what really amazes is how much more intense the experience is. The stores are larger: having up to 30,000 customer per day at a single location, often causing chaos and congestion in the aisles. The true beauty however comes in the shameless dedication to performing the most thorough try before you buy of every item with regular nappers in most rooms, and even some children doing their homework. Local grandfather and self-confessed weekly IKEA customer said: “Some people don’t like that we sleep in the beds, but to me, it’s good. It greatly reflects Ikea’s motto as ‘it’s our home’. I come here for the good experience and it has been years. It’s free. No Ikea staff have ever stopped me.”

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There’s nothing like proving a point, especially when you get to light something on fire. New South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham did just this at a river in South-West Queensland that has been bubbling with methane gas due to nearby fracking for coal seam gas. The video, which can be found on Buckingham’s Twitter page, will hopefully raise awareness of the damages and dangers of the process. “Holy fuck. Unbelievable. A river on fire… This area has been drilled with thousands of CSG wells and fracked. This river for kilometres is bubbling with gas and now it’s on fire,” Buckingham says in the video. Origin Energy have said that they are monitoring the river. The river held the flame for over an hour.

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Neuroscientists at Sydney’s Macquarie University are experimenting on zebrafish to try and cultivate a cure for Machado Joseph Syndrome. The freshwater fish, famous for sharing 70% of its genes with humans, can absorb different chemicals through water in its developmental stages and will hopefully prove useful in putting an end to the hereditary neurodegenerative disease that is affecting indigenous communities, and potentially several other diseases of a similar nature. Though funding exists and hopes are high, the scientists believe they are still up to 15 years away from producing a solution.

Sally and Oscar || Image: twitter.com

Though Sally Ride became the first woman in space over 30 years ago, leading the way for many talented young female astronauts to follow, National Geographic’s Erica Engelhaupt this week posted an interesting article about the misogyny of the old days and details of menstruating in space. The heavy focus around the ignorance and confusion of the details for scientists trying to accommodate Sally decades ago helped paved the way for a number of necessary conversations and further exploration into the then uncharted territory that was female physiology.

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Jeff Goldblum was interviewed this week by movie website Fandango and when questioned about appearing in a future Jurassic Park sequel did not disappoint:

“Yes, in 20 years! Nah, I have no plans. They’re doing very well without me. Yes, yes, but what movie doesn’t need a little seasoning of Goldblum? So few. The Danish Girl? No, not really. Not that one. I’m nothing if not open. I’m like an open-faced sandwich. My door is not always open — I took the door off. I removed the hinges from the door. I’m too open. I’m like a chicken piccata. What was I about to say? Oh yes, the two [Jurassic] movies I did with them were plenty. If I never did anything more, I’d certainly be well satisfied.”

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