This Museum Is Adding A Permanent Exhibit Featuring Art About Health And Medicine

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The Wellcome Collection in London has announced that they will be working with architecture and design studio Assemble to design their new permanent exhibit on medical and health topics. The new exhibit is scheduled to open in September 2019 and will replace the current “Medicine Now” room, which will close on April 22.

The “Medicine Now” exhibit has been a fixture of the Wellcome Collection since the museum opened. Other permanent exhibits include the “Medicine Man” room, which houses a small part of Sir Henry Wellcome’s original collection of historical medical paraphernalia and paintings. Henry Wellcome founded the Wellcome Trust charity in 1936, and it’s currently one of the largest medical research funders in the world. Besides funding research, the charity encourages public engagement with the biomedical sciences, and the Wellcome Collection is the hub of many of their public-facing activities.A visitor studies a work on obesity entitled, ‘ I can’t help the way I feel’ by John Isaacs at the Wellcome Collection exhibition in central London, UK. This work is one of the pieces on display in the Medicine Now exhibit, which will close on April 22, 2019. Photographer: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg News

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In addition to the permanent collections, the Wellcome Collection also runs regular rotating exhibits on issues related to human health. Past displays have included themes such as forensics, consciousness and traditional Indian medicine. The most recent temporary exhibit, “Living With Buildings”, was all about living in a built environment, and drew connections between architecture and mental health.

Even though “Living With Buildings” has closed, it looks like the Wellcome Collection is planning to continue their exploration of architectural design. They recently announced that they have signed on art and architecture studio Assemble to design the new permanent exhibit, which will open in September and will replace “Medicine Now”.

Assemble is a London-based collective of designers, architects and artists. Many of their projects involve redesigns of public spaces. In 2015, they won the Turner Prize for a series of neighborhood revitalization projects in Liverpool. For their upcoming project at the Wellcome Collection, Assemble plans to “use natural materials, colour and inclusive design to create a humane and uplifting space where challenging conversations can happen, and where a wide variety of different visitors feel welcomed,” according to the studio’s Joe Halligan.

The Wellcome Collection has also revealed a few details of what to expect in the Assemble-designed space. Their announcement mentions “a jukebox of contemporary songs about epidemics” and “a DNA sequencer smaller than an iPhone.”

It should be a refreshing new start for this exhibit. After twelve years, “Medicine Now” no longer focused on currently relevant medical topics, but very much on what was new in 2007. The exhibit includes a bookcase full of printouts of the human genome, and fur and droppings from Dolly the sheep, but no mention of newer advances in genetic medicine. Another display includes examples of products and devices used for convenience and exercise (to highlight how lifestyle affects obesity) but here, too, the technology clearly dates the exhibit.

There are still a few weeks left to see the Medicine Now exhibit, which includes a glass model of the swine flu virus by Luke Jerram and a series of amber resin sculptures by Annie Cattrell, created from functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) images of the brain responding to inputs from the different senses.

Besides Assemble, no artist collaborations for the new exhibit have been announced yet, and the charity could not confirm what will happen with the existing art on display, so, if you’re in London in the next few weeks, this could be your last chance to see these scientific artworks.

New era in gaming: All you need to know about Google Stadia

Google has announced its fully-functional cloud gaming platform titled Stadia during a keynote at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new platform makes quite the promise of allowing users to play AAA games on just about any device with a screen and an internet connection directly through a Chrome browser. Stadia aims to eliminate the need for expensive PC hardware by streaming games from a server in a remote location (data center) to a browser on your device.

Google experimented with the concept of cloud game streaming in 2018 – then titled Project Stream — by streaming Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey through Chrome’s web browser for a few trial participants.

The tech giant has come a long way since then claiming up to 60 FPS at 4K resolution when the service launches and up to 120 fps at 8K resolution in the future. Today, two of the most powerful consoles on the market – Xbox One X and Sony PlayStation 4 Pro can run certain games on 4K at 60 fps. Let’s put that into perspective, imagine being able to play similar games on a browser; any browser.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, referring to AAA titles; “We learned that we could bring a triple-A game to any device with a Chrome browser and an internet connection.”

Stadia also aims to solve latency issues that most streaming services suffer from while streaming high-end games. In games where a split-second reaction can make the difference between winning and losing, high latency rates infuriate players.

Google has also released a controller aside their Stadia streaming service. The controller looks similar to most console gamepads with an additional button for capturing and sharing games directly to YouTube. To avoid lag, Google claims its Stadia controller can connect directly to the Internet by independently communicating with Google’s servers.

Stadia will allow users to stream games from the cloud to a Google Pixel phone, Chromecast or Chrome browser. Google claims that Stadia will launch in the US, Canada, UK and Europe at some point in 2019.

As e-sports pitch hots up, online gaming firms rope in big celebrities

Online gaming is picking up steam in India and to put more focus on it, companies are roping in celebrities to promote e-sports.

Parth Sharma, General Manager of Ballebaazi.com, told Moneycontrol, “I feel the market is so huge right now. People have taken Virat Kohli and Dhoni. Dream 11, that associated with cricketer Dhoni to strengthen its leadership position in the online fantasy sports industry, is already a market leader. They are easily churning out Rs 5-6 crore a day in service fees, which is a huge amount. These companies are bringing in brand ambassadors so that they can take the first mover advantage.”

Recently, Mobile Premier League (MPL), a mobile gaming startup, brought on board cricketer Virat Kohli as a brand ambassador for a deal worth Rs 12 crore for a period of one year. The company, which is 10 months old, has around one million daily active users. It is aiming to bring this number up to five million after its association with Kohli.

Another online gaming company – PokerStars India – signed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as its brand ambassador. Experts believe that this will prove to be an optimistic move for the platform’s growth in the country. Despite its global presence, the company has been struggling in India.

Online poker platform PokerBaazi was associated with ace boxer Vijender Singh as its brand ambassador since Jan 2018. With this association, the brand intended to leverage his reputation as a serious sportsperson and position Poker as a sport that flourishes on sheer skill and talent.

Sharma points out another reason for these celebrity associations. “When brand ambassadors come on board, they bring in trust and credibility factor with them. A lot of these companies have already acquired a lot of users. However, the problem that they are facing is people not depositing money because of lack of trust. Hence, companies rope in celebrities to bring the trust factor so that people start depositing money for companies to earn. There’s no other way to make money for these platform as there is no advertising on their interfaces.”

Indian gaming companies, in recent years, have seen many celebrities from the film industry, cricket world and other sports come on board. Adda52, online poker and card game site, had roped in actor Minishha Lamba and West Indies cricketing legend Chris Gayle. Sunny Leone was signed by Ability Games, a software and game development powerhouse, for its online game 11Wickets.

For all the companies focusing on cricket, the time is right for a marketing push as two major cricketing events – the 12th edition of Indian Premier League, and the ICC World Cup – are around the corner.

The appetite for gaming in India is increasing and the proof of this is the growing number of game developing companies in the country, which has risen from 25 in 2010 to 250 in 2018, according to a recent Forbes report.

The report also pegs India’s gaming industry at $890 million and expects the mobile games market to be worth $1 billion by 2020. These numbers are encouraging global companies to invest in India’s gaming platforms due to which more money is moving through the industry.

Changing lives by education

Education is one of the most effective tools to break the cycle of poverty. How can the public and private sector work together to address the enormous challenge of ensuring access to quality education for the young people of Asia, Middle East and Africa?
While governments are, and should continue to be, the guardian of education systems, it is crucial to acknowledge and understand the potential of the private sector in supporting this key sector. Increased private-public partnerships in the education field have the potential of amplifying the impact of interventions supported through philanthropy and the international community.

Dubai Cares encourages partnerships between the public and private sector in the hope that this will increase the predictability and sustainability of funding, and broaden commitment to overall development goals, notably in the education field. We are a key player in a number of international platforms where public and private firms work together.

For example, public-private partnership is important to support ‘Education in Emergencies’. This support cannot be the sole responsibility of one entity — we should join our efforts for the common good.

A great example of this effort is ‘Education Cannot Wait’ — a financing mechanism for ‘Education in Emergencies’ that involves government, non-government, philanthropic and private sector in a concerted effort to make a lasting change for the millions of children and youth who are out of school due to conflict or crisis. Another recent example is our new strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) that aims to support the reskilling revolution with a push to provide skills to 15 million people by 2021.

Our aim is to build a network of public-private partnerships in 10 countries initially, to be up-scaled to a total of 15 national economies by 2020, over half of which will be developing countries.

Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is a priority for Dubai Cares. How does the NTD programme fit into the larger goals of Dubai Cares?
NTDs keep children out of school, parents out of work, and cause stunting and impaired brain development, locking societies into endless cycles of poverty. One of Dubai Cares’ strategic approaches to improving children’s enrollment and learning outcomes is through an integrated school health and nutrition model that is made up of school-based deworming activities, school feeding, and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) in schools. As part of Dubai Cares’ global efforts in fighting NTDs, 34.4 million children have benefited from our deworming activities in developing countries. Furthermore, out of the 34.4 million children who have received deworming treatment from Dubai Cares-funded mass drug administration (MDA) programmes, more than 2.8 million have also benefitted from integrated education and health programmes in countries like Palestine, Ethiopia, Angola, Vietnam and India.

How can leaders leverage leadership platforms like the ABLF to address the issue of universal learning in your opinion?
From my several field visits to Asian countries, I have noticed significant progress has been made in increasing enrollment, retention and completion rates and decreasing gender gaps. However, many children in some parts of the continent, are still out of school or do not have access to quality education.

I believe the ABLF is one of the platforms that can bring together governments, education stakeholders as well as partners from the private sector throughout the region to ensure education reaches the most vulnerable populations, that education systems work effectively for children, and that no child is left behind.