PUBLISHED: 18:25 09 February 2018 Andrew Clarke Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896. Picture: MANCHESTER CITY GALLERIES A major art gallery has returned a classic Pre-Raphaelite painting to its walls following a public outcry over censorship. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says that you don’t provoke debate by removing one of the voices in the argument. Visitors to Manchester Art Gallery. Photo: Manchester Art Gallery It’s been a funny old week in the world of art. By funny I, of course, mean strange. A week ago today the Manchester Art Gallery removed from view the much revered painting Hylas and the Nymphs by Pre-Raphaelite painter JW Waterhouse. The act of removal was part of a staged gallery take over by artist Sonia Boyce, who coincidentally is having an exhibition of her work there from March to September. Not content with sending this beautiful picture back to the store room, she persuaded the gallery to remove all postcards and posters … [Read more...] about Can we have a debate about the art of desire if we remove the object of the discussion?
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Register for our free newsletter DUNEE University’s Dame Sue Black, Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology and Vivienne McGuire, Bequest Coordinator, tell Laura Smith the Honest Truth about why Scots are donating their body to medical science and why it’s vital for research How common is donating your body to medical science in Scotland? VM: The number of people donating their bodies to Dundee University has steadily increased, and threefold in the last decade. In 2017 we accepted 93 and are limited to the amount of bodies we can store, which is 145. Why do you think this is? VM: Our general attitude to death is changing. We’re no longer afraid to talk about death or what happens to our bodies after we die. Many people want to help make the world a better place even though they are no longer in it. What are the benefits? SB: We tend to think everything can be done on a computer or from a model but there is no substitute for learning human anatomy … [Read more...] about The Honest Truth: You shouldn’t have grave concerns about donating your body to science
In Pictures: Bantaskin pupils unravel human body Pupils from Bantaskin Primary had two very unusual ‘medics’ pop into their school this week – and it was all to do with science. Nurse Treat Itbetter and Doctor Watson helped to deliver Body Builders, a fast-paced interactive show about the human body.Youngsters were taken on a fun-filled tour of how the main organs function within the human body, including unravelling an intestine!They also learned about common ailments and the importance of healthy eating as a key to maintaining a well-functioning body.The Body Builders workshop is supported by Syngenta and has been created by Generation Science, a touring programme of science shows and workshops for primary schools across the country, delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival.Joe Smith from Syngenta said: “This is the third year Syngenta has been involved with Generation Science and we continue to be impressed with the programme of events. … [Read more...] about In pictures: Falkirk pupils unravel mystery of the human body
New research by Balance Activ reveals the need for better understanding of our bodies and works with TV’s Dr Sarah Jarvis to spread the word on what’s normal and what’s not. Everyone remembers sitting through biology lessons at school learning about the human body, but most of us don’t learn much more about our bodies after that, unless something goes wrong. Our bodies are complex machines, with different parts working together to keep us healthy. It’s easy not to think about changes to your body when things are going well, but it’s important to recognise what’s normal and what’s not - so that you have the confidence to talk about it and seek help when something does change. That’s why Balance Activ have teamed up with Dr Sarah Jarvis to create a video that reminds women of the completely normal changes that will happen to their bodies over the decades. These range from reaching peak bone mass in their 20’s to changes in … [Read more...] about VIDEO: How well do we know our bodies?
Many of us can remember the slightly awkward moment at school when the teacher announced one particular topic for the upcoming lesson: sexual health. The whole class would groan or giggle, or a mixture of the two, but there was rarely a child who felt comfortable watching dated educational videos about menstrual cycles and puberty. But the betty for schools programme has a unique way of introducing these topics to children aged eight-12, in their trademark 'period bus'. Facilitator Karen Whyte, who has led groups studying at schools across north London, said she was attracted to the project when she joined in May 2017 by the elements of social activism involved. She said: "The project really works to challenge the taboo subject of periods and puberty, and making sure that both girls and boys are informed and not intimidated is really special. "It feels like we are empowering them with the knowledge about their own bodies, and opening up a dialogue. I, myself, am an actress and … [Read more...] about ‘Empowering children with knowledge about their own bodies’: period bus parks up in Barnet schools
0 Have your say Humanitarian campaigner Terry Waite is in Leeds next week to take part in a public talk about the power of the brain and how it copes under stress. Chris Bond talked to him. Terry Waite knows better than most what it’s like to endure extreme adversity. It’s just over 25 years since he emerged from captivity emaciated, bewildered and dazed by the glare of the world’s flashbulbs. As the Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy, he had been sent to Beirut to negotiate the release of Western hostages in 1987.Waite had enjoyed successes elsewhere, including Iran and Libya, but on this occasion the father of four was captured by Hezbollah militia and kept shackled and blindfolded in solitary confinement for nearly five years, during which time he suffered vicious beatings on the soles of his feet and endured a mock execution.His final months of captivity were spent caged with hostages he had been trying to release – including John McCarthy and … [Read more...] about Terry Waite and what his time in captivity taught him about the resilience of the human brain
TRUMP, the draft-dodging American President, has suddenly developed a taste for war.But of course playing the global John Wayne is so much easier than keeping campaign promises, creating jobs at home or even passing a few little laws through Congress.Nobody will mourn the obliteration of some Islamic State nutjobs, but how much real, lasting good will Trump do by detonating the biggest bomb used since Nagasaki on Afghanistan?My guess is — none.Because history tells us that dropping western bombs on the Muslim world only ever makes things worse.What peace and happiness did the epic blood-letting of Bush and Blair do in Iraq?Was Libya made a happier land after the air strikes of Cameron and Hollande?No. The men of violence just carried on slaughtering each other — and innocent children — as they have always done.We keep inserting our forces in someone else’s civil war.We take sides in a Shia and Sunni sectarian conflict when we can’t even tell them apart.Yet … [Read more...] about Draft-dodging Donald Trump must learn bombing the Middle East never works now he suddenly has a taste for war
INCREDIBLE medicine meets incredible bodies in the BBC Two series which finishes its first series tonight.We've already seen a child whose heart is outside of her rib cage and a man who who injects himself with deadly snake venom — so what else is in store for viewers of Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook tonight?Here's everything you need to know about the show...The final episode of the programme's jaw-dropping six-part series airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.Tonight's episode introduces us to engineer Tal Golesworthy, whose faulty connective tissue means he lived for years with the possibility his aorta could burst.We also meet a man who can taste words, and learn how his condition can help blind people to recognise colours.In this series, surgeon Gabriel Weston meets the people with the world's most extraordinary bodies.With the help of cutting-edge technology and top scientists, Gabriel explores why these bodies are the way they are, and what they … [Read more...] about When is Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston’s Casebook on BBC Two tonight, who is Dr Gabriel and what is it about?
CURRENTLY 25 US states and the District of Columbia have medical cannabis programmes.On November 8, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota will vote on medical cannabis ballot initiatives, while Montana will vote on repealing limitations in its existing law.We have no political position on cannabis legalisation.We study the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana, and its related chemical compounds.Despite claims that cannabis or its extracts relieve all sorts of maladies, the research has been sparse and the results mixed.At the moment, we just don’t know enough about cannabis or its elements to judge how effective it is as a medicine. What does the available research suggest about medical cannabis, and why do we know so little about it?While some researchers are investigating smoked or vaporised cannabis most are looking at specific cannabis compounds, called cannabinoids.From a research standpoint, cannabis is considered a ‘dirty’ drug because it … [Read more...] about What do we REALLY know about the medical benefits of cannabis? Two experts review the evidence
Gravity keeps our feet firmly planted on the ground. That’s why we can always tell up from down. In a weightless environment, however, these signals that our bodies need for orientation are no longer there. "We really don’t notice that we’re standing on the ceiling" says Thomas Reiter. "You first have to learn to learn to trust the information your eyes are sending your brain more than your gut feelings. The sensation of gravity simply isn’t present." That’s why all astronauts have problems with orientation the first time in orbit. But because the human brain is so flexible, astronauts are able to slowly adjust to weightlessness over a few days. Doctors are studying this ability in the hopes that it will teach them more about medical conditions, such as the equilibrium problems experienced by many elderly patients. Another problem is that after arriving in space, around two litres of the blood and bodily fluids that is usually distributed throughout an … [Read more...] about What Happens to the Human Body in Space?