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Beauty has gone Bollywood.

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In the latest installment of The Cut‘s “100 Years of Beauty” series, we see the dramatic and colorful fashion trends of India.

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Model and dancer Trisha Miglani demonstrates how hairstyles, veils, bindis and Mehendi styles have evolved since 1910 — always mimicking Bollywood heroines of the era, from Sharmila Tagore to Katrina Kaif.

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You can see the images and people who inspired each decade’s look on The Cut’s Pinterest board.

Amy Childs reveals her sensational shape in a tropical bikini as she puts on a scorching display with new beau Bradley Wright in Dubai

As one of Essex’s best known Mr Wrights gets married off, it seems that former TOWIE babe Amy Childs has her sights set on another.

The stunning reality TV beauty certainly seemed to be getting close to new boyfriend Bradley Wright, 24, recently as they spent time in scorching Dubai for their first romantic holiday.

Amy, also 24, has admitted that things are ‘getting serious’ and their loved-up beach display was nothing short of perfect proof that their chemistry is building.

Beauty entrepreneur Amy couldn’t be missed on the golden sands, having picked out a bright, tropical print bikini for the beach day.

She looked incredible in the halter-neck two piece, which perfectly displayed her ample chest and toned hourglass shape.

Formerly flame-haired Amy looked relaxed walking hand-in-hand with the sculpted hunk, chatting away contently with her golden-tipped tresses twisted over one shoulder and a pair of aviators on her nose.

Getting serious: Amy Childs and her new man Bradley Wright were seen enjoying their first holiday in Dubai together this week

While Bradley may have no relation to former TOWIE star Mark Wright and his cousin Elliott Wright, the builder certainly seemed to share their appreciation for honing a perfect physique.

The hunk kept his beach look simple in a pair of black shorts, appearing to catch a tan as his chest turned red from the scorching conditions.

Scorching: The pair were caught smooching as they lay out on the golden sands
Scorching: The pair were caught smooching as they lay out on the golden sands

He certainly couldn’t keep his eyes off stunning Amy as she lay out on the sand shaking out her hair and lavishing him with kisses.

She's got an admirer: Handsome Bradley certainly couldn't keep his eyes off the gorgeous brunette
She’s got an admirer: Handsome Bradley certainly couldn’t keep his eyes off the gorgeous brunette

Amy and builder Bradley, also 24, have been dating since the New Year after meeting in Essex bar The Bull in Brentwood, but have managed to keep their romance largely under the radar.

Sizzling: The former TOWIE starlet looked incredible in a tropical bikini as she played in the water
Sizzling: The former TOWIE starlet looked incredible in a tropical bikini as she played in the water

Last month, Amy revealed that things are heating up between them, and that she feels ‘lucky’ to have met such a caring suitor.

Picturesque: The stunning backdrop wasn't on a patch on gorgeous Amy in the sea
Picturesque: The stunning backdrop wasn’t on a patch on gorgeous Amy in the sea

Speaking to new! magazine, she explained: ‘Things have serious between us. It’s getting there, massively. I care for him so much, I get a bit of a pain – does that make sense?’

Steady on: Amy used her new boyfriend as a support and playfully pinched at him with her talons
Steady on: Amy used her new boyfriend as a support and playfully pinched at him with her talons

She added: ‘Brad tells me how beautiful I am every day. He tells me he’s so lucky, He always says he much prefers me without make-up on. It’s lovely – I feel really lucky.

'Happiest girl in the world': Amy took to Instagram to share an adorable kissing picture with her beau
‘Happiest girl in the world': Amy took to Instagram to share an adorable kissing picture with her beau

Captioning a photo of the two of them from the holiday destination, Amy gushed: ‘Happiest girl in the world’

Sight seeing: It may not have been the most cultured of scenes but Amy certainly seemed to find things to point out on the landscape
Sight seeing: It may not have been the most cultured of scenes but Amy certainly seemed to find things to point out on the landscape

Amy’s best known relationship was with Kirk Norcross, which featured heavily in the early seasons of ITVBe’s The Only Way Is Essex.

New love: Amy recently described how Bradley made her feel beautiful on a daily basis
New love: Amy recently described how Bradley made her feel beautiful on a daily basis

The relationship ended in 2013 and since the beauty has only enjoyed a fleeting romance with model David Peters and footballer Adam Smith in the public spotlight.

Catching some rays: The pair appeared to turn golden as they soaked up the tropical temperatures
Catching some rays: The pair appeared to turn golden as they soaked up the tropical temperatures

This time around, Amy appears to have chosen a suitor who’s not a celebrity and appears to be reaping the rewards of his wholesome outlook.

Sepp Blatter’s Re-Election Rocked by Bomb Scare at FIFA Congress

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AFC members hold 47 of the 209 votes in the FIFA election

Sepp Blatter is calling for unity among FIFA’s 209 members as the world soccer body holds its annual Congress in Zurich.

Zurich: Swiss police are investigating a bomb threat at the FIFA congress, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

“I can confirm there has been a bomb threat against the FIFA congress, officers have been dispatched” the spokeswoman for the city police said.

Meanwhile, world soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body.

Addressing FIFA delegates at the body’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organisation’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified.

He also said that FIFA would probably not be facing its present problems if Russia and Qatar had not been awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.

“Today, I am appealing to unity and team spirit so we can move forward together,” he said, in a low key-address that contrasted with his more defiant reaction on Thursday.

Blatter also sought to distance himself from the scandal, the biggest crisis FIFA has faced in its 111-year history.

U.S. authorities have accused top FIFA figures and sports executives of corruption, while Switzerland is separately investigating the award of the next World Cup finals to Russia and Qatar.

Waterscape by Alexander Lotersztain is a modular platform for living on water

Australia-based designer Alexander Lotersztain has created a floating platform system that can be customised with clip-on lighting, furniture, and docking facilities – and can even be used as a helipad.

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Shortlisted for the Good Design Australia Awards, Waterscape was designed by Lotersztain’s multidisciplinary studio Derlot for Superior Group – a company that specialises in the construction of jetties, pontoons and industrial flotation products.

Waterscape was conceived as the first domestic product line by Superior, and is intended to act as a “beacon from the water to the front door of a resort or home”.

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“Waterscape is the extension of your home onto your own, exclusive waterfront space,” said the designer. “It is a place where friends and family can meet. It’s a communal place. It’s a warm place.”

“Waterscape is design-led,” said Lotersztain. “It’s the first product of its kind that responds to what the customer wants and needs in a waterfront lifestyle product.

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We have created something so alluring and so desirable that, in a moment, the user is transported to a place of peace.”

The modular design can be adapted using one-metre buoyancy compartments to create a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Once installed, the buoyancy levels can be adjusted to ensure the platform remains level, and the structure is attached to the seabed using anchor piles to stop it drifting away.

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“We spent the most part of 1.5 years working only on the modular structure, or what I call the ‘base plate’,” Lotersztain told Dezeen.

“A floating structure is exposed to constant movement in a marine environment, currents, tides, wind and mooring, all of which had to be tested with computer-modelled simulations and all the structural elements refined to get a balanced result between flexibility and stiffness, visual lightness and structural integrity.”

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The platform features a translucent fender created by extruding a copolymer plastic material, protecting the structure from bumps when a boat is moored to it.

An optional strip of LED lighting can be added around the edge. This emits a neon-like glow, and is activated by a remote control.

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“It was both for aesthetic reasons but also for safety as its surrounds the entire structure and delineates the edge, and to create a beacon to your house when you approaching from the water with a boat,” explained the designer.

“Also LEDs are used in superyachts, so it relates to the industry we are in.”

An extruded rim around the edge also allows accessories to be clipped on according to the user’s requirements.

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These include seating, planters, umbrellas, ice boxes, power boxes for running electronic equipment, ladders for climbing on and off, and mooring cleats – double-ended protrusions for secure attachment of ropes and chains.

The decking material and optional balustrades can be also be customised.

All of the accessories and many of the modular structural components are created by casting weather-resistant plastics and metals in aluminium moulds.

“The predominant materials in Waterscape are well known for their longevity in a marine environment,” said a statement from Derlot. “They are low maintenance and do not require antifouling.”

According to the company, all of the components can be disassembled and recycled.

Neurobiologists’ Breakthrough Rewires & Reactivates Youth In Older Brains, Curing Blindness & More

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Neurobiologists at UC Irvine have made a groundbreaking new discovery in which they took the brain of an older mouse and fully reactivated a powerfully robust neural-rewiring period found only in the brains of much younger mice.

In effect, the researchers have successfully tricked an older brain and sent it back into a youthful state of neuroplasticity, allowing the brain’s neural network a chance to rebuild itself, turn back its biological clock, and erase an astonishing amount of age-related degredation.

The breakthrough now paves the way for an unprecedented new era of treatments for such brain disorders as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and beyond. So how did they do it?

By transplanting a unique type of embryonic neuron in the brains of the adult mice (a neuron which expresses GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is essential for motor control, vision, and a host of other brain functions), they researchers were able to ignite the renewed explosion of neuroplasticity.

Remarkably, the scientists were also able to restore vision in blind mice suffering from the visual impairment known as amblyopia, by transplanting the GABA neurons into the visual cortices of the adult mice.

“Several weeks after transplantation, when the donor animal’s visual system would be going through its critical period, the amblyopic mice started to see with normal visual acuity,” said Melissa Davis, lead author of the study.

Experts now believe this GABA neuron transplant breakthrough could open the door to treatments for even the most incurable of brain disorders.

The human toll of FIFA’s corruption

In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer. FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible governing body of world soccer, has finally landed itself an indictment that some would say is worthy of its reputation.

The charges against a handful of senior FIFA officials include money laundering, racketeering, bribery and fraud. In short, the federal lawsuit alleges what millions of soccer fans have suspected all along: that FIFA officials have been using the organization’s massive influence to line their pocketbooks.

On the surface, it’s just another white collar crime story: rich, powerful men making themselves richer and more powerful. But a closer look suggests that there is a lot of real-world suffering happening as a direct result of FIFA’s decisions.

For the most obvious example of this, look to Qatar. The decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the rich Gulf state with a terrible human rights record was a controversial one right out of the gate. There have been extensiveallegations of bribery: why else, some figured, award the Cup to a tiny country with sweltering summer heat and no soccer culture to speak of?

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Human rights advocates’ worst fears about Qatar seemed to be confirmed as Qatar began building the infrastructure to host the Cup, and reports of migrant worker deaths started to pile up. The numbers, to the extent that we know them, appear startling:

A Guardian investigation last year revealed that Nepalese migrant workers were dying at a rate of one every two days. In sum, the Guardian put the total Qatar death toll of workers from Nepal, India andBangladesh at 964 in 2012 and 2013.

It is hard to know how many of those are specifically World Cup associated. Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers come to Qatar each year, and there could be hundreds of deaths even without a World Cup — figures from the Indian embassy show, for instance, that 200+ Indian workers died in Qatar in 2010, before the World Cup announcement.

But the numbers could also be worse: a report by the International Trade Union Confederation has estimated 1,200 deaths so far, with up to 4,000 additional worker deaths by 2022.

In the chart below, I’ve compared those fatality numbers for Qatar with worker fatality estimates for other major international sporting events in recent years. Some of these numbers (like Sochi’s) are third-party estimates, others (like Beijing’s) are based on official numbers that are almost certainly an undercount.

And it’s tough to do an apples-to-apples comparison here, since the Qatar estimates include the deaths of all migrant workers after the announcement of Qatar’s successful bid in 2010, while other countries’ figures may only include deaths directly related to, say, stadium construction.

If current trends continue, the ITUC estimates that 4,000 workers will die in Qatar by the time the World Cup is actually held in 2022. Qatar officials have previously pledged to address worker safety concerns.

“We believe that the people helping us build our country deserve to be fairly paid, humanely treated and protected against exploitation,” the country’s labor ministry told the Guardian.

“That is why we are reforming our labour laws and practices.”

Still, it’s clear that Qatar has a troubled record when it comes to poor worker safety. Conditions for migrant workers there are so bad that the International Trade Union Confederation has called the state “a country without a conscience.”

Many of the abuses of migrant workers in Qatar and other Gulf countries are related to a governing system called “kafala,” which dictates how migrant workers may enter the country.

The system has been criticized for essentially placing workers under the complete control of their employers and leaving the door wide open for exploitation and abuse.

In the light of the new Justice Department investigation, Swiss authorities are announcing a new inquiry into the process that gave Qatar the cup in 2010. If FIFA board members did indeed accept bribes from Qatar to let it host the 2022 cup, it would show how backroom corruption can have real human consequences.

365-Gigapixel Panorama of Mont Blanc Becomes the World’s Largest Photo

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Say hello to the new largest photo in the world. An international team led by photographer Filippo Blengini has published a gigantic panoramic photograph of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain.

This new record-holding image weighs in at a staggering 365 gigapixels.

The photo is 45 gigapixels larger than the previous record-holder, a 320-gigapixel shot of London that was published back in 2013. This is what the entire Mont Blanc photo looks like when zoomed all the way out:

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Here’s a 100% crop of climbers on the distant mountain face near the center of the frame:

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Some details on the photo and project: the 5-member team spent two weeks in late 2014 on the snowy peaks at an altitude of 3500 meters (~11,500 feet) braving -10°C temperatures.

Using a Canon 70D DSLR, a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS, and a Canon Extender 2X III on a special robotic mount, they captured 70,000 photographs in every direction over 35 hours of shooting.

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Post-processing and stitching the 46 terabytes afterwards took 2 months, and the resulting 365-gigapixel photo would be as large as a soccer field if printed out at 300dpi.

Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video showing how the photo was made:

You can experience the full 365-gigapixel photograph for yourself through an interactive viewer on the project’s website.

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