Unmissable news stories for the Curious-Minded

  • This week, people said farewell to troubled Friends’ star Matthew Perry who died at the age of 54. The cast of Friends described his death as an ‘unfathomable loss.’
  • Britain is currently in the throes of a ‘poo-nami’ as cases of cryptosporidium (a diarrhoea-causing parasite) treble. One possible source of the spread could be swimming pools.
  • Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon has unleashed a debate on whether to bring back the intermission. At nearly three and a half hours long, some cinemas have opted to include a break. The film’s editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, has called it ‘a violation.’
  • Following this week’s AI Safety Summit, 28 nations have signed the Bletchley Declaration calling for AI development to be: ‘human-centric, trustworthy and responsible.’ Critics have argued that this achieves little more than a promise to hold more summits.
  • Halloween week is never a good time for the environment. Each year, roughly 17 million pumpkins are bought as decoration and then discarded. Only 20 per cent repurpose them. Misinformation on social media has encouraged people to dump their Halloween pumpkins in woodlands and parks as a form of natural recycling, which it isn’t. Rotting pumpkins are harmful to local wildlife, such as hedgehogs, and to the delicate PH balance of the soil.
  • Could solitude be good for us? Dr Netta Weinstein at the University of Reading argues that talk of a ‘loneliness epidemic’ falsely conflates the idea of ‘solitude’ with that of ‘loneliness,’ which are different things. Research suggests that solitude can be a ‘playground for open and creative thoughts’ and a good way to satisfy our need for autonomy, where we feel free to be ourselves.

That’s all from us this week. See you next Friday!

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