That inevitable obsession, part 1
Probably the name Von Hagens doesn't ring a bell, but this scientist, who invented a technique to preserve corpses, is making his way through art world very quickly, with shows displaying dead bodies.
That inevitable obsession, part 2
Take a peek on the argument of this tv series -on the air since last year in the US and arriving Argentina this month-, a show basically about death.

Med
An ancient Indian remedy seems to lower cholesterol.

Study shows stay-at-home dads face health risks.
Tech
A "biobank" is to be launched, which hopefully will provide valuable information to fight diseases.

And then, a new technique helps find ulcers, allowing to treat one of the most common digestive problems.

Trying to be cool
Politicians are searching for new ways to get to the voters, especially to the new generations, and interactive campaign-themed video games seem to lead the way.
Indispensable equipment for travellers
Check out this new "toys" that could bolster portable devises industry, e-books and scrollable screens. Find out more!


   May 7th, Tuesday, 2002, ip nº14
No pain, no art
When the Suffering Undoes the Artist


Here's an article that sums up a bit some things that inundate our culture nowadays, and that are present in the way we think about art and artists. For instance, what an artist represents and the myth of "there's no creation without suffering", almost as if artists had to be miserable people in order to be credible…

This harmful model has been surviving within history and making people deposit erroneous expectation in artists. If you don't think so, take a look at the main themes that have been inspiring them through the times, and also their personal lives.

It looks as if we needed a re-connotation of the creative process, urgently please!
Link: http://www.riorevuelto.org/site/ip/ventana.php?id_articulo=3951
Overdose of help
The Newly Rich Are Fueling a New Era in Philanthropy


Lets forget the dot com business, the post Sept 11 seemingly great inversions (executive parachutes and more), or even buying stocks, the new trend is about giving money, not earning it, and spending it on philanthropy activities, to be precise. At least if you are one of the new young riches.

Check out this recent phenomenon, about wealthy people choosing to give away money (tones of it) for humanitarian causes, and the motivations behind.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/27/national/27GIVI.html?todaysheadlines
Yearning peregrination
Ignoring the Risks, Afghans Rush Home


More notes for the attachment to the homeland is what you'll find featured afterwards. It includes the hope the return to the natal land brings, and the feeling of incompleteness during exile, up to a certain extent produced by chaos and war, which seems to encourage people to hold on to something certain.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/29/international/asia/29REFU.html?todaysheadlines
Principles rape
Web petition in right-to-die case


Lastly, an article about a highly publicized assisted suicide case, about the European Court of Human Rights forbidding a physically but not mentally disabled woman to take her life, thus showing that there are still certain very intrusive laws that can determine that people are not able to accomplish even their very last personal wishes.
Link: http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/04/29/uk.euthanasia/index.html




CNN, April 26, 2002.


















More on "Cultural Ads", promoting traditional family values:
Another example of exaggerated incentive to early maternity, in this case backed up by recent medical studies.

We are artists, we want to sell!
Major music companies seem to have bigger trouble on the way. Know all about the R.A.C movement and their manifesto.
And peer to peer to technology continues to increase. See the numbers here.
Creativity jealously restricted
This is a very representative story of artists' and industry's fears of new tools to develop art and new talents as well. Have a look.


Excursions to Mars bring contamination risks, report shows.

What if the big-bang theory is wrong? New crunchy ideas on the table.

Holiday, celebrate?...
This is the kind of things that eventually come back to time, in those annoying and senseless periods of cultural recycling that reflect the lack of ideas. However, Transformers again? puaj!
And talking about nostalgia for old times, here's an article that explains clearly the 80's are the latest.

Eternally kid
Afterwards, a short interview to filmmaker Todd Solondz that contains some thoughts on the unchangeable feature of human personality, his career and a very futile vision of life.