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In a testament to the ageless style of Versace’s male fashion line, the brand has reunited with two iconic models—Mark …

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By: Fashionisto
Title: Reunion! Mark Vanderloo & Ivan de Pineda Lead Versace Campaign
Sourced From: www.thefashionisto.com/versace-spring-2023-campaign/
Published Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2023 10:51:35 +0000

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Isla Fisher enjoys getaway with fellow Aussies after split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen

Isla Fisher has joined stars in flocking to St Barts for a VIP event hosted by Australian fashion designer Zimmermann. 

Fisher shared moments of the trip on social media, having a fantastic time after recently splitting from her longtime husband, Sacha Baron Cohen. 

The Aussie actress enjoyed herself on the lavish getaway, reuniting with other A-listers, all dressed in Zimmermann’s finest. 

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Isla Fisher on Zimmermann brand trip.

Home and Away co-star Melissa George posed for photos with Fisher and fellow Aussies.

“How much I have missed you @islafisher,” George wrote over a photo of the pair.

Lifestyle brand owner Malcolm Carfrae was there with journalist Laura Brown and actors Hannah Dodd and Saffron Hocking. 

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Zimmermann shared some moments of the star-studded tip to Instagram alongside the caption: “St Barth Soirée: Last night celebrating with friends. #ZimxStBarth #Summer24 #zimmermann”. 

The brand also wrote: “Party Party: A sun-drenched long lunch filled with ocean dips and seaside lounging. Celebrating the opening of our new store in St. Barth.”

Isla Fisher on Zimmermann brand trip with Melissa George

Fisher has been enjoying single life, recently visiting Mexico for Naomi Watts’s luxurious wedding ceremony. 

After over 20 years together, Fisher and Baron Cohen parted ways and announced the news via Instagram. 

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The two actors each shared a photo showing them together, dressed in their tennis whites, with a short statement over the top of the photo. 

“After a long tennis match lasting over twenty years, we are finally putting our racquets down,” they wrote.

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen announce their split after more than 20 years together

The couple explained that they had “jointly filed to end our marriage” in 2023 but had kept the news quiet until now.

“We have always prioritised our privacy, and have been quietly working through this change,” they said.

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‘We forever share in our devotion and love for our children. We sincerely appreciate your respecting our family’s wish for privacy.”

The pair has three children together: daughters Olive, 16, and Elula, 13, and son Montgomery, 9.

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Title: Isla Fisher enjoys getaway with fellow Aussies after split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen
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Published Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2024 00:06:00 GMT

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The Download: hyperrealistic deepfakes, and using math to shape wood

This is today’s edition of The Download our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

Synthesia’s hyperrealistic deepfakes will soon have full bodies

Startup Synthesia’s AI-generated avatars are getting an update to make them even more realistic: They will soon have bodies that can move, and hands that gesticulate.

The new full-body avatars will be able to do things like sing and brandish a microphone while dancing, or move from behind a desk and walk across a room. They will be able to express more complex emotions than previously possible, like excitement, fear, or nervousness.

These new capabilities, which are set to launch toward the end of the year, will add a lot to the illusion of realism. That’s a scary prospect at a time when deepfakes and online misinformation are proliferating. Read the full story and watch our reporter’s avatars meet each other.

—Melissa Heikkilä

Meet the architect creating wood structures that shape themselves

Humanity has long sought to tame wood into something more predictable, but it is inherently imprecise. Its grain reverses and swirls. Trauma and disease manifest in scars and knots.

Instead of viewing these natural tendencies as liabilities, Achim Menges, an architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, sees them as wood’s greatest assets.

Menges and his team at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction are uncovering new ways to build with wood by using algorithms and data to simulate and predict how wood will behave within a structure long before it is built. He hopes this will help create more sustainable and affordable timber buildings by reducing the amount of wood required. Read our story all about him and his work.

—John Wiegand

This story is from the forthcoming print issue of MIT Technology Review, which explores the theme of Play. It’s set to go live on Wednesday June 26, so if you don’t already, subscribe now to get a copy when it lands.

Live: How generative AI could transform games

Generative AI could soon revolutionize how we play video games, creating characters that can converse with you freely, and experiences that are infinitely detailed, twisting and changing every time you experience them.

Together, these could open the door to entirely new kinds of in-game interactions that are open-ended, creative, and unexpected. One day, the games we love playing may not have to end. Read our executive editor Niall Firth’s story all about what that future could look like. 

If you want to learn more, register now to join our next exclusive subscriber-only Roundtable discussion at 11.30ET today! Niall and our editorial director Allison Arieff will be talking about games without limits, the future of play, and much more.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Big Tech firms are going all-in on experimental clean energy projects
Due to the fact AI is so horribly polluting. But the projects range from ‘long shot’ to ‘magical thinking’. (WP $)
Making the grid smarter, rather than bigger, could help. (Semafor)
How virtual power plants are shaping tomorrow’s energy system. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Google is about to be hit with a ton of AI-related lawsuits
Its AI Overviews keep libeling people—and they’re lawyering up. (The Atlantic $)
Why Google’s AI Overviews gets things wrong. (MIT Technology Review)
Another AI-powered search engine, Perplexity, is running into the exact same issues. (Wired $)
Worst of all? There’s currently no way to fix the underlying problem. (MIT Technology Review)

3 Apple is exploring a deal with Meta
To integrate Meta’s generative AI models into Apple Intelligence. (Wall Street Journal $)
Apple is delaying launching AI features in Europe due to regulatory concerns. (Quartz)

4 NASA is indefinitely delaying the return of Starliner
In order to give it more time to review data. (Ars Technica)

5 Chinese tech companies are pushing their staff beyond breaking point
As growth slows and competition rises, work-life balance is going out the window. (FT $)

6 Used electric vehicles are now less expensive than gas cars in the US
It’s a worrying statistic that reflects the cratering demand for EVs. (Insider $)
The problem with plug-in hybrids? Their drivers. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Check out these photos of San Francisco’s AI scene
The city is currently buzzing with people hoping to make their fortune off the back of the boom. (WP $)

8 The next wave of weight loss drugs is coming
The hope is that they might be cheaper, and come with fewer side effects. (NBC)

9 Elon Musk is obsessed with getting us to have more babies
He’s funding

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By: Charlotte Jee
Title: The Download: hyperrealistic deepfakes, and using math to shape wood
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2024/06/24/1094179/the-download-hyperrealistic-deepfakes-math-shape-wood/
Published Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2024 12:10:00 +0000

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Will Space Tourists Be Getting Heart Attacks in Space?

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Astronauts are considered by many to be an elite bunch of people; healthy, fit and capable in many disciplines. Went they travel into space they can face health issues related to weightlessness from reduction in bone density to issues with their eyesight. These are people at the peak of physical fitness but what will happen to the rest of us when space tourism really kicks off. It is likely that anyone with underlying health issues could worsen in space. A new study suggests those with cardiovascular issues may suffer heart failure in space!

Space travel and automatic intelligence (AI) are two fabulously interesting topics. Combine them and you have a fascinating story. Dr Lex Van Loon from the Australian National University has been using AI and mathematical models to explore human physiology and the impact of space exploration. In a recent study he created digitally identical AI twins, one with an underlying heart condition.

The interest driving the study is the advancement toward space tourism and the opening up of space to those less physically fit than astronauts. As space travel becomes more available to the mass population we will start to see a shift in demographic of space travellers to older, more wealthy individuals but they are more likely to have health issues. We will eventually see people with a whole multitude of conditions wanting to holiday in space, but what are the likely impacts. 

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ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst gets a workout on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED). Credit: NASA

Microgravity causes a redistribution of fluids around the body and can cause conditions like ‘puffy face bird leg syndrome.’ The name aptly describes the effect, the face swells up and the legs thin. It results in an increase in venous pressure in the upper body, this is fine for healthy people but heart failure sufferers are at a much higher risk. Given that there are over 100 million people around the world that suffer heart failure it is essential this is explored.

Looking at the wide spectrum of heard failure, conditions can be grouped into two categories; a weak hart that cannot pump effectively and a heart that cannot relax and fill properly. All possible conditions need to be studied with specific ways to treat and mitigate the risk during space travel.

This is a study that is difficult to collect real data in space so we have to turn to computer modelling to simulate the effects. The team led by Dr Loon showed that a microgravity environment leads to an increase in cardiac output (the quantity of blood pumped by the heart in a given period of time.) This is not a problem for most people but with heart failure patients it is accompanied by a rise in pressure in the left atrial region of the heart, to dangerous levels. If left unchecked, it can lead to a condition where fluid accumulates in the lungs known as a pulmonary edema, making it difficult to breathe!

With the increase in corporate interest in space travel, space tourism is slowly becoming a reality. People can already pay for trips into space but as costs come down, the number of people heading out into space will increase. Eventually, trips into space will be as common as trips to other countries. It is imperative we understand the impact on our health and what we can do to make space as widely accessible as possible without putting our health at risk.

Source : Heart failure in space: scientists calculate potential health threats facing future space tourists in microgravity

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