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  • Extraterrestrial Life on TRAPPIST-1 Planets Confirmed?

    Back in February, you may remember our post about NASA's newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 solar system about 40 light years away from Earth.

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    Today marks one of significance for space exploration and planetary understanding. This year, Professor Stephen Hawking suggested that humans will need to vacate Earth within the next 100 years in order to survive as a species, as he claimed our planet may soon face a natural doomsday.

    As far-fetched as this sounds, a new discovery made by NASA astronomers using the Hubble Telescope has revealed that 3 of the 7 planets within the TRAPPIST-1 solar system contain "substantial amounts" of water, or "oceans", and they actually look a lot like Earth.

    A size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star. The planetary surfaces are portrayed with an artist’s impression of their potential surface features, including water, ice, and atmospheres. A size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star.

    All be it an artist rendition, planets D, E and F are now said to contain water, reinforcing any theory about ET life on these planets. B and C being too hot for living conditions due to it's close proximity to its sun, and G and H mainly consisting of ice.

    NASA associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said:

    "This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life. Finding a second Earth isn't a matter of if, but when."

    We've estimated that these planets are somewhere between 5.4 and 9.8 billion years old. With Earth ageing in at just under 4.6 billion years, we're the younger sibling.

    The discovery of water on these 3 planets is a huge step forward for establishing life outside of planet Earth, and will help fuel future experimentation. Such future observations of the TRAPPIST-1 solar system include taking measurements using the NASA Hubble Telescope, and the work in progress James Webb Space Telescope, said to be finished and launched in October 2018.

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    This work could help astronomers determine if the TRAPPPIST-1 planets have atmospheres, and then begin to characterise these atmospheres, if they exist.

  • Blood Brother x Selfridges: MUSIC MATTERS


    "Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul."

    - Plato

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    We've all experienced the euphoria of a crowd moving in time to music - a moment of transcendence, a natural state of heightened emotion and a conscious oneness with everyone around you.

    This summer 2017, Blood Brother and Selfridges explore the potency of music, the tribes it can create and the expression of creativity and experimentation pioneered through musicians' past, present and future.

    Together we created a capsule collection consisting of ready-to-wear pieces and accessories inspired by Blood Brother's musical inspiration and history.

     

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    Blood Brother and Selfridges present the intrinsic link between music and fashion as a single entity, in the form of a collaborative collection that draws on past influences and celebrates the musical zeitgeist.

    Sure music is an art form, but the creation, distribution, act of listening and then reaction to music, is also - on a mass scale - an art form in itself. Music is the easiest catalyst of general mood change and thought design, it creates cultures, fights oppression and helps battle mental health. Our favourite musicians often act as the shapers of our identity and the lifeblood of teenagers and adults alike. We look to them for a sense of who we are and what tribe we belong to.

     

    Take a look at some of the images from the collaborative collection below, and pick up exclusively from Selfridges today.

    Lookbook shot by Crowns and Owls. 

     

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    The makers of music can represent to us so much more than just a lyricist or master of an instrument, they can be the shapers of our identity and the lifeblood of teenagers and adults alike. We look to them for a sense of who we are and what tribe we can belong to, the listener and the artist then become each other's inspiration and it creates a beautiful creative cycle.

     

    Shop the collection in-store or online here.