Artificial Human Skin For Cosmetic-Testing

At MatTek every Monday, boxes after boxes which are maintained at 39 degrees are loaded. These boxes contain dime sized pieces of human skin! Each of these pieces is in plastic dishes, and it adds up to around two adult humans worth of skin.

This skin though is not got from people, but it is harvested by MatTek. They grow their own skin and then sell it to those companies that need it. The companies that need human skin are those that deal in laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaners, makeup, tanning lotion as well as anti-ageing creams.

If this skin was not produced in such large quantities, the companies would have been forced to test their products on animals, especially rabbits.

This growing of human skin is being done by MatTek as well as a subsidiary of L’Oreal which is known as Episkin. This is great as not only is it ethical but also it is practical, and it simulates human skin better than animals can.

XCellR8 is a company that tests these products for brands such as Lush Cosmetics. These use skin from MatTek. However, to the naked eye, this skin does not even look like human skin. It resembles circles of clear jello which is less than a fifth of a millimeter.

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Chuck, The First New Album In 38 Years, Is Out!

The Godfather of Rock Chuck Berry has come out with an album after hibernating for 38 years. In fact, he turned 90 on the 18th October and came out with an album Rock It. Chuck. This is made by Dualtone Records, and it consists of original as well as new songs which were recorded, written as well as produced by him.

He dedicated the record to his wife of 68 years, Themetta “Toddy” Suggs. In fact, the album features the backing group of his hometown and his children as well – Charles Berry Junior who plays the guitar and Ingrid Berry who plays the harmonica. Jimmy Marsala who was his bassist of 40 years is featured in the album as well as Robert Lohr on the piano and Keith Robinson on the drums. The latter 2 supported him for more than 20 years.

In 2012 when there was a tribute concert held at the Rock and Roll Hall Museum and Hall of Fame, Berry said that he had some songs which were written more than two decades ago which he was ready to start preparing for release. However, he did not reveal much about the songs during that time, and he was still contemplating his future.

Berry was one of the few people to be inducted first into the Rock Hall in 1986, and it is said that he kick-started the era of Rock with Maybellene which was in 1955. It is said that after Elvis, perhaps Chuck Berry is the one who has had more influence on the development and formation of rock and roll.

Berry is known for his duck walk which is the one legged stage scoot as well as hits where he talked to kids about records, cars, dancing, girls, guitars, DJs, and jukeboxes.
His birthday coincided with the 30th anniversary of the rockumentary called Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll.

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Van Gogh’s Stolen Paintings Found

The Italian police were in the midst of investigating cocaine trafficking by Italian mobsters when they discovered a surprise find- Two paintings of Van Gogh which were hidden near Naples in a farm house! These paintings had been stolen in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

These paintings were one of the most searched for artworks and were on the list of the top 10 art crimes on the list of the FBI as per Angelino Alfano, the Interior Minister.

These paintings were found near Castellammare di Stabia, in a farmhouse. From here the police also seized around 20 million euros of assets and these included the villas, farmland, apartments and even a small plane. As per the investigators, these assets had links to the drug kingpins of Carmorra who are Mario Cerrone as well as Raffaele Imperiale.

These paintings which were recovered were on easels so they could be unveiled for reporters. Despite their odyssey, they were in relatively good condition, even though their frames were removed and they were covered by cotton cloths.

One of these paintings was the Seascape at Scheveningen. This is one of the first works of Van Gogh, and it shows a boat that has been set off on a stormy sea. The other painting is a work done between the years 1884-1885, and this is named The Congregation leaving the Nuenen Reformed Church. This shows a Netherland church were Van Gogh’s father was a pastor. Various experts have considered this painting could have been done for Van Gogh’s mother.

There are also investigations as to whether the stolen artwork was part of the Camorra crime syndicate or whether these came by this artwork later on. In fact, there are three large crime syndicates in Italy, and they are The Calabria, the Camorra as well as the Campania.

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