A blogger has managed to get a paper on "midi-chlorians" (a fictional concept from Star Wars) accepted for publication in four peer-reviewed academic journals. The blogger, who goes under the name Neuroskeptic, wished to highlight the rise of "predatory journals", which claim academic legitimacy while publishing substandard research.
Donald Trump has claimed that Apple's CEO has made a commitment to build “three big plants, beautiful plants” in the United States. If true, Trump's statement would signal a significant change of manufacturing base on the part of Apple. Commentators online have speculated that Trump has confused factories being built by Apple suppliers with Apple-owned factories.
The UK has announced a commitment to banning all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, citing the health risk posed by rising levels of nitrogen oxide. “Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” a government spokesman said.
The V&A has announced that it has appointed Christopher Turner as its new keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital. Turner is currently the director of the London Design Biennale and will replace Kieran Long, who joined Stockholm’s ArkDes earlier this year. In Long's absence, Corinna Gardner has served as the department's acting keeper.
The UK government has announced that drones will have to be registered and users sit safety awareness tests. The tests will be compulsory for owners of drones weighing 250g and over. The government said the it was exploring registration through an app for drone users.
Facebook has announced the purchase of Source3, a startup that uses IP-tracking to catch users sharing other people's video content as their own. The purchase follows previous moves by Facebook to identify content shared without permission and to allow creators to claim ad revenue off illegitimately shared posts.
India has expressed reservations over the rise of driverless cars out of fear that the technology could take away jobs. Nitin Gadkari, India's union road transport and highways minister, said: “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.”
The American fashion company Michael Kors has agreed a deal to buy shoe and bag brand Jimmy Choo for £896m. The deal means that Michael Kors will pay 230p per Jimmy Choo share – the brand's final offer unless a third party bid appears.
Nicholas Serota, the chair of Arts Council England, has announced an Arts Council funding initiative for those in the creative industries hoping to work internationally in post-Brexit Britain. The Creative Practitioners’ Fund will be used to promote relationships between international design communities. “We’re leaving the EU but not Europe,” said Serota.
OTB, the group behind fashion brands such as Diesel and Marni, is reported to have bid for ownership of the British heritage label Belstaff. The company was put up for sale in April by its current owners, the Reimann family, who also listed the shoe brand Jimmy Choo at the same time.
The exhumation of the remains of Salvador Dalí has found that the artist's moustache is still intact, nearly three decades after his death. Lluís Peñuelas, secretary-general of the Dalí Foundation, told El Pais: “The mustache preserved its classic 10-past-10-position. Checking it was very exciting moment.” Dalí's body has been exhumed for a planned paternity test.
Neil MacGregor has extended his contract as director of Berlin's Humboldt Forum. MacGregor, formerly director of the British Museum, has been at the Humboldt Forum for two years, preparing the cultural institute for its planned launch in 2019. The project is billed in some quarters as a German version of the British Museum.
Writing in The Guardian, Rowan Moore has criticised this year's Stirling Prize shortlist, deeming the impact of the nominated projects to be "insipid". Moore states that the nominees present architecture as "a dull business" and criticises the omission of Tate's Switch House: "the most memorable building of the year".
Google's Daydream Labs has hosted a test to see if new employees learn better by watching traditional training videos or running simulations using virtual reality headsets. The test focused on two teams of baristas, and found that virtual reality training resulted in quicker learning and prompted fewer mistakes. Nevertheless, Google specified that neither team made particularly good coffee.
A report from Business Insider has claimed that Facebook is developing modular smartphones. The project is being helmed by the company's Building 8, its skunkworks division. Facebook has filed a patent that describes a “modular electromagnetic device” that would alleviate the issue of “expensive and wasteful” conventional electronics.
The Pompidou Center has finalised a deal to set up its first Chinese exhibition space. The deal has been in negotiation for 10 years and will see the Pompidou set up an exhibition space in the West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai. The new space will open in 2019 and host 20 exhibitions in its first five years.
The UK's Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has published an analysis of university applications for the 2017/2018 academic year. It reveals that 14,000 fewer students have applied to art and design courses – the biggest drop since tuition fees were effectively tripled in 2013.
Driverless cars may hit US roads before comprehensive federal laws are in place to oversee safety. A House of Representatives panel has greenlit a measure that, once signed into law, would expedite the rollout of autonomous cars. The bill will now go before the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The shortlist for the 2017 Stirling Prize has been announced. Included on the list are an extension to the British Museum by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, dRMM Architects Hastings Pier and 6a architects' studio for Jurgen Teller, among others. The surprise omission from the shortlist is Tate Modern’s Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron.
The UK government has stated that businesses will not be allowed to add surcharges for card payments from January 2018. The move follows a directive from the European Union, which bans surcharges on Visa and Mastercard payments. In 2010, such charges are estimated to have amounted to £473m on such charges.