Architectural Marvels: A Look Into Zaha Hadid’s Iconic Works

Earlier this year, the world mourned the passing of renowned British architect Zaha Hadid. Zaha is known for being one of the most prominent contemporary architects in the late 20th century, and her illustrious career is reflected in the impressive buildings that she has designed all over the world. Below are some of Zaha’s most iconic works:

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London Aquatics Centre: This incredible indoor swimming facility was originally built for the 2012 Olympic Games. The structure boasts of fluid geometrical design inspired by waves and water in motion. It houses two 50-metre pools and has a seating capacity of 2,500. The London Aquatics Centre is located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center: This 619,000-square-foot complex features Zaha’s signature continuous and fluid geometrical design. Located in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, the $250 million cultural center won the London Design Museum Award in 2014.

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Guangzhou Opera House: Located in Guangzhou, China, this intricately designed opera house is a state-of-the-art monument that perfectly blends with its riverside setting. The exterior has a flowing glass, steel, and concrete structure that creates a striking contrast to the urban streets. The opera house also boasts of urban functionalities such as skylight features and ingenious acoustic design.

These are just a few of Zaha’sremarkably designed buildings. Truly, she is an exceptional woman with extraordinary talent, and her creative vision will certainly live on.

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New Us Government Study Tackles Old Cellphone-Cancer Controversy

When mobile technology first became popular, there were many studies that claimed that increased cellular use could lead to cancer. This was a highly controversial statement – with many individuals cancelling their mobile subscriptions until empirical data suggested otherwise.

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Several more studies were undertaken. Most of these concluded that the amount of cellular exposure to develop cancer was almost impossible to attain; that is, the individual should be constantly and continually be on the phone for almost the entire day for several months. As far as mobile companies were concerned, the issue was over.

Recently, however, a major US government study reopened the topic, claiming the excessive cellphone exposure does indeed lead to cancer, at least among rats. Researchers of the study concluded that continuous exposure to radiofrequency radiation increases the potential of developing certain forms of cancer, particularly in the brain.

The upside is that the risk is relatively small, and the exact translation of the phenomenon to humans is still undetermined. Still, medical researchers are cautioning the public to be more vigilant with their cellphone usage. They argue that their findings do suggest that there is a correlation (and perhaps an undetermined causation) between mobile use and developing cancer.

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Further research still needs to be made, but this recent finding has caused a major ripple among cellular companies. People are once again questioning the health and safety hazards of using their cellphones.

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