This weeks news see’s the miracle of childbirth: a son born to parents who are no longer with us. A thoughtful message to Europe and the unsettling research that shows people who wake later may not enjoy a life as long as those who rise early.
Chinese Baby Born Without Parents
Shen Jie and Liu Xi, residents of China, had scheduled to have fertilised embryos transplanted into Liu to try and get pregnant. Sadly, just four days before the appointment the couple were involved in a car accident and tragically died. Four years on, and after numerous court battles, Jie and Xi’s son Tiantian has been born to a surrogate.
The couple’s parents petitioned to gain ownership of the embryos after the death of their children and won, and in January 2017 they drove to Laos to find a suitable surrogate (as surrogacy is illegal in China). They were successful and according to Chinese media Tiantian was born in December 2017. The four Grandparents are yet to decide what to tell their Grandson about his parents but are happy to have welcomed him into the world.
Tracey Emin Sends a Message of Love to Europe
Renowned artist Tracey Emin has installed a giant 20-metre neon sign sending love to travellers from Europe as they pass through St Pancras station. The sign reads “I want my time with you” and is a love letter to Europe. Emin hopes that travellers from Europe and across the world will see the sign and “feel the love.” Emin says:
“I don’t personally want to leave Europe at all – and this is my message to all Europeans. I love Europe. I’m not saying there are no problems with Europe, of course there are, so many of them, but it’s so much easier to sort problems from the inside.”
The sign – unlike her usual artwork – is made from LED’s rather than neon lights. This is due to health and safety as the sign had to be made so that train drivers weren’t alarmed when seeing it, the sign had to be pink in colour, as red, green or orange could have confused train drivers due to the similarities with the traffic lights used.
Night Owls Risk Early Death
A recent study has around that people who go to bed later and have difficulty waking in the morning are more likely to die prematurely than those who get up early. The more nocturnal among us are 10% more likely to die early than morning lark,s says a study of 433,000 people. The scientists who carried out the study are asking for employers to support employees in their sleeping patterns, saying:
“Night owls trying to live in a morning lark world may have health consequences for their bodies. They shouldn’t be forced to get up for an 8am shift. Make work shifts match people’s chrono-types. Some people may be better suited to night shifts.”
While the study might make late risers sound like they have no hope, a persons body clock is genetic and cannot completely be controlled. Some tips recommended for those who struggle getting up in the morning are:
- Making sure you are exposed to light early in the morning an less so at night.
- Do things earlier and be less of an evening person as much as possible.
- Try to maintain a regular bedtime.