Top Story: Boy Arrested For Homemade Clock
Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim boy from Texas, was arrested at school this week when a teacher mistook a clock he built for a bomb. Mohamed’s case was dropped on Wednesday after the Irving Police Department found no evidence of his intent to create harm. Shortly after the news broke, social media rallied behind Mohamed and the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed began trending. This drew the attention of numerous prominent figures, including President Obama who tweeted at and invited Ahmed to visit him at the White House.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Obama’s message is a reflection of his administration’s effort to support and inspire more students to focus on studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One way that Obama’s administration tries to inspire and showcase young peoples science research is through their annual science fairs. Not only was Ahmed invited to the White House, but Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, invited him to visit Facebook’s headquarters.
“Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.”
Under the Radar: New York Fashion Week
Every fall and spring, hundreds of celebrities, reporters, bloggers, fashionistas, and designers flock to New York Fashion Week to see next season’s hot styles and trends. The week kicked off last Thursday, September 9th, with a show by Nicholas K, and concluded on Thursday September 17th, with a show by Calvin Klein. Here are some highlights from the week:
- For the first time, Givenchy left Paris Fashion Week to stage a show in New York.
- Diane Von Furstenberg had an all star model casting, including Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and Jourdan Dunn.
- Prabal Gurung had a chorus of Buddhist monks chant prayers for the lives lost in Nepal’s recent earthquake before his show.
- Kanye West did a surprise show on Wednesday. This was a follow up to his first collection with Adidas shown back in February.
- Ralph Lauren showed off clean cut silhouettes in classic All-American colors.
— NYFW (@nyfw) September 17, 2015
- Tory Burch introduced Tory Sport, an active wear brand of functional fitness clothes that look as chic as her mainline.
- Michael Kors’s spring collection featured slinky, sultry poet blouses, chiffon dresses, sheer lace gowns and suede skirts. He called it “earthy elegance.”
- Tommy Hilfiger’s boardwalk styled catwalk had models wearing designs that he described as “a fun tribute to the islands where I holiday every year: Mustique, where we have a house; St Bart’s; Jamaica.”
Tool of the Week: Hershey’s Cocojet 3D Printer
Hershey’s chocolate scientists are now 3D printing their chocolates. They are taking its Cocojet 3D printer to different exhibits throughout the U.S. to show how this futuristic candy machine can create unique designs. Consumers interact with a library of 3D graphics on an iPad which gets the machine to form a number of chocolate designs. These designs can get as intricate as hexagons with laced patterns. According to Hershey’s tech marketing exec Jeff Mundt, it’s a bit more complicated to make figurine, but it is theoretically possible to make yourself into a chocolate replica.
“We can print anything that you could print with a plastic printer in chocolate. It looks very similar to a standard 3D Systems printer but it’s heavily modified,” says Mundt.
The Cocojet 3D printer was just on display at Brit and Co.’s Re:Make 2015 conference in San Francisco. It was also announced that on December 19th, visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction will be able to witness live 3D printing, see examples of finished product, and interact with a library of 3D graphics pre-loaded on iPads and scanned to see what they would look like.
Around the Hub: Fenway Park Irish Festival
For the first time in more than 60 years, hurling teams from Galway and Dublin are scheduled to face off at Fenway Park this fall. In order for the game to fit the field at Fenway, Galway and Dublin will play a modified version of the came called Super 11’s (each team will have 11 players, instead of the standard 15). The match is scheduled for November 22, the day after Fenway hosts the football game between the University of Notre Dame and Boston College.
“It’s such a unique game. People who haven’t seen it are just bowled over by it,” said Dessie Farrell, chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association, as he stood Tuesday in Fenway Park after a news conference. “Some say it dates back to prehistoric times. It is so fast and so physically intense.”