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Queer Eye on Netflix: The new reality show everyone’s talking about

You may have noticed absolutely everyone’s talking about Queer Eye, Netflix’s newest reality TV show which sees a group of gay men use their expertise in areas like fashion, interior design and culture to transform the lives of men in need of a little help.

In case you haven’t watched any episodes yet, here’s what you need to know about the reality TV show Queer Eye

Queer Eye – What’s it about?

The show is a re-vamp of a previous incarnation that aired in the early 2000s. Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was first created in 2003, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Programme in 2004 and continued for five series until the show finally ended in 2007.

Fast forward 11 years and Netflix has brought back Queer Eye for an eight-episode run, with an all new ‘Fab Five’ on hand to help the men of Georgia, USA.

The Fab Five is the name for the group of men who lead the show, appearing in each episode offering up their expertise. The group is made up of Karamo (an expert in culture), Tan (an expert in fashion), Jonathan (an expert in grooming), Bobby (an expert in interior design) and Antoni (an expert in cooking.)

MORE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CROWN SEASON 3 Antoni giving a cooking lesson. (Image: Netflix)

The Fab Five travel around Georgia, visiting men who’ve been nominated by friends and family to receive a little help getting their homes, fashion, grooming regime and other elements of their lives in order.

As well as helping with aesthetic elements, the Fab Five also offer emotional support and give the men a boost in self-confidence. Bobby reveals a home makeover. (Image: Netflix)

Queer Eye – Get to know the Fab Five

Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan is a grooming expert who helps the men of Queer Eye to look after themselves on the outside in order to feel good about themselves on the inside.

Karamo Brown

Karamo is an expert in culture, who works with the men of Queer Eye to enhance their social and romantic lives. He also offers personal branding and career advice.

Tan France

Tan is a style expert who transforms the wardobes of the men taking part in the Queer Eye makeover process.

Bobby Berk

Bobby is an interior design expert and leads the process of making over homes to better reflect the personalities of the men taking part in Queer Eye.

Antoni Porowski

Antoni is a food expert who teaches the men he works with about how to follow healthy eating habits and entertain using food.


Queer Eye – Will it be back for another season?

At the minute, Netflix hasn’t announced any plans for another run of episodes, however the season that landed on the streaming site in February 2018 has been praised so much by fans that we imagine it’s only a matter of time before the Fab Five are back on the road changing lives.

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Asda is ‘now putting Perfect for Proposal’ stickers on its avocados for new trend

Has the world finally taken their love affair with the humble avocado a step too far? Following reports that millennials are popping the question with an engagement ring stuck inside the centre of the creamy fruit, Asda Clapham has introduced a new ‘Perfect for Proposal’ avocado sticker system for select avocados.The proposal trend – which involves cutting an avocado in half to look like a box and then hiding an engagement ring inside – has prompted Asda’s new proposal sticker system which will help Brits to pick the ideal proposal fruit by clearly displaying the perfect avocados to help guide loved-up Brits down the [fruit and veg?] aisle.

The avocados, selected by Adrian Kurzynski, Asda Clapham’s Avocado Expert, are chosen based on an avocado-friendly ‘Four Cs’, designed to reflect the guide diamond experts follow when it comes to ring shopping:

Colour – hue is key. If you’re looking for an avocado to propose with immediately, pick one with dark green to purple-y or brown skin Complexion – firm but malleable outer-casing, free from scratches or blemishes, with a bumpy alligator-like skin will look the part.

Use the thumbprint test to determine firmness MORE: AN EASY TRICK TO LINE YOUR CAKE TIN LIKE A PRO Cut – choose a perfect pear-shaped avocado to slice vertically straight down each side through the middle until you hit the pit, making a symmetrical cut.

To extract the pit, slide a spoon between the seed and the fruit, and gently work it out of the flesh, leaving a perfect circle for the ring to take centre-stage Creaminess – a soft, smashable flesh, but not over-ripe, as it will risk mess on the ring. Best to opt for a firm feel to cushion the ring in place and keep it standing proudly

Mr Kurzynski added: “We want to help ready-to-propose customers find the perfect avocado to make loved ones say, ‘I avocaDO’. Whilst all our avocados are of a high quality and perfect for smashing on toast, it takes a keen eye to identify those that embody the Four Cs, so our new labelling system aims to help make the proposal process that much easier for those following the trend.

“From a soft, yet firm avocado to keep the ring in place, to a perfect pear-shape that allows for symmetrical slicing, our ‘Perfect for Proposal’ sticker system will help the increasing number of avocado proposals go as smoothly as the flesh of the fruit they’re holding.”

Asda’s ‘Perfect for Proposal’ avocados will roll-out from today in its Clapham Junction superstore, with prices starting from the usual price of 50p for a single avocado. We just hope they’re still being eaten afterwards.


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Watch this inflatable robot slither around Harvard using artificial snakeskin

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We’ve covered some cool crawling snake robots before here at Digital Trends, but most of these differ from real-life serpents in one crucial way: They don’t have scaly skin. While that might sound like a matter of aesthetics more than practicality, in fact, a snake’s skin plays a crucial role in helping them crawl about; enabling them to grip onto surfaces to gain the necessary friction to move forward. That is something that researchers at Harvard University are aiming to set straight and they are turning to the ancient Japanese paper cutting art of kirigami to help them.

The resulting laser-cut material is a low-cost textured skin, designed to help robots better maneuver on rough surfaces. “Although bio-inspired soft machines made of highly deformable materials are enabling a variety of innovative applications, their locomotion typically requires several actuators that are independently activated,” Katia Bertoldi, professor of Applied Mechanics at Harvard, told Digital Trends. “In this work, we harness kirigami principles to significantly enhance their ability to crawl. We [designed] highly stretchable kirigami surfaces comprising periodic arrays of cuts and exploit mechanical instabilities to induce a transformation from flat sheets to 3D-textured surfaces akin to the scaled snakeskin.”

By wrapping their artificial scaly skin around simple tube-like robots containing air-powered actuators, the researchers found that there was a dramatic change in their frictional properties, giving the robot-enhanced crawling capabilities. Inflating the actuator caused the snake robot to move forward by popping up the scales so that they gripped the ground. Deflating the actuator flattened the scales, which anchored the robot so that it didn’t slide backward.

By carrying out a continuous inflation and deflation, the snake robot was able to slither forward like … well, a snake. Interestingly, the team discovered that switching between different shapes of the scales — such as triangular, circular, trapezoidal or linear — changed the speed and the efficiency of the crawling action. “We believe that our kirigami-based strategy opens avenues for the design of a new class of soft crawlers that can travel across complex environments for search and rescue, exploration and inspection operations, environmental monitoring and medical procedures,” Bertoldi continued.

She said that there are no current plans for commercialization of the technology, although the team does plan to continue developing it.

Future steps will involve applying the principles to different types of soft actuators, such as those based on dielectric elastomers and shape memory alloys, as well as using kirigami skins to explore and enhance other types of motions.

A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Science Robotics.

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