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Make-ups and breakups, it’s been an incendiary week so far, to say the least. Trump’s choice of words in response to Kim Jong-un’s nuclear threats, as he takes a break in his New Jersey golf retreat, cause many to wonder what the future holds. Maybe now more than ever it is best to take note of some lessons from history, as we discover how the legacy of Hiroshima has informed US conflict decisions until now. A man that huffs and puffs without sitting on the throne is the most ‘hated man in America’ Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli. Read how the ever evolving saga is catching up with him. Finally, we turn our attention to the most famous art duo finally reuniting.

Find your pick in this week’s 52 Insights reads:

“From history lessons in Black Lives Matter to fresh perspectives on LGBT stories, stranger things from Darren Aronofsky and Stephen King, we look forward to the most exciting prospects in cinema for the second half of the year.” Some of the year’s best films are still to come. Take a look at some of the ones not to be missed.

“They braided their hair together and faced opposite directions for 17 hours…they inhaled and exhaled each other’s breaths until they fell to the floor unconscious and..they did 22 performances of “Nightsea Crossing,” which consisted of sitting across from each other and staring silently for a total of seven hours.” That was before they broke up acrimoniously, now they’ve made up. The most famous artistic duo have reunited. Ulay and Marina Abramovic.

“An advocate of interference, in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption, he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, to make it dance to a different tune.” These 9 British artists are doing incredible things all by manipulating light. From John Pawson to Haroon Mirza, here is some of their most astonishing light art. 

“Until now, the Buddha statue has stood alone in the field, giving an unrestful impression. The client wanted to give visitors a more serene appreciation of the Buddha,” he continued. “Our idea was to cover the Buddha below the head with a hill of lavender plants. We called the idea the ‘head-out Buddha’.” Be ready to be awe-inspired by this breathtaking creation at Sapporo Cemetery by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. 

“You don’t have him on a beach. You don’t have him on a yacht. You have him sleeping in a sleeping bag so he could build this company,” Brafman said. “Maybe he screwed up, and maybe he made mistakes . . . but Martin Shkreli was always truthful to the mission.” As the trials of Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli, the most hated Wall Street figure, continue, find out what is going on inside this saga.

“Here’s a basic question we as a species should pose to the 20th century every Aug. 6 (the anniversary of Hiroshima) through 9 (Nagasaki): What if fewer children were killed? On Aug. 10, 1945, that query was on President Harry Truman’s mind. According to a cabinet secretary’s diary, the day after the five-ton nuclear weapon nicknamed Fat Man obliterated Nagasaki, Truman “didn’t like the idea of killing, as he said, ‘all those kids.’ ” As Trump promises to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats with ‘fire and fury’, here is how we can take a leaf from the history books.

“This isn’t the weirdest thing Dr. Shepherd has seen someone swallow, “In terms of objects that people have swallowed, I’ve seen some pretty weird things,” she says, “But we’ll it to leave to people’s imaginations.” A quick google search turns up cases of people swallowing a Sponge Bob Square Pants keychain, an LED light and so on. But what makes this case so strange is that the item stuck around for so long without causing any problems.” In an unprecedented case, this woman swallowed her braces 10 years ago and only just realised. Intrigued?