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Nomen est, the perfect malady

Google doodle today. Marie Skłodowska Curie (1867 – 1934), better known as Madame Curie, was a Polish–French physicist–chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity, a term coined by herself). She was the first person honoured with two Nobel Prizes, in physics and chemistry. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris. She was the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Paris Panthéon.

Curiosity is a malady like love is, and in the end, you get killed by it. That’s Curie’s story. She died of cancer from radium/uranium, her love poison she had been studying her entire life. Look well, it’s even in her name. Nomen est. The perfect malady. Malady as vocation.

Today my muse and heroine turned 144.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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