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Enormous vulva sculpture sparks controversy in Brazil

Enormous vulva sculpture sparks controversy in Brazil

Installed days after President Bolsonaro vowed never to legalise abortion in Brazil, Juliana Notari's hillside artwork has divided the country. Though we’re less than a week into 2021, it appears as though the prize for this year’s most controversial public sculpture has already been claimed. Sparking a fierce online debate...

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Is ‘wearable ketamine’ the future of pain management?

Is ‘wearable ketamine’ the future of pain management?

A biomedical start-up is currently developing a wearable Bluetooth device that administers ketamine like an insulin pump to fight opioid addiction and treat chronic pain. In light of new findings that psychedelic drugs could transform mental health, scientists and researchers alike are persisting with their dedication to change our minds...

Coach’s latest collection honours classic US pop culture

Coach’s latest collection honours classic US pop culture

The NY-based label is aiming to uplift in these trying times with a collaboration between Disney and Keith Haring, one of the most influential artists of the 1980s. A testament to American pop culture, Coach’s latest capsule collection sees an unexpected collaboration between world-beloved Disney and 80s art-icon Keith Haring. Providing us with some much-needed emotional relief amid widespread uncertainty, intermittent lockdowns, and the inevitable doom scrolling...

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Nine year-old Ryan Kaji leads YouTube’s top earners for 2020

Nine year-old Ryan Kaji leads YouTube’s top earners for 2020

Ryan Kaji, nine, has once again topped the charts of YouTube’s biggest earners, with toy unboxing and games review videos raking in close to $30 million for the child influencer. It’s time for our annual reminder that children are earning way more than us, and having more fun doing it too. Once you’re all done grinding your teeth and/or pondering your career choices, reconvene with us below and let’s get...

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Is human urine the key to a greener agriculture industry?

Is human urine the key to a greener agriculture industry?

Can building a circular pee-conomy really contribute to a greener world? While going to the toilet and admiring the tiles on the wall, have you ever considered that maybe pulling that flusher is wasting a golden resource? Of course you haven’t, but after today you just might. If you regularly keep up with Thred’s stories on regenerative agriculture you’ll know that the farming industry continues to heavily rely on synthetic...

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Anti-capitalist teens are giving shoplifting tips on TikTok

Anti-capitalist teens are giving shoplifting tips on TikTok

TikTok ‘borrowing’ communities have been popping up across the platform recently, as teens give each other tips on shoplifting as a form of ‘consumerist activism’. If you’re an avid TikTok user, you may have heard of special ‘communities’ that allow like minded people to easily chat and distribute video content between one another. They’re usually built around specific niches like video games, music, or viral trends, but can also be...

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