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Marseilles residents turn McDonald’s into community foodbank

Marseilles residents turn McDonald’s into community foodbank

A closed McDonald’s has been transformed into a lifeline for Marseille and now operates as a food bank. In between the majority Muslim neighbourhoods of Saint-Marthe and Saint-Barthélémy sits the first McDonald’s to be built in the ‘banlieues’ (suburbs) around France’s major cities. The fast-food restaurant was opened thanks to help from government funding in order to provide jobs in these areas, known for high levels of poverty and unemployment. The McDo,...

By Oxford, UK
This AI tool identifies anxiety using sound

This AI tool identifies anxiety using sound

By listening to the pitch, tone, word choice, and pauses in your speech, it can create a ‘stress portrait’ to illustrate areas of tension within your body. Here at Thred, it goes without saying that we’re suckers for the latest in quirky tech innovations. While we certainly have a knack for keeping up-to-date with the insatiable human desire to constantly evolve in this sphere, AI tools are something of an...

By London, UK
Minecraft library liberates gamers in censored countries

Minecraft library liberates gamers in censored countries

One of the most successful sandbox video games of all time once again proves its versatility outside of tree-punching and cave-exploring by providing a journalism sanctuary for its 126 million active players. Thinking outside the box Oppressive governments and growingly sophisticated systems of surveillance have led to an increase of censorship in many parts of the world. Young people are having their expression and opinions manipulated by misinformation, and it’s going...

By London, UK
This lake in Argentina has turned bright pink

This lake in Argentina has turned bright pink

A lagoon in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region has turned an alarming pink colour, reportedly due to pollution caused by a chemical intended to preserve prawns. Forget the Red Sea, it’s all about the pink sea these days. At least, that’s the current situation in Argentina, where an entire lagoon has turned a bright pink colour - though it’s not for any uplifting reason. This isn’t some publicity stunt, sadly. The bizarre...

By London, UK