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By Jack Ramage

What is thick water? The TikTok challenge taking medicine away from people who need it most

The thick water challenge is a viral trend on TikTok where people try thickened water products and record their reaction. Although the trend may seem innocent at first, it could potentially indirectly harm people who have disorders which cause difficulty in swallowing. Here’s everything you need to know and why you should skip this latest TIkTok trend.

By Alma Fabiani

How smart toilets of the future will protect your health

When we think of the future, our minds tend to wander towards flying cars and the Metaverse. But what if I told you that smart toilets might be more like it?

By Alma Fabiani

TikTokers are using Grindr to out LGBTQ Olympians, endangering them around the world

Social media users on TikTok and Twitter used Grindr to find athletes in Tokyo’s Olympic Village with profiles on the gay dating app.

By Jack Ramage

The cannabis sector might be the best shot the UK has at post-COVID recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused what some predict to be the hardest blow in GDP in the last 300 years. The medicinal cannabis and CBD sector might just be the key the UK needs to recover from a mighty economic blow.


Opinion

By Etan Nechin

In Israel, a ceasefire and a new government don’t mean an end to the bloody status quo

What change can this ‘Change Coalition’ truly bring? A government of vetoes from both sides, focusing on small achievements to civil society instead of ambitious reforms on a national level.

Opinion

By Louis Shankar

The latest TERF controversy is the perfect example of how cancel culture can backfire

The Royal Academy of Arts is under fire from trans exclusionary radical feminists for removing Jess de Whals’ work after receiving multiple complaints about transphobic comments she made. What does it say about trans rights in today’s anti-woke landscape?

By Alma Fabiani

Which online careers are the most lucrative?

Nowadays, there are many jobs that can be done online, and lucrative careers have stemmed from this new technology. Here are our top ones.

By Alma Fabiani

Scientists launch project to look for extraterrestrial visitors in our Solar System

The Galileo Project will look for mysterious artefacts that could be satellites hiding in Earth orbit, interstellar objects, and even unexplained craft in Earth’s atmosphere.

By Malavika Pradeep

Caffeinated bumblebees could be used to boost crop production, a new study finds

Does caffeine inject a sense of purpose to your mornings? If so, congratulations, you have something revolutionary in common with bumblebees. Here’s how morning brews can help a species on the brink of extinction rise and grind in hopes of a sustainable future.

By Jack Ramage

Sexism in the gaming industry: the Activision Blizzard lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg

The gaming industry has once again shown it facilitates a ‘frat boy’ and misogynistic work environment. Activision Blizzard is being sued due to its discrimination against women—particularly, though not exclusively, towards women of colour.


By Alma Fabiani

Facebook is moving forward with Instagram for kids despite backlash

Facebook reaffirmed its intention to build an Instagram for children under 13 and revealed it will also set the accounts of Instagram users under the age of 16 to private by default.

By Jack Ramage

Facebook assembles new team to work on Zuckerberg’s vision of a new digital universe, the Metaverse

Facebook has announced its plans to form a new team to work on Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of a new digital universe—the Metaverse. But what exactly is the Metaverse and how will it change the internet as we know it?

By Louis Shankar

From stopping protests to their war on art, here’s how the Tories are censoring you

The Tory party has rarely had a flourishing relationship with the arts: always deemed too left wing, too liberal. But several recent examples are practically Orwellian.

By Malavika Pradeep

Citizen app is paying New Yorkers $25 an hour to livestream crime scenes

Have you ever wanted to be a ‘friendly’ neighbourhood vigilante on a payroll? How about one of those bystanders who whip out their phones to film a crime scene before calling the police? Crime tracking app Citizen is now soliciting applications for disaster streamers, making it a controversial substitute for local journalism.


By Monica Athnasious

A breakdown of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scandals from racism to sexual assault

As the Tokyo Olympics 2020 kick-off a year later than expected, the games have been tainted with scandal after scandal. Here’s a breakdown of all the controversies so far (to be continued).

By Malavika Pradeep

How are internet aesthetics and subcultures created? Two Aesthetics Wiki members explain

What are aesthetics and subcultures exactly? Is there a difference between the two? If so, what should we—as both the audience and the creator—know before jumping on one? In a bid to clear out the basics, we asked two active members of the internet’s “one-stop shop” for aesthetics and subcultures to explain.

By Alma Fabiani

Santhosh George Kulangara is about to become India’s first space tourist

His voyage to space might have happened a lot sooner but the space programme found itself riddled with setbacks including failed launches and a pandemic to contend with.

By Malavika Pradeep

Gen Z is obsessed with tone indicators on TikTok. Here’s a mini guide on how to use them

Tired of putting exclamation marks after every text to convey your enthusiasm? Enter tone indicators, a revolutionary communication tool that speaks volumes on platforms you physically cannot.


 

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