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Joy

10 things that made us smile this week

Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy and delight.

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A princess surprise, a dancing emu, newborn baby kisses and more.

Hey ho, beautiful people!

It's time for another roundup of goodness from around the internet, and this week we seem to have a theme. We love celebrating families here at Upworthy, and our list this week highlights some delightful daddies, some fabulous fathers and some precious pop pops. Few things are as heartwarming as a good dad or grandpa moment, and we've got a sweet little handful of them for you.

We've also got a Disney princess making someone's day, a guy who practically channels an iconic voice, some wickedly (and hilariously) talented animals and an expression of pure public joy.


We hope this collection brings as much happiness to your hearts as it does to ours. Enjoy!

1. When he kissed this newborn baby, he definitely didn't expect this to happen.

That is a brand new bebe, but it's like the tiny human knew exactly what to do on instinct. So dang sweet.

And someday, that love might morph into this kind of pride…

2. A wee one is so proud of her papa at his graduation, and he's so appreciative.

Her little voice! His beaming smile when he heard it. And the way the woman making the announcement had to wait til she'd said her "Congratulations, Daddy!" and "I love you, Daddy!" Just so much mutual love.

And someday, that love may turn into adorable dad humor…

3. This most classic of dad jokes never gets old.

Hilarious how just one word can make us laugh out loud. Gotta love a daddy with a sense of humor.

Also gotta love a daddy with a sense of fashion and no shame…

4. Dad dresses in daughter's crochet creations to help market them and totally owns it.

@lovebeav

brought to you by my parents’ obsession with drag race

It started with one TikTok and has grown into a full-blown phenomenon. Jeff rocks these crocheted pieces and has a blast doing it. Read the full story here.

And someday, all of that love and support may go from fatherhood to grandfatherhood and be equally heartwarming…

5. Granddaughter surprises grandpa who had to miss her wedding and his reaction is so sweet.

I know this list is supposed to make you smile, not cry, but this kind of crying is good, right?

6. Disney princess makes a deaf visitor's day by having a full conversation with her in sign language.

@jeanettetapley

When Princess Anna can sign and have a full conversation with my deaf child. 🥹 Zoe has never been able to chat with a princess without Jesse or myself interpreting. This was magical. Thank you Princess Anna for making our trip so special! #deafchildren #asl #americansignlanguage #BigInkEnergy #fyp #feelgood #inclusionmatters @Disney Parks @Disneyland California

"Zoe has never been able to chat with a princess without Jesse or myself interpreting. This was magical," wrote the girl's mom. "Thank you Princess Anna for making our trip so special!" Disney does its best to bring the magic to all of its visitors and it doesn't go unnoticed. Read the full story here.

7. This guy's first TikTok got 25 million views. When he opens his mouth you see why.

@brandonconway11

First post on tiktok let me know what you guys think! More videos coming soon feom mj to country to rock so yall be sure to stay tuned!#fyp #singer #usherchallenge @usher @tpain #letsgo #firstvideo

That's quite the Michael Jackson impression, sir. The falsetto "he he" totally seals it.

8. This emu doing an interpretive dance is the definition of chaotic good.

@useless_farm

👑Interpretive dance king 👑

Before Emmanuel Todd Lopez, there was Karen the obstinate emu whose aggressive antics are hilariously showcased on the Useless Farm TikTok channel. You can read about Karen here, but first watch that interpretive dance video of her and Stanley a few more times because how could you not???

And speaking of talented animals…

9. Who taught these adorable doggos how to jump rope? I need names.

How do they even know what to do? The way they prep for the hops! Their impeccable timing! That dog just holding the rope in its mouth and watching the others have all the fun! The way they keep coming back for more! So much to appreciate here.

10. Let's roll into the weekend like this guy joyfully cruising through town belting Taylor Swift.

Worth it to watch til the end. This is how we roll, folks. Nothing but unbridled, unabashed, unadulterated joy.

Hope that made your week! Come back next Friday for another round of smile-worthy content.

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Artist uses AI to create ultra realistic portraits of celebrities who left us too soon

What would certain icons look like if nothing had happened to them?

Mercury would be 76 today.

Some icons have truly left this world too early. It’s a tragedy when anyone doesn’t make it to see old age, but when it happens to a well-known public figure, it’s like a bit of their art and legacy dies with them. What might Freddie Mercury have created if he were granted the gift of long life? Bruce Lee? Princess Diana?

Their futures might be mere musings of our imagination, but thanks to a lot of creativity (and a little tech) we can now get a glimpse into what these celebrities might have looked like when they were older.

Alper Yesiltas, an Istanbul-based lawyer and photographer, created a photography series titled “As If Nothing Happened,” which features eerily realistic portraits of long gone celebrities in their golden years. To make the images as real looking as possible, Yesiltas incorporated various photo editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, as well as the AI photo-enhancing software Remini.

“The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me,” Yesiltas wrote about his passion project. “The moment I like the most is when I think the image in front of me looks as if it was taken by a photographer.”

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All images provided by Adewole Adamson

It begins with more inclusive conversations at a patient level

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

melanoma,  melanoma for dark skin Avery Smith (left) and Adamson (sidenote)

This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

american cancer society, skin cacner treatment"What matters most is how we help patients at the patient level."https://www.kellydavidsonstudio.com/

The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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This article originally appeared on 02.09.21


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