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On Sunday, Taylor Swift made an incredibly rare foray into politics, endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee.

More importantly, she made an impassioned plea to young people -- urging them to register to vote -- no matter which candidates they are supporting, writing on her Instagram page: “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count.”

Celebrity endorsements are nothing new and they rarely have a measurable impact outside of coverage by the media and reactions on social media.


But in the case of Taylor Swift, the evidence suggests that in less than 48 hours, she has already had a historic impact on voter registration by sending her message to her more than 112 million fans.

The website vote.org shared information with Upworthy showing that more than 200,000 people had registered to vote since her post on Sunday.

As vote.org makes clear, it’s impossible to know just how many newly registered voters are coming directly from Taylor Shift but there is a direct, measurable spike in registrations since her Instagram post was first published and quickly went viral.

As they noted in a statement: “For a point of reference, we had 78,503 voters register on National Voter Registration Day. As of 11 am ET on 10/9 (about 48 hours after Taylor’s post) we’ve had 240,000 people register and counting.”

First, here’s a breakdown of the spike in voter registrations since Swift’s post on Sunday up through 2pm ET Tuesday, October 9:

  • 18-24    90,720 (+27.9% since 12 pm ET today)
  • 25-29    40,441 (+26.3%)
  • 30-39    37,374 (+26.0%)
  • 40-49    16,333 (+23.9%)
  • 50-59    12,315 (+21.5%)
  • 60-69    8, 582 (+20.0%)
  • 70+       4,017 (+19.0%)
  • Under 18: 3,089 (+20.1%)
  • TOTAL: 212,871

(Via vote.org)

“While there are several factors contributing this, a large majority of new registrations since Taylor’s post on Sunday have been from people between 18-29 years old -- about 102,000 out of the 240,00 total new registrations in less than 48-hours,” reads a statement from Vote.org.

In just over one week, October registrations have already surpassed all of those for September, which itself was by far the largest month of the year so far:

2018 Registrations Nationwide (by month)

  • January: 12,846
  • Feb: 17,722
  • Mar: 14,599
  • Apr: 16,350
  • May: 24,795
  • June: 27,827
  • July: 49,030
  • Aug: 56,669
  • Sept: 190,178
  • October to date: 240,329 (as of 2pm ET on 10/9)

(Via vote.org)

The numbers in Swift’s home state of Tennessee also saw a massive spike, offering further evidence of just how much her call for voter registration had a direct, measurable impact:

2018 Registrations in Tennessee (by month)

  • Jan: 341
  • Feb 306
  • Mar: 504
  • Apr: 564
  • May: 309
  • Jun: 738
  • July: 1405
  • Aug: 951
  • Sept: 2,811
  • Oct to date: 7,554

(Via vote.org)

What’s maybe most impressive is that these numbers are still continuing to climb. Don’t be surprised if Swift makes another statement on this year’s midterm elections before November.

After all, with one simple Instagram post she’s already made voting history.

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Holly the delivery nurse.

After working six years as a labor and delivery nurse Holly, 30, has heard a lot of inappropriate remarks made by men while their partners are in labor. “Sometimes the moms think it’s funny—and if they think it’s funny, then I’ll laugh with them,” Holly told TODAY Parents. “But if they get upset, I’ll try to be the buffer. I’ll change the subject.”

Some of the comments are so wrong that she did something creative with them by turning them into “inspirational” quotes and setting them to “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton on TikTok.

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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?”

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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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For most of human history, people had to make their own clothing by hand, and sewing skills were subsequently passed down from generation to generation. Because clothing was so time-consuming and labor-intensive to make, people also had to know how to repair clothing items that got torn or damaged in some way.

The invention of sewing and knitting machines changed the way we acquire clothing, and the skills people used to possess have largely gone by the wayside. If we get a hole in a sock nowadays, we toss it and replace it. Most of us have no idea how to darn a sock or fix a hole in any knit fabric. It's far easier for us to replace than to repair.

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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.”

Yesiltas’ meticulousness paid off, because the results are uncanny.

Along with each photo, Yesiltas writes a bittersweet message “wishing” how things might have gone differently … as if nothing happened.
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