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Save up to 15 percent off this beautiful sustainable dinnerware
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Looking for dinnerware shipped with sustainable packaging that will “wow” your guests? Then Lollygag is the perfect brand for you! Founded by a husband and wife team in 2019, Lollygag makes tableware that’s perfect for your next dinner party. All of their pieces are designed to be mixed-and-matched, so you can add to your collection at any time. Their creative designs turn table-basics into eye-catching displays that will have everyone asking, “Yo, where’d you get that?”

Now you can get up to 15 percent off site-wide. Just type in UPWORTHY10OFF for 10 percent off, and UPWORTHY15OFF75 for 15 percent off any order over $75, at checkout.



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With Lollygag, you don’t have to feel guilty about buying new since all of their packing materials are sustainable. Instead of tape, all Lollygag packages use a compostable, cornstarch-based adhesive. In addition, all of the extra space in shipping boxes is filled with recyclable and compostable craft paper. All goods are wrapped and secured with WrapPak- a compostable corrugated paper-alternative. Your order will arrive safe, and you will have peace-of-mind knowing it's safe for the environment.

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If you're looking to make a more sustainable table-scape, the Danica Studios collection is the perfect solution. Made from sustainable materials like mango and acacia-wood, the Danica Studios collection donates a portion of proceeds to Education Without Borders, a non-profit that supports educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Canada and South Africa. Feel good buying great products! Also, did we mention that these designs are gorgeous? Check them out below:

Flight of Fancy Salad Bowl

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This beautiful mango-wood salad bowl and acacia-wood serving set is great for any occasion. The majestic birds are sure to be a conversation starter at any dinner table.

Soleil Salad Bowl

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This boho-inspired salad bowl is a whole vibe for your dinner table. The hand-drawn sun adds an extra pop of color.

Solstice Salad Bowl

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A retro-rainbow of warm colors adds an extra dimension of style to this mango salad bowl and acacia-wood serving spoons. There’s also an option to add matching serving bowls to complete the look.

Small World Reusable Water Bottle

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This magical coral-colored water bottle reminds us of spring days spent in the garden looking at snails as they slowly slither up plant stalks. Best of all, it keeps your cold drinks cool for twenty-four hours and hot drinks steaming for twelve hours. Just think of all the plastic bottles and paper cups you’ll save!

Hill & Dale Reusable Water Bottle

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This reusable water bottle features a fantastic fox and other woodland creatures. It’s also the perfect gift for any friend who loves the outdoors.

Moon Phases Tea Infuser Bottle

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Capped with an ecologically-sourced bamboo lid, this gorgeous tea infuser bottle shows all the different phases of the moon cycle. Take your favorite tea to-go, or use the bottle to infuse water with delicious ingredients like pineapple or lemon.

Myth Glass Tea Infuser Bottle

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BPA-free, this whimsical tea infuser features a beautiful graphic of a mythical bird surrounded by plants, suns and moons. The bottle is made from double-walled borosilicate glass, so it will keep your drink well-insulated for a long time.

With all products on the Lollygag site, be sure to use promo codes UPWORTHY10OFF for 10 percent off, and UPWORTHY15OFF75 for 15 percent off any order over $75, at checkout.

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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.”

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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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?”

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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.

The mesmerizing lost art of darning knit fabric.

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.

But there are still some among us who do have the skills to repair clothing in a way that makes it look like the rip, tear or hole never happened, and to watch them do it is mesmerizing.

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Nurse turns inappropriate things men say in the delivery room into ‘inspirational’ art

"Can you move to the birthing ball so I can sleep in the bed?"

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.

“Some partners are hard to live up to!” she jokingly captioned the video.

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