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On the night of Nov. 18, 2015, Abdelhamid Abaaoud blew himself up in an apartment outside Paris.

French police investigate the aftermath of the explosion that killed Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images.


The man — who just days before had helped mastermind the deadly shootings that killed 130 in Paris, and was reportedly planning more attacks — died by his own hand as police surrounded his hideout.

Damage caused by the shootout and explosion. Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images.

For months, a big piece of the story was missing: Who told the cops where to find Abaaoud?

Cops participate in the raid on Abaaoud's hideout. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images.

It turns out, they were tipped off by a woman who, according to a Washington Post report, only came forward to the press in order to send a message about her faith.

Men in Barcelona express solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks. Photo by Lluis Gene/Getty Images.

"It’s important the world knows that I am Muslim myself," the woman who tipped off the police told the Post.

Muslim women participate in a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. Photo by Jean-Sebastien Evrard/Getty Images.

"It’s important to me that people know what Abaaoud and the others did is not what Islam is teaching," she said.

The woman took an enormous risk by talking to the police and the press.

Police remove a body from Abaaoud's hideout. Photo by Eric Feferberg/Getty Images.

The woman, who asked police and the Post to withhold her identity for her safety, was led to Abaaoud by Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a woman she considered her surrogate daughter.

Ait Boulahcen had held a romantic attachment to Abaaoud — her cousin — for several years, according to the woman, and she brought the woman along to a meeting with the militant, who instructed her to help him find a place to hide.

After the meeting, Abaaoud and his associates threatened to kill the unidentified woman and her husband if they talked. She still fears retaliation, even months after his death.

Coming forward also cost her. Dearly.

Ait Boulahcen, who the woman repeatedly attempted to dissuade from associating with Abaaoud, was in the apartment with him when it was raided and was killed in the explosion.

After nearly every act of terrorist violence, one question always seems to come up: "Where are all the Muslims speaking out against these attacks?"

A young Muslim woman pays tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images.

It's a loaded question — one that asks all of the millions of Muslims around the world to prove, instead of simply presuming, their innocence.

It's a question that implies they're not doing enough to prevent terrorism.

It's a question that places an unfair burden on millions of people to answer for the actions of a small extremist minority and just a short step away from asking, "Who's side are Muslims really on?"

Now, at least as far as the attacks in Paris are concerned, we have an answer.

Where are all the Muslims?

Some are busy risking their lives — and the lives of those they care about — to help prevent more attacks from happening.

Photo by Lluis Gene/Getty Images.

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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.

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