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From new bra tech to exploding head syndrome, here is the best of OZY this week.

School was out on both sides of the world this week as classes were canceled across the U.S. Midwest for extreme cold (thank you, polar vortex) while Bangkok canceled schools over toxic air quality (thank you, vehicle emissions). 

So whether you’re taking a break from the dangers of the outdoors or just want some time to yourself with some great reads, we’ve got you covered. Find a comfy spot and check out these stories about people doing cool things, technology that can improve your life, history repeating itself, provocative thoughts and a side hustle that can bring in some extra cash. Here are our favorites on OZY this week.

No. 1: Dig It: She Is a Gold Digger: Women Strike It Big in East Africa

Why You Should Care: Women have traditionally occupied menial, low-paying jobs in this region’s gold mining industry. Not anymore. 

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No. 2: Scales of Justice: Is It Time for Courts to Stop Charging Bail?

Why You Should Care:  Community funds are sprouting up nationwide to post bail while lawmakers try to tackle reforms.

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No. 3: Listen Up: This Podcast Gives You the Straight Dope About Drugs

Why You Should Care:  Listen up for the good, the bad and the ugly story of opiates — with some insight you’ve likely never heard before.

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No. 4: New Lift, New Life: Giving Women the Chance to Think Outside the Bra

Why You Should Care: From shape-shifting bras to ones that flatter all skin tones, a new wave of ultra-niche startups is challenging the idea of a one-size-fits-all bra. 

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No. 5: Science of Sleep: Wake Up With a Bang? You May Have Exploding Head Syndrome

Why You Should Care: If you think alarm clocks are bad, imagine what it feels like to be jolted awake by your own head.

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No. 6: The Huddle: Haitian-Americans Are Making Their Mark in the NFL

Why You Should Care: Sunday’s Super Bowl featuring running back Sony Michel is a big day for the poverty-stricken nation of Haiti. 

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No. 7: Abracadabra: It’s No Trick: Women Are Crashing the Male-Dominated World of Magic

Why You Should Care:  They’ve long played assisting roles to male illusionists. Now, female magicians are on the rise — and audiences are taking note.  

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No. 8: Deja Vu: The Unlikely Connection Between Trump and Ayatollah Khomeini

Why You Should Care:  Before the modern wave of populism, someone else was zooming to power using similar tactics. 

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No. 9: City Futures: She’s Rethinking the Shape of Russian Cities. Next Stop? The World

Why You Should Care:  Varvara Melnikova hopes to turn Moscow into an urban planning mecca.

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No. 10: More Beer Money: The $500-a-Month Side Hustle: Charging a Scooter

Why You Should Care:  You might think this is just a nice little side gig. But you might also welcome a needed lifestyle change. 

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