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From birth vacations to an extreme tourist destination, here is the best of OZY this week.

This week we learned that Finland is the happiest country in the world (for the second year in a row), according to a recent U.N. World Happiness Report. Also, for the first time, a woman, Karen Uhlenbeck, has been awarded mathematics’ most prestigious prize. Even more good news: Russia’s Siberian tigers are making a comeback.

And there are more great stories coming your way. Here are our favorites on OZY this week — 10 fantastic stories about people doing remarkable things, visiting a previously unreachable place, technology that can improve your life (and your lunch), a new way to carry your cat and how fettuccine Alfredo became a popular dish in the U.S. Find a comfy spot and enjoy!

No. 1: In the Spotlight: The ‘Berlin Wall Collapse’ That Modi Is Counting on to Win 16 Million Votes

Why You Should Care: A visa-free corridor connecting Sikhs in India and Pakistan could be a game changer for the BJP’s results.  

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No. 2: On Demand: Your Grocery Store and Office May Soon Come to You

Why You Should Care:  Forget driverless cars. If autonomous, on-call shops, offices and recreation spaces gain traction, you may not even need a car. 

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No. 3: Extreme Tourism: Your Chance to See an Abandoned Soviet Island With a Dark Past

Why You Should Care:  The mysterious island of Vozrozhdeniya is a chance to see both a chilling ghost town and the site of a devastating ecological disaster.  

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No. 4: Meet: The Outlaw Brewer Running for Thailand’s Future

Why You Should Care:  Taopiphop Limjittrakorn’s revolution started with a cold brew denied. Now he’s running for Parliament.

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No. 5: Hack Attack: Why Mom and Pop Businesses Are a Danger to Your Data

Why You Should Care: Marriott and Equifax make headlines. But it’s smaller businesses that might be a bigger threat.

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No. 6: Immodest Proposal: Next Pregnancy, Take a Birth Vacation

Why You Should Care:  As pregnant Chinese and Russian tourists flood Los Angeles and Miami, Americans should respond in kind.

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No. 7: Future Dining: How This Robotics Wizard Is Shaping the Restaurants of Tomorrow

Why You Should Care: Swarm intelligence design is putting Nepal’s Rabin Giri on the map.

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No. 8: Noodle This: This Hollywood Haunt Is the American Birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo

Why You Should Care:  What do you get when you combine morning sickness, cheesy pasta and silent film superstars? A timeless L.A. hangout. 

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No. 9: Kitty Backpack: The Better Way to Carry Your Cat — On Your Back

Why You Should Care:  Getting your feline to the vet is hard enough. A bubble carrier makes it easier on you, and hopefully on kitty too.

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No. 10: True Story: Meeting Michael Jackson. When I Was 12

Why You Should Care:Leaving Neverland  pegs Michael Jackson as a predator. Meeting him as a preteen was as weird as you’d imagine.

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