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From less wigging to more wagging, here is the best of OZY this week.

This week we learned that paleontologists found the oldest known North American frog, a still-unnamed species that lived around 216 million years ago. And archaeologists have unearthed the oldest tattoo tool in western North America — the prickly pear cactus–spined implement was created for inking about 2,000 years ago.

While old ink is still cool, we have something new and fresh for you: 10 fantastic stories about people fighting for change and people who’ve achieved change, technology that can improve your life, 21st-century taboos, new ways to experience art and an innovative solution to finding shelter dogs new homes. Here are our favorites on OZY this week.

No. 1: Fed Up: She’s Taking On ‘Wigging’ and Whitewashing in Hollywood Stunts

Why You Should Care: Deven MacNair wants stunts for women and people of color to be performed by them — a fight that’s endangered her career.

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No. 2: Stark Numbers: Why Does a Quaint Town in India Have the World’s Highest Suicide Rate?

Why You Should Care: The colonial town of Puducherry is a beachside retreat … with a dark secret.

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No. 3: Pups to the People: How Adoption Pop-Ups Are Saving Cape Town Dogs

Why You Should Care: A mobile adoption pop-up housed in a repurposed shipping container has sent adoptions through the roof.

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No. 4: Come Out: Female Artists Challenge Vietnam’s Gender Stereotypes

Why You Should Care: Defying censorship, these artists are transforming the face of art in Vietnam, opening up conversations long seen as taboo.

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No. 5: New Taboos: Consumers Bid Adieu to Fast Fashion

Why You Should Care: Clothing shoppers are waking up to the fact that their buying power could influence the industry.

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No. 6: India in the Spotlight: Modi’s $100 Million Search for a Mythical River

Why You Should Care: India’s ruling BJP government is spending millions on a promise to revive the Saraswati River. But will a farm crisis upset its plans?

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No. 7: Meet the Man: The Bill Belichick of MMA Is Ready for the Fight

Why You Should Care: Javier Mendez is the master of caged brutality, leading the most successful MMA team ever.

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No. 8: Gassed Up: He’s Creating a New Fuel Out of Thin Air — for 85 Cents per Gallon

Why You Should Care: Roger Gordon’s plans for ammonia could be a central component of a carbon-free future.

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No. 9: Flashback: The Trailblazing Black Female Doctor That American History Forgot

Why You Should Care: Dr. Rebecca Crumpler, the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S., was also a pioneering writer.

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No. 10: Foggy Fantasy: Take a Walk Over the Mystical Fog Bridge of San Francisco

Why You Should Care: Using hundreds of nozzles, this immersive fog sculpture reflects the collision of art, engineering and natural weather forces.

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