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What We Loved This Week, Nov. 29-Dec. 5

The new world’s tallest building, Beijing’s citizen’s colorful solution for the city’s surreal pollution problem, the priceless last words of famous figures, Patagonia’s disappearing glaciers, an all-female calendar takes a stand for feminism.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer. Image Source: Art-Sheep

Infamous All-Female Calendar Features Not Supermodels, But Intellectuals, Business Leaders, And More

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono. Image Source: Art-Sheep

Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has earned quite a reputation for its annual calendar of nude and semi-nude women released every year since 1964. But this year the company is taking a different route: featuring strong female athletes, intellectuals, and business leaders instead of supermodels. The calendar’s focus for 2016 is to feature women not merely as sexual objects (but don’t think that means no skin is shown). Award-winning photographer Annie Leibovitz’s photographs are in a classic, simple portraiture style highlighting women of “oustanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment.” That means everyone from Amy Schumer to Serena Williams to Yoko Ono. See more at Art-Sheep.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams. Image Source: Art-Sheep

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What We Loved This Week: Thrilling Star Wars Lego Scenes

The haunting time capsule that is China’s last communist village; Lego Star Wars scenes as exciting as the genuine article; the death-defying world of ice climbing; terrifying Black Friday facts and photos; and iconic paintings brought to life.

Storm Trooper Star Wars Legos

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Thrilling Star Wars Scenes Created With Legos

Star Wars Legos Han

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In 2009, Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimaki started photographing his son’s Star Wars Legos. It was simply a way to hold on to the memory of his young child enjoying his toys before they broke or got lost or became old news, but when Lehtimaki posted them to Flickr, more and more people began taking notice. Now, six years later, the hours of hard, detailed work he puts into each scene has paid off—an entire book of his photos is being released. See more at The Washington Post.

Star Wars Legos Storm Trooper

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The Most Extreme Female Body Modification Practices From Around The World

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In recent years, plastic surgery has become one of the most common and generally accepted forms of female body modification. According to a current report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation continues to be the most popular surgical procedure in America, and has been since 2006.

Today, women are constantly pressured to fit the mold of magazine cover perfection. But that pressure, and the body modification procedures that arise to meet it, are not new. Across the centuries and around the globe, woman have been modifying their bodies–or having their bodies modified for them. Some modifications exist to enhance feminine beauty. Others exist to diminish it. From the painful foot binding procedures of Imperial China to the horrific breast ironing of Cameroon, these six procedures show that the scope of female body modification extends far beyond botox…

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10 Questions You Have About China’s One-Child Policy But Are Too Afraid To Ask

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A Chinese baby in Xian. Image Source: Flickr/Carol Schaffer

China’s 35-year one-child policy is about to come to a close, the state run Xinhua-news agency reported this week. The 1980-enacted policy, which the government claims prevented approximately 400 million births, has met its end as the Chinese state hopes to “improve the balanced development of population” and deal with an aging population, according to a statement released by the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

This is a pretty big deal for a number of reasons. We provide an explainer on the policy — and what’s ahead — below:

What Is China’s One-Child Policy?

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