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FIVE THINGS: INSTA SPIES

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FIVE THINGS: INSTA SPIES
Friday 3 May, 2019

Ever wanted to channel your inner spy and join the secret service? The CIA is on the lookout with an unconventional recruiting channel. Plus, we take a look at how VR is helping calm kids' nerves in hospital, Facebook's newest feature that's sure to get hearts fluttering and the new Burger King meals that cater to every emotion. 

1. INSTA SPIES
Talk about taking social media stalking to a new level - the usually secretive US Central Intelligence Agency has launched an official Instagram account. While we don't expect the CIA will be oversharing anytime soon, in good news for amateur social-media sleuths, they are hoping to harness the popularity of the platform to recruit the next wave of spies. 

2. EMOTIONAL EATING GETS MAKEOVER 
Recognising no one is happy all the time, Burger King has launched Real Meals for Mental Health Awareness Month. Customers can order a meal that more accurately represents the broad spectrum of human emotions including the Pissed Meal, the Blue Meal, the Salty Meal, the YAAAS Meal and the DGAF Meal. Tackling mental health awareness whilst taking a dig at your competitor? YAAAS! 

3. DISTRACTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Needles can be scary, but thanks to some clever doctors and programmers, virtual reality is being used to decrease children's anxiety around injections. The world-first trial in Melbourne is using VR to distract young patients in a virtual, underwater world while they receive vaccinations. With needles one of the 10 most common phobias, this has us wondering, when will adults be able to use this too?

4. LEGO BUILDING BRAILLE LITERACY
Following a marked drop off in braille literacy, The Lego Foundation has announced it will be creating custom bricks to help children who are visually impaired learn to read and write in braille. Set to launch in 2020, the range will contain 250 bricks that cover the entire alphabet, numbers 0-9 and mathematical symbols. 

5. MAKING DATING FB OFFICIAL 
Facebook is making its way into yet another aspect of our lives, rolling out a new dating feature, Secret Crushes. Announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference this week, the feature will allow users aged 18+ to express romantic interest in up to nine friends, only notifying your love interests if the feeling is reciprocated. 

 
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