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We’re getting creative this week. From a punked up version of traditional flower-arranging involving cannabis to hypothesizing about a United Nations in space, here is some food for thought from around the web this week:

Want to own a never before seen Warhol print? Time to invest in some Calvin Klein underwear.

Calvin Klein, under the careful guidance of Raf Simons, is reclaiming its title as the go-to brand for all things Americana. Naturally, therefore, it makes sense for the brand to announce its partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Here’s how the collaboration will play out.

There’s a new twist on the traditional Japanese flower-arranging art of Ikebana, and things are getting ugly. This is ‘Freakebana’, using everything from marijuana to jello cubes.

People are getting creative. With the arrival of Broccoli, the first magazine dedicated to women and weed, comes a whole slew of green artistic interpretations. This is one of our favourites. Take some inspiration.

Does sex still sell in a post-Weinstein era? Should it? This is the role of the pinup in 2017.

With phenomenon such as the Victoria’s Secret fashion show drawing in ratings in excess of 1.4 billion last year, is it still ok for companies to use women for commercial gain? The role of the pinup is now more complicated than ever, and brands are struggling to adjust.

Post-cyberfeminism is the latest ‘ism’ to storm contemporary art. Artists from Faith Wilding to Anicka Yi have their eye on technology and power.

What is post-cyberfeminism? The term was first coined in the early 1990s, as the new digital era presented a whole manner of new issues for feminism – how to define sexual harassment via leaking of nude pictures on social media? The movement is now inspiring artists on the fringe, creating a new discourse and using art as their agency.

8 donkeys have been released from jail after a 4-day incarceration in India.

Yes, this did happen. After running riot in the district of Uttar Pradesh, a group of donkeys were detained by local police authorities for damaging plants and injuring schoolchildren. Owners were allowed to collect the animals after a 4-day jail term and are sure they have learned their lesson. An apt story in the current animal sentience debate?

The new digital landscape is emotionalising warfare, but does this a positive or negative effect?

Whereas once the domain of nation states and government bodies, our knowledge and understanding of what really goes on in warfare is now increasingly coming from everyday people – captured in a video that goes viral on social media or ordinary citizens who become journalists. As much as this is holding governments to account, can social media frenzy truly understand the intricacies of war?

It’s being dubbed the ‘Dewey Decimal System of Death’. This is the algorithm catching serial killers.

Ex-journalist Thomas Hargrove took the law into his own hands when he spotted a way to sift through the FBI’s huge backlog of 220,000 unsolved murders since 1980. Using the data, Hargrove has created an algorithm to find traits leading to serial killers, and it works. Watch him explain how it works.

If NASA and Elon Musk are to be believed, space colonisation is in our near future. Now we need a way to govern it. This is the case for an interspace United Nations.

What happens when we actually do find life in outer space? Which country can claim ownership of which celestial body? It’s high time we start thinking about how we govern this new frontier, before Star Wars becomes a reality…