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These 5 architectural designs influence every legislature in the world — and tell you how each governs

Every one of the United Nations’ 193 member states has a legislature — and each has a plenary hall for its meetings. How does the architecture of these assembly spaces structure the way that legislature makes decisions?<p>To answer that question, we spent six years collecting the architectural layout …

Europe

How the New York Times Is Using Strategies Inspired by Netflix, Spotify, and HBO to Make Itself Indispensible | WIRED

<i>The New York Times</i><p>Claws Its Way<p>Into the Future<p><i>The New York Times</i> Claws Its Way Into the Future<p>by Gabriel Snyder | photographs by James Day …

VIDEO: When Humans Got Cozy, Germs Got Deadly

Humans get along pretty well with most microbes. Which is lucky, because there are a lot more of them in the world than there are of us. We couldn't even live without many of them. But a few hundred have evolved, and are still evolving, to exploit our bodies in ways that can make us really sick. …

Public Health

MAP: Find Out What New Viruses Are Emerging In Your Backyard

If you're a germaphobe, make sure you're sitting down.<p>Back in 1999, a woman in California cleaned up rodent droppings in her home. Two weeks later, her liver started failing. Then she started to bleed internally — a hemorrhagic fever that would kill her. Eventually doctors found a new virus in her …

Public Health

The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap

February 6, 2017http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/Asset%20Value%20of%20Whiteness_0.pdf Author: Amy TraubAuthor: Laura Sullivan, …

The Big Reason Whites Are Richer Than Blacks in America

The gap between blacks and whites in income is big, but nowhere near as big as the gap in wealth. According to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of …

Income Inequality

How Bad Will It Get for American Express?

As Costco cuts ties, Amex struggles to hang on.<p>By Devin Leonard and Elizabeth Dexheimer | October 15, 2015<p>Photographs by Sarah Anne Ward for <i>Bloomberg</i> …

Imagining a New Security Order in the Persian Gulf

For over three decades, the question of who controls the Persian Gulf has formed the basis for America’s massive military buildup in the region. At …

Market for Jihad: Radicalization in Tunisia

While Tunisia is the only Arab country undergoing a successful democratic transition as of 2015, it has also been home to a growing Salafi-jihadi …

After braving death to reach Europe, this is the final test refugees must pass to win asylum

Europe is in the middle of its biggest refugee crisis since World War II. As hundreds of thousands of migrants come to seek a better life, European governments have to determine who to let in and who to keep out.<p>In order to be granted asylum as refugees, they have to convince border agencies they …

North Africa

Gallup gives up the horse race

As pollsters confront unprecedented obstacles, the biggest name in the business backs away.<p>Gallup has been the country's gold standard for horse-race election polling ever since its legendary founder, George Gallup, predicted Franklin Roosevelt's landslide reelection in 1936.<p>But after a bruising …

Government

Want high schoolers to succeed? Stop giving them fifth-grade schedules

<i>Frank checked his watch. He had 20 minutes before he needed to head out from his high school to his internship at the local paper and wanted to spend</i> …

Google’s greatest design triumph

<i>And why they may never have another one like it</i><p>The state of search, circa 1998<p>Many of you whippersnappers are too young to remember search before …

Design thinking, unboxed

<i>7 design thinking principles liberated from design thinking methods</i><p>Design thinkers were around a long time before “Design Thinking” was considered to …

A truth and reconciliation commission for the United States

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. …

United States

Unprecedented Pressures, Uncharted Course for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition movement and one of its oldest, is squeezed between an unprecedented crackdown from the security …

Muslim Brotherhood

Great Literature for Great Leaders

Scotty McLennan explains why studying the classics can give you new perspective in life and work.<p>The former dean for religious life at Stanford, and …

Design Thinking is About Doing

Video<p>Stefanos Zenios describes an action plan for entrepreneurs.<p>|by<p>A scholar shows how design thinking and lean startup methodology can help …

White Kids Get Medicated When They Misbehave, Black Kids Get Suspended — or Arrested

In recent years, as a national conversation about racial discrepancies in American policing has heated up, a depressing subplot has also emerged: a …

Mental Health

Why the Largest Record Label Wants to Make Movies

Amy Winehouse’s 9-year-old album “Back to Black” is outselling newer records from Beyonce, Adele and Pitbull, buoyed by critical praise for the …

California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It

Sergio Marchionne had a funny thing to say about the $32,500 battery-powered Fiat 500e that his company markets in California as “eco-chic.” “I hope …

From One Spokesperson To Millions

Tapping into the collective genius to remix the most iconic tourism ad of all time<p>(a short version of a long master’s thesis)<p>The ‘shrimp on the …

Australia

Breastfeeding and work

A day with health worker Elsebeth Aklilu<p>Breastfeeding is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost children’s health. World Breastfeeding Week …

It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change – Matter – Medium

By Margaret Atwood<p><i>Animations by Carl Burton</i><p><i>Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator,</i> …

Inside Spotify's Hunt for the Perfect Playlist

What kind of music do you listen to? Your answer is probably something like, "Oh, a little bit of everything." Or maybe, "Anything but country and …

How I Brought Ashley Stewart Back from Bankruptcy

In 2013, Ashley Stewart was on the brink of bankruptcy — its second in a little over three years. Decades of operating losses and rampant turnover in both the employee base and ownership group had cemented a fearful culture. The fast-turning nature of the company’s inventory and the constant …

Customer Service

A College Without Classes

Forget credit hours—in a quest to cut costs, universities are simply asking students to prove their mastery of a subject.<p>MANCHESTER, Mich.—Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of students who have earned university degrees in the past millennium, she might be …

Disrupting beliefs: A new approach to business-model innovation

In a disruptive age, established business models are under attack. Discover how incumbent companies can reframe them.<p><b>Let’s face it:</b> business models …

Innovation

Why Aren't There More Women Futurists?

Most of the big names in futurism are men. What does that mean for the direction we’re all headed?<p>In the future, everyone’s going to have a robot assistant. That’s the story, at least. And as part of that long-running narrative, Facebook just launched its virtual assistant. They’re calling it …

That’s Business, Man: Why Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Complete Disaster

Like many rappers, Jay Z writes songs that have a paranoid streak. He lashes out against conservative cable news anchors, overzealous cops, lazy …