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Happy Birthday, Ida B. Wells!

Seventy-one years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, Ida B. Wells bought a first-class ticket for the ladies’ compartment on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. When the conductor tried to force her to move to the African-American car, a struggle ensued, during which she …

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying …

Self-improvement

Meet the man responsible for Google's billion-dollar acquisitions

On its top ten acquisitions alone, it has spent more than $24.5 billion dollars.<p>That's a lot of money, but Google has learned how to make the most of those purchases. Time Magazine recently wrote that the company had "perfected" the Silicon Valley acquisition, in part because its so good at …

Could This App Reduce Rampant Corruption In The Developing World?

Government-funded construction projects often see huge sums of money just disappearing. But now there might be a better way to monitor them.<p>No industry sees as much corruption as construction, and no part of the construction industry sees as much corruption as government projects. Transparency …

Facebook Says There Are Now 40M Active Small Business Pages

Facebook is announcing some new programs today for small businesses, particularly ones that advertise. At the same time, the company’s also arguing that plenty of businesses find out value on the social network without buying ads.<p>Specifically, Facebook says the number of active small business Pages …

Small Business

Ben & Skip’s bogus journey: We need to face Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor — and mine — now more than ever

<b>Ben Affleck (AP/Lauren Victoria Burke)</b><p>Trust me, Ben, my family story is worse — but telling the truth about history might set white America free at last<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>April 25, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>So Ben Affleck didn’t want to talk about his slave-owning ancestor on TV with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Or …

Bookkeeper of Auschwitz admits moral guilt at Holocaust trial | Reuters

LUENEBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of assisting in the mass murder of Jews told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed there.<p>Defendant Oskar …

From Sustainable Luxury to Luxurious Sustainability

<b>At the 1.618 Sustainable Luxury conference in Paris, major players marked a turning point in the future of high-end commerce.</b><p>It is a rare luxury to feel that you have been part of a moment; a subtle but profound tipping point after which nothing will ever seem the same. The 1.618 Sustainable Luxury …

Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards.<p>People dressed in costumes take part in a …

Europe

Why are black students tagged as troublemakers?

Black students in the United States are three times more likely than their white peers to be suspended or expelled.<p>The reason why has not been clear, …

Education

Ellen Pao waxes philosophical in post-trial tweet storm

Ellen Pao, who on Friday lost her gender-discrimination suit against one of the most powerful venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, took to Twitter after the verdict was announced to elaborate on the trial.<p>What's amazing is how few Twitter followers the woman at the center of what some are …

Social Media

Apple's Tim Cook leads different

Tim Cook assumed he was ready forthe harsh glare that shines on Apple’s (AAPL) CEO. He had, after all, filled in for Jobs three times during the …

11 of the Most Powerful Women in Tech

Photo: Getty Images<p>Often called “The Most Powerful Woman on Wall Street,” Ruth Porat, Morgan Stanley’s CFO since 2010, is making headlines after Google hired her as its first female CFO. Porat is far from the only accomplished woman in Silicon Valley—a growing number of the country’s most …

Silicon Valley

Why I've Decided I'm Not Having Kids

An exclusive excerpt from upcoming book Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed.<p>I got pregnant when I was 19, and in love, and having the sort of constant, frenzied, and, yes, unprotected sex that many in early adulthood know not to engage in but engage in anyway. (I would become pregnant again at 24 …

Parenting

Sex in later life boosts memory and brain power

Dutch study finds the more sexually active older people are, the better their memories and brain function - as Liz Hodgkinson knows from experience<p>Sex, as we know – at least with the right person – can be a thrilling, mind-blowing experience at any age. But now, new research is showing that in …

Iran aims to ban vasectomies and cut access to contraceptives to boost births

Iran is seeking to reverse progressive laws on family planning by outlawing voluntary sterilisation and restricting access to contraceptives, in a move human rights groups say would set Iranian women back decades and reduce them to “baby-making machines”.<p>The Iranian parliament is considering two …

Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?

Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew.<p>In 2011, after 15 years, she left before achieving a …

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Happiness

A 24-Hour Drink Menu for the Prettiest Skin of Your Life

You are what you sip.<p>Being as skin-obsessed as I am, I slather on all the products I can fit in my medicine cabinet daily. But I know full well I could be doing more as every Hollywood star with seemingly perfect skin takes an <i>inside-out</i> approach to beauty—i.e. it's not simply what you put on your …

Skin Care

The Forgiveness Boost

Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.<p>On New Year’s Eve in 1995, Frances McNeill, a 78-year-old woman who lived alone in Knoxville, Tennessee, went to bed early. …

Is this proof that male and female brains really are wired differently?

Study finds that men are less likely to react to emotional images, and forget them much quicker than women<p>The oft-repeated mantra that men are from Mars and women are from Venus has been lent credence by a major new study, which claims to show that the two genders process emotion differently.<p>Not …

'Woman on top' is most dangerous sex position, scientists conclude

It might have emancipated women from the drudgery of the 'Missionary Position', but it seems that men are paying a painful price for revolution in the bedroom.<p>"Woman on top" is the most dangerous sex position, according to a new scientific study.<p>Scientists have found that the position, dubbed …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

Black History

How to Get the Benefits of a Cleanse Without Actually Doing One

The word "detox" makes us think restriction, hunger, and mood swings. We asked health experts how to skip all that and get straight to the good stuff.<p><b>1. Start your mornings with a glass of room-temperature lemon water.</b> (Room temperature is important, since cold foods and drinks can shock your …

Wellness

Behind the scenes of a 'shocking' new study on human altruism

How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain?<p>With colleagues at University College London I addressed this question in a recent study. We were interested in quantifying how much people care about others, relative …

The rise of the 'inbetweenie' model

The debate about fashion and body image is rarely silent, but this week it roared – with a new focus on a Calvin Klein campaign featuring Myla Dalbesio, a model who is approximately a UK size 14. In the fashion industry, this qualifies as plus-size – most models are a UK size six to eight – a fact …

The 5 Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

Marcus Garvey once challenged black people to get the kinks out of our minds and not out of our hair. Never has this statement been more true than with the natural hair movement. Don't get me wrong. The modern natural hair movement is an amazing cross-cultural coalition of women with kinks and …

11 New and Recent Books for the Feminist Reader

Photo: Amazon<p>The feminist book canon grows larger and more diverse every day, and that's something to celebrate. Of course, classics like Betty Friedan's <i>The Feminine Mystique</i>, now out in a 50th anniversary edition; Simone de Beauvoir's <i>The Second Sex</i>; Arlie Hochschild's <i>The Second Shift: Working and</i> …