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Google employees fighting gender inequality with emojis

A team of Google employees suggests 13 new emojis to better represent professional women.<p>In a recent submission made to the Unicode Consortium [PDF], the body responsible for approving new emojis, a group of Google employees has proposed "a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of …

Alien Megastructure? Dimming Star May Have Less Exotic Explanation

A mysterious darkening star might not be home to an alien megastructure after all. Instead, the dimming that apparently occurred over the course of a century may actually have resulted from how telescopes and cameras have changed over time, researchers said.<p>Last fall, a star named KIC 8462852 made …

Roads To Olympia: LGBTQ Equality

By Aaron Weiss<p>The upcoming narrative feature film <i>Roads to Olympia</i> chronicles the stories of three young athletes in three different countries striving to make it to the Summer Olympic Games. Along the way, they not only face challenges on the field, but the social constructs in their countries also …

Netherlands approves plans for partial niqab ban

The Dutch cabinet has approved a partial ban on wearing the face-covering veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport.<p>Prime Minister Mark Rutte told journalists on Friday the ban does not apply to wearing the niqab on the street, but only "in specific situations where it is …

Opinion: Chicago's Inequality Threatens Its Future

Aristotle wrote the book Politics over 2,300 years ago, but it’s still the best political treatise we have. Here’s a passage that’s particularly …

On a one-way street to social inequality

What have we really learnt from the case of "Britain's Biggest Scrounger", Mick Philpott, now jailed for life for killing six of the 17 children he …

Income Inequality

How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach

The promise of delinking research and development from the actual manufacture of drugs, and why the pharmaceutical industry rejects an idea that could turn neglected diseases into profit<p>Reuters<p>For almost a decade, the United States has been standing in the way of an idea that could lead to cures …

The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty -- and It's Creeping Upward

The Census Bureau has reported that 15% of Americans live in poverty. A shocking figure. But it's actually much worse. Inequality is spreading like a …

Demographics

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

Income Inequality