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A 32 year old woman gave up shopping for a year — and managed to save more than $13,000

Four years ago, Cait Flanders was shocked to learn that her sister was saving 20% of her income as a full-time college student. Flanders, however, was lucky if she was putting away 5% of her salary each month.<p>"All of a sudden the wheels started turning," she told INSIDER. "I'm like, why have I been …

Minimalism

Claire's, the ear-piercing mall chain, files for bankruptcy

Claire's, the mall chain that has pierced the ears of millions of teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.<p>The accessories chain said Monday that its stores will remain open as it restructures its debt.<p>It's just the latest retailer to seek bankruptcy protection, close stores or go out …

Trump is creating a toxic work environment at the US’s largest employer

The United States may be about to get a new attorney general, a new national security chief, or maybe a new head of veterans affairs. It could be rolling out new tariffs against China, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, or planning to execute drug dealers—or it may not. At time of publishing, no …

A Huge Scale Model of Ancient Rome at Its Architectural Peak, Originally Commissioned by Mussolini

The narrator of Teju Cole's <i>Open City</i>, one of the better novels of memory and urban space to come along in recent years, at one point flies into New …

This WALK-MAN robot can go places too dangerous for humans

Humanoid robots may not be ready to take your job. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be useful.<p>Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology built a robot they called WALK-MAN that they say is uniquely capable of assisting in emergency situations. Humans control the machines using a virtual …

Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian

Tempe police said car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman who later died at a hospital<p>An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a …

Autonomous Cars

China is banning people with bad 'social credit' from using planes and trains

China has announced new measures that mean citizens with bad “social credit” will be restricted from travelling.<p>Acts that can earn you a place on the blacklist - barring you from trains and planes - include smoking on public transport and using expired tickets, as well as more sweeping and vaguely …

The backlash against Facebook has destroyed $40 billion in market value in a matter of hours

Following revelations that Trump consultant Cambridge Analytica collected and exploited the data of tens of millions of Facebook users without their permission, the company took a massive hit, losing about $40 billion in market value on Monday morning.<p>As Facebook’s stock plummeted, so did CEO Mark …

The nerve agent poisoning in England was a message to the rest of the world

‘You won’t be safe anywhere, even if you’re in Britain’<p>The nerve agent attack on former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter sends a powerful message to the rest of the world: the assassins aren’t playing by the rules.<p>On March 4th, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were hospitalized …

Nerve Agents

6 big changes the Saudi crown prince has made so far

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is set to meet President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, arrives in the U.S. after having made major changes in his kingdom's policies.<p>The 32-year-old leader, who plans a multi-city tour of the U.S., aims to promote investment opportunities, …

A British woman who fought ISIS in an all-female combat unit has been killed in Syria

A British woman who travelled to Syria to fight against ISIS alongside Kurdish forces has died.<p>Anna Campbell, 26, spent months opposing ISIS in the besieged city of Deir Ezzor; but ultimately died in action against Turkish forces, who have been attacking Kurdish fighters inside Syria.<p>The native of …

Middle East

Persian New Year, or Nowruz, explained

The holiday of spring and renewal, celebrated by millions of people worldwide, dates back thousands of years.<p>In Iran, the idea of “spring cleaning” isn’t just a seasonal excuse to gut your closet; it’s the basis of a national holiday dating back millennia.<p>Every year, millions celebrate Persian New …

Stocks fall as tech companies drop; Facebook takes a beating

Facebook stock plunged Monday to its worst loss in four years, leading a rout in technology companies that helped drag down the major U.S. stock indexes. The social media company's stock fell following reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign, improperly …

Westin's ambitious plan to turn old hotel sheets into kiddie pajamas

Westin’s planet-saving plan sounded simple enough: make kids pajamas from old bed sheets. In an effort to reduce the tons of textile waste that go into landfills each year, the 88-year old Marriott-owned hotel chain created <i>Project Rise: ThreadForward</i>, a new initiative to turn old or damaged hotel …

Hospitality

Facebook’s stock price is plummeting following the Cambridge Analytica disaster

Facebook’s stock price was down by more than 7% March 19, following a weekend of backlash against the company, after it was revealed that Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 50 million Facebook users without their permission.<p>The company has lost $42 billion in …

Bitcoin prosecutions may break new legal ground

Bitcoin isn’t issued by the government nor can it be deposited in a bank. So should it be subject to the same federal banking rules as traditional …

Bitcoin

Facebook value drops by $37bn amid privacy backlash

<b>Facebook's shares have fallen sharply, wiping $37bn off the firm's value, as it faces questions from US and UK politicians about its privacy rules.</b><p>The social network is under fire after reports on how Cambridge Analytica, which some believe helped Donald Trump win the US election, acquired and used …

Privacy

Philippines moves closer to allowing divorce

<b>The Philippines' lower house of Congress has passed a divorce bill on the third reading, moving the country closer to legalisation.</b><p>The bill passed despite opposition from President Rodrigo Duterte, who had his own marriage legally annulled.<p>However, for divorce to become legal the Senate also has to …

Relationships

Kids miss college because their parents won’t apply for financial aid

<i>Marshall High School senior Sheila Milon (left) with her college counselor Tricia Bryan. Milon had to repeatedly call her father, who had moved out</i> …

College & University

Ethiopia’s political crisis is now spilling over into Kenya’s borders

In just over a week, nearly 10,000 Ethiopians have sought asylum in Kenya, underscoring the ethnic tensions and internal problems facing the Horn of Africa nation and posing a direct challenge to the ruling coalition.<p>The refugees fled the restive Oromia region following a botched military operation …

Africa

Secret symbols in still-life painting

Did you know that cherries and strawberries represented the souls of men? Or that a dragonfly could be the devil? These beautiful works say much more than you think, writes Cath Pound.<p>Still-life painting has existed since time immemorial and offered us some of the most sublimely beautiful painting …

Art

Here's the New Dark Matter-Free Theory of Gravity

Erik Verlinde has picked a fight with Einstein -- and could win.<p>The existence of dark matter is generally accepted by the sort of scientists who care …

Dark Matter

Earth - How frankincense could reshape Africa

In dry areas in the Horn of Africa, there are frankincense trees that thrive in the extreme aridity.<p>These trees are harvested for the frankincense resin that they produce. It is used to make perfumes and incense, and can only be obtained from the wild trees.<p>For many years, frankincense trees have …

Horn of Africa

Always mangle Korean names? It might not be your fault

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Impeached President Park Geun-hye's surname is "Park," right? Nope. In Korean it's closer to "Bahk." Park's allegedly corrupt confidante, Choi Soon-sil, pronounces her name more like "Chwey" than the way it's rendered in English. And Samsung's ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee? …

South Korea

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

This column is by Zdravko Cvijetic, Founder of Zero to Skill<p><b>Somebody once told me the definition of hell:</b><p><i>“On your last day on earth, the person you</i> …

Motivation

India Strikes Pakistan: Why It's 'Very, Very Significant'

India’s announcement of "surgical strikes" in Pakistan on Thursday marked a sharp worsening of tensions between the nuclear-armed nations, signalling Delhi has lost patience with its neighbor for allegedly sheltering militants.<p>The Indian army said it was trying to take out terrorists who'd …

Pakistan

Pakistan Isolated: After India, Bangladesh, Bhutan & Afghanistan also pull out of SAARC summit

Isolating Pakistan in the region, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan have followed India's steps and opted out of South Asian Association of Regional …

India

The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Being overweight can raise your blood pressure, cholesterol and risk for developing diabetes. It could be bad for your brain, too.<p>A diet high in saturated fats and sugars, the so-called Western diet, actually affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and make people more likely to …

Holistic Medicine

Hong Kong democracy protest: Thousands take to the streets in defiance of Beijing

Huge numbers marched in solidarity with separitist lawmakers on New Year's day protests.<p>Almost 5,000 people marched through Hong Kong on New Year's …

The surprising but simple reason four-day workweeks are bad for your health

Many employers and employees love the thought of a four-day workweek. Supposedly, a four-day work schedule allows workers extra time to pursue leisure activities and family togetherness. Spurred on by visions of spending more time at the beach, many people are now encouraging businesses to adopt …

The Workplace