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Can coding count as a foreign language?

Spanish, French, Mandarin — and Java? As the debate to consider counting coding as a foreign language grows louder, members of the Penn community …

Best Times to Post on Social Media

Do you know the best times to post on social media for each specific network?<p>Social media is great, but it will only provide results for you if you …

is the backlash against social media coming?

We’ve become a culture obsessed with likes, views and comments; but is the pressure to be popular becoming too pervasive? With digital detoxes on the rise, we ask: is it time to opt out of the digital world?<p>Last summer the journalist Eileen Curran wrote a short polemic titled Why We Need To Start …

7 Signs You've Got Bad Habits On Social Media

Just when you think you’ve mastered email and text messaging, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram come in and mess up all the time you’ve spent …

5 Strange Ways Social Media Is Changing This Year

Social media never stands still for very long. It’s an evolving creature, driven by technological advancements, corporate competition, expanding …

Social Media

The Risks of Posting Impulsively On Social Media

Social media is a mine field for your personal reputation.<p>Social media is a mine field for your personal reputation. It can destroy businesses and it can even lead to serious legal problems. Posting impulsively on social media can cause a lot of damage. Anything you post on your personal and …

When Your Internet Goes Out, This Smart Plug Resets Your Router Until It Works Again

When your internet goes out, resetting your wi-fi router and cable modem often seems to fix the problem. Instead of getting up from the couch to …

Chicago Public Schools to Allow Transgender Students, Employees to Choose Bathrooms Based on ‘Gender Identity’

CHICAGO (TheBlaze/AP) — Chicago Public Schools will allow transgender students and employees to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities, according to guidelines released Tuesday by the nation’s third-largest school district.<p>AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File<p>“Students shall …

The definitive guide to Chicago's best record shops

<b>We profile the Windy City’s ten best record shops.</b><p><b>Words:</b> Erin Pophal / <b>Photography:</b> Simon Brubaker<p>In the States, Cleveland may be the home of rock n’ …

The 12 wealthiest public colleges in America

Whether public or private, university endowments support a school's operating budget and help it invest in its future, from providing scholarships and financial aid to funding research and other initiatives. The richest colleges, frequently the most prestigious, can offer more of these …

College & University

20 Genius Hacks That Will Save You Big Money at Sephora at Sephora

You need to try these makeup moves.<p>You've picked out the perfect primer for prom, a sunscreen to get you through concert season, and the #nofilter-worthy foundation of your dreams. Then, you get to checkout after your Sephora shopping spree and you do a double take when you see what you owe.<p>If this …

Talking to 4 Woke Teens at the Huge Bernie Rally in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Spoiler: They can't even vote yet.<p>On Sunday afternoon, we didn't feel like we were at a political rally for Bernie Sanders in Prospect Park—we were at Bernchella. It may have had something to do with the audience: While filled with plenty of voting-age adults, it also contained huge numbers of …

Børns Interview New Music Coachella — Borns Might Just Be Coachella's Coolest Rockstar

The singer and songwriter talked to ​Teen Vogue​ about the festival, new music, and his signature style.<p>When Børns first started playing music, he attended a few music festivals — but “they were small, intimate Michigan festivals,” he says. He’s come a long way since then, as the release of his …

Amandla Stenberg Uses They/Them Gender Pronouns

"I’m allowed to explore myself."<p>Amandla Stenberg has always been open about their gender identity. On Thursday, the 17-year-old opened up to fans on Tumblr who asked what pronouns they use. Amandla identifies as nonbinary, which means they don't identify as a boy or a girl. When a fan asked about …

Bernie Sanders Is Turning Millennial Voters Democrat

"He’s moving a generation to the left.”<p>In the coming decades, the Democratic party may see a serious growth spurt — and it’s in large part thanks to Bernie Sanders, and the young generation of voters who support him. According to a new Harvard poll, 18- to 29-year-old voters have become …

Charge Your Phone With a Plant - Bioo Lite

Take your battery levels from red to green.<p>Next time you ask to borrow your friend’s charger, it might live in their greenhouse. No, really.<p>While saving the planet is no small task, Barcelona-based company Arkyne Technologies recognizes the value in starting with renewable energy. After releasing …

How Music Can Improve Your Teen's Self-Esteem

Nurturing your teen's self-esteem ought to be easy. Your child has so many wonderful qualities, and if she were to embrace them, perhaps she'd move closer to achieving her full potential.<p>Now, imagine a brain that is constantly seeking pleasure, being bombarded with sensory information, igniting …

Why letting teens sleep in could save lives

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ask parents of teenagers what they're worried about, and among the issues they're likely to bring up is their teens not getting enough sleep. So many teens stay up past midnight and get up early, especially when their school starts, in some cases, well before 8:00 a.m.<p>A new study finds that …

Taste of Chicago 2018 concert lineup

The smorgasbord of local food may be what Taste of Chicago is best known for, but the lineup of free concerts at the Grant Park festival is just as …

Taste of Chicago music lineup announced

Don’t look now, but Taste of Chicago has yet another strong main stage music lineup for its 36th annual edition. The gustatory blowout, which runs July 6–10 in Grant Park, has been upping its sonic game of late. This year continues the trend, even as there is a little bit of “Um, OK ... “ mixed in …

Illinois Budget Fight Could Mean The End of Chicago State University

The state of Illinois has been operating without a budget since last summer, and now it seems that Chicago State University is in danger of shutting down.<p>The school hasn’t received a single dollar from the state government during this fiscal year, and since it’s located in a low-income neighborhood …

Illinois is right to stick with PARCC testing

It was a great Illinoisan, Abraham Lincoln, who cautioned voters during his 1864 re-election campaign that "it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river." It's not known whether the president came up with the aphorism himself or simply popularized it, but his meaning was as clear as it …

Suicide rates spike for young teenagers

Dr. Petra Steinbuchel understands what it's like to be a 12-year-old grappling with suicidal feelings.<p>As medical director of mental health and child development at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Steinbuchel counsels such patients as they experience sadness, anxiety and depression. …

How to Talk to a Friend or Relative After Their Cancer Diagnosis

Last year a member of my family was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately this person received treatment and is now doing well. During the anxious period when we first learned of this health issue, and friends and family were informed, I was struck by the wide range of reactions people had to the …

10 toxic chemicals to avoid in eye makeup

Makeup is supposed to make you look even more beautiful, but that beauty comes at a cost when you consider the toxic chemicals that are lurking in most brands of eye shadows, liners, mascaras, makeup brushes, eyelash curlers and false-lash adhesives.<p>Experts say using these chemicals can lead to …

Obama announces an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama announced Monday an additional 250 special operations forces will be sent to Syria in the coming weeks in a speech in Hannover, Germany, in an effort to stem the influence and spread of ISIS.<p>"Just as I approved additional support for Iraqi forces against ISIL, I've …

The US is dropping 'cyberbombs' on ISIS

US Cyber Command reportedly begins carrying out attacks on terrorist group<p>The US has begun launching cyberattacks against ISIS, <i>The New York Times</i> reports, marking a significant shift in its battle against the terrorist organization. According to the <i>Times</i>, the US Cyber Command has been tasked with …

Cyber-attacks