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Meet the homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging

Meet Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm. He’s 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his story is quite incredible.<p>As a child …

South Africa

Tableau makes first acquisition ever, swoops up startup that turns data into infographics

For the first time in its 13-year history, Tableau Software is acquiring another company.<p>The Seattle-based maker of data visualization software today …

China arrests smugglers trying to sell frozen meat from the 1970s

In the latest food scandal to hit China, authorities have seized almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat, some of more than 40 years old. According to the state-run China Daily, customs officials have confiscated over 100,000 tonnes (110,000 tons) of chicken wings, beef, and …

China

Why does everyone hate it when rich old men date young attractive women?

Duncan Bannatyne has been savaged on social media for appearing on TV with his much younger girlfriend. Is such treatment fair, asks Martin Daubney<p>Yesterday, Dragon’s Den judge Duncan Bannatyne, 66, appeared on ITV’s This Morning with his latest girlfriend, a stunning 35-year-old called Nigora …

The girl in the picture: Kim Phuc's journey from war to forgiveness

<b>Ajax, Ontario, Canada (CNN) —</b> Even without the benefit of context, the image of a naked 9-year-old girl running for her life is as searing and indelible today as it was 43 years ago.<p>That image jolted people around the world. Some say it hastened the end of the Vietnam War.<p>"I always remember that …

Vietnam War

Whole Foods 365 Takes On Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's is going to have to up its fresh foods game or the grocer could be in serious trouble with the launch of Whole Foods’ new “365″ concept. That’s one of the first thoughts that popped into my brain a few weeks ago when Whole Foods released more details on its new small store concept, …

Trader Joe's

This robot bartender is like a Keurig for idiot-proof cocktails

The future of homebody imbibing has officially arrived. A recent MBA grad/international bartender, a mechanical engineer/product designer and a mixologist have joined forces to create a countertop digital bartender that functions like a<p>Keurigcoffee machine.<p>Your next cocktail is as simple as putting …

Cocktails

The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions

The story of how Utah solved chronic homelessness begins in 2003, inside a cavernous Las Vegas banquet hall populated by droves of suits. The problem at hand was seemingly intractable. The number of chronic homeless had surged since the early 1970s. And related costs were soaring. A University of …

Homelessness

Surplus food for the homeless is just an app away

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.<p>"Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That's how much food goes wasted every single day in America."<p>Komal Ahmad, CEO of Feeding Forward

Pay-per-page: Amazon to align payment with how much customers read

Kindle readers now have an extra reason to feel guilty about not finishing a book – putting the author out of pocket<p>Amazon will start paying some authors according to how many pages of their books are actually read, the company has announced.<p>The change will affect self-published writers who make …

Writing

Prison Born

What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids.<p>Alyssa mayer was four months pregnant the day a police officer showed up at her motel room in Kingston, New York. It was …

Inside the battle over the Confederate flag

<b>Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Debates over displaying the Confederate battle flag are as familiar here as grits and sweet tea.<p>But the outpouring of grief after a racist gunman killed nine African-Americans last week during a Bible study at a historic Charleston church is testing whether the …

South Carolina

U.N. report: Sex exploitation by peacekeepers persists unacceptably

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are supposed to bring peace, stability and hope.<p>But too often, according to a U.N. report, international peacekeepers bring other things entirely -- sexual exploitation, the misuse of power and the abuse of children.<p>The report, issued last week, says that while the violations have …

United Nations

Crumbling DR Congo’s Goma University stands up to the State | Africa | DW | 17.06.2015

A painting of a crossed out gun hangs on the University stairway with the message, 'use of weapons prohibited'. The smell of urine filters through …

China bans Muslims from fasting Ramadan in Xinjiang | Ramadan 2017 News

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.<p>Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China's ruling Communist party is …

Islam

The 40-Year-Old Graduates

While the United States struggles to encourage older Americans to enroll in college, Sweden has made adult learning a popular choice for citizens.<p>UPPSALA, Sweden—When the instructor in her teacher-training course invited students to share some music they remembered from their childhoods, Ingela …

The $5 Billion Battle For The American Dinner Plate

Investors in startups like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated are wagering hundreds of millions of dollars on the idea that dinnertime is just too hard to manage. As meal-kit startups spring up like so many mushrooms, Fast Company investigates the boxed-meal phenomenon and how it will change the …

Obama Holds Trump Card Over Passports

Remember the days of the George W. Bush administration, when conservatives liked executive power and liberals criticized it? Those days are gone. On …

Airflow: a workflow management platform – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

DAGs are blooming<p>As people who work with data begin to automate their processes, they inevitably write batch jobs. These jobs need to run on a …

I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me - Vox

I'm a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations. I am not a world-class teacher by any means, but I am conscientious; I …

How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do. Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation, …

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.<p><i>Note: A shorter</i> …

20 New Food Books to Read This Summer

Whether you're into something light and quick or more pensive and poignant, here are 20 new food books for you to read this summer.<p>It's summer, which means it's prime season for reading for pleasure, so here's our food lovers' guide to the new books coming out. Whether you want something light and …

Books

How to fall in love by reading a book (infographic)

<b>Reading a book can simulate the real pleasure of falling in love. The new infographic explores this topic in detail.</b>An article in Psychology Today …

Infographics

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.<p>Australia, …

Jerry Brown

The philosopher who studies the experience of coffee

Is coffee much deeper than it appears? David Robson meets a philosopher who certainly thinks so – he's attempting to use the drink to probe the human mind.<p>It’s like I’m drinking the dying embers of a log-fire – smoky and tinged with the tang of creosote. As I concentrate harder, I notice its …

Coffee

All Unhappy Families: The Downfall of the Duggars

19 Kids and Counting built its reputation on preaching family values, but the mass-media platforms that made the family famous might also be their undoing.<p>On Thursday, news broke that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the Duggar family's 19 children, had, as a teenager, allegedly molested five …