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These 6 Electronic Instruments Go from Retro to Bananas

There are all kinds of DIY instruments available for you to experiment with, but electronic instruments have to be some of the craziest. From the Theremin, using radio waves to control pitch and volume, to an instrument controlled, literally, by bananas, the options for “electro-musical” creativity …

11 Successful Products Originally Invented for Something Else

Although some of these are sort of cringe-inducing in their original applications, they found new life—and commercial popularity—in unintended …

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.<p>In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

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How the CEO of a $600 million startup almost got kicked out of his own company conference

But Todd McKinnon, cofounder and CEO of security software maker Okta, has a funny spin on that classic tale: The company had trouble recognizing him and almost wouldn't let him enter his own annual company meeting.<p>Okta, founded in 2008, has ballooned to 450 employees, 200 of them in sales. Late …

McDonald's sued over claims of racism

McDonald's is under fire for the alleged racial harassment of employees at three stores in Virginia.<p>Ten ex-workers filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday morning, claiming they were fired after supervisors said there were "too many black people in the store."<p>The complaint alleges that about 15 …