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Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income

A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.<p>One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works …

Equality

5 Steps You Should Take To Protect Yourself After Massive Equifax Hack

On Thursday, Equifax announced that from mid-May through July 2017, criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Specifically, this hack may potentially impact 143 million U.S. consumers. The information accessed includes names, Social Security …

Identity Theft

John Kelly’s Latest Mission: Controlling the Information Flow to Trump

For months, the White House under President Trump operated with few real rules, and those were barely enforced. People wandered into the Oval Office throughout the day. The president was given pieces of unvetted information, and found more on his own that he often tweeted out. Policy decisions were …

The White House

Microsoft built a hardware platform for real-time AI

In many cases, you want AI to work with info as it happens. That virtual assistant needs to respond within a few seconds at most, and a smart security camera needs to send an alert while intruders are still within sight. Microsoft knows this very well. It just unveiled its own hardware acceleration …

Machine Learning

Tanker becomes first to cross Arctic without icebreaker

A Russian tanker carrying natural gas has become the first merchant ship to sail across the Arctic without the help of an icebreaker, finishing the …

A black man went undercover online as a white supremacist. This is what he learned.

As soon as Theo Wilson started making YouTube videos about culture and race, trolls using racial slurs started flocking to his page.<p>After engaging in endless sparring matches in the comments section, Wilson began to notice something curious: His trolls seemed to speak a language unto themselves, …

Racism

Money-Saving Habits of Seriously Frugal People

If frugality is a continuum, some people fall very far on one end (let's call it the "saving used aluminum foil in a drawer" end). They'll go to …

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is great, once you upgrade Windows 10 S

I’ve talked to a number of people on the Surface team over the last few months, and the decision to hinder their beautiful new piece of hardware still boggles the mind. The Surface Laptop is really nice — in fact, it’s quite possibly the best piece of hardware to carry the Surface name. But for …

Microsoft

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Writing

Make a Vision Board - How to Make a Vision Board

How to Make a Vision Board: 3 Tips<p>September 24th, 2013<p>Whether you go old-school with paper and glue or are tech-savvy and use Pinterest to make a …

A Neural Net Created a Bonkers List of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Spell Names

It’s hour seven of your weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, and you’re deep in a haunted goblin forest, surrounded by face-eating wolves who want to …

RPGs

So You Want to Read Sword and Sorcery Fiction: Here’s Where to Start

Genre is a tricky business, with one person’s dark fantasy being another’s grimdark and so forth. Sword and sorcery is no exception. Also known as …

The train graveyard at the 'edge of the world'

Melbourne-based photographer Chris Staring captured a series of stunning photos of the train graveyard, known locally as the 'Cementerio de …

Ten Apps That Will Improve Your Marketing Team's Productivity In 2017

More and more CMOs are finding themselves overwhelmed by the mounting responsibilities they have to tackle every day. However, though the modern world generates a lot of stress, it also provides relief. Technology, when correctly used, can help alleviate some of the burden of responsibilities.<p>If …

Emily Blunt

Turkish committee clears draft expanding Erdogan's powers

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary commission on Friday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>The constitutional commission approved the reforms at the end of a 17-hour session that lasted into the early …

Turkey

Senators ask Trump EPA chief pick to disclose energy industry ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the U.S. Senate's environment panel on Wednesday asked President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose his ties to the energy industry ahead of his confirmation hearing early next year.<p>The six senators sent a letter …

Scott Pruitt

Fidget Cube for restless workers rocks Kickstarter, attracts gobs of money

The Fidget Cube is a cube at heart, but it also has plenty of features designed to keep your fingers occupied when you just can't hold still.<p>Your desk is your sanctuary at work. It's where you sit (or stand) and while away your employment hours. Maybe you're really good at holding still. Or maybe …

Crowd Funding

Here's How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse

Too much inequality and too few natural resources could leave the West vulnerable to a Roman Empire-style fall.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner<p>Few think Western civilization is on the brink of collapse — but it's also doubtful the Romans and Mesopotamians saw their own demise coming …

National Science Foundation

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

<b>Hot Chips</b> Secrets of Exynos M1 cores spilledSamsung has revealed the blueprints to its mystery M1 processor cores at the heart of its S7 and S7 Edge …

Deep Learning

Twelve of the most harrowing accounts from the Nauru files – in pictures

The Nauru files document in chilling detail what day-to-day life is like inside the Australian-run detention centre on the remote Pacific island. From traumatised children drawing dark pictures to a woman suffering the indignity of pleading for basic medical supplies – from the harrowing to the …

Freedom of Information

15 fun things you can do with your smartphone photos to preserve memories

Creative smartphone photo products<p>1. A monthly magazine<p>2. A wooden keepsake box<p>3. A dry-erase board<p>4. A framed photo<p>5. A shower curtain<p>6. A serving …

Hacking

Even Broke, Mark Twain Traveled in Style

In 1895, a bankrupt Mark Twain embarked on a round-the-world speaking tour to pay his debts. It worked, but what we remember are his funny, acerbic travel notes.<p>Celebrity perks usually amount to a few comped bottles of champagne or courtside tickets. A British railway once set aside 35 miles of …

Mark Twain

Mapped: Every single Game of Thrones filming location

The idea that tourists will flock to the filming locations of the latest blockbuster movie, or must-see TV drama, can sometimes feel a little far-fetched. How many really sped to Albuquerque after watching Breaking Bad? However, when it comes to Game of Thrones, so enthralling is the fantasy world, …

The 50 Most Beautiful Vacation Rentals in America

Hotels

15 Breathtaking Campsites In Canada You Need To Visit This Summer

These spots will make you one happy camper.

Canada

The Cheapest Days to Fly for Summer Travel

If you have plans for summer travel, it’s time to start thinking about booking those flights. And CheapAir has analyzed and calculated the cheapest …

Air Travel

The World’s Most Beautiful New Museums

Architectural marvels from New York City to Shanghai.<p>Forget the blocky, strictly functional institutions of the past. Today’s museums and cultural …

Architecture

6 of the coolest boatels in the world

Whether it's great design or scenic views that float your boat, Liz Connor rounds up the best hotels at sea to book this year

Boats

The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa In Sri Lanka // Part 2 Of 2

After finishing off with the first part of Polonnaruwa (only ‘first’ because that’s where we visited first), we drove a few minutes to another big …

Sri Lanka