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Kendrick Lamar’s Onstage Outrage: Why Rap Should Retire the N-Word for Good

In all the years I’ve been debating race and racism with white people, the most common response some have offered in their own defense hinges on …

Rap & Hip-Hop

This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Language

Here are the 5 books you need to read this summer, according to Bill Gates

With summer fast approaching, it's time to start compiling your vacation reading list. And fortunately, Bill Gates is here to help.<p>On Monday, the …

Books

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.<p>It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling rail stations.<p>To the …

Trains

The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

I've Been to 26 Countries in Europe—These Are the 5 I Always Recommend

My first trip to Europe was a heady mix of excitement, nerves, and total awe. At 19, I wandered the streets of Le Marais wide-eyed, marveled at the …

European Travel

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips.<p>The numbers, from the end of April, were included in a report by China's state-run news outlet Global Times, but it is unclear what offenses those targeted in the travel ban …

Train Travel

The Secret Attraction at Disney World That Most Guests Don’t Know About (Video)

Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and It’s A Small World may be all-time favorites, but there’s a popular Disney attraction plenty of guests …

Walt Disney Company

90 Percent of Interviewers Would Disqualify a Job Candidate for This 1 Reason

Not sending a thank you note, however, surprisingly won't lose you any points.<p>With so many job interview how-to guides out there, you'd think we'd all be nailing them by now. A new survey from recruiting solutions company JazzHR, however, shows that candidates still are making employers all over …

Employment

Customer takes Bell to court and wins, as judge agrees telecom giant can't promise a price, then change it

A Toronto man is elated after a deputy judge ruled that a verbal contract he made with a Bell customer service agent trumps the contract the telecom …

Customer Service

Someone wrote a kids' book to explain bitcoin and blockchain

Welcome to 2018 and a children's book that teaches us how to find our place in the world... using the blockchain.<p>At around 7 p.m. every night you can catch me reading bedtime stories for my two children. On current rotation: Dave's Cave, a weird Avengers book and a million bedtime stories about …

Bedtime Stories

Foxconn set to drain 7 million gallons of water from Lake Michigan every day

Last year’s announcement that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn had picked Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin to build its $10 billion manufacturing campus was …

Water

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Still-Secret Spain: 9 Fairy-Tale Towns Off the Tourist Track

For unspoiled nature, centuries-old architecture, and guaranteed tranquility, hole up in one of these postcard-perfect villages.<p>If you’ve been to …

Barcelona

All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort This Summer

Guests can soon explore Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in a whole new way using the all-new Play Disney Parks app! Coming this summer …

Walt Disney Company

Is Your Body Appropriate to Wear to School?

It started with a sunburn.<p>Lizzy Martinez, 17, a junior at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla., had been swimming and tanning all weekend at a water park in Orlando. But when Monday morning came and she had to get dressed for school, Lizzy’s bra felt painfully constricting on her burned skin.<p>…

Clothing

All Aboard the "Most Scenic Train Ride in the World"

Rolling rice fields, terraced tea plantations, sprawling mountains blanketed in vegetation, buffalo-peppered farms, indigenous villages... I’d read …

Starbucks will close 8,000 US stores May 29 for racial-bias training

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias.<p>The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called …

Justice

Broadband adviser picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

Elizabeth Pierce allegedly tricked investors into pouring $250 million into a fiber optic scheme by forging revenue agreements<p>A broadband adviser selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to run a federal advisory committee was arrested last week on claims she tricked …

Starbucks's CEO Showed a Classy Example of What a Great Leader Does When Managing a Crisis

Two black men are racially profiled and arrested inside a Starbucks store, although no crime was committed. Here's what Starbucks' chief executive officer, Kevin R. Johnson, did next.<p>If you're just getting wind of the latest race-related debacle, it involves two black men arrested at a Starbucks in …

Justice

The 21 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Europe (as ranked by locals)

Bamberg is a city of breweries and churches, and frequently ranks among the most beautiful towns in Germany. It was erected on seven hills (a bit …

European Travel

Commonwealth: Seven things you might not know

<b>Commonwealth leaders are meeting in London. Here are seven things about this club of nations that you might not know.</b><p>1) It's home to almost one-third of the world's population<p>About 2.4 billion people - out of 7.4 billion globally - live in the Commonwealth's 53 countries. And most of them are under …

South Africa

Look around the Obamas' elegant new home

<i>Now that Barack and Michelle Obama have waved goodbye to the White House after eight years, they can get some peace and quiet at their brand new home</i> …

200 million eggs recalled over salmonella fears

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this article misstated the plant number and Julian date range of the eggs possibly contaminated with salmonella. It has since been corrected.</i><p>GREENSBORO, N.C. — More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and stores in nine states are …

Environmental Health

The 8 Genius Hacks You Need to Know Before Visiting Harry Potter World

Don't leave for your trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter without these tips.<p>Cast secret spells<p>While there are 16 spells mapped out in Diagon …

This Rare Footage of the Beauty and the Beast Stars Singing 'Be Our Guest' Has Made Our Day

“Be... our... guest...” Now that you’ve got one of Disney’s all-time best movie songs stuck in your head, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this rare …

Bless This Designer for Remaking Famous Logos to Teach Us Which Fonts They Use – Adweek

You know the logos, but do you know the fonts?<p>That was the question that clearly obsessed Emanuele Abrate, an Italian graphic designer and educator. …

Samsung’s Galaxy J2 Pro internet-less smartphone is basically free for students in South Korea

Every year, high school seniors in South Korea take a national college entrance exam called <i>suneung</i> that will essentially determine the rest of their lives. This isn’t an exaggeration. Unlike the SATs, which only play a small part in college admissions, the idea of <i>suneung</i> is battered into students’ …

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy