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Five K-Pop artists to get excited about in 2016

Already, 2016 is tantalising K-Pop fans with a fresh batch of shiny new acts, known collectively as ‘rookies’. Korea’s most powerful label SM Entertainment is busy readying a boy group who have EXO’s crown in their sights, while Starship Entertainment, home to Sistar, has already began teasers for …

Switzerland Wants a Single, Universal Phone Charger by 2017

Lightning cables need not apply.<p>Apple's Lightning cable cartel be damned: Switzerland is moving forward with a plan for a single, universal phone charger across the country, standardizing phone chargers across the board. While the exact standard hasn't been mentioned yet, it wouldn't be hard to …

European Union

Scientists find 1,500-year-old pre-Viking settlement beneath new airport site | Ars Technica

The greatest archaeological treasures come from garbage.<p>When Norway announced plans to expand its Ørland Airport this year, archaeologists got …

Some Norwegians want to give Finland a fun gift: A mountain

Still shopping for that perfect gift? You might take some inspiration from Norway.<p>Norway’s neighbor to the east — Finland — will be celebrating its centennial in 2017. 100 years since independence. So, to mark the centennial, some friendly Norwegians have come up with the idea of giving Finland an …

European Travel

Somalia no longer a failed state, just a fragile one, says UN

United Nations representative in the country says the country has stabilised although security concerns still remain high<p>Somalia is no longer a failed state but a recovering fragile country, the top UN official for war-torn Somalia has said.<p>In the last three years the country has stabilised but …

Africa
The White House

Of course 'socialism' was most-searched term of 2015: its ideas fit our times

Since the Occupy movement, the dirty word as far as many millennials are concerned is not socialism, but capitalism<p>There is a decisive mood of resistance in America – a backlash to the status quo. The Bernie Sanders campaign for president is capturing that mood, and it is no surprise that …

Middle-class

Animated map shows how the world's first written languages spread

The introduction of writing systems changed the world. It allowed humans to physically express thoughts and language, as well as record events for …

Obama’s former defense secretary confirmed a huge suspicion about the White House's approach to Syria

That is according to Obama's former secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel.<p>In a blistering interview with Foreign Policy, Hagel described how the administration effectively kicked the can down the road when it came to crafting a decisive strategy to end the war.<p>"For one thing, there were way too many …

Middle East

Do All Roads Lead to Rome? The Answer is Surprisingly Beautiful

Moovel Lab has mapped European and American roadways to Rome, and the result is gorgeous.<p>The saying “all roads lead to Rome” has been used since the Middle Ages, and refers to the fact that the Roman Empire’s roadways radiated outwards from its capital. But does that maxim still apply today, now …

Roads

Pregnant Teacher Shares Her Preschoolers' Hilarious Baby Name Suggestions

One pregnant Wisconsin preschool teacher got a surprise she'll always remember: her students put together a list of baby names for her.<p>"All of the …

Parenting

A History of Punctuation for the Internet Age

“People don’t know why they get so upset about language,” David Crystal told me recently, over Skype from his home in Wales. “ ‘Potato’s,’ with an apostrophe ‘S,’ ” he offered, as an example of the kind of thing that drives some people batty, “but you ask them, ‘Why are you so upset?’, and they …

Linguistics

33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

Self-improvement

10 great nude beaches of Europe

If you’re fond of “getting your kit off,” “gettin’ nekkid” or just want to do some plain ol’ skinnydipping, here are 10 great nude beaches in</b> …

How to Defend Yourself in an Active Shooter Situation | Men's Health

I have these thoughts from time to time. I’m not obsessive about it. I don’t flinch at every corner. But I know it could happen. We saw it happen in Paris—at a rock show, no less. I’ve been to rock shows. Dozens of them in the last year alone.<p>I also go to movie theaters and schools and marathons …

Where the Maltese language comes from

IT MAY seem surprising that a dialect of Arabic is an official language of the European Union. But travel 90km south of Sicily and the odd-sounding …

Language

The top 20 K-Pop tracks of 2015

As you may already know, the world of K-Pop in 2015 was <i>huge</i>. Laden with expensive comebacks and debuts, lawsuits, expectations, hype and triumphs, our favourite artists dominated with full schedules, and K-Pop’s game-changing big leagues – 2NE1’s CL, BTS and Big Bang – continued to gain traction in …

A woman who quit her job as an investment banker built a new life traveling the world on her own

Before she left, she'd been earning six figures a year, including her commission. However, she remembers, she wasn't happy with her lifestyle.<p>"It was hard for me when our paid time off was only 14 days per year," she tells Business Insider. "We'd go to the office puking our guts out because we …

Northern Ireland

Colloquial Arabic - a theat to the language?

Dubai: Langauge reform proposals for primary education in Algeria have touched off a firestorm of protest, highlighting deep sensitivities about …

London commuter shields Muslim girl from ‘racist abuse’ on the Tube

A London commuter has revealed in a social media post that has gone viral how he defended a young Muslim woman wearing a hijab when she was racially abused and told that “her people” murdered victims of the Paris attack.<p>Ashley Powys, 22, got on the Victoria Line at Oxford Street station on his way …

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning
Language

The second languages of every part of the world in one incredible infographic

The website MoveHub.com, experts in international moving, is a resource for people looking to move abroad.<p>They have released this eye-opening infographic that shows the second language of every region across the globe. Some are rather predictable, like Canada's knowledge of French.<p>But others are …

Infographics

Should all students learn First Nations languages?

Sure, Canadian students can learn their other official language at school. Knowing <i>un peu de</i> <i>français</i> might help a bilingual culture, but what about …

Language Learning

This brilliant map renames each US state with a country generating the same GDP

Sometimes it helps to employ unconventional perspectives when thinking about the size of things.<p>So here's a pretty awesome map from American Enterprise Institute's Mark Perry that shows how massive and productive America's $16.7 trillion economy really is on a global scale.<p>The map compares the …

GDP

How to Keep Multiple Languages Straight

Learning a new language is an immense challenge, what with all the grammar, vocabulary, expressions and idioms, and pronunciation to deal with. If …

Pyongyang races to complete new airport

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang isn't exactly an international travel hub. But attracting more tourists is one of North Korea's top agenda items, so thousands of soldier-builders are working feverishly these days to give the capital a fancy new airport.<p>The new airport, which is now in its …

Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai to Obama: Stop Arming the World

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize — and was shot in the head by the Taliban — for advocating girls' education, told President Barack Obama he could "change the world" if only he'd send books instead of guns to other countries, she said Tuesday.<p>"My message was very …

Pakistan