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Industries dominated by men have the best maternity leave in the US

Men and women who work and look after kids have it hard in the US. America has some of the least supportive family leave policies in the developed world: Federal law requires only that some workers have the right to 12 unpaid weeks, and a handful of states have mandated varying amounts of paid …

Gender

Republicans say they’re on to tax reform. It’s going to be much harder than health care

“I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform,” president Donald Trump said after his party’s health-care bill collapsed on itself at the end of last week.<p>After all, if there is anything that Republicans agree upon, it’s the need for lower …

Health Care

Parents will happily break laws against skipping school to score a cheaper vacation

In 2013, the UK decided to crack down on one errant corner of British society: parents who took their kids out of school to go on vacation.<p>The government changed its regulations to authorize local councils to fine parents £60 ($76) per child per unauthorized absence, a figure that would double if …

Education

Google’s advertisers want discounts, not apologies, after their ads appeared alongside hate speech

Google’s hate-speech headaches won’t go away. The search giant has already apologized twice to advertisers for placing their ads on YouTube channels that promote terrorism and other hate speech, but big brands in the US are still pulling their campaigns from the platform, and media agencies are …

Advertising

We should design businesses like circles, not straight lines

Here’s what I love about being a designer: serving people’s needs and solving complex challenges. Here’s what I don’t like much: using precious resources to create stuff that people use for a limited time and then send to the dump. As a consumer, I’m no different from the next guy: I want the …

Circular Economy

The most useful language for English speakers to learn, according to an economist

<b>Dear Emily,</b><p><b>I’m gearing up for my freshman year of college, and I’m trying to decide which language to study. I’d like to pick the language that will be most useful and practical in the years ahead. If you had to pick just one, which would you recommend?</b><p><b>-Freshman</b><p>Dear Freshman,<p>As someone who took six …

Language

Being sleep deprived at work is as bad as being drunk

<i>This post originally appeared at</i> <i>LinkedIn</i><i>. Follow the author here</i><i>.</i><p>The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the …

Bedtime Stories

Users should be able to own the businesses they love instead of investors

Here’s a story you hear on repeat from apparently successful founders: Their start-up had a great idea, and users thought it was great too, so it became worth something. Investors offered fast money in exchange for chunks of ownership. The founders liked a lot of the investors and valued their …

Investing

Almost half of American women shoppers won’t even walk into a store unless there’s a sale

A growing pile of evidence supports a grim conclusion for clothing retailers: Customers are no longer willing to pay full price when they go shopping. A new piece of research shows that 45% percent of American women need to see a markdown of 41% or more to even enter a store, according to a First …

eCommerce

Supposedly sophisticated investors seem to be susceptible to flashy hedge fund names

Hedge fund investors are supposed to be the smart guys—too rich and sophisticated to need the protections that Wall Street’s regulators try to offer the average investor. But that worldliness doesn’t necessarily keep them from being suckers for a shiny name.<p>A new study by researchers from the …

Wall Street

One of China’s top bike-sharing startups is now paying users to ride its bikes

Over the past year in China, a sudden surge of “Uber for bike” startups made commuting easier than ever by scattering thousands of bikes across cities for people to find anywhere, ride anywhere, and park anywhere, all for a small fee of about 0.5 yuan ($0.14) for 30 minutes (conveniently paid for …

Uber

China’s central bank thinks digital currency can do one thing cash can’t

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has been working to develop its own digital currency. Having recently completed a trial run of its cryptocurrency based on blockchain technology, the PBoC is moving closer to becoming one of the first central banks to issue digital money.<p>The …

Central Banks

Ayn Rand’s “objectivist” philosophy is now required reading for British teens

US president Donald Trump loves Ayn Rand; her 1943 novel <i>The Fountainhead</i> is one of only three novels he’s ever mentioned liking. Rand is also credited for inspiring many other Republicans’ political careers, and the Russian-American novelist has long enjoyed steady worship—however misguided—from …

Education

China keeps finding millions of people who never officially existed

China, the country with the largest population in the world, has just found another 14 million people, equal to about one percent of its population of 1.37 billion.<p>The group was never officially registered on the country’s household registration record system, known as hukou, which is closely …

China

How Bollywood and its marketers lulled Indians into obsessing over talentless star-kids

Like a good section of Indians, I know all that is to be known about the Kapoor babies. Incessant media reports have, after all, kept us all abreast of the lives of several generations of Bollywood’s family no. 1.<p>As the lineage advanced from the grand patriarch Prithviraj Kapoor, we watched his …

Bollywood

Some of the world’s most unhappy countries are also the most optimistic

Africa, home to 16% of the world’s population, is the unhappiest continent. The continent featured at the bottom of the list of the World Happiness Report, a survey released this month that ranks global happiness in 155 countries. People in the 44 African countries surveyed faced ‘happiness …

Africa

African countries are wasting money on an outdated method of infrastructure investment

In a remarkable feat of engineering earlier this month, Glasgow Airport‘s runway was resurfaced with new high-tech material, all at night while Scotland slept. This was in sharp contrast with the decision by Nigeria to close down Abuja Airport for repairs to its runway. Passengers fly to the …

Innovation

Russian teens chanted “You can’t arrest us all” at police trying to break up an anti-corruption rally in Moscow

Thousands of people took to the streets on March 26 in anti-corruption protests in 100 cities across Russia. While largely peaceful, the demonstrations resulted in the arrest and detention of hundreds, including opposition figure and protest organizer Alexey Navalny. Police shoved Navalny into a …

Russia

In China, consumers have to be on guard not just against fake food, but also fake news about food

“How could people ever believe that seaweed could be made out of plastic?” long-time seaweed entrepreneur Zeng Huaqing asked himself on Feb. 17, after one of his clients sent him a 10-second long video on WeChat that appeared to show a home cook finding a piece of thin black plastic in a bag of …

China

A Canadian man’s personalized license plate was pulled from the road after his last name was deemed misogynistic

Lorne Grabher of Nova Scotia, Canada is proud of his personalized license plate. He registered it as a gift to his father in 1991. Since then, three generations of Grabhers have driven cars bearing plates emblazoned with their last name. It’s seven letters long. It fits perfectly on a license plate.<p>…

License Plates

More famous landmarks went dark during 2017’s Earth Hour than ever before to highlight the need for climate action

For the 10th year, cities around the world from Beijing to Paris turned off the lights on some of their most well-known and widely visited landmarks in honor of Earth Hour. The event—which took place March 25, from 8:30-9:30pm local time—was meant to bring attention to the need for global climate …

Travel

United Airlines refused to let a 10-year-old girl fly in leggings, then defended it with cold, robotic tweets

Today (March 26) a US woman named Shannon Watts tweeted that a United Airlines gate agent at Denver International Airport barred two girls from boarding a Minneapolis-bound flight for a perplexing reason: they were wearing leggings.<p>According to Watts, a gate agent told three girls—one of whom, …

Airlines

UK officials want to fight terrorism by forcing WhatsApp to release users’ messages

The UK home secretary on Sunday told the BBC it’s “completely unacceptable” that intelligence agencies can’t access WhatsApp messages.<p>After learning that Briton Khalid Masood used WhatsApp just minutes before killing four people in central London last week, home secretary Amber Rudd said she was …

Security

Uber has taken its self-driving cars off the road after one flipped over in Arizona

In the photos, Uber’s gray self-driving Volvo SUV is on its side, headlights still blasting. The car behind it is badly dented.<p>The pictures depict the aftermath of a three-vehicle collision that occurred Friday night (March 24) in Tempe, Arizona. Local police say there were no injuries and Uber’s …

Uber

US Navy SEALs develop mental toughness by reinforcing one behavior

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How can the average person learn the skill of mental toughness without joining the military?</i> <i>Answer by Ronald Fry, author of Hammerhead Six.</i><p>Mental toughness is a state of mind. Anyone can develop the mental toughness of a solider without being part of the …

Success

Here are 250 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the U.S. News and World Report 2017 national …

MOOCs

What happens to successful companies when their founders divorce

Sometimes even the most successful work partnerships can unravel. Smart founders plan for that contingency, though it can get complicated for couples or even just good friends who go into business together. In those cases, discussing buyout clauses can be as uncomfortable as negotiating a …

New York University

Facial-recognition technology will make life a perpetual police lineup for all

Police body cameras are widely seen as a way to improve law enforcement’s transparency with the public. But when mixed with police use of facial-recognition tools, the prospect of continual surveillance comes with big risks to privacy.<p>Facial-recognition technology combined with policy body cameras …

U.S. Department of Justice

That 12-year-old screaming at you while playing “Call of Duty” might actually be gaming for school

The mud-soaked and fog-blanketed World War I-inspired landscapes of <i>Battlefield 1</i> can be brutal environments. Hundreds of thousands of gamers log on daily to shred airborne opponents while piloting fighter planes like the Red Baron and gallop across the desert like Lawrence of Arabia. But the vast …

Game Development

We can now work next to our robot colleagues without getting mauled to death, thanks to an airbag

German researchers at the DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center are working to create a safer workplace for both man and robot. One solution they’ve come up with: airbags for robots.<p>An inflatable cushion surrounds a heavy or sharp tool (like a claw or a gripper) on a robotic arm; when there’s a …

Robotics