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Here's which generation you're part of based on your birth year — and why those distinctions exist

The only generation officially designated by the US Census Bureau is the baby-boomer generation.<p>Yet that hasn't stopped demographers from classifying other cohorts into ranges of birth years. Often this is done to better understand how formative experiences such as world events or technological …

Demographics

Venezuela Erupts In 'Mother Of All Protests' As Anti-Maduro Sentiment Seethes

Racked by food shortages and political unrest, Venezuela swelled with what organizers are calling the "mother of all protests" on Wednesday. Demonstrators have taken to the streets in the capital, Caracas, and other major cities across the country to rally against the government of President …

Venezuela

For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

When the test scores came out, Lucas Siqueira, 27, was really excited. His high mark on the Foreign Service exam earned him a coveted position at Brazil's highly competitive Ministry of Foreign Affairs.<p>"They hire 30 diplomats a year and thousands of people sign up," he says in fluent English from …

Brazil

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago.<p>Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by …

Anthropology

Study Up on 20 Iconic Architectural Styles With This Infographic

Love admiring beautiful houses but don’t know how to tell a Tudor from a Colonial, or a Craftsman-style bungalow from a traditional ranch house? …

Arts and Crafts movement

Venezuela's inflation rates are now highest in the world, sending food prices through the roof

This is the unfortunate reality for many of Venezuela's 30 million residents, Vox recently reported.<p>The country is currently in the midst of a massive political and economic collapse that has left the population hungry and in dire need of food.<p>Venezuela's inflation rates are currently the highest …

Who is doing what in the coalition battle against ISIS?

In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone."<p>Allies and partners of the United States, Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy the militant group that has slaughtered …

The most important divide in America today is growing

Conservatives have been banging on about family breakdown for decades. Now one of the nation's most prominent liberal scholars has joined the chorus.<p>Robert Putnam is a former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the author of "Bowling Alone" (2000), an influential work that lamented …

My Father Transitioned When I Was a Kid and It Was Nothing Like Transparent

Suddenly, my childhood is trendy. My childhood won a Golden Globe Award. ABC Family is making a reality show about it. But I really knew that my time …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

See How the Wealth Gap Between Whites and Non-Whites Is Getting Wider

The average white family accumulated $677,656 in total assets in 2013, more than six times that of Latino families and seven times that of …

The Ridiculous Reason Why You're Not Getting Any Dates

Fix this fatal flaw in your dating profile to boost your romantic success<p>SexyGuy25? TallRunner12? Both handles feature a flaw that could hurt their users’ chances of scoring a date as much as a crappy profile photo, finds a new review study from British and American researchers.<p>But it's not the …

These Are the States Where the Middle Class Is Disappearing

<i>This post is in partnership with 24/7 Wall Street. The article below was originally published on 247WallSt.com.</i><p>The American economy is by many …

The Richest 1 Percent Hold Nearly Half of All Global Wealth

A study released by Oxfam shows the rich are indeed getting richer as nearly half of all global wealth is concentrated in wealthy elites.<p>Sign up to …

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

Relationships

Do You Harp A Slib Of The Ling? One Small Town's Opaque Language

Tiny Boonville, in Northern California, is known for a few things: its wineries, its tight-knit community — and its very own language, Boontling.<p>Bahl means good. Nonch means bad. And horn of zeese? That's Boontling for a cup of coffee.<p>The language was created long ago as a way to gossip covertly in …

Language

10 Rules to Make Your Relationship Last

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, what is it that makes a marriage last (and last)? To answer this age-old question, family sociologist …

The Shortcut to Bonding With a Romantic Partner on a Deeper Level

From Sam Gosling’s book, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You:<p>Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is …

Hanging With The Girl-Kings Of One Of The World's Only Matriarchies

Mawlynnong isn't like the rest of India, or the rest of the world for that matter. Tucked into the jungle of the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, on the border of Bangladesh, the village is home to the indigenous Khasi people. Theirs is a matrilineal society, where women inherit land, children …

Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed

<b>(CNN) —</b> French officials are still trying to determine what caused gunmen to attack a satirical magazine in Paris, killing 12 people. But, according to French media, the gunmen yelled, "We have avenged the Prophet!" as they stormed the office.<p>Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine attacked on …

Islam

Suburbs and the New American Poverty

More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor.<p>NORCROSS, Ga.—Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend …

Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: 1000 Words/Shutterstock<p>There’s a whole category of social-science fallacy that revolves around extrapolating from one …

TV shows

A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Little-Known Prefabs

From early modular construction to a portfolio of homes based in the Midwest, we take a look at the prefab residences designed by America's most famous architect.<p>If you were plotting a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of American architecture, the 2700 block of West Burnham Street in Milwaukee might not …

Frank Lloyd Wright

These are the top 10 geopolitical risks of 2015

<i>This post is in partnership with Time. The article below was originally published at Time.com.</i><p>By Ian Bremmer, TIME<p>International stories rise and fall …

Colorado Man Gets 5 Years In Jail For Raising His Sons In Squalor

A Colorado man who kept his four sons in an apartment filled with dead flies and cat feces was sentenced to five years in prison for child abuse on …

6 Things I Wish I’d Known About Marriage When I Was 26

1. <b>There’s no such thing as unconditional love for your spouse.</b><p>I just blew your mind, didn’t I? Here’s the thing: Your spouse isn’t your child. Your …