With Social Issues in the Spotlight, Are Lawyers the New Rock Stars?
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In the hours and days after the White House administration introduced its executive order to prevent travelers from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., airports erupted in protest. Families stood waiting for loved ones, dissenters waved signs. But off to the side, huddled over laptops in self-made encampments, the lawyers settled in. They had

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14 Things at SXSW that Blew My Mind
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Groundbreaking technology. Inspiring speakers. Heart-stopping music. Beautiful filmmaking. It’s hard not to get your mind blown at South by Southwest. It’s an overwhelming, overstimulating experience (in the best way possible) that you have to see to believe. For starters, it’s enormous: In 2016, more than 140,000 people attended the conference, which brought more than $325 million

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Would You Buy Sustainable Tires Made from Grass and Trees?
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If the answer wasn’t an instant “Yes, that’s so cool,” you might not be 100 percent sold on sustainable anything. Political agendas aside, “sustainable” is a much more practical concept than most people assume. In fact, you might use it to describe your car tires in a couple of years, thanks to new research from the

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Why Brexit Happened, According to Behavioral Psychology
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How did Brexit happen? For a lot of people, including people living in there, the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union was a shock. But based on the predictable ways humans respond to stimuli and situations, the 51.9 percent vote to leave the E.U. shouldn’t have come as such a surprise, said British public relations expert

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Soon Windows May Generate Solar Power Too
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When most people hear the word “solar power,” they typically picture clunky, awkward solar panels that are as much of an eyesore as they are energy efficient. Tesla has gone a long way to change that perception with its well-designed solar roof tiles, but there’s something even more innovative that’s being developed by scientists across

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How Wearable Computers Can Change the World for the Better
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When Google Glass was getting lots of buzz a few years ago, it was the first time many of us had ever thought about wearable computers. A computer that’s attached to your face and integrated with your vision? It seemed like the tipping point of technology, a harbinger of a new era when computing would be tied seamlessly into our words and

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3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Credit Rating
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(This article originally appeared on NextAvenue.org) You’ve heard this advice since you opened your first savings account: a high credit score is the key to financial bliss. As true as that is, there’s more: a high credit rating can also help provide financial stability throughout your life. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to protect your

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How Does the Facebook Algorithm Help Shape Our Opinions?
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How diverse are the viewpoints you see in your Facebook feed? When was the last time you read something there that seriously clashed with your worldview and made you feel uncomfortable, even upset? If it’s been a while, that’s by design. Facebook makes its billions of dollars by advertising to its nearly 2 billion users

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These Female Innovators are Changing the Game
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From science to sports, art to music, and even undertaking, women are on the front lines of our country’s industries and pushing the boundaries. We’ve talked with some of the most brilliant innovators out there. In honor of International Women’s Day, check out some of our favorite people who are making the world a better place.

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Your Smartphone is Almost Ready to Diagnose Skin Cancer
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Waiting for the results of a medical test is excruciating. But what if you could instantly diagnose something—like that weird-looking mole you’ve been giving the side-eye—using an app on your smartphone to scan yourself? That might be a reality in the very near future. With easy access to health care in mind, researchers at Stanford University

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