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    john f. kennedy first family caroline kennedy

    The first kids of US presidents are in the public eye almost as much as their parents. They dictate fashion trends, appear on their parents' behalf at embassies around the world, and sometimes host senior prom in the White House East Room.

    You know, normal kid stuff.

    But when the first family departs 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the spotlight typically turns away from them.

    To celebrate the Fourth of July — which also happens to be Malia Obama's birthday — we decided to find out what the first children are up to these days.

    Chelsea Clinton serves as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.

    Daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to Chelsea Clinton. As her mother focuses her attention on a presidential campaign, Clinton has zeroed in on the Clinton Foundation, championing the group's advocacy work in global health and childhood obesity. Previously, the Stanford grad worked as a special correspondent for NBC News.

    Clinton, 35, and husband Marc Mezvinsky welcomed a little girl named Charlotte into their family last summer.



    Steven Ford appeared on seven seasons of "The Young and the Restless."

    Son of Gerald and Betty Ford

    Wild-child Steven Ford, 59, joined the cast of television soap opera "The Young and The Restless" in 1981, playing P.I. Andy Richards. After six seasons and a role reprisal in 2002, he has since appeared in a number of films, including "Armageddon,""Black Hawk Down,""When Harry Met Sally," and "Transformers."

    Ford recently ended his tenure as chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation (though he remains on the board of trustees), but continues to honor the legacy of his father's administration, speaking at town-hall events and lectures around the country.



    Caroline Kennedy serves as the US ambassador to Japan.

    Daughter of John and Jackie Kennedy

    After a lifetime of training in diplomacy, Caroline Kennedy landed the perfect job for her — as the US ambassador to Japan. But she stirred a Twitter controversy when she publicly condemned the annual dolphin hunt, a Japanese tradition.

    The former attorney, 57, also serves as president of the JFK Presidential Library and has written nine best-selling books on constitutional law, American history, and poetry. Like her father, she's a strong advocate for free trade, and encourages Democrats to take the same approach for the good of US-Asia relations.



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    taylor swift

    When we think of a true American, a few qualities come to mind: strong, resilient, talented, innovative, and pioneering. 

    In honor of the Fourth of July, we've created a ranking of Americans who possess all these qualities. They've all helped to shape the social, economic, cultural, and political landscape of our country within last year (and many, much longer than that).

    From recording artists to politicians to athletes to activists, scroll through to find out who we think is truly patriotic this year.

    SEE ALSO: FIRST KIDS OF THE UNITED STATES: Where are they now?

    John Green is the voice of a generation: All three of his young adult novels — including heartbreaking teen love story "The Fault in Our Stars"— have been bestsellers and two of them have been made into feature films. He and his brother also host a huge video bloggers conference annually.



    Say what you will about Facebook, but Mark Zuckerberg popularized social media and has connected millions of people around the country — and now more than a billion around the world — through the social network.



    Elizabeth Holmes is a one-woman powerhouse. Her $9 billion biotech company Theranos is turning the medical industry upside down. She's the youngest female self-made billionaire and a stellar innovator — what's more American than that?



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    Jennifer Arcuri on Instagram

    The CEOs and founders of Europe's tech startups don't spend all their time in the office — they also get to travel to award conferences in exotic place and and attend fancy parties.

    Luckily for us, Europe's leading names in tech enjoy documenting and sharing their lives on Instagram, giving us a sneak peek into the startup world. 

    We ranked some of Europe's best tech Instagrammers according to how good their photos are, how regularly they post, and what they post snaps of.

    25. Tunepics CEO Justin Cooke. WHY? Cooke's app is actually an alternative to Instagram, but he still shares photos of his daily life around London.

    Crazy #sunsets in winter along the river with the skateboarders in the dark...

    A photo posted by Justin Cooke (@jc7777) on Jan 2, 2015 at 2:57pm PST



    24. Rentify CEO George Spencer. WHY? Spencer's Instagram shows daily life in the Rentify office, as well as interesting photos of properties in London.



    23. Prezi CEO Peter Arvai. WHY? Arvai loves to Instagram photos of tasty meals.

    My Chinese me is soo happy!

    A photo posted by Peter Arvai (@peterarvai) on



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    Business Insider is looking for an editor to manage our Lists team.

    This editor will direct the team's research and writing of big signature lists and features, like the Silicon Valley 100 and the 50 best companies to work for in America.

    We're looking for someone who is smart, organized, and creative. This person should be comfortable pitching big ideas, and working across sections on all subject matters.

    The ideal candidate will not only be meticulous with details and fact-checking, but will also be thoughtful regarding story framing. This includes structure, scope, and subjects to best tell each story. 

    For this editor position we are looking for someone with several years of experience in online journalism and research experience. Copy-editing skills, light HTML knowledge, and a familiarity with Photoshop are also assets. Enthusiasm for social media is a plus.

    If interested, APPLY HERE with your resume and cover letter.

    This job is full-time and based in our New York City headquarters. Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits.

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    Greece has rich ancient history and Mediterranean beauty, but lately it's been in the news because because of its economic upheaval

    While more than 60% of Greek voters rejected a proposed bailout deal during Sunday's referendum, the country was long divided between those who were hoping for a "yes" vote and those who were hoping for a "no."

    Still, there's a lot the majority of Greeks have in common, from their patriotism to their willingness to spend $5 on a cup of coffee. Here are 12 things you may not have known about the majority of Greeks.

    SEE ALSO: Why Greece's economy can’t just grow its way out of this mess

    Voting is compulsory in Greece for everyone 18 and older, but in the most recent elections for which data are available, the turnout was just 64% of registered voters.

    Source: PBS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)



    Greeks have an intense love for their country, with 71% having a favorable view of their own country; only Germans and the British were more patriotic. Sixty percent of Greeks also think they're the most hardworking people in Europe.

    Source: Pew Research Center



    Life expectancy for the average Greek is 81 years, compared to about 79 years in the US.

    Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)



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    Jennifer Arcuri on Instagram

    The CEOs and founders of Europe's tech startups don't spend all their time in the office — they also get to travel to award conferences in exotic place and and atten fancy parties.

    Luckily for us, Europe's leading names in tech enjoy documenting and sharing their lives on Instagram, giving us a sneak peek into the startup world. 

    We ranked some of Europe's best tech Instagrammers according to how good their photos are, how regularly they post, and what they post snaps of.

    25. Tunepics CEO Justin Cooke. WHY? Cooke's app is actually an alternative to Instagram, but he still shares photos of his daily life around London.

    Crazy #sunsets in winter along the river with the skateboarders in the dark...

    A photo posted by Justin Cooke (@jc7777) on Jan 2, 2015 at 2:57pm PST



    24. Rentify CEO George Spencer. WHY? Spencer's Instagram shows daily life in the Rentify office, as well as interesting photos of properties in London.



    23. Prezi CEO Peter Arvai. WHY? Arvai loves to Instagram photos of tasty meals.

    My Chinese me is soo happy!

    A photo posted by Peter Arvai (@peterarvai) on



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    bertolt meyer bionic manScientists who ask the right questions at the right time can make history and change the world.

    We compiled a list of 50 scientists from across the globe who are doing just that — changing the world for the better.

    These scientists' revolutionary research in human happiness, evolutionary biology, neutrino physics, biotechnology, archeology, and other fields is helping to advance our lives in more ways than we could ever imagine.

    For the list, we selected scientists noted in the media for their recent achievements as well as scientists highlighted in the 2014 lists of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30," Popular Science's The Brilliant Ten, and MIT's "35 Innovators Under 30."

    SEE ALSO: This woman's revolutionary idea made her a billionaire — and could change medicine

    DON'T MISS: Russia's secret space shuttles have been sitting in plain sight for 22 years

    Abe Davis is finding new ways to use video by using the vibrations in it to reconstruct audio.

    No sound? No problem. Abe Davis and a team of researchers from MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe developed an algorithm that can extract audio from silent videos by analyzing the tiny vibrations of the objects as captured by a camera.

    In one experiment, the team filmed earbuds playing a song with no discernible sound. The vibrations of the earbuds in the video was enough to recreate a song identifiable by the app Shazam. When the team tried the experiment using an everyday point-and-shoot camera, as opposed to an expensive high-speed version, the vibrations were still able to reconstruct the sound. Davis presented these findings in a paper for Siggraph, a computer-graphics conference, and gave a TED talk where he demoed the visual microphone. And there’s more to come: The latest research from Davis and fellow graduate student Katie Bouman will be out this summer.

    Davis is a doctoral student at MIT.



    Alan Stern is spearheading the most important space mission of 2015.

    On July 14, 2015, the NASA spacecraft New Horizons flew by Pluto — closer than any other human-made instrument has ever been. Alan Stern is spearheading the mission, leading the team of scientists that made sure the spacecraft survived its nine-year journey through space

    Until New Horizons reached its closest approach to Pluto, little was known about this dwarf planet and its system of five moons. Now the NASA spacecraft has collected data that Stern and his team will be analyzing over the coming months to understand the geology, composition, and atmospheric content of Pluto in significant detail, something that would never have happened without the New Horizons spacecraft.

    Stern is the principal investigator for NASA's New Horizons mission.



    Andrea Accomazzo was the first person to land a probe on a comet.

    In August 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft began orbiting the comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko and transmitting images to Earth of the dusty space snowball that were more detailed than anything we'd ever seen.

    Ultimately, Rosetta will give scientists a better idea of what comets are made of and how they work, as well as provide insights into the chemical makeup of the solar system. As the Rosetta flight director, Andrea Accomazzo helped design the mission and led the team that guided it toward 67P. Now he's working with the European Space Agency on their interplanetary missions to Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter.

    Accomazzo is an ESA spacecraft-operations manager at Venus Express and the flight director of the Rosetta mission.



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    Square Reader

    Our 2015 Silicon Valley 100 list highlights the coolest people and companies in Silicon Valley right now. While only seven companies on our list are in the consumer financial technology (FinTech) industry, they're a wildly successful bunch.

    According to recent numbers, the US is the leading country in investments in FinTech in the last year (up 200% from the previous year).

    Payments and lending startups are both receiving huge sums of money — even big investment banks are interested in emerging players so they don't get left behind in the rapidly changing industry. 

    Let's meet the hottest FinTech companies in Silicon Valley right now.

    SEE ALSO: THE SILICON VALLEY 100: The most amazing and inspiring people in tech right now

    AND: THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The trends creating new winners and losers in the card-processing ecosystem

    Square is one of the easiest mobile payment systems for businesses to use.

    Square is a software platform that enables retail stores and restaurants to accept mobile payments via iPads, iPhones, or Android devices. 

    Jack Dorsey, the company's founder and CEO, is also currently serving as Twitter's interim CEO; just after news broke that Dorsey would step in at Twitter, reports surfaced that Square was planning to go public. Sources say the company may have already filed a confidential registration document with the SEC, which is permitted for companies with less than $1 billion in revenue.

    Square's most recent round came in late last year, when it raised $150 million at a reported $6 billion valuation.



    Lending Club allows peer-to-peer financing.

    Lending Club is one of the world's biggest online lending marketplaces. Last year, Lending Club's IPO was the largest among all US tech companies. Renaud Laplanche, the company's CEO, founded Lending Club to let people provide low-cost financing to their peers. Now, it lets institutional investors do the same.

    The online credit marketplace raised $870 million in its IPO last December. It's valued at more than $7 billion.



    Stripe helps developers and website owners accept any type of payment method.

    In September, Apple announced partnerships with a number of retailers and payments companies for its Apple Pay service. Among them was Stripe, a five-year-old mobile-payments startup. According to its website, Stripe currently powers businesses out of nine global offices in 20 countries. The company focuses on beautiful code and design to create user- and developer-friendly experiences.

    Recently, Stripe has been in talks to raise a funding round that could see the payments company, which has previously raised $190 million in funding, reach a valuation of $5 billion.



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    mark zuckerberg priscilla chanTwo are certainly better than one when it comes to wealth and power.

    Our friends at Wealth-X, a firm that does research and valuations on ultra-high net worth individuals, provided us with a list of the 10 wealthiest couples in the world, both self-made billionaires and those who gained their wealth through inheritance.

    These men and women are innovators, developers, fashion moguls, CEOs, and philanthropists. 

    From the US to France to Spain to China, scroll through to meet the world's wealthiest couples.

    SEE ALSO: The 25 richest self-made billionaires

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    10. James and Lynne Walton

    Combined net worth: $36.2 billion

    James "Jim" Carr Walton, the youngest son of Wal-Mart founder Samuel Walton, joined the company's board when his brother John died in 2005. He now serves as director of Walton Enterprises, the holding company of the Walton family assets; founder of Community Publishers; and chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank. The Walton Family Foundation, for which Jim Walton serves as secretary and treasurer, donated more than $300 million to charity in 2013.

    Wal-Mart stores operate in 14 countries and employ a staggering 2.2 million people. Still, the Waltons and their four grown children grant very few press interviews. They reside in Bentonville, Arkansas, where Lynne ran a bookstore in the town square until 2003The couple has also donated more than $60,000 to the Republican National Senatorial and Congressional Committees. 

    Source:Wealth-X



    9. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

    Combined net worth: $38.5 billion

    The founder and CEO of the world's largest social network was just a sophomore at Harvard a mere 10 years ago. A chance meeting at a frat party sparked Zuckerberg's relationship with fellow Harvard classmate Priscilla Chan, and nine years later they tied the knot. 

    Chan, a pediatrician and trilingual former teacher, and Zuckerberg recently made a $75 million donation to help complete construction at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. The Facebook magnate, for his part, has been earning a $1 salary at the company since April 2013. 

    Source: Wealth-X



    8. Bernard Arnault and Helene Mercier-Arnault

    Combined net worth: $38.7 billion

    Arnault is the CEO of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), a fashion and luxury products group. His success was founded upon an inheritance from his father's civil engineering company, Ferinel. He eventually became chairman of Ferinel and acquired a handful of companies including Christian Dior and Le Bon Marché. When Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy merged, Arnault became the CEO, and LVMH now markets luxury products across 60 brands including Dom Perignon, Givenchy, and Marc Jacobs.

    Arnault and his wife — a French-Canadian concert pianist — are passionate art collectors and have situated LVMH as a major patron of art in France. LVMH reportedly also owns a stake in famous Bordeaux wine estate Chateau Cheval Blanc, and owns another vineyard in Burgundy, France.

    Source: Wealth-X



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    MIT Engineers

    The best computer-science and engineering schools in the US are hotspots for elite companies like Google, Apple, Raytheon, Facebook, and Lockheed Martin to recruit new talent.

    We surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers to find out which engineering schools have the most valuable undergraduate programs.

    Survey participants rated the schools on a scale from 1 (not valuable) to 5 (extremely valuable).

    To rank the schools, we took the percentage of people who assessed each school at a 4 or 5 and averaged that with the average SAT scores (from college admissions website CollegeBoard) for the students at each school.

    Once again, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in first as the best school for engineering and computer-science undergrads. Read on to see which schools made the list.

    Andy Kiersz contributed to this article.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best colleges in America

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    50. DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Redmond, Washington

    With degree programs ranging from game design to digital art and animation, DigiPen turns students into experts on all things computers and programming. DigiPen's Washington location also puts the school close to several top gaming and technology companies, including Nintendo Software Technology, Microsoft, Valve, and Boeing.



    49. Colorado State University

    Fort Collins, Colorado

    Colorado State is a leader in the computer- and electrical-engineering spaces, and, by graduation, 75% of the classes between 2007 and 2012 were either employed full-time, attending graduate school, or going into the military or another public service. Top employers of CSU school of engineering grads include Schlumberger, Lockheed Martin, and Wolf Robotics.



    48. Brigham Young University

    Provo, Utah

    Twice a year, Brigham Young hosts one of the largest technical career fairs in the Intermountain West. The career-services department works with more than 1,000 top companies to recruit BYU engineering students for jobs and internships around the world, and offers many other resources and connections specifically for female engineers.



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    Engineers have a world of creation at their fingertips: If they can dream it, they can build it (science permitting).

    We recently published a list of 50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world, and several of the scientists who made that list specialize in tech and engineering. 

    ​Whether they're creating smart prosthetic limbs or innovative new medical devices, these 8 engineers are changing the landscape of the science industry.​

    SEE ALSO: 50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world

    AND: The 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America

    Abe Davis is finding new ways to use video by using the vibrations in it to reconstruct audio.

    No sound? No problem. Abe Davis and a team of researchers from MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe developed an algorithm that can extract audio from silent videos by analyzing the tiny vibrations of the objects as captured by a camera.

    In one experiment, the team filmed earbuds playing a song with no discernible sound. The vibrations of the earbuds in the video was enough to recreate a song identifiable by the app Shazam. When the team tried the experiment using an everyday point-and-shoot camera, as opposed to an expensive high-speed version, the vibrations were still able to reconstruct the sound. Davis presented these findings in a paper for Siggraph, a computer-graphics conference, and gave a TED talk where he demoed the visual microphone. And there’s more to come: The latest research from Davis and fellow graduate student Katie Bouman will be out this summer.

    Davis is a doctoral student at MIT.



    Bertolt Meyer dispels stereotypes and stigmas surrounding physical disabilities.

    Bertolt Meyer is best known for hosting "The Incredible Bionic Man," a documentary about the state of modern bionics, a field in which engineers apply the designs seen in biology to create more responsive prosthetics, artificial organs, and more. A social psychologist, he uses his own condition to relate to others and hopes advances in bionics will help dispel stereotypes and stigmas around physical disabilities.

    Meyer wears a bionic hand called an i-limb ultra revolution on his left arm. Though he used a series of different prosthetics growing up (he was born without the lower part of his left arm), he transitioned to the i-limb in 2009 because it was far easier to use, move, and interact with the environment around him.

    Meyer is a professor at the University of Leipz



    Hugh Herr develops smart limbs for amputees, including himself.

    Hugh Herr develops bionic limbs for amputees, and with two bionic legs himself, it's an industry he's personally invested in. At MIT’s Media Lab, he creates new and better legs for amputees. The lab's biohybrid smart prostheses and exoskeletons integrate microcomputers that monitor things like joint pressure and gait, allowing the limbs to respond to the body the same way biological legs would. The prosthetics are available through BiOM Inc., which Herr founded.

    Herr is an associate professor and leads the biometrics research group at MIT’s Media Lab.



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    FacebookHQ

    For some, working at Facebook is a career peak. For others, it's just the beginning.

    These 25 Facebook alumni (a number of whom were integral members of the site's original team) have gone on to invest in and found some of the biggest companies and buzziest startups to date. 

    Check out what they've been up to since leaving their positions at the world's largest social network.

    Adam D'Angelo started the wildly successful Q&A site Quora.

    Position at Facebook: June 2004 - December 2005; CTO, November 2006 - June 2008 

    D'Angelo was Zuckerberg's high school friend who, according to D'Angelo's LinkedIn page, was in charge of "random stuff" during his first year and a half at Facebook. He became CTO in late 2006, leading new product development and managing the site's rapidly growing engineering team.

    In 2009, D'Angelo founded the Q&A site Quora. D'Angelo's idea of success for Quora? "...If we could double the amount of knowledge available to people on the internet, that would be a really good outcome to me."



    Aditya Agarwal cofounded Cove, which was acquired by Dropbox.

    Position at Facebook: Engineer, director of product engineering, September 2005 - December 2010

    After leaving Facebook, Agarwal and fellow Facebook alum and wife Ruchi Sanghvi cofounded Cove, which was acquired by Dropbox in early 2012. Agarwal is now VP of engineering at Dropbox where he oversees the company's engineering groups including new product development, infrastructure, platform, and operations. He is also a board member of the Indian e-commerce site, Flipkart.



    Andrew McCollum runs next-generation TV streaming platform Philo.

    Position at Facebook: Cofounder and engineer, February 2004 - September 2006

    The guy who designed Facebook's first logo was also the site's cofounder and engineer. McCollum has admitted to intentionally flying under the radar as one of Facebook's founders.

    McCollum is an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Enterprise Associates and Flybridge Capital Partners. In the fall of 2014 he was named CEO of next-generation IPTV platform Philo. McCollum was one of the startup's first investors and mentors.



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    Ian Joughlin

    Climate and environmental scientists are vital to the future of our civilization. After all, they dedicate themselves to studying the planet we call home to solve climate problems despite the criticism they face.

    We pulled five of the most impressive environmental scientists from our recent list of groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world

    From a glaciologist who studies the melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet to an activist who battles politicians' "quick fixes" to climate change, here are five environmental scientists who are working to help remedy the worst problems our planet faces.

    SEE ALSO: 50 groundbreaking scientist who are changing the way we see the world

    SEE ALSO: The 15 most amazing women in science today

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    Eric Rignot is drawing public attention to the irreversible impacts of climate change.

    Glaciologist Eric Rignot used satellite-radar observations to conclude that the West Antarctic glacier is quickly melting, and that there's no way to reverse it. For his remarkable 2014 study, Rignot and a team of researchers looked at the five Amundsen Sea glaciers in West Antarctica, mapping the bedrock under the ice. Because there's no ridge holding the ice in place, nothing exists to help slow the ice sheet's inevitable collapse. "Ice is going to retreat from this sector for decades and centuries to come, and we can't stop it,"Rignot told Nature.

    Rignot recently coauthored an alarming study, led by NASA's former lead climate scientist James Hansen, that concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in a sea-level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. 

    Rignot is a professor at the University of California at Irvine.



    Gavin A. Schmidt is pinpointing the roots of climate change.

    Climate is affected by tons of different variables, including tiny, uncontrollable shifts in our oceans to the massive amounts of greenhouse gases humans are adding to the atmosphere. As the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Gavin A. Schmidt develops detailed climate models that illustrate the effects of each of these factors. In 2009, he and photographer Joshua Wolfe coauthored "Climate Change: Picturing the Science" to show how climate change is changing the face of the planet.

    Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and principal investigator for the GISS ModelE Earth System Model.



    Ian Joughin made a stunning discovery about the future of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

    The Thwaites Glacier will inevitably collapse in less than a few hundred years, raising sea levels by about 2 feet total all on its ownThe Thwaites holds the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet together, and its loss means the inevitable loss of the entire sheet, the researchers said.

    That will cause sea levels to rise up to 13 feet when it melts completely. Glaciologist Ian Joughin and his team were able to model the glacier’s deterioration over the last 18 years, and used that data to predict how the melting will look in coming decades.

    Joughin is an affiliate professor of Earth and space sciences at the University of Washington.



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    Best comp sci and engineering schools 2015

    A degree from a top computer science or engineering school can land graduates jobs at elite companies like Google, Apple, Raytheon, Facebook, and Lockheed Martin.

    To determine which schools offer the best undergraduate programs, we surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers about which degrees they deem most valuable.

    Survey participants rated the schools on a scale from 1 (not valuable) to 5 (extremely valuable). We then took the percentage of people who assessed each school at a 4 or 5 and averaged that with the average SAT scores (from college admissions website CollegeBoard) to rank each school.

    You can see our full write-up of schools here or check out the graphic below.

    BI_Graphics_Best Engineering and Science schools 2015 

    SEE THE FULL LIST: The 50 best computer science and engineering schools in America

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    Michael Bloomberg

    If you want to be an executive, billionaire, or US president, it's a good idea to go to Harvard Business School.

    Harvard offered the world's first master's in business administration program, and the Harvard MBA has since been a hallmark of the elite, with George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Michael Bloomberg all earning the degree.

    We sifted through HBS's sterling history to find the most powerful, prominent, and financially successful grads who came out of Cambridge.

    An earlier version of this article was written by Richard Feloni and Drake Baer.

    NOW READ: The 25 most successful Stanford Business School graduates

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    Sheryl Sandberg is largely credited with making Facebook profitable. The 1995 HBS alum initiated a global conversation about women and work with her bestselling book "Lean In."

    Source: Forbes



    Stephen R. Covey, class of 1957, became tremendously influential after publishing his bestselling book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."

    Source:Amazon



    After earning his MBA in 1942, Philip Caldwell took over as the first non-Ford to run Ford Motor Company, where he led one of the biggest turnarounds in American business history.

    Source: Bloomberg



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    Most Powerful People 2015

    True power is ageless.

    From the toddling Prince George, third in line to the British throne, to 100-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk, we found the most powerful person at every age from 1 to 100.

    To create this list, we took four criteria into consideration: command, or the degree to which a person formally controls a group of people; past influence, or how much a person has changed the world; future influence, or how much a person is likely to change the world going forward; and net worth.

    Spanning industries and time zones, these are the most powerful people, from 1 to 100.

    AGE 1: Prince George of Cambridge

    Heir to the British throne

    What makes him powerful: After his grandfather and father, little George is next in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. As an eight-month-old he took his first royal tour — a 19-day visit to New Zealand and Australia. He's also a tiny fashion icon, and he recently became a big brother to new princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.



    AGE 2: Macallister Bogue

    Son of Marissa Mayer and Zach Bogue

    What makes him powerful: While he's only a couple of years old, Bogue, son of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, still influences his mom's outlook at work. Though Mayer herself only took a few weeks off after giving birth, she doubled the amount of paid maternity leave Yahoo offers new mothers from eight to 16 weeks and offered new dads eight weeks as well.



    AGE 3: Blue Ivy Carter

    Daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z

    What makes her powerful: Nothing is too good for this power couple's little girl. Blue Ivy's second birthday was celebrated at the exotic Jungle Island in Miami; for her third, Blue got an ice sculpture with her name carved into it. Gwyneth Paltrow, who is good friends with the Knowles-Carter clan, said of Blue Ivy: "She is a powerhouse. I love her so much."



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    Michelle Obama

    Princeton University is one of the smartest and most historic colleges in the country. 

    Princeton has produced numerous politicians — many of whom graduated from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The school has also produced its fair share of highly successful entrepreneurs, journalists, actors, and CEOs. 

    From First Lady Michelle Obama to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, here are the most successful Princeton alumni of all time.

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    Michelle Obama, First Lady of the US, was the first in her family to attend college. She struggled to adjust to college life as a freshman, but quickly caught on and graduated in 1985 after writing her senior thesis on "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."

    Source: NJ.com



    Malcolm Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes magazine, inherited control of the publication in 1957 after his father, its founder, passed away. While at Princeton, Forbes, class of 1941, majored in political science and was awarded the Class of 1901 Medal "as the member of the class who contributed the most to Princeton as an undergraduate."

    Sources: The New York Times, Motorcycle Museum



    Author F. Scott Fitzgerald has sent many protagonists to Princeton, which he called the "pleasantest country club in America." Fitzgerald himself dropped out of Princeton in 1917 to join the Army, but while in school he dedicated himself to various creative writing and journalistic pursuits rather than his coursework.

    Sources: Slate, Biography.com



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    RTX1BJR5This year, Stanford University topped our lists as the the best and most selective college in the US. As such, it attracts an extremely talented and intelligent study body.

    The northern California university has educated household names including Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, golf legend Tiger Woods, and US President Herbert Hoover. 

    Surprisingly, many of Stanford's most successful students never actually finished their degrees: 11 of the 30 people to make our list never crossed the podium to receive their diploma, but instead left the university to pursue already promising careers.

    Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat, runs his multi-billion dollar company with a former fraternity brother, Bobby Murphy. Spiegel dropped out of school in 2012, just before receiving his degree, in order to dedicate himself fully to Snapchat. He has turned down multiple buy-out offers for the company.

    Source: Forbes, Business Insider



    Reese Witherspoon began acting at the age of 12 and attended Stanford University for only one year in 1994 before dropping out to pursue her career, which had her flying to Hollywood every weekend while in school.

    Source: Huffington Post



    Tiger Woods' golf career was already off to an impressive start while he was a student at Stanford University, where he won numerous awards. Woods studied economics for two years, and left the university in 1995 to play golf professionally.

    Source: Stanford Men's Golf, Time



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    facebook lite android emerging marketsFor better or for worse, social media is changing everything about the way we interact with one another and even how we spend our time alone. For that reason, it's smart to keep up with the goings-on of the social media world. 

    We recently came out with the Silicon Valley 100 — our annual list of the coolest people, products, and companies in Silicon Valley.

    We pulled out the hottest social media companies that made the list. Here are 12 social media companies to watch.

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    AddLive

    Founder: Kavan Seggie

    Last May, Snapchat made its first acquisition in AddLive, a real-time communications startup that allows the picture-messaging app to power its video-calling feature. The deal cost Snapchat $30 million.

    AddLive's technology offers several useful tools to Snapchat, including screen-sharing, multiparty conferencing, and support for browser-based video chat via WebRTC.



    Facebook

    Cofounder and CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook has been quietly busy this year with new features. For example, it acquired a video startup called QuickFire, which could help streamline the increased video consumption on Facebook.

    At Facebook’s annual F8 developers' conference, David Marcus, head of messaging products, made a big announcement regarding Facebook Messenger: expansion into e-commerce and mobile payments inside the app. Marcus has helped the company roll out several other features as well, including a Skype-like video-calling service and the ability to send locations to friends.



    The League

    Founder and CEO:Amanda Bradford

    The League is like a curated Tinder for elites, and it raised $2.1 million in seed funding earlier this year to play matchmaker to the most successful and ambitious singles. The League launched in San Francisco at the beginning of 2015 and just opened up to the New York market as well, where a targeted group of 2,500 users were allowed to sign up.

    The goal, founder Bradford says, is to make more power couples and help people date "intelligently." The app now has its sights set on London.



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    In honor of International Beer Day, August 7, the beer-rating and -review site RateBeer.com has curated a list of the top beers in the world.

    The 20 beers were selected for their world-class recognition — some are accessible, some are obscure — and their elegant variety of styles.

    From brews with robust cherry aromas to a dessert porter with strong but sweet maple-syrup flavors, keep scrolling to find out which beers made the cut.

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    20. Aphrodisiaque (Dieu du Ciel)

    This stout out of Montreal, Canada, has aromas and flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malt. Dieu du Ciel brewers consider this black ale a very smooth, mildly hopped dessert beer with a strength of 6.5% alcohol by volume (ABV).



    19. Saison Bernice (Sante Aidairius)

    A farmhouse ale from the brewers at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, California, this beer is dry and refreshing and made with the best local ingredients. Saison Bernice saw multiple yeast additions, including Brettanomyces, to enable further bottle aging and impart a slight sour flavor. Bernice clocks in at 6.5% ABV. 



    18. Grassroots Brother Soigné (Hill Farmstead)

    With a mix of lime, hibiscus, and blood orange, this saison is tart, refreshing, and expertly fermented by Hill Farmstead Brewing Company in Greensboro, Vermont. At 5% ABV, this brew is well carbonated with a medium body.



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