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Google. Google. In Pictures | Your perspective on the world. Here is our weekly selection of photographs sent in by readers. We begin with a picture of Vulcan XH558 at RAF Cottesmore by Will Wilkinson. Mahboobur Rahman: "Celebrating the Bengali New Year in a village beside the Jamuna river in Bangladesh. " Jackie Mossman: "No donkey rides on this beach. " M Waghorn: "Folkestone Harbour railway branch line saw its last train before closure and redevelopment of the site. " Amy Mahan: "A new world record for the largest barbeque was set in Montevideo, Uruguay. " Paul Wilde Land photographed this grey squirrel. Simone Kussatz: "I enjoyed watching people dancing in the morning at the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China, when everywhere else in the world, people would stress out going to work.

" In This Picturesque Village, the Rent Hasn't Been Raised Since 1520. AUGSBURG, Germany -- Every day, retired florist Rita Wunderle prays for the souls of bankers. Despite daily headlines about banker-fueled economic crisis and an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme, her 145 neighbors pray, too. Mrs. Wunderle lives in the Fuggerei, a Roman Catholic housing settlement for the poor that Jakob Fugger "The Rich" built in this southern German city nearly 500 years ago.

Praying for Mr. Fugger and his descendants to enter the Pearly Gates is a condition for living here, at an annual rent of 1 Rhein guilder, the same as in 1520. In today's money, that's 88 euro cents, or about $1.23. Jakob the Rich was Wall Street long before it existed. Much of the Fugger business empire crumbled over the next 150 years, battered by wars and soured credits. As in medieval times, the Fuggerei enclave is locked at night.

Three Prayers They promise to say three prayers -- the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary and the Apostles' Creed -- each day to boost the celestial ambitions of the Fuggers. Interview: Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV - Sling TV has no competitors – at least not yet, says Roger Lynch, the company’s CEO. In the Sling team’s view, Sling TV offers something that no other service yet does: a fully mobile OTT service that matches cable’s live TV offerings while shrinking the price tag and offering content à la carte. Of course, the unique model of Sling TV comes with its own unique hurdles. With on-demand content, services can use all of a customer’s bandwidth to pre-load the next few minutes of content, keeping streaming stable. Not so with live content, an issue that Lynch points to as a particular challenge for Sling.

We learned all this and more in a conversation with Mr. Lynch, who was kind enough to take the time to speak with us over the phone. Check out our full conversation below! Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch Could you describe a typical day as CEO of Sling TV? Who do you consider to be your main competitors – or do you consider yourselves to have any direct competitors? Interesting. Uk.businessinsider. Millennials came of age during a tough economic time: Student debt has reached an all-time high, and the job market is more competitive than ever.

As a result, young people today aren't earning as much money as their parents did when they were young. So how much are they making? Using data from the Minnesota Population Center's 2014 "American Community Survey" in the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we found the median annual total personal income for employed millennials. We used the Pew Research Center's definition of millennials: Americans born between 1981 and 1997. The medians ranged between a low of $18,000 per year in Montana and a high of $43,000 in the District of Columbia. Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Minnesota Population Center Note that the youngest millennials are college-aged and may only be working part-time, which may skew the median downwards. Read on to see how millennials compare to earners of all ages: Saudi Arabia is playing an increasingly destabilising role in the Middle East, German intelligence warns | Middle East | News.

German intelligence has warned that Saudi Arabia is playing an increasingly destabilising role in the Middle East. The country's foreign intelligence agency, known as the BND, released a memo to select journalists warning of the negative effects the game of thrones being played within Saudi Arabia's royal family could cause. "The cautious diplomatic stance of the older leading members of the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive policy of intervention," said the memo, seen by the New York TImes. The one and a half page memo focuses on the role of Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the 30-year-old son of King Salman who was recently appointed deputy crown prince and defence minister.

"That could overstrain the relations to friendly and above all to allied states in the region.” Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% UK: "Free Sheikh Nimr! " King Abdullah dead: Reaction from around the world. Uk.businessinsider. Sebastian ErrasThe floor of a shop in the San Marco neighborhood of Venice. Sebastian Erras has earned more than 35,000 followers on his Instagram account, Parisian Floors, where he posts beautiful photos of his feet in France's capital. When he was asked by Pixartprinting to continue his series in Venice, Italy, he jumped at the opportunity. Having never visited the city before, Erras was curious to see if stunning floors were as easy to find there as they were in Paris. Erras had no trouble finding a wide array of spectacularly intricate floors. He ventured into every cafe, shop, and museum during his hunt for beautiful floors.

"I am sure that by now I have seen nearly every street in Venice," Erras said to Business Insider. Scroll below to see some of the beautiful designs he found in the beloved Italian city. Finland plans to give every citizen 800 euros a month and scrap benefits | Europe | News. Finland's government is drawing up plans to give every one of its citizens a basic income of 800 euros (£576) a month and scrap benefits altogether. A poll commissioned by the agency planning the proposal, the Finnish Social Insurance Institute, showed 69% supported the basic income plan. Prime Minister Juha Sipila was quote by QZ as backing the idea. “For me, a basic income means simplifying the social security system,” he said. The proposal would entitle each Finn to 800 euros tax free each month, which according to Bloomberg, would cost the government 52.2 billion euros a year.

The happiest countries in the world The country's government will make a final decision on the plan in November 2016. The Netherlands has already been trialling a similar proposal, with Utrecht set to undergo a pilot project next year. You Can Actually Hear the Climate Changing. Krause in California’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Photo: Ian Allen Soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause has recorded jaguars in the Amazon, ice in Antarctica, insects in Zimbabwe, rainstorms in Borneo, and orcas in the Pacific. The 77-year-old began studying nature’s sounds at age 30, later earning a Ph.D. in creative arts. (This was after two successful decades as a musician and producer.)

He has since traveled to the world’s most remote areas to create an audio library that began as an inventory of the intricate symphonies unique to each ecosystem but has become a way to document biodiversity and, most recently, loss. Krause’s archive now consists of 5,000-plus hours of what he calls “whole habitat” field recordings. OUTSIDE: What is soundscape ecology? Which sounds are the first to go? For example, there are logging companies that believe selective logging projects will have almost no environmental impact; you’re just taking out a tree here and there.

Costa Rican Forest Fijian Reef. Quora. Uk.businessinsider. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannPeople dressed as Santa Claus pose on their stand-up paddles as they cross Lake Aegerisee near Oberaegeri, Switzerland December 5, 2015. On Friday, we got a good US jobs report, and that's great. US companies added 211,000 payrolls in November, which was better than the 200,000 expected by economists. Furthermore, October's number was revised up to 298,000 from 271,000.

At 5.0%, the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since April 2008. For most economists, this is enough to clear the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006. “The runway has been cleared for liftoff," Barclays' Michael Gapen said. During the darkest hours of the financial crisis, the Fed pulled their benchmark rate down to a range of 0.00% to 0.25% in December 2008 in an effort to stimulate the economy. While there are no other major economic events on the calendar between now and then, bad news has a habit of happening unscheduled. Top Stories. Quora. More trees than there were 100 years ago? It's true! The numbers are in. In the United States, which contains 8 percent of the world's forests, there are more trees than there were 100 years ago. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), "Forest growth nationally has exceeded harvest since the 1940s.

By 1997, forest growth exceeded harvest by 42 percent and the volume of forest growth was 380 percent greater than it had been in 1920. " The greatest gains have been seen on the East Coast (with average volumes of wood per acre almost doubling since the '50s) which was the area most heavily logged by European settlers beginning in the 1600s, soon after their arrival. This is great news for those who care about the environment because trees store CO2, produce oxygen — which is necessary for all life on Earth — remove toxins from the air, and create habitat for animals, insects and more basic forms of life. AMAZING PHOTOS: The world's 10 oldest living trees Quantity over quality?

Carbon dioxide, global warming and trees. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Messaging is just getting started — Inside Intercom. Messaging isn’t about text. It’s about conversations. Here’s why the simplest apps on your phone are quickly becoming the most powerful. There’s arguably more innovation happening in messaging today than any other mainstream category of software. Yes, typing on your phone is a lousy proposition: a tiny keyboard trapped behind a pane of glass and hidden underneath your thumbs. But we still do it. We message all day long, in bursts and binges. We message family, friends, colleagues. Despite its shortcomings as an input mechanism, typing on a touchscreen has succeeded for many of the same reasons that mobile itself has succeeded.

Both parties don’t need to be available at the same time, unlike with phone or video chat. Most messages can be quickly read from a lock screen notification (or from a watch!) There’s no need for boilerplate salutations, lengthy intros, or signatures. An emoji can actually say a lot. So if sending messages is already so great, why does it need to change? The end of hitting rock bottom. Shortly after 1 a.m. on March 27, Susan Knade awoke to the sound of her cellphone ringing. It was her 21-year-old daughter, Caroline, calling. She was crying. Please, Caroline said. Please, come pick me up. Advertisement Nine hours before, the woman running the halfway house had told Susan that Caroline could stay so long as she passed a drug test after the weekend.

But something had happened. Susan instinctively reached for her keys, then stopped herself. Susan fumbled through her dark driveway, got in her car, and drove 50 rainy miles to Annapolis. She booked a motel room for the two of them, and when they checked out the next day, Susan considered her options: In eight months, Caroline had checked into seven rehabs and three halfway houses. Knade had been reading a book called “Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change.”

The CRAFT approach, while still not widespread, has gained some influential adherents. “I was skeptical at first. There is still a long way to go. James Earl Jones on Whether He's Pretended to Be Darth Vader on the Phone. James Earl Jones, whose voice has lent authority to everything from The Lion King's Mufasa to CNN's tagline, has recently been the face (along with Malcolm McDowell) of a humorous Sprint TV campaign and will appear on the big screen in the drama Gimme Shelter.

But, naturally, interviews with Jones turn to his infamous role, Star Wars villain Darth Vader. Queried by The New York Times magazine about whether he had ever been "tempted to pick up the phone and pretend to be Darth Vader," the actor reveals that he has unleashed the inimitable voice -- on a CB radio. "I did that once when I was traveling cross-country. I used Darth as my handle on the CB radio. STORY: How the 'Star Wars' Marvel Move Could Affect Fans The mag also asked the actor when he realized his voice would become a "cash machine" His response?

Ironically, for his original Star Wars role Jones was only paid $7,000 for voiceover work. How being left-handed changes your perception of the world. The illustrations below are called Fribbles. They're generated by a computer, and psychologists can use them in Rorschach-like tests: How participants rate them says more about the participants than about the drawings. So: Which one do you like better? Which one is more intelligent? More attractive? In 2009, psychologist Daniel Casasanto published an experiment that asked those very same, very odd, questions.

Here's why: Forty of his 286 participants were left-handed. It's not just Fribbles. "Righties implicitly think right is good, lefties implicitly think left is good," Casasanto told me last year for a story in National Journal. Casasanto had recently published an experiment that found — amazingly — that fictional political candidates got a 15 percent bump among left-handers if they were listed on the left-hand side of a ballot.

But why would hand dominance change the way we feel about the world? Think about the direction you turn the doorknob of your front door. Casasanto, 2009. Earth - Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age. Black Culture Is Cool, So Why Aren’t Black People? — the #swag class. Being cool is not easy. Staying cool is even harder. A fashion trend can change in a week and a music taste can go out of style just as it began to get popular. The world of cool is a dynamic space where, especially today, it is a constant race to find the next fad, set trends, and stay fresh and relevant. Although the micro aspects of staying hip like the popularity of cool brands, artists, or attitudes are frequently shifting, there has been a macro-trend that predates any cool trend we see today in America.

Although it may seem like a sudden change, this trend has been around and active since our country’s inception and is the trend that instituted America’s understanding of cool. This trend is black culture or rather, being obsessed with it. In the past decade, it would be almost impossible to define what it means to be cool without mentioning the influence of the Black culture we see on TV, the movies, sports, clothes, language, gestures and music. Go. Theconversation. Matthew Cobb the History of Science | Five Books. French Lessons From Jean Tirole. The Most Popular Bar In Every State In 2015. "Found this piece of art down in Miami." by cheddarisbetter in pics. Top 10 Ways to Browse the Web Better on Your Phone. Finland plans to give every citizen a basic income of 800 euros a month.

The Richest Photographer in the World. Big Cable’s Sledgehammer Is Coming Down — Backchannel. Having a big bum, hips and thighs 'is healthy' Health | Hearing babies babble with hands. Why your new £600 smartphone is probably not as good as your phone from a decade ago. Uk.businessinsider. Far Cry Primal: Same old, same old. 5 criticisms of billionaire mega-philanthropy, debunked. How Blue Tarantulas Could Improve Screens for TVs, Phones, and Computers. These Are the 5 Facts You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Summit. If the FCC Loses in Court Today, It Could Be the End of Net Neutrality. Woman who has never felt pain experiences it for the first time. Manslaughter charges dropped for BP supervisors in oil spill - Houston Chronicle. Persistent Surveillance founder: “We have more fun than we should be allowed" Imgur. A chemis-tree! How Facebook’s AI Researchers Built a Game-Changing Go Engine.

Thought disorder. The 'homeless man' who flies the world first class. International. Quora. The DuPont invention that forever changed how things work in the corporate world. Isthmus: On the Panama Canal Expansion. Dollar slumps, oil rebound proves fleeting. Greenpeace exposes sceptics hired to cast doubt on climate science | Environment. Germany Wants to Become Encryption Site Number One. You may think you learn better in a certain way. You actually don’t.

The Best Books Atlantic Staffers Read in 2015. Call for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message. “The more bits you use, the more you pay”: Comcast CEO justifies data caps. ELI5: How can the "deep Web" allegedly be so much larger than the surface Web if only a minority of people use the deep Web or hidden Internet. : explainlikeimfive. Biggest 2016 risk may be the one just behind us: oil. Following Christian Leave: The Strange Life of a Teen Celebrity. Controversial Quantum Machine Tested by NASA and Google Shows Promise. Science/Nature | Arctic summers ice-free 'by 2013' History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Child marriages make up one third in Turkey - RIGHTS. Childhood's End: The Planetary Meaning Of Climate Change : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. Behind the Scenes: How Technology Turns Consumer Data into Actionable Insights. Quora. A teacher gave her 8-year-old students iPads and discovered one huge drawback.

ELI5: Is this as worrying as it sounds? "Resistance to last-resort antibiotic has now spread across globe" : explainlikeimfive. Software Reconstructs Famous Faces from Still Images, Captures Their Unique Mannerisms. Uk.businessinsider. Bloomberg View | Millennials. Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they're now worth $886k | Technology. Tensor Flow, Google’s AI Engine, Gains Traction Outside the Company. 'Eat Up': How Cultural Messages Can Lead To Eating Disorders. Bitcoin's Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Probably This Unknown Australian Genius. Quora. Slowdown in Chinese manufacturing deepens fears for economy. Animal Minds. Top 10 TED Talks That Could Change Your Life. // Roughly Drawn Things. The Empathy Gap, and Why Women are Treated Badly in Open Source Communities | Bruce Perens.

News from The Associated Press. The World According to Vladimir Putin. Uk.businessinsider. BitPay's Bitcoin Bowl in St. Petersburg is dead. Switzerland signs deal to end banking secrecy | International Banker. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. I am a long-term budget traveller who has stayed in approx 100 hostels in 4 different continents. AMA about hostels! : IAmA. Quora. What Happens To Everyday Objects Under 100,000 Pounds Of Pressure.

Want To Avoid A Hangover? Science Has Got You Covered. A free-standing, waste-trapping floating dam could revolutionize ocean clean-up. From 'Avatar' to 'Jurassic Park,' 'Beowulf' to 'Jaws,' All Stories Are the Same.