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Apple is covering its $5 billion 'spaceship' campus with solar panels — here's your latest look (AAPL)


Apple CampusNew videos by drone pilot Matthew Roberts and journalist Duncan Sinfield shows Apple's $5 billion campus project in Cupertino, California, starting to really take shape.

The clip shows that much of the exterior glass has been attached to the building, and that the company has installed a huge number of solar panels on its roof. Apple is expecting to generate about 75% of the power needed for the facility through its solar panels and biogas fuel cells.

Apple Campus 2, which will very likely have an "Apple Parkway" address, is expected to be finished by early 2017, when 13,000 employees move in from assorted smaller Apple offices in the area, as well a contingent that will move over from Apple's old campus at 1 Infinite Loop.

But before that happens, Apple needs to start landscaping the campus.

Here's where the project stands:

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A large percentage of the roof is now covered in solar panels.

Here's a closer look.

Apple is also using its massive pyramid of dirt for landscaping elsewhere on the campus.

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8 ways to find deals on the most expensive college necessities


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It's an established fact that college tuition is expensive. But unfortunately, college students can wrack up a long list of other expenses — from dorm lodging to text books — without developing better spending habits or finding ways to stick to a budget. 

Let this guide help you to stop spending so much money on top of your student loans. Here are ways to save money on some of the more expensive things you have to buy in college.

SEE ALSO: Americans are saving more money than ever to afford college

Find the best deal on textbooks through BigWords.

The price of college textbooks has risen more than four times the rate of inflation, according to Student Public Interest Research Groups — a 76 percent increase since 2007. 

To find the best deal on a given book, and decide whether to rent, buy new, or buy used, try using BigWords, a useful site that compares multiple used book-selling sites to find you the cheapest option.

You can also try to buy a used textbook from a former student on campus, or find it in your school's library, which will likely carry all the required textbooks for that semester. You probably won't be allowed to take it out for the entire term, but you can photocopy relevant readings.


Use all the food in your kitchen efficiently with Supercook.

Food is another big-ticket spending category, but you can easily lower your costs per meal.

If you have a hodge podge of ingredients in your fridge and no idea what to make, check out Supercook. On that website, you can enter whatever ingredients you have at home, and it will scan major recipe sites (AllRecipes, Martha Stewart, etc) and suggest dishes you could make. 

It's a great way to cut down on food waste while also making the most of what's in your fridge.

Of course, if you have access to a kitchen, you could consider ditching the dining plan altogether, since it's probably cheaper to cook on your own. And if you do buy a plan, always get the cheapest one. You can always add more points later.  


Use PadMapper to find apartments with reasonable rents.

Living in the dorms with  makes it easy to socialize, but once you're in your second or third year, sharing an off-campus apartment with several roommates will likely prove to be cheaper. And you'll have a kitchen, which helps cut down on food costs. 

To find an apartment, seek out renal sites like PadMapper or Rentlogic. Unlike Craigslist, which can be hard to filter through, PadMapper maps out the available apartments with their rents. And RentLogic can tell you if a property is up to code so you don't wind up with a slumlord. College housing Facebook groups — even for other nearby colleges — are also a good place to look for deals.

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A relationship expert reveals 5 traits of successful couples


It's easy to look at a couple and see if they have chemistry or not. It's often harder to look inside your own relationship to see if that chemistry is there. Couples therapist and "Mating in Captivity" author Esther Perel explains five things you should have in common with your partner to ensure a happy and thriving relationship.

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A couple quit their high-paying corporate jobs to go on an epic 38,000-mile, 16-month road trip


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Many people fantasize about quitting the rat race and exploring the world, but few actually have the guts to do it.

Nikki Levi and Jakob Celnik, graduates of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, quit their well-paying corporate jobs, bought a van, and drove 38,000 miles across the Americas.

Their journey lasted 16 months and took them across Canada and down the West Coast of California, through Central and South America, and down to Ushuaia, Argentina, an area also known as the "end of the earth."

Levi worked at Citigroup in New York as a high-yield credit-research analyst for four years before moving to Apple. Celnik worked at the Blackstone Group, also in New York, for almost three years before moving over to Soros Fund Management.

"While leaving our jobs, we were terrified," Levi told Business Insider.

"How can you leave finance? I mean the money ... that's all there is to live for right?" she joked.

"But in hindsight, we shouldn't have been ... We cannot buy time, so we try to enjoy the time we do have doing the things we love, with the people and animals we love," she said.

Levi, Celnik, and their dog, Leika, set off on the adventure of a lifetime in May 2014. Here's what their journey was like:

They bought a used 2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 high-roof van, with a 144-inch wheelbase, and with about 90,000 miles on the clock.

It was completely empty when they bought it. With little carpentry, mechanics, or construction experience, it was a process of trial and error to figure out what exactly to build and how to build it. They figured out a budget and tried to learn as much as they could by reading guides like the Sprinter forum and the Sprinter conversion sourcebook.

The bed frame was one of the first things they built.

First, they needed to figure out the layout of the floor plan for their van build. They chose a Sprinter with a 144-inch wheelbase and high roof because its length allowed for parking in regular parking spots, while its roof was high enough for both to stand up — even Celnik at 6 feet 2 inches.

Then they worked on the storage units.

Since the space inside the van was so small, everything had to be precisely measured.

They managed to fit storage cabinets close to the bed for clothes, books, and toiletries and deeper cabinets at the end of the bed.

There are no straight lines in the van, except for the bed platform itself, and all four walls are shaped differently. They had to get creative.

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A psychologist says parents should do these 12 things to raise a more confident child


Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child. 

Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they're scared of failing or disappointing others.

This can end up holding them back later in life and prevent them from having a successful career.

As a parent, it's your job to encourage and support your child as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks. Here's how:

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Natalie Walters contributed to a previous version of this article.

SEE ALSO: Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common

1. Appreciate effort no matter if they win or lose

When you're growing up, the journey is more important than the destination. 

So whether your child makes the winning goal for his team or accidentally kicks it out of bounds, applaud their effort, Pickhardt says. They should never feel embarrassed for trying.

"Over the long haul, consistently trying hard builds more confidence than intermittently doing well," he explains. 

2. Encourage practice to build competence

Encourage your child to practice whatever it is they're interested in — but do so without putting too much pressure on them.

Harmony Shu, a piano prodigy, told Ellen DeGeneres that she started practicing when she was just 3 years old.

"Practice invests effort in the confident expectation that improvement will follow," Pickhardt explains. 

3. Let them figure out problems by themselves

If you do the hard work for your child then they'll never develop the abilities or the confidence to figure out problems on their own.

"Parental help can prevent confidence derived from self-help and figuring out on the child's own," Pickhardt explains. 

In other words, better that your child gets a few B's and C's rather than straight A's, so long as they are actually learning how to solve the problems and do the work. 

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Burning Man has a temporary airport for the 1% who take luxury helicopter rides to the playa — here's what it's like


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Burning Man — the annual festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert — kicked off August 28. Though tens of thousands of people travel there by car, those who can afford it choose to touch down on the playa by private plane or helicopter.

Every year, volunteers build Black Rock City Airport from scratch on a dusty road a week before the festival starts. As USA Today notes, crews section off runways, make customs checkpoints, and direct planes and 'copters when they arrive. Neither the FAA nor the TSA is officially associated with the BRC airport, but they keep in close contact with airport's managers.

Not every Burner that uses the airport is ultra-rich, but most of the Burning Man's wealthiest attendees arrive there. Paris Hilton, for instance, flew into the playa by helicopter with a group of friends mid-way through this year's festival.

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Helicopter companies also offer special charters just for Burning Man. Black Rock Helicopters, for example, is advertising a ride between Reno, Nevada and the Black Rock City Desert on a S76 jet. The Facebook video below, which boasts that the helicopter has room for eight people and 600 pounds of cargo, makes it look pretty luxurious. Girls in the ad even wear fashionable lingerie and native-American–style headdresses, despite numerous other Burnersrecent pleas against the cultural appropriation.

Though Black Rock Helicopters doesn't post the price for its service, Burners often pay between $500 to $2,500 for other similar, luxury charters (depending on the plane and distance). Here's one from Santa Barbara Helicopters, which decorated the craft's interior with colorful pillows and rugs for Burners.

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In recent years, some Burners have spoken out about the exclusive nature of people flying in on jets. Larry Harveythe festival's founder, wrote in 2014 that wealthy Burners who throw their own exclusive parties on the playa clash with the fundamental principles of Burning Man: self-reliance and community. 

But a fancy ride sure looks good on Instagram.

SEE ALSO: Giant, laser-cut glass orbs will glow at Burning Man this year

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These are the 10 jobs with the highest rates of suicide


Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the US.

Pinpointing the cause of any one suicide is almost impossible, as there are a number of potential factors. This makes working on prevention efforts incredibly important.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed the jobs that have the highest rates of suicide per 100,000 people in an attempt to figure out where to focus those prevention efforts. (The analysis does not imply that the jobs themselves are the cause of suicide, only that there are indeed certain professions where rates of suicide are notably higher than average.)

The report, published in June, looked at suicide data organized by occupation from 17 states in 2012, compiled in the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System. The 17 states were: Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Overall, the report found that people working in farming, fishing, and forestry had the highest rate of suicide at 84.5 per 100,000 people.

Here are the occupations that had the highest suicide rate per 100,000 people:

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The researchers did note that they were limited because about 5% of suicide cases couldn't be assigned an occupation. And the 17 states where data was collected aren't necessarily indicative of the entire nation.

The report noted the importance of suicide prevention practices, such as employee-assistance programs, workplace-wellness programs that educate on suicide warning signs, and employee education about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day: 1-800-273-8255.

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This clothing line wants to solve the biggest problems with shopping for a work wardrobe


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Ola Hixon used to hate shopping for professional workwear. A principal in the real estate group at Blackstone, Hixon operates in an office culture that requires suits for men and equally formal wear for women. But finding those outfits felt like a constant and tedious hunt.

"Just finding [the right clothes] that are appropriate is a research project," she told Business Insider.

Speaking with a friend, Hixon learned about MM.LaFleur, a clothing line designed specifically for women who work in finance, law, or other industries that require a more formal wardrobe in the workplace. The brand creates the type of simple yet elegant designs that appeal to a wide variety of women who want to stay stylish within their office's dress code. Customers can buy products directly from MM.LaFleur's site, in its New York showroom, or in a pre-selected product called the "Bento Box." Prices range from $195 to $325 for a dress, $195 for pants, and $110 to $240 for a top.

Launched by Sarah LaFleur in 2013, the brand seems to have caught on with professional women — last year, its Tory 2.0 dress had a waitlist of over 1,600. 

Now, Hixon is at a turning point — a new mom with a baby of just five months, she's ready to get back into the office with a newly fitted wardrobe. She let Business Insider shadow her while she tried on clothes with stylist Sara Holt in MM.LaFleur's New York showroom. 

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The showroom is a breath of fresh air compared to the hectic and messy department stores Hixon used to shop in. "Shopping for professional clothing wasn’t enjoyable at all," she said. "It felt like work because you really have to search and find things that are professional [enough]."

MM.LaFleur caters to women outside of New York with regular pop-up events it hosts across the US. The brand also has a product it calls the "Bento Box": a mail-ordered shipment that comes with four to six ready-to-try wardrobe staples.

Whether shopping in store or online, each costumer is paired up with an in-house stylist who works with you as you shop. "I would ask [sales associates at department stores for second opinions] but it's hard. There's not always someone around to ask if you're just shopping on your own," Hixon said.

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The crazy dust storms on the Burning Man livestream will make you glad you’re not there


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Burning Man, the enormous festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert each year, is home to giant art installations, wild dance parties, and of course, a mega-tall wooden structure of "the man" that's set on fire at the end of the event.

But every year, the festival also experiences wild dust storms that blur the landscape and cover cars and RVs. To cope with the dust, many people wear face masks and goggles. 

Burning Man's organizers set up an official livestream, which has been broadcasting the playa since the festival began on August 28. At times, it's difficult to see anything on the stream through the dust, except for the occasional shadowy outline of a giant sculpture, some Burners on bicycles, or the looming shape of one of a wooden temple structure.

Take a look at the livestream, which resembles a scene from "Star Wars" or "Mad Max."


Despite the sandstorms, which have been passing through the playa all week, Burners are still partying on.

SEE ALSO: Burning Man has a temporary airport for the 1% who take luxury rides to the playa

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15 ways your child's name sets them up for success — or failure


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What's in a name? Potentially your child's future.

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.

So it comes as little surprise then that there is a growing trend among parents called "namer's remorse" — one in five mothers say they regret the name they chose for their child, the Guardian reports.

In fact, parents are so worried about giving their kids the wrong name that some are willing to shell out thousands of dollars to have "professional naming experts" do the job for them.

To help you avoid becoming another statistic — and save you a bundle of money — we took a look at the research that correlates names with various factors of success and have highlighted some of the most helpful findings below:

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If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more

In a New York University study, researchers found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists, Adam Alter, explains to Wired, "When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it's easier to comprehend, we come to like it more." In a further study, Alter also found that companies with simpler names and ticker symbols tended to perform better in the stock market. 

If your name is common, you are more likely to be hired

In a Marquette University study, the researchers found evidence to suggest that names that were viewed as the least unique were more likable. People with common names were more likely to be hired, and those with rare names were least likely to be hired. That means that the Jameses, Marys, Johns, and Patricias of the world are in luck.

Uncommon names are associated with juvenile delinquency

A 2009 study at Shippensburg University suggested that there's a strong relationship between the popularity of one's first name and juvenile criminal behavior. Researchers found that, regardless of race, young people with unpopular names were more likely to engage in criminal activity. 

The findings obviously don't show that the unusual names caused the behavior, but merely show a link between the two things. And the researchers have some theories about their findings.

"Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships," they write in a statement from the journal's publisher. "Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they ... dislike their names."

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A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in South Africa


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For nearly 50 years, systematic racial suppression and segregation gripped South Africa. While the tides turned in the early '90s and laws were overturned, apartheid had already seeped into the country architecture. Roads, rivers, and fields functioned as "buffer zones" to separate people by race.

In 2016, photographer Johnny Miller set out to capture "the architecture of apartheid" from above. Separation gave the government the ability to reduce the black community's access to education, high-quality jobs, and city resources, leading to extreme divisions of wealth. Miller's drone pictures show the contrast as never seen before.

Miller shared some of his photos with us. You can check out more on his project website, Unequal Scenes.

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Cape Town is a city like no other. "It's incredibly beautiful," Miller says, "and is the quintessential South African blend of first and third world."

Black people have been disenfranchised in the country for hundreds of years. Starting in 1948, apartheid protected racism under the law.

Apartheid also brought about labels to differentiate between nonwhite people from different origins. Black people came from the Eastern Cape and spoke Xhosa, while mixed-race people, called "colored," descended from slaves from Indonesia and Madagascar or were indigenous Khoisan people.

In the years following, black people were forcibly removed from their homes in rural areas and relocated into slums. The new developments were spaced apart to prevent people from unifying.

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8 aerial photos that show the madness of Burning Man from above


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In recent years, people have started bringing drones and riding helicopters to Burning Man, the giant annual arts festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

These drones, planes, and helicopters have allowed Burners to capture some amazing aerial photography.

Check out some of the bird's-eye-view photos of this year's festival, which started on August 28.

SEE ALSO: Burning Man has a temporary airport for the 1% who take luxury rides to the playa

Burning Man takes place every summer in Black Rock City, a temporary settlement erected by the festival's participants.

Burners' camps form a massive semicircle.

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Although the majority of Burners get there by car, some take more adventurous routes. Here's a man parachuting into the playa:

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Inside the incredible cliffside Hawaii mansion Justin Bieber vacationed in for $10,000 a night


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Justin Bieber recently rented a Hawaiian property called Water Falling Estate for two weeks at a rate of $10,000 a night, TMZ reports.

The estate, which sold for $5.7 million at an auction in 2014, boasts "a 450-seat tennis/basketball stadium, a 250 million-gallon Olympic infinity pool with a high dive and two-story water slide," and a helicopter landing pad, according to The Hawaii Tribune Herald.

The mansion stands on a cliff overlooking several waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean, and its listing on Concierge Auctions reveals some spectacular photos of the property. It can also be rented on Home Away.

Check out the opulent vacation home Bieber stayed in:

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The 9.44-acre property stands atop a cliff on Hawaii's Hamakua Coast.

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The estate was once a macadamia nut plantation, but now it boasts an Olympic-size pool, a multipurpose athletic court ...

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... a helicopter pad on the mansion's roof ...

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A small workshop in LA just hit a major milestone that US manufacturing hasn't seen for 40 years


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American watch manufacturing is about to undergo a renaissance.

Though other watches are assembled in America, like those in Shinola's line, a watch can only be referred to as "Made in America" if "all or mostly all" of its parts are sourced from the US.

Weiss Watch Company, a small, entirely self-funded startup watch workshop in Los Angeles, created the landmark CAL 1003 movement.

The CAL 1003 is an authentically "Made in America" mechanical movement made from almost all US-sourced parts. (Only the hairsprings and the jewel bearings — two tiny but important components — are still coming from Switzerland, according to the Los Angeles Times).

This is the first time in roughly 40 years a mechanical movement has met the FTC's standards to be called authentically "Made in America," according to Weiss. The company worked closely with the FTC to ensure it was able to actually stamp the letters "USA" on the gold-plated movement.

To celebrate the achievement, Weiss released a limited-run watch using the new movement: the American Issue Field Watch. Just 50 units were made of the $2,500 certified "Made in America" watch, which became available on July 4. It sold out quickly after.

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All of this is the brainchild of 29-year-old Cameron Weiss, a man with more experience in the industry than his young age might indicate. He's a watchmaker with certification from Swatch's Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School and who has worked with some of the Swiss greats, spending time as a watchmaker at both Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. He launched Weiss Watch in 2013 from his apartment in LA, starting off hand-making watches with only a few US parts.

Weiss Watch CompanyNow the goal is for a whole line of Made in America watches. Weiss has no intention of stopping there, however.

Weiss, along with a business partner, launched recently Pinion Precision Technology, a supplier division. The young entrepreneur is planning on using highly technological manufacturing to sell certified US-made movements and watch parts to other watchmakers in the US looking to build Made in America watches.

Weiss sees a big opportunity for American watch parts after the Swiss Swatch Group announced they are shutting down their parts division in 2019. In fact, Weiss told GQ that the company already has a contract to sell parts back to one of their Swiss suppliers.

"One of my goals throughout this whole process was really to rebuild the watchmaking industry that once existed here in the US," Weiss told GQ. "If you can do the manufacturing as well as the assembly, then you actually have more control to create unique products. I'm really hoping that this is able to bring back the watch industry to the US, and we should be able to see some unique timepieces coming from US brands."

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Inside the Las Vegas trailer park that Zappos' multimillionaire CEO calls home


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Tony Hsieh has a net worth of $840 million, but rather than scoop up a desert mansion outside the Zappos campus in Las Vegas, Nevada, he's planted his roots in a trailer park downtown.

In 2014, as part of his grand efforts to revitalize the city, Hsieh transformed an abandoned parking lot into a micro-living oasis. About 30 Airstream trailers and tiny homes make up the village commonly known as "Llamapolis."

Let's take a peak inside.

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The entrance to Llamapolis is a semicircle tunnel covered in recycled Christmas lights.

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The smell of livestock washes over you upon entry, and it becomes immediately clear how the village got its nickname, Llamapolis.

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Marley and Triton, who are actually alpacas, live here with their owner and the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh.

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The 10 US cities where homes have gained the most value over time


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Wealth inequality is a mounting issue in America. A new study from online real-estate broker Trulia provides insight into one potential driver of the wealth gap: real estate.

In its study, Trulia compared median home values in 1986 and 2016 for the 100 largest metro areas. They found that homes in the priciest US housing markets from 1986 gained value at a much higher rate over the past 30 years, growing comparatively even more expensive rather than converging with other cities.  

Homeowners in California metros like San Francisco, San Jose, and Orange County — three of the most expensive housing markets in both 1986 and 2016 — have experienced an appreciation in home value of at least 299% over the past three decades on average. Metro areas like Rochester, New York, and Wichita, Kansas, fared significantly worse, with homeowners getting less than a 90% return on home value over the same period — the lowest figures in the study.

In short: Rich homeowners are getting richer, and average homeowners aren't.

Real estate in the West (in metros in California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii) earned the highest return, taking the nine top spots in Trulia's ranking. Trulia concluded that income growth and new housing construction are likely contributors to the growth of a region's housing market — two factors that are abundant on the West Coast. 

Read on for the top 10 cities where homeowners have gained the highest return on home value over the past 30 years.

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10. Miami, Florida

1986 median home value: $62,385

2016 median home value: $249,326


9. San Diego, California

1986 median home value: $114,414

2016 median home value: $502,015


8. Los Angeles, California

1986 median home value: $116,061

2016 median home value: $520,060


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Fans say this regional burger chain you've probably never heard of has the best food in America



If you're a burger lover from the Pacific Northwest, you know Burgerville.

While classic chains such as McDonald's and In-N-Out dominated Foursquare's state-by-state analysis of the most popular fast-food chains in America, Oregon has a favorite that is unfamiliar to most of the country: Burgerville.

The 40-unit chain is known for its fresh food and local ingredients, making it a mega hit in Oregon and Washington. However, while the better-burger market seems pretty stuffed with competition, Burgerville is no newcomer — the first location opened in 1961.

The menu is filled with high-quality takes on traditional fast-food fare, with an emphasis on local foods. According to Burgerville, 72% of ingredients come from within 400 miles of headquarters in Vancouver, Washington.

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The burgers' beef is antibiotic-free, never frozen, and raised on a cooperative of family ranches in the Pacific Northwest. Dairy for milkshakes is sourced from regional farms.

The menu also has some items that you wouldn't find at most fast-food joints, like the Wild Smoked Salmon and Hazelnut Salad and the vegetarian Anasazi Bean Burger.


Burgerville serves up a variety of seasonal sides, including fried asparagus and superthick Walla Walla onion rings.

The chain's commitment to sustainability goes beyond the menu. Burgerville recycles cooking oil into biodiesel and purchases wind energy credits equivalent to 100% of the power used at the corporate office and restaurants.

The one drawback of the local-food model is that it creates difficulty when it comes to growing the business outside of the Pacific Northwest. As a result, the chain has focused on appealing to potential customers in Oregon or Washington — including those just traveling through the states.

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When nearing the edge of Burgerville territory on highways, the chain has posted signs warning drivers that, should they continue, they will be passing the last Burgerville for more than 24,000 miles. For those traveling by plane, the chain has a different solution — hydroflask stainless steel containers to keep milkshakes cold for up to eight hours are sold at the Portland airport location.

The regional chain has a few other quirks that make it unique. For example, it's one of the few fast-food chains to allow bikes at drive-thrus, as well as a rare chain with unionized workers.

These peculiarities seem to be part of what makes Burgerville lovers so passionate about the chain.

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Burgerville may not expand beyond the Pacific Northwest anytime soon. However, if you're in the area, Oregonians believe that you can't find a better burger anywhere else.

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How to grill the perfect steak


As the summer comes to an end, it's time to get your last-minute grilling in.

We reached out to professional chef David Mawhinney of Haven's Kitchen in New York to talk about the best cuts of steak to grill, as well as how to temper, season, and finish your meats.

Keep this graphic of his best advice handy at your next BBQ.

How to grill the perfect steak

Florence Fu contributed to this article.

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The 14 best US colleges in the West are dominated by California — here's who makes the cut


University of Southern California

Stanford University once again claimed a top spot on Business Insider's annual ranking of the best colleges in America, coming it at No. 4 for 2016. Referred to as the Ivy of the West, Stanford earned a top spot for a number of reasons: it provides a quality education and graduates students on time, it sets graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and it creates a memorable and enjoyable campus experience. (You can read about the methodology in detail here.)

Stanford is the best college in the American West, but it isn't the only school in the region to make the list. In fact, when we expanded our ranking to the top 100 schools in the country, 14 of the best colleges in the US are located in the West. What's more, California is home to 13 of those schools (the other is in Washington state), including several private universities and four University of California (UC) schools.

Read on for the full list of the best colleges in the West.

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14. University of San Diego

Location: San Diego, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $56,300

Average SAT score: 1228

Student life score: A-

The University of San Diego was established in 1949 when the San Diego College for Women merged with the College for Men, creating one of today’s leading Catholic educational institutions. Also a leader in international study, more than 70% of USD students live and study abroad through 135 programs in 44 countries.

13. University of California at Davis

Location: Davis, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $57,100

Average SAT score: 1192

Student life score: A

UC Davis, the northernmost University of California campus, is located just two hours from the Bay Area and is considered one of the most popular feeder schools for Silicon Valley tech companies. Nearly 26,500 undergraduates attend Davis, 21% of which study in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, a top-ranking, nationally recognized program in the fields of agriculture and forestry.

12. Loyola Marymount University

Location: Los Angeles, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $55,600

Average SAT score: 1202

Student life score: A

One of the largest Catholic universities in the West, Loyola Marymount University combines tradition and ministry with a rigorous academic curriculum. The 105-year-old school neighbors Silicon Beach, the Southern California counterpart to Silicon Valley, where students have access to internships and employment at hundreds of startups and tech companies, including giants like Microsoft, Snapchat, Facebook, and Google.

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7 mental tricks to stop worrying about what other people think


Caring about what other people think of you is part of being a normal human being.

In fact, scientists in one study found that the reward center in people's brains was active when they were told that someone approved of their taste in music.

It's only a problem when you're consumed by worries about your reputation — when every decision about what to wear, who to hang out with, and even what career to pursue are based on the fear of looking stupid.

Unfortunately, this habit is hard to shake. To help you out, we consulted the Quora thread "How can I stop worrying about what other people think?" and highlighted the most compelling responses.

Read on to embrace the full experience of being yourself:

7 mental tricks stop worrying

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