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These are the 24 coolest cars at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

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  • The Geneva Motor Show is the first major European car show of 2018.
  • It will be packed with the latest offerings from Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Volvo, and VW.
  • The show is open to the public from March 8 to the 18 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is the first major European car show of the year. Usually, Geneva is a big to do. Car makers pull out all the stops to show off their latest and greatest.

Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer offered up a spot on description of the show when he said, "Geneva is a highlight of the industry calendar and a motor show with a rich history and great atmosphere."

And what rich atmosphere it is.

The world's top brands will be there. From Ferrari to McLaren and Aston Martin to Bentley, Geneva will be packed with the next generation of exotics. In addition, there will be a host of production-ready models from mass-market luxury brands, such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show opens to the public from March 8-18 at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland.

Here's a closer look at the 24 coolest cars at the show:

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Geneva will mark the auto show debut of Aston Martin's new Vantage sports car.



Dr. Andy Palmer wasn't kidding when he said he had a big surprises in store for everyone. In fact, he had a couple. The first one was the debut of the 1,100 horsepower Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro track-only hypercar.



And then Aston Martin unveiled the futuristic Lagonda Vision Concept electric car.



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Gorgeous photos show how people are celebrating International Women's Day around the world

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March 8 is International Women's Day, a date dedicated to pursuing equal rights for women from Calcutta to Connecticut. 

Scholars believe the first Women's Day was celebrated more than 109 years ago in New York, but recently it's become more popular in other cities and countries around the world. Whereas the day often passes somewhat uneventfully in much of the US, women in other places rush into the streets to celebrate, strike, lobby for equal rights, and share the day with their sisters in suffrage.

This year's festivities include an Indian fashion show dedicated to outlawing acid, an all-women's bowling league celebrating their first game in Afghanistan, and a few female bakers staring down President Putin in Russia. 

Check out some of the coolest things that are happening around the world for International Women's Day this year:

SEE ALSO: These 4 short L-words can help reveal if you might be depressed

On the eve of International Women's Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin caught some side eye from these workers at Samara bakery and confectionery factory.

Last year, Putin decriminalized domestic violence: it's no longer a crime in Russia to beat your family members, as long as you don't cause them bodily harm. 



On the outskirts of Mumbai, this woman got ready for a fashion show aimed at stopping acid sales in the country.

Even though India has made some strides in recent years to better regulate acid sales and punish attackers who use it, acid attacks are still on the rise, Deutsche Welle reports



Many women are attacked for things like rejecting a marriage proposal, refusing sexual advances, or domestic or land disputes.

Source: Acid Survivors Trust International



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McDonald's is flipping its iconic golden arches upside down in 'celebration of women' — and people are freaking out (MCD)

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  • McDonald's flipped its golden-arches sign upside down at a Lynwood, California location in honor of International Women's Day.
  • The fast-food giant also flipped its iconic logo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on Thursday. 
  • McDonald's upside-down logo sparked intense feminist debate — as well as some investigation into parallels with SpongeBob SquarePants and various anime programs. 

McDonald's decision to flip its arches upside down for International Women's Day has inspired a torrent of backlash — and a wave of SpongeBob SquarePants jokes. 

A McDonald's location in Lynwood, California turned its golden-arches sign upside down earlier this week in honor of International Women's Day. On Thursday, the fast-food chain debuted the flipped arches on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

The upside-down arches are in "celebration of women everywhere," a McDonald's representative told Business Insider in an email on Wednesday. 

However, some people didn't love the change.

Many said that McDonald's was missing the point of International Women's Day. Eater's Erin DeJesus slammed the move in an article with the headline "McDonald’s Upends 10,000 Years of Patriarchy with One Weird Trick."

Others were angry for the opposite reason, arguing that International Women's Day is an unnecessary celebration of women. 

"How bout y'all stick to making burgers and quit with the politically correct sideshow?" reads one of the top comments on McDonald's Facebook post unveiling the upside-down logo. "Enough already."

McDonald's flipped arches also inspired some pop-culture connections

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Then, there were those who saw parallels between the upside-down logo and other iconic pop-culture touchstones. 

People spotted some distinct similarities to a "SpongeBob SquarePants" plotline. 

A common anime trick (likely used to avoid copyright issues) is to simply flip the "M" in representations of McDonald's, creating cities filled with WcDonald's. 

McDonald's released more info about its decision to flip its iconic logo on Thursday, highlighting the achievements of some of the many women that work at the fast-food giant. 

"Are we perfect? Of course not," McDonald's global chief diversity officer, Wendy Lewis, wrote in an essay published on Thursday.

Lewis continued: "We know we have work to do and are committed to listening and working with others across business, government and our communities to improve and make stories like Yazmin’s [a McDonald's manager] in particular the norm, not the exception." 

SEE ALSO: McDonald's is flipping its iconic arches upside down in an unprecedented statement

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The insane life of Norwegian salmon heir Gustav Magnar Witzøe, the third youngest billionaire in the world at the age of 24

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There is something intensely intriguing about the world's richest people — and as the third youngest billionaire in the world and Norway's richest man, 24-year-old Gustav Magnar Witzøe certainly makes for an interesting case study.

Gustav Magnar owns almost half of Norwegian fish farming company Salmar, a stake that was gifted to him by his father when he was just 19. He's now worth a staggering $1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), according to Forbes.

Fortunately for anyone curious about he spends his wealth, he documents his extravagant lifestyle on Instagram.

Keep scrolling to see how the third youngest billionaire in the world splits his time between his glamorous family, exotic holidays, getting tattoos, buying expensive clothes, and investing in local tech startups.

SEE ALSO: The 5 youngest billionaires in the world in 2018

Meet 24-year-old Gustav Magnar Witzøe, who is worth an estimated $1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), making him the third youngest billionaire in the world.

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Gustav Magnar's extreme wealth comes from his stake in Norwegian fish farming company Salmar. He owns almost half of the firm, which is one of the world's largest salmon producers.

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Salmar is headquartered on the island of Frøya in the region of Central-Norway, where they also have a processing factory.



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Meet the youngest billionaires in the world, Norwegian sisters who are worth nearly $1.5 billion each and love horses, high fashion, and exotic travel

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  • The world's youngest billionaires are Alexandra and Katharina Andresen, Norwegian sisters who own part of an old family company, Ferd.
  • The Andresen sisters are just 21 and 22 years old, but they're each worth nearly $1.5 billion.
  • Alexandra is an accomplished equestrian rider and Katharina is college student and an intern at Ernst & Young.

 

Being young is a great gift. Being young and a billionaire is extraordinary.

Just ask the Andresen sisters, Alexandra and Katharina, the youngest billionaires in the world. According to Forbes, they received their fortune in 2007 when their father, Johan Andresen, transferred ownership of the family's investment company, Ferd, to them. They each have a 42% stake in the company, which dates back to 1849, according to MONEY.

Even though they inherited their wealth in 2007, they were only recently confirmed as the world's youngest billionaires because the Norwegian government publishes the tax returns of people over 17. 

Alexandra, 21, and Katharina, 22, are now each worth $1.47 billion. But despite the sisters' affluent upbringing in one of the best-known Norwegian families, they aren't just any rich kids. Alexandra and Katharina go to school, have internships, spend time with friends, get in trouble, and have fun hobbies. 

Take a look at the lives of the two youngest billionaires:

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Even though they are only a year apart, the sisters don't seem very close. They post more pictures of their friends than of each other and have different interests.

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While Alexandra and Katharina have inherited enormous fortunes from Ferd, their father insists that they won't be forced to help run the company in the future, he told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 2015.

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All 43 notable FX original TV shows, ranked from worst to best by critics — from 'Atlanta' to 'The Americans'

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Since it scored a breakout hit with "The Shield" in the early 2000s, FX has consistently developed some of the best shows on television.

With "Atlanta" back and other critical hits returning soon — such as "The Americans" on March 28 for its final season, and "Legion" on April 3 — we decided to take a look at FX's best shows of all time.

Going back through the years, Business Insider ranked all of the network's 43 notable original shows based on how well they were received by critics (using data from the reviews aggregator Metacritic). We also excluded variety and reality programs.

If the shows had more than one season, we determined the final scores by taking an average of all seasons.

One thing that clearly stands out is that FX has only gotten better with age. The network has been a formidable player at the Emmys and other awards ceremonies in recent years, and that's reflected in our list. Six of the top 10 shows began within the last five years. 

Below are 43 FX original shows, ranked worst to best according to critics:

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43. "Saint George"

Number of seasons: 1

Years aired: 2014

Metacritic score: 31

George Lopez's comedy didn't have what it takes to land with critics or audiences.

 



42. "Testees"

Number of seasons: 1

Years aired: 2008

Metacritic score: 37

In this show, two guys act as subjects in a testing facility for extra cash, but the comedic premise didn't help its chances of not getting canceled.



41. "Dirt"

Number of seasons: 2

Years aired: 2007-2008

Metacritic score: 40

Courtney Cox plays a tabloid reporter trying to dig up celebrity secrets, but the show couldn't dig up an audience, and was canceled after two seasons. 



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One of the most popular ways of telling if you're a healthy weight is bogus — here's what you should do instead

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Sometime during your last doctor's visit, your physician probably had you hop on a scale to determine whether you were a healthy weight. After weighing and measuring you, she might have shown you a colorful body mass index chart like this one:

bmi chartBased on your measurements, she may have told you that you wanted to be "in the green," meaning you were considered a healthy weight based on your height. If your measurements landed you in a blue square, you were likely underweight, and if you landed in a yellow, orange, or red square, you were likely overweight.

But guess what? This rough calculation is not a great measure of fitness when used on its own.

The body mass index, or BMI, was invented in the 1830s, and, as with many things that have been around for nearly 200 years, it seems to have outgrown its utility.

There are four major problems with BMI, according to obesity experts:

  1. It doesn’t give you a good estimate of how much body fat you're carrying around.
  2. It can differ drastically based solely on your gender. For example, a man and a woman with an identical body-fat percentage could have widely different BMIs.
  3. Just because you have a high BMI doesn't necessarily mean you're overweight. You can have a high BMI even if you have very little body fat, especially if you're male and very muscular.
  4. It doesn't take into account your waist circumference, which can be a good measure of your risk for certain diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Measuring your waist is a much better indicator of your health

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Several tools can help you ensure your weight isn't putting you at risk of serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

One of the best measures involves measuring the circumference of your waist.

Having excess body fat around your middle has been strongly linked with type 2 diabetes. And a study published this March in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggested that a high waist circumference may also be linked to your risk for a heart attack.

In a large 2012 study, researchers looked at data from more than 340,000 people from eight European countries. They found that overweight people with large waists — more than 34.5 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men — were at a similar risk of developing diabetes as people who were clinically obese. The link was the strongest in female participants.

For their recent study on waist measurements and heart health, researchers used a large, ongoing health study to recruit nearly 500,000 adults with no risk of heart disease. All of the volunteers agreed to have their measurements taken sometime between 2006 and 2010; the study ended in 2016. Within that time, close to 6,000 of the volunteers (more than a quarter of them women) had a heart attack. The researchers then analyzed participants' waist measurements, BMI, and the ratio of their waist to hip measurements to determine if there was a connection between any of those metrics and their chances of having a heart attack.

People with high waist measurements were significantly more likely to have a heart attack during the study. Similar to the research on diabetes and waist circumference, the link was stronger in women than it was in men.

Scientists still aren't sure why these ties between large waists and negative health outcomes are so strong. Some believe it has to do with how fat inside the body, known as visceral fat, may interfere with the normal functioning of our internal organs.

Wondering how to get rid of belly fat? As with any form of weight loss, strategies include curbing your sugar and carbohydrate intake, eating more vegetables and other fiber-rich foods, and incorporating regular cardio exercise into your life.

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Why critics are calling 'Veep' creator's 'The Death of Stalin' the 'funniest' movie of the year

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Film critics are widely praising "The Death of Stalin," a sharp political satire of the Soviet government that takes place in 1953, immediately following the death of dictator Josef Stalin. 

Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO's Emmy-winning series "Veep," the film is a dark and absurd dramatization of the power struggle among Stalin's cronies after the Soviet leader's death. 

It's based on a French graphic novel of the same name, and it stars Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev (Stalin's successor), alongside Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffery Tambor.

In January, the Russian government banned the film from being released in Russia, and a Russian official reportedly described the film as a form of "extremism" intent on "causing rifts in society."

"The Death of Stalin" currently stands at a 96% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opens in the US on Friday. 

Here's a selection of the best reviews for "The Death of Stalin":

SEE ALSO: The 50 best documentaries of all time, according to critics

"Armando Iannucci's hilarious, profane satire about politburos pole-positioning for power could not be more timely. It's the funniest, fiercest comedy of the year."

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



"As Stanley Kubrick did with 'Dr. Strangelove,' Iannucci has built a satire not by twisting the truth but by nudging reality just a few inches further in the direction it was already going."

Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice



"A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror."

Philip De Semlyen, Time Out



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Why doing nothing can be the most productive choice you make all week

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  • A Type A personality might feel guilty taking time to relax because they're not doing anything obviously useful.
  • On New York Magazine's The Cut, Katie Heaney recommends scheduling laziness.
  • A person with a Type A personality might be more inclined to take a break if it's planned.
  • Plus, we sometimes generate our greatest insights during periods of mental downtime.


On a recent Sunday evening, I lamented to a friend that I'd wasted the whole day by doing "nothing."

I'd set out to run errands, to catch up on email, to clean my apartment — and instead I fell down internet rabbit holes and took a too-long nap.

"Aren't you allowed to relax?" my ever-sage friend asked me.

"Yes, but." I felt like she wasn't getting it. I didn't have any tangible accomplishments from the last 12 hours, ergo I was good for nothing.

I thought back on this conversation while reading an article on New York Magazine's The Cut. Katie Heaney, who counts herself among the world's "anxious perfectionists," was instructed by a therapist to relax more — and it proved exceedingly difficult for her.

One expert Heaney consulted — Sandi Mann, a psychologist and the author of "The Upside of Downtime" — recommended that people in Heaney's situation schedule laziness.

In other words, just like you'd schedule two hours of research for a work project, you might schedule one hour of watching a favorite TV show. "Reframe your lazy time as work, if you have to," Heaney writes.

Presumably, because the TV-watching (or social-media-ing, or whatever your laziness of choice may be) is planned, you won't feel as guilty about it.

Mental downtime can boost creativity and productivity

But why schedule laziness at all? If anxious perfectionists find the always-on lifestyle soothing, then shouldn't they be allowed to keep working?

Probably not.

Research suggests taking planned breaks can increase creativity. In one study, for example, which was published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, people were most creative when they were instructed to switch between two idea-generation tasks after a certain amount of time.

As the authors write in The Harvard Business Review: "Participants who didn't step away from a task at regular intervals were more likely to write 'new' ideas that were very similar to the last one they had written. While they might have felt that they were on a roll, the reality was that, without the breaks afforded by continual task switching, their actual progress was limited."

That is to say, while it's easy to delude yourself into thinking that working without pause is the best way to get stuff done, it's not.

As anyone who's come up with the solution to a persistent problem while walking the dog or showering can attest, mental downtime is a powerful thing. You can tell yourself that as you're penciling in "The Bachelor" on your calendar.

To be sure, those first few days with scheduled laziness might be uncomfortable. But presumably, once you see how much more productive (and happier!) you are, it'll get easier to switch off once in a while.

Read the full article at The Cut »

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You might be able to tell if someone is a cheater just by listening to their voice

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  • A recent study has shown how people could tell if someone had cheated just by listening to their voice.
  • Women were better at picking up on it than men.
  • Voices can tell us a lot about a person, but exactly what it is that gives the game away about infidelity is uncertain.


There are quite a few signs to look out for that your partner is cheating on you. You might be suspicious because of recent changes in their behaviour, or they might simply have a history of messing around.

Sometimes, your intuition may be better than you think. If you get the feeling someone is the "type" to be unfaithful, there might be more to it than your own insecurity or trust issues.

According to research, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology and written about in The Conversation, you may just need to listen to someone's voice to figure out whether they'll cheat on you or not.

Researchers recruited 64 male and 88 female undergraduate students, who were asked to listen to 10 male voices and 10 female voices. Five of each group reported they had cheated on a partner either in the past or in their current relationship.

All the voices in each group belonged to people of the same size and shape, who were heterosexual, white, and unmarried but in exclusive relationships. In other words, they were as similar as possible.

Participants in the study were given no background information about the people they were listening to. They had to listen to their voices alone, without knowing anything about the person, and rate whether they thought they had ever cheated or not.

By hearing the brief recordings, the participants were able to judge actual cheaters as more likely to have cheated — and women were better at it than the men.

"We were unable to identify exactly which acoustic qualities were driving the perception of cheating ascriptions," the authors of the study wrote. "It is interesting, then, to speculate what aspects of the human voice raters were using to make these accurate assessments because we eliminated differences between groups for the more conspicuous cues of a voice that could be driving factors."

One possible reason the participants could so accurately predict someone's infidelity is that they may have generalised attributes of voices of previous partners who they had known to have cheated. In other words, cheaters may all speak in a similar way, but pinpointing exactly what it is that makes them stand out is uncertain.

Previous research, such as a study from 2011 published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, found that women consider men with deeper voices more likely to be unfaithful, suggesting pitch could have something to do with it (although the researchers manipulated the pitch of men's voices to try and account for this).

Despite this, another study found that women prefer low-voiced men anyway, especially just before they start ovulating. There could be something inherently biological in this, as deeper voices have been linked to healthier children.

Whatever it is, the study new shows how vocal cues could be used as a cue for infidelity, the researchers concluded. If something about your partner's voice is making you feel uneasy, it might be worth thinking about.

"These findings expand upon the idea that the human voice may be of value as a cheater detection tool," the researchers wrote. "Very thin slices of vocal information are all that is needed to make certain assessments about others."

SEE ALSO: Science shows intelligent people are less likely to want to cheat on their partners — but it's not that simple

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Uber and Lyft drivers are selling candy and snacks in their cars — and it's indicative of a dark truth

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• Uber drivers, as well as drivers for Lyft and other ride-hailing companies, are turning to alternative means to make some extra cash while they drive.

• Experts say the rise of these supplemental sources of revenue are an indicator that ride-share drivers feel underpaid.

• A recent MIT study claimed that Uber and Lyft drivers make less than minimum wage.

• When it comes to pay, both Uber and Lyft drivers have criticized the ride-hailing giants.


 

Uber drivers, as well as drivers for Lyft and other ride-hailing companies, are increasingly turning to alternative measures in the hopes of making more money on the job.

Experts say this trend underlines how little many drivers feel they are making through the ride hailing apps.

Uber and Lyft were recently at the center of a bombshell MIT study that reported Uber and Lyft drivers earn a median pretax profit of $3.37 per hour, far below the minimum wage. Uber's chief economist Jonathan Hall criticized the study's methodology, and in response, Stephen Zoepf, the author of the study, agreed to revise his findings but called on Uber to publicize its data on driver profits.

As Business Insider reported, a revised version of the analysis found higher per hour earnings closer to $10 per hour, but around half of the 1100 drivers surveyed still made less than minimum wage in their state, even with those revised numbers.

While the study's claims may be disputed, complaints about pay are a common refrain among ride-hailing drivers. As a result, a cottage industry aimed at bringing in more money for drivers has been born.

The drivers weigh in

Several of Uber's employee reviews on Glassdoor feature claims that drivers are making around or less than the minimum wage, while Lyft drivers have also made similar claims on the company review site.

"I don't even make minimum wage most days driving in this market," one full-time Florida-based Uber driver told Business Insider. "I don't do it for the money, but for the chance to make connections with people."

One anonymous Uber driver told Business Insider that they made $8 an hour before expenses.

"Sometimes it's low as $4 a day, and that's before wear and tear, gas, routine maintenance, and now regularly replacing my brakes, etc.," they said. "On a really good day, I might make $10 per hour, and on very rare occasion I might make up to $25 in an hour, but that's not per hour."

Harry Campbell, a part-time Uber and Lyft driver who blogs as The Rideshare Guy, told Business Insider that it's a familiar criticism.

"The number one complaint from drivers is that they don't make enough," Campbell told Business Insider.

He said that Uber has instituted some changes to improve its relationship with drivers — who are technically contractors, not employees — by allowing tips. Lyft has allowed users to tip drivers since 2012.

"I think it's definitely improving the experience as a whole," Campbell said. "Still, for a lot of drivers, what they care most about, as you can imagine, is how much money they are earning."

How earnings are calculated

Both Uber and Lyft employees are considered independent contractors, not employees. According to the US Department of Labor, the federal minimum wage doesn't apply to independent contractors.

Uber's website states that ride fares are calculated based on length and time. Uber offers guaranteed earnings for new drivers, but that varies by city. For example, drivers in Manhattan are offered $1,025 for their first 150 trips within 90 days. That guaranteed pay requires drivers take the minimum required amount of trips. If they made less than $1,025 on their first 150 trips in 90 days, Uber would pay the driver the difference.

According to Lyft's website, driver earnings are determined based on a standard basic fare, cost per mile, and cost per minute. New drivers in eligible cities can receive weekly pay guarantees, which vary based on location and depend on the driver fulfilling certain requirements. For example, if the guarantee is $1,000 and the driver fulfills the requirements of 50 rides, 50 hours of driving, and a 90% weekly acceptance rate and makes $500, they would receive a $500 bonus.

Campbell said that the frustration around earnings also partly comes back to unrealistic expectations from the drivers themselves.

"Obviously, the unique thing with Uber is that there's so much pay variability," he said. "If you drive only Friday and Saturday nights, you might easily make $20 or $30 an hour. But if you drive during the day and you don't do rush hour and you can only do weekdays, you probably wont make much."

Campbell said drivers belonging to the latter group would probably earn around the minimum wage, without taking into account the expenses of the job.

Drivers search for new revenue boosters

From the looks of it, some drivers are turning to other options when it comes to earning enough money. Enter a new crop of ride-hailing-related apps that are being billed as means for drivers to make more money during rides.

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Cargo is one such startup. It's been billed as a sort of car-based vending machine. Drivers sign up for free and receive a box of products to display on their consoles. Customers then order the items online. Tech Crunch reported the Chicago-based company raised $5.5 million and can now be found in 2,500 cars in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis.

The Rideshare Guy blog reviewed Cargo, saying that it allows drivers to "earn money on the side by being paid for whatever is sold or given away through the Cargo box. Basically, instead of paying for a bunch of snacks to increase your tips and ratings, Cargo will send you everything you need and pay you in the process."

"If you're only making $10 or $15 bucks an hour and you can sell a couple of snacks, that's like a 20% boost to your income," Campbell said. "That's pretty significant, when you think about it in those terms."

Vendigo offers a similar concept, allowing drivers to sell phone accessories, gum, and drinks to passengers during the ride.

Mystro is another option for drivers looking to make more money, although it doesn't involve selling products to passengers. Coming in at $11.95 a month, the app essentially helps ride-hailing drivers organize their shifts— screening requests based on factors like passenger rating and the time it would take to make a pick up. It also allows drivers to juggle between driving for Uber and Lyft at the same time. Rydar is another ride share assistant that helps drivers find more trips.

Mystro UberCampbell speculated that this trend will continue, adding that car-based tablets could also allow drivers to make money running targeted-ads. Startup Vugo brought that idea to the table in 2015, but Uber discouraged drivers from running such ads.

Campbell conceded that these additional sources of revenue aren't likely to ever become a large percentage of drivers' salaries.

"I definitely would say that it's supplemental," he said. "That's probably the best way to describe it. A busy driver might give two to three rides an hour, or two to four rides an hour, if it's really busy. You can only really get paid the margins on the thing you're selling. You're probably not going to get more than 50 cents to a dollar per item as far as real earnings."

Still, he said that drivers will continue to try to earn more where they can.

"When we talk to drivers who are quitting or drivers who are dissatisfied with their experience, it almost always revolves around how much they are paid," he said.

Are you an Uber or Lyft driver with a story to share? Email acain@businessinsider.com.

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Russell Crowe is auctioning off a $35,000 dinosaur skull that he bought from Leonardo DiCaprio

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  • Actor Russell Crowe is auctioning off more than 200 personal items through Sotheby's Australia following his recent divorce.
  • The items up for auction include artwork, film memorabilia, and a dinosaur skull that Crowe bought from Leonardo DiCaprio, which has an estimated worth between $35,000 and $40,000.
  • Crowe is also auctioning off a suede leather jock strap that he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man."
  • Sotheby's says that all items will be "accompanied by a letter from Russell Crowe stating his ownership."

Actor Russell Crowe is auctioning off more than 200 of his personal items following his divorce from Danielle Spencer, including a dinosaur skull that he purchased from Leonardo DiCaprio, IndieWire reports.

Crowe's auction is taking place through Sotheby's Australia on April 7, and the event boasts a strikingly direct title — "Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce."

The items up for auction from Crowe include artwork, film memorabilia, and the mounted skull of a Mosasaur that Crowe "acquired from" DiCaprio in 2008. Sotheby's lists the dinosaur skull at an estimated worth of between $35,000 and $40,000.

"The fossil relative of the monitor lizard family, which includes the Komodo Drago, the Mosasaur was a giant, serpentine marine reptile, which was prevalent during the Late Cretaceous Period, approximately 65 million years ago," Sotheby's writes of the fossil. "Mosasaurs were formidable hunters, with a double-hinged jaw and a flexible skull enabling them to eat their prey whole."

Crowe is also selling off a suede leather jock strap that he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man." Sotheby's estimates its worth between $500 and $600.

Sotheby's writes that all items, including the dinosaur skull and jock strap, will be "accompanied by a letter from Russell Crowe stating his ownership."

If you're so inclined, you can register for an auction paddle here.

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39 of the best secret categories on Netflix and how to find them

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Netflix has an insane amount of content, but it's not always easy to find what you want.

The categories Netflix gives you access to are broad, which is made more frustrating by the knowledge that Netflix splits movies and TV shows into incredibly specific micro-categories.

Luckily, it's pretty easy to access those ultra-specific categories. All are tagged with a number — for example, "Epics" is category No. 52858.

And once you have that code, to get a comprehensive list all you do is type it into your address bar after the word "genre," like this: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/52858.

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We decided to look through the list of secret Netflix genres to find you 39 of the most interesting ones. The ones we chose are a mixture of awesome, random, and just plain weird. 

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Wine and Beverage Appreciation (1458)

Sample: "Drinking Buddies" (2013). Complications ensue when Chicago brewery workmates Luke and Kate — the best friends on and off the clock — spend a weekend at a lakeside retreat.

More examples: "Sour Grapes" "The Irish Pub," "Somm," "The Birth of Sake"



Steamy British Independent Dramas (4170)

Sample: "The Look of Love" (2013). This bittersweet biopic chronicles the over-the-top life of Paul Raymond, England's Hugh Hefner, from nightclub to mind reader to burlesque impresario.

 



Movies for Ages 0 to 2 (6796)

Sample: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories" (1993). Author and illustrator Eric Carle's beloved story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" springs to life in this delightful collection of animated tales. 

Other examples: "The Tortoise and the Hare," "Three Little Pigs," "Piglet's Big Movie"



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NASA sent one identical twin brother to space for a year — and it may have permanently changed 7% of his DNA

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  • Scott and Mark Kelly are identical twins with two sets of the same DNA.
  • While Scott spent a year in space, his brother Mark stayed on Earth, giving NASA a unique opportunity to see how space flight changes the human body and brain.
  • They're uncovering some fascinating results: about 7% of Scott Kelly's DNA may have permanently changed in space.


When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly stood up last March after spending a year in space, he was two inches taller.

The engineer and veteran of four space flights is part of a long-term NASA study that aims to figure out how being in space changes our bodies and brains.

Scott Kelly is uniquely positioned to give NASA key insight into these changes because he is both an astronaut and a twin. For its research, NASA is comparing Scott Kelly's DNA with the identical DNA of his twin brother, Mark Kelly. Mark stayed on Earth for Scott's 340-day stint aboard the International Space Station, giving NASA the rare opportunity to compare how being space affected his genes.

Although each Kelly brother was born with the same set of DNA, life has exposed each set of genes to a range of divergent experiences — space being one of them. Those experiences affect the way the Kellys' genes are expressed (also known as being "turned on" or "turned off").

Scott's newfound height turned out to be only a temporary result of his spine being physically stretched in a gravity-free environment, and not a tweak to his genes. But it's just one of the many alterations the researchers have documented so far. Deep within Scott's DNA, they are finding a range of tweaks that are not present in his brother Mark. While some were temporary and seemed to occur only while he was in space, others were long-lasting.

"When he went up into space it was like fireworks of gene expression," Christopher Mason, a principal investigator on the NASA twins study and an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, told Business Insider. "But the changes that seem to have stuck around include changes in immune system function and retinal function related to his eye health."

Roughly 7% of Scott Kelly's genes may have permanently changed as a result of his time in space

NASA astronaut Scott KellyAccording to Mason, some 7% of Scott's genes have not returned to normal since he landed back on Earth more than two years ago. Kelly said he was surprised by that change in a Marketplace interview on Thursday.

"I did read in the newspaper the other day … that 7% of my DNA had changed permanently," Kelly said. "And I'm reading that, I'm like, ‘Huh, well that's weird.'"

Those changes appear to have occurred in genes that control functions related to Kelly's immune system, bone formation, and DNA repair, as well as in those involved in responding to an oxygen-depleted or carbon-dioxide rich environment.

"With a lot of these changes, it's as if the body is trying to understand this, quite literally, alien environment and respond to that," Mason said.

In many respects, Kelly's genes display the hallmarks of a body reacting to what it perceives as a threat, he added.

"Oftentimes when the body encounters something foreign, an immune response is activated. The body thinks there’s a reason to defend itself. We know there are aspects of being in space that are not a pleasant experience and this is the molecular manifestation of the body responding to that stress."

The full results of NASA's twin study aren't public yet — but here are some interesting findings

The full results of NASA's twin study haven't been released yet, but the preliminary data is already giving scientists a lot to ponder.

Some of those findings build on what we already knew, like the fact that being in space stretches your spine, shrinks your muscles, and messes up your sleep cycle.

But the long-term effects of taking our bodies for a jaunt outside Earth's protective atmosphere are much less understood. Here's a quick look at what the researchers have uncovered so far:

  • Scott's telomeres got longer, then shrunk back to normal. Scott's telomeres, or the caps at the end of chromosomes, became longer than his brother's while he was in space, but quickly returned to their normal length once he returned home. "That is exactly the opposite of what we thought,” Susan Bailey, a radiation biologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, told Nature last year. That's because shorter telomeres are generally associated with getting older. Scientists are still studying what this means, but it could be linked to getting more exercise and eating fewer calories while in space, according to NASA.
  • Scott's genetic expression changed in a variety of ways. Scott's genes showed both increased and decreased levels of methylation, a process that results in genes getting turned on and off. “Some of the most exciting things that we’ve seen from looking at gene expression in space is that we really see an explosion, like fireworks taking off, as soon as the human body gets into space,” Mason said in a statement last year. According to NASA, this could "indicate genes that are more sensitive to a changing environment whether on Earth or in space."
  • The twins hosted different gut bacteria. Researchers noted differences between Scott's and Mark's gut bacteria (essentially the microbes that aid in digestion) throughout the year-long study. This was probably a result of their different diets and environments, NASA said.
  • Scientists are looking for what they're calling a "space gene." By sequencing the RNA in the twins' white blood cells, researchers found more than 200,000 RNA molecules that were expressed differently between the brothers. It is normal for twins to have unique mutations in their genome, but scientists are "looking closer to see if a 'space gene' could have been activated while Scott was in space," NASA said.

NASA is still combing through the results of the study and expects to release the full set later this year. That research will inform space missions — including potential trips to Mars— for years to come.

 

Dina Spector contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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There's going to be a 'Sopranos' movie written by the show's creator — here's everything we know so far

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  • David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," co-wrote a prequel.
  • New Line bought the screenplay.
  • It's set in the 60s, and will feature characters from the show - most likely Tony's parents and his Uncle Junior, one of the show's most beloved characters.
  • Here's everything we know about it. 

 

"The Sopranos" ended its six-season run when everyone's screens unexpectedly went black in 2007.

While we'll likely never find out what exactly happened in that series finale, the show's creator has written a prequel that could give us a closer look at Tony Soprano's childhood. 

Creator David Chase wrote a screenplay for a prequel film that has been purchased by New Line Cinema, according to Deadline. There's not that many details on the movie yet, but we we do know that characters from the show will make an appearance. It's reportedly set in the 60s, which would mean that a young Tony Soprano would be in it, as well as his parents.

Here's everything we know:

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"The Sopranos" creator David Chase wrote the screenplay with Lawrence Konner

Konner wrote for "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire." Chase's last film was 2010's "Not Fade Away."



New Line Cinema bought the screenplay

Chase will be a producer as well as co-writer. He's also reportedly involved in picking a director. 



The movie's working title is "The Many Saints of Newark"

The title of the movie is subject to change. 



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A Silicon Valley billionaire's dream of a floating libertarian utopia may have finally been killed

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Peter Thiel's dream of a libertarian utopia in the middle of the ocean may have finally sunk.

Radio New Zealand is reporting that the French Polynesian government has not renewed its agreement to help the Seasteading Institute, a group created in Silicon Valley, build a permanent and politically autonomous settlement off the coast of the South Pacific islands.

In 2008, Thiel, a billionaire investor and Trump transition team member, launched a mission to develop a floating city, called a seastead, that would operate independently from existing nations. Thiel invested $1.7 million in The Seasteading Institute, but resigned from its board in 2011. He later said in an interview that engineering seasteads is "not quite feasible."

Here's what we know about the Seasteading Institute's plans for a floating city in the South Pacific — and why the deal went under.

Leanna Garfield contributed reporting to this article.

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In a 2009 essay, Thiel wrote, "Between cyberspace and outer space lies the possibility of settling the oceans."

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He imagined "an escape from politics in all its forms" in a new libertarian society.



The PayPal cofounder partnered with Patri Friedman, a Google software engineer who reportedly came up with the idea of seasteads at Burning Man, to launch the institute.



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Daylight Saving Time is literally killing us

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  • Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
  • Early that morning, most phones and computers will automatically shift an hour ahead.
  • The interruption to our internal clocks literally kills people: incidents of heart attacks, strokes, and fatal car accidents all spike around the start of Daylight Saving Time each year.


Daylight saving time is a killer. 

The annual ritual in which we trade an hour of morning light for evening brightness may seem like a harmless shift.

But each year, on the Monday after this springtime switch, hospitals report a 24% spike in heart attack visits around the country.

Just a coincidence? Probably not. Doctors see the opposite trend in the fall: on the Tuesday after we turn back the clocks, heart attack visits drop 21% as people get a little extra pillow time.

The reason that springing the clocks forward can kill us comes down to interrupted sleep schedules. This Sunday, instead of the clock turning from 1:59 to 2:00 a.m. as usual, it will jump an hour to 3:00 a.m. 

Researchers estimate we'll all deprive ourselves of an extra 40 minutes of sleep because of this.

"That's how fragile and susceptible your body is to even just one hour of lost sleep," sleep expert Matthew Walker, author of How We Sleep, previously told Business Insider.

Walker said this "global experiment" we perform twice a year is a sign of how sensitive our bodies are to the whims of changing schedules: in the fall, the shift is a blessing, and in the spring, it's a fatal curse. 

The tragic heart attack trend only lasts about a day, but our bodies may not fully recover from the springtime bump for weeks. We're also prone to make more deadly mistakes on the roads. Researchers estimate that car crashes in the US caused by sleepy daylight-saving drivers likely cost 30 extra people their lives over the nine-year period from 2002-2011. 

"The brain, by way of attention lapses and micro-sleeps, is just as sensitive as the heart to very small perturbations of sleep," Walker explains in his book.

The problems don't stop there. DST also causes more reports of injuries at work, more strokes, and may lead to a temporary bump in suicides at this time of year, too. 

For these reasons, states like Florida and Massachusetts are starting to lobby to ditch the switch, as ABC News reports. (Hawaii and Arizona already ignore it.) 

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Why we 'save' daylight for the evenings

Daylight Saving Time was originally concocted as a way to save energy, and implemented during World War I in Germany. More recent research suggests it's probably not saving us any megawatts of power at all, but there's some evidence that the evening light can reduce crime and increase the time people spend exercising, at least in certain climates.

But fewer than half of the countries in the world participate in this biannual clock-changing ritual, and the tradition inevitably costs some people their lives.

So while you might enjoy the extra end-of-day light next week, be extra careful with your heart and your car keys.

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The most ridiculous law in every state

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We've all heard urban legends and rumors about absurd laws in America, but you can't believe everything you read on the internet.

Sites like dumblaws.com — which rarely link to states' current statutes or may misinterpret them — only perpetuate the myths. Yes, it's illegal for a drunk person to enter a bar in Alaska. No, a woman's hair does not legally belong to her husband in Michigan. The list goes on.

We decided to undertake some legal legwork and identify the strangest statute still on the books in each state. You might find you're guilty of one or two violations.

A previous version of this article was co-authored by Christina Sterbenz.

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ALABAMA: The City of Mobile may know how to throw down on Mardi Gras, but the use of confetti is strictly prohibited. To carry, manufacture, sell, or handle the party supply is considered an "offense against public safety."

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ALASKA: A person cannot get drunk in a bar and remain on the premises. The statute says an intoxicated person may not "knowingly" enter or camp out where alcohol is sold.

In 2012, police in Anchorage, Alaska, started enforcing the law by sending plainclothes officers into to bars to identify excessively drunk people and arrest suspects, according to ABC News.

Source: Alaska State Legislature



ARIZONA: No one can feed garbage to pigs without first obtaining a permit. You can swap out the trough for a waste basket if the swine are raised for your own consumption.

Source: Arizona State Legislature



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All the TV shows that have been canceled in 2018

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It's still early in the year, but the list of canceled TV shows is already piling up.

Networks haven't announced many cancellations yet, except for ABC, which canceled its freshman sitcom "The Mayor" and "Once Upon a Time," once a ratings hit. And in March, TNT announced the cancellation of its original series "The Librarians."

On the streaming side, things are a bit different. Amazon kicked off the year with a slew of cancellations, announcing the end of three quirky comedies, including the Golden Globe nominee "I Love Dick" and the comedian Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical show, "One Mississippi."

There are many more cancellations to come, especially since networks haven't announced the fate of their fall shows.

We'll update this list as more are announced.

Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

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"The Mayor" — ABC, one season



"Chance" — Hulu, two seasons



"Lady Dynamite" — Netflix, two seasons



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The 5 most addictive substances on the planet, ranked

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As anyone who has drunk a cup of coffee knows, not all drugs are equally harmful. Caffeine, the most widely consumed psychoactive drug on earth, is not a danger to human health.

To give people an idea of the most dangerous substances, a team of psychiatrists, chemists, and pharmacologists at the UK's Royal College of Psychiatrists systematically ranked them based on three factors: how much physical harm they cause, how addictive they are, and how much damage they do to society as a whole, judging by things like costs spent on healthcare. They published their findings in the medical journal The Lancet.

Here are the drugs that rank highest for dependency:

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To assess the danger of each drug, the scientists looked at three types of effects.

The following ranking focuses on dependency. The researchers further broke this category down into three factors that determine how addictive something is.

1. Pleasure, the euphoria a user feels on the drug; psychological dependence

2. The cravings a user experiences when the drug is withdrawn

3. Physical dependence, the headaches or other physical symptoms a user experiences when the drug is withdrawn



1. Heroin ranked the highest on the list in terms of dependency.

The drug received a full three out of three in terms of pleasure, cravings, and physical dependence. 



2. Cocaine received a three out of three in terms of pleasure.

However, it was deemed to be slightly less psychologically addictive than heroin and about half as physically addictive.



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