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The 3 most common languages in every New York City neighborhood


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  • New York City contains dozens of neighborhoods across its five boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx.
  • Residents of those neighborhoods speak an abundance of languages.
  • Using census data from the Minnesota Population Center, we found the three most commonly spoken languages in each neighborhood.

New York is a city of neighborhoods, and those neighborhoods have a diverse array of people from all over the world.

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey provides a picture of several demographic, economic, and social characteristics of the US population. One of the questions on the survey asks respondents which language they mainly speak at home. Using data from the Minnesota Population Center's 2011-2015 ACS Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we found the top three languages spoken in each New York neighborhood.

For our working definition of neighborhood, we used the Census Bureau's Public Use Microdata Areas, which are designed to allow small-scale geographic analyses of individual-level ACS data. In New York, these areas mostly correspond to the city's community districts (or groups of two for areas with smaller populations), so they're a pretty good proxy for neighborhoods.

Here are the three most common languages spoken at home in each New York City neighborhood.

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Manhattan CD 1 & 2: Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho

Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 3: Chinatown & Lower East Side

Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 4 & 5: Chelsea, Clinton & Midtown Business District

Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

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A bookstore owner called the cops on a woman who confronted Steve Bannon and called him a 'piece of trash'


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  • A woman called Steve Bannon a "piece of trash" in a Virginia bookstore.
  • The owner of the store called the cops, but the woman left before police arrived.
  • The incident is part of a larger movement of civilians confronting members of President Donald Trump's administration.

A woman confronted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in a bookstore in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, causing the owner to call the cops, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The unnamed woman reportedly called Bannon a "piece of trash" in Black Swan Books, according to The Hill.

Nick Cooke, the owner of the independent book store, called 911 but the woman left the store before cops could arrive. The Richmond police department told the Times-Dispatch that they received a call around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

"Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business," Cooke told the paper. I asked her to leave, and she wouldn't. And I said, 'I'm going to call the police if you don't,' and I went to call the police, and she left."

Bannon, who founded the right-wing website Breitbart, left President Donald Trump's administration in August 2017. He was viewed as an integral member of Trump's campaign to get elected, and served as Trump's chief strategist during his first year in office. The Times-Dispatch noted that Bannon grew up in Richmond.

The incident comes on the heels of other cases of civilians confronting Trump appointees.

Kirstjen Nielsen, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Stephen Miller

Amid the administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy, protesters heckled Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she ate at a Mexican restaurant.

Stephen Miller, the senior White House adviser known to advocate President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, was called a fascist to his face at another restaurant in Washington.

The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for Trump.

Fanning the flames, Rep. Maxine Waters caused more controversy when she said encouraged people to confront Trump staffers.

"If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere," the California Democrat said.

Cooke told the Times-Dispatch why he asked the woman to leave. "Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody," he said.

Black Swan Books did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request to comment.

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The Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days share their advice for the young Thai soccer players


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  • A Thai soccer team has been trapped in the cave for two weeks.
  • Some of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for 69 days have spoken out about their experiences, providing advice for the young boys.
  • "Hope is the last thing that dies, and now everything depends on the rescuers working to save them and the coach who should motivate them to hang on until they get out of there," one former miner told the Los Angeles Times.

Twelve soccer players and their coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang cave in northern Thailand for two weeks.

The tribulation, which has been heavily publicized around the world, isn't unlike what 33 Chilean miners experienced in 2010, when they were trapped for 69 days 2,300 feet below ground in a copper mine.

Two of those miners told the Los Angeles Times advice they had for the boys, who are aged between 11 and 16.

The miners said those who interact with the soccer players should focus on the positive and avoid words or actions that cast them as victims.

"They are probably devastated thinking about their families and when they will be rescued, and it’s normal to worry like that," former miner Claudio Acuna, 46, told the Times. "I would tell the boys not to despair, to wait and pray, because God knows what he's doing."

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Omar Reygadas, 64, who is now a truck driver, also said keeping positive was crucial.

"Hope is the last thing that dies, and now everything depends on the rescuers working to save them and the coach who should motivate them to hang on until they get out of there," Reygadas told the Times. "They shouldn't worry about crying or being scared."

Nearly a decade later, both men told the Times they continue to struggle with the mental aftermath of their 69 days trapped in the mine. Acuna said he sees himself in the mine when he closes his eyes, and Reygadas said he feels depressed and suffers from dizziness.

Mario Sepulveda, another miner, shared his own "message of hope" for the young men in a video published by The Guardian.

"I have no doubt that if the government of the country puts in everything and makes all possible efforts, this rescue will be successful," Sepulveda said in the video. "We are praying for each of you, for each of the families, and for these children."

Read the entire Los Angeles Times article here »

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How divers rescued the first 4 boys from the cave in Thailand


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  • Four boys were rescued from a cave in Thailand on Sunday, the first wave of a highly anticipated mission to save the soccer team.
  • The boys had to learn the basics of swimming and diving before they could start the 2.5 mile journey.
  • Two divers accompanied each boy throughout the narrow cave passageways, guided by a rope.

The first four boys who were trapped in the cave in Thailand have been rescued and are in "perfect" health.

The boys had to travel about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) with oxygen tanks, tethered to cave divers to exit. About 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) of the journey was underwater, where everyone had to wear full face masks.

Reports emerged that the trapped boys did not know how to swim. Swim lessons are rare in Thailand, where the leading cause of death for children under 15 is drowning. Over the past few days, the boys were given lessons in swimming and diving before they started their journey out of the cave.

Experienced cave divers have noted how difficult the dive in Thang Luam Cave is. In addition to having no experience diving, the boys have mostly been without food and medicine for two weeks in tight quarters where oxygen is limited.

On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, further complicating rescue efforts. A Thai Navy SEAL commander told reporters he believed there was "a limited amount of time" left to rescue the soccer team.

How they got out

For the first four rescues, two divers accompanied each boy, one from the side and one from behind. They made their way back to the entrance of the cave guided by a 3 mile rope. In total, 13 foreign cave divers and five Thai Navy SEAL divers participated in Sunday's rescue, according to Reuters.

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The boys had to navigate through flooded passages that are no more than two feet wide in some areas. According to the Thai government, when they reached a spot that couldn't fit a person and an oxygen tank, the divers would take the boy's tank off his back while slowly guiding the boy through the narrow passages.

The first boys exited the cave several hours before they were expected to — each leg of the journey was estimated to take six hours. Narongsak Osottanakorn, the Chiang Rai governor and head of the rescue mission, said that "today, everything was smooth."

The rest of the rescues were put on hold Sunday night while air tanks and other systems are refilled.

Racing against the rain

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The boys were trapped in the cave when unexpected rains made their trip out impossible. For the last several days, crews have been trying to drain enough water out of the cave to make the rescue easier. Officials recognize that they have to finish the recuses quickly, before seasonal monsoon rains arrive and flood the caves even further.

Osottanakorn told reporters that the team had rehearsed the plan for several days, and had cleared a sizeable amount of the flooding from the cave.

The rescue has captured the world's attention, and many have offered their ideas on how to get the team out.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested creating a tunnel out of tubes in order to avoid diving. He also floated using a small submarine that's "Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps."

Rescuers didn't use Musk's ideas to get the first four boys out, but Musk tweeted that he's communicating with the Thai government and other experts on the submarine idea.

On Sunday, Musk posted photos and video of the "kid-size submarine" his team was testing in LA. He said they would send it to Thailand Sunday evening.

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The director of 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' explains how the ramifications of 'Infinity War' affected the making of the movie


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  • "Ant-Man and the Wasp" director Peyton Reed said a major challenge with this movie was that it follows "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • Reed said it wasn't until the very end of making the movie that they decided how they would address the ending of "Infinity War."
  • The director also revealed that his movie features the largest set ever made for a Marvel movie.

Before "Ant-Man and the Wasp," director Peyton Reed had never made a sequel before. So, obviously, he had some nerves going into the project. But how was it making a movie that's the first MCU release following the shocking events of "Avengers: Infinity War?"

"Everything was harder," Reed said.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" (opening in theaters on Friday), Reed's sequel to the 2015 hit "Ant-Man," follows the adventures of Scott Lang, an ex-con trying to provide for his family while also being a superhero on the side thanks to a suit that makes him micro-small or extremely large.

The sequel, like the first movie, is light and fun but with a little drama kicked in as Lang's mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and his daughter Hope — aka Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) — are desperately trying to get Hope's mom (Michelle Pfeiffer) out of the Quantum Realm.

But the movie also had to tie in the events of "Captain American: Civil War" (Lang is suffering the consequences of participating in the superhero showdown from that movie) and "Infinity War." So yes, we can see why everything was harder this time around.

Business Insider chatted with Reed about those challenges, how the movie has the biggest practical set ever created for a Marvel movie, and the drive to make a standalone movie despite being in the MCU. 

Jason Guerrasio: Were there comedic bits or elements that you couldn't fit in the first movie that found their way into this one?

Peyton Reed: Actually, the bulk of it is stuff that we came up for this movie because we're weirdly a sequel not only to "Ant-Man" but "Captain America: Civil War," because we couldn't ignore what happened with Scott Lang in "Civil War," and it provided us with this organic jumping off point. So, really, the bulk of it — the shrinking and growing stuff — was for this movie.
Guerrasio: Is doing this in some way like doing TV because the MCU is so popular you can reference another movie that isn't even in the franchise you're in, and the audience understands?

Reed: In that regard I suppose it is. But we also definitely want to make it its own viewing experience that makes sense if you haven't seen the first "Ant-Man" or any of the other MCU movies. Obviously, it's enriched if you've seen all the movies, but I don't think we approach it like TV. Obviously there's no writers' room, but if anything I think there's a real desire on my behalf and Marvel's to make this a standalone adventure that's really about the Pym/Van Dyne family and Scott Lang. 
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Guerrasio: But then there's "Infinity War" that you have to address.

Reed: For a long time in the writing of this thing we really didn't know where we were going to go, or wanted to fall, in terms of the timeline with "Infinity War." We knew that we were going to reference stuff that happened in "Civil War," but it was fairly late in the writing that we decided how we were going to introduce the events of "Infinity War."

There were versions early on where we put these little things in the background, these little Easter eggs to hint that in the world at large "Infinity War" is going on during this movie, but then we finally landed on what we inevitably did to address it. And that was very late in the game of writing. Doing that allowed us to tell this standalone story and then put our little twist to connect "Infinity War."

Guerrasio: When I watched it, especially in the beginning, I'm almost on high alert that something has to happen that makes us realize the events of "Infinity War" are happening as this movie is going on. 

Reed: As we were shooting it and certainly when we started screening it after "Infinity War" came out, it was this idea are you looking for clues and trying to figure out how it fits into that timeline? Then when it doesn't do that people submit to the story and the characters. They truly forget about it. And so what we do at the end gives it more impact. That was really fun. 

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Guerrasio: But there is at least one moment in the movie where you have some fun with the audience. You keep one character off screen long enough to make you think, "Did the Thanos snap just happen?"

Reed: Yeah. It just happened organically. It's so funny, coming after "Infinity War" definitely, like it or not, changes the context of our movie. And we always knew that would be the case. So it was really fun to kind of play with those expectations. 

Guerrasio: Was there any part of the filmmaking that came easier this time around than the first movie?

Reed: As a whole it was probably harder than the first movie. What did come easily was obviously having a rapport with the actors and knowing those characters. It really did help how we wanted to grow the characters. I have never directed a sequel before and my only guideline was as a moviegoer and what I personally like and don't like in sequels. 

One of the things I love in sequels is when they don't start directly right where the first one ended. I like when some time passes into the second one, the characters that you know from the first movie have progressed and the audience has to play a little bit a catch up to what's going on. And once we factored in the ramifications of Scott's actions in "Civil War," the idea that he would be in house arrest [due to his involvement in "Civil War"], that really gave us a lot to play with dramatically and comedically. And starting out having Scott estranged from Hank and Hope. That was really fun, everything else was harder. [Laughs

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Guerrasio: How about on the practical side. Was there anything you guys built that we would assume is CGI but is actually practical?

Reed: The biggest thing is Hank's lab, that interior. Early on while we were prepping, I wanted that set to be a practical set because in a movie where they are shrinking and growing and it takes place in the real world, I wanted as much tactile, real estate on location and on stage. And it turned out that we designed and built what's now the largest set that Marvel has ever built for one of their movies. It has digital extensions, but the bulk of that set is just this incredibly detailed thing. It helps ground the actors.

Guerrasio: Are you shocked you got the okay for that? You would think that kind of thing would be bestowed to an Avengers or Captain America movie. 

Reed: It would be that shocking answer if you were doing a Marvel quiz, "Which is the movie that has the largest set?" I don't think you would ever guess "Ant-Man and the Wasp." But I think because a sizable amount of the movie takes place in that lab I wanted it to feel real. If it all felt digital or fake it really does take the audience out of it.

Guerrasio: Do you feel more of an ownership on this movie compared to the last one, which was originally developed by director Edgar Wright?

Reed: I had way longer development and prep time on this movie, there's no question about that. But I feel absolute ownership over the first movie. And I think for me coming into that movie, I certainly have done movies and TV with incredibly accelerated prep periods. Obviously we used Edgar's and Joe [Cornish]'s original draft, but when [Adam] McKay and [Paul] Rudd came in to do the rewrites around the time I came on the movie, we definitely felt free to change everything we wanted to do. We really added some major stuff, like the Quantum Realm never existed in those original drafts and Janet Van Dyne was never in the original draft. We kept the heist film aspect. But I feel absolute ownership over the first movie. The process on this was much more gratifying just because, okay, we have established that Ant-Man is a hero that people have connected with and now we can hit the ground running, that's really gratifying. But for me they are both my babies.


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'Sorry to Bother You' is right — minorities are judged by the sound of their voice, and there's science to prove it


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  • In the film "Sorry to Bother You," a black telemarketer finds success only after he starts speaking in a "white voice."
  • The movie is rooted in science — linguists have long known that minorities face discrimination based on the sound of their voice.
  • One linguist tried responding to local apartment listings using three accents — white, black, and Latino — and was offered more appointments when the landlord thought he sounded white. 

In the upcoming movie "Sorry to Bother You," a black telemarketer named Cash can't finish a single call without getting hung up on.

But Cash's fortunes change after a colleague instructs him to start calling customers using his "white voice." Suddenly, by changing his accent to that of a white man, he achieves unheard-of levels of telemarketing success.

While "Sorry to Bother You" may be a comedy, its premise is rooted in science. Language experts have recognized for years that people face discrimination not just based on their race but the sound of their voice — especially when they sound like a minority.

John Baugh, a linguist at Washington University in St. Louis, was the first to document the "linguistic profiling" some minorities face over the phone. It started in the late 1980s when Baugh, who is black, said he was discriminated against while searching for apartments in Palo Alto, California, where he was living as a fellow at Stanford University. 

Baugh launched an experiment in which he made hundreds of phone calls to landlords who had listed apartments in the San Francisco area. He greeted each landlord with the same line: "Hello, I’m calling about the apartment you have advertised in the paper." But he didn't always say it in the same accent — he alternated between using an African-American accent, a Mexican-American accent, and his natural accent, what he called professional standard English.

He found that in white areas, landlords were far less responsive to him when he used his black or Latino accent. In one predominantly white community, landlords offered to show him the apartment 70% of the time when he used his standard-English voice, but less than 30% of the time when he spoke in a black or Latino dialect.

Baugh's research proved that racism extends further than just face-to-face interactions.

"For people who felt that they had been the victims of linguistic discrimination, they were happy to see it," he told Business Insider. "And it was the kind of affirmation of like, well, we knew this all along. We knew it. We just didn't know that it could be proved scientifically."

Can you really tell someone's race based on their voice?

Although language and ethnicity are closely intertwined, the notion that one can "sound white" or "sound black" has stirred controversy in the past. It came up in the OJ Simpson murder case, when Johnnie Cochran memorably argued that it was inherently racist to assume someone's race based on the sound of their voice.

But as Baugh explains, we make inferences from people's voices all the time. We can usually tell when a speaker is a man or a woman, for example, and we can get a sense if they're old or young. Guessing someone's race is the same thing.

"It's not necessarily racist to draw an inference about a person's race from their speech," Baugh told Business Insider. "What is potentially racist is if you act on that inference in a discriminatory way."

Although Baugh's research uncovered a harsh reality for minorities, he said it did little to wipe out housing discrimination for good. Instead, it simply motivated the real estate industry to change its tactics.

Minorities still face discrimination in the housing market, as the Urban Institute think tank has shown. But now, instead of rejecting them over the phone, Baugh said brokers will often go through the process of having them fill out applications and granting them appointments before ultimately rejecting them, making it harder to take legal action.

"One of the unintended consequences of the research was that for those that wanted to discriminate, they realized, 'Oh, I'd better be a little more sophisticated than just simply telling people no.'"

For Baugh, the issue goes far beyond fair housing — it cuts to the heart of the American identity.

"Many of the people who engage in linguistic profiling and linguistic discrimination are descendants of people that came from someplace where English is probably not spoken. And some of their ancestors at one point in time, whether they came from Italy, Germany, Vietnam, or the Philippines, were subject to a form of linguistic discrimination," Baugh said.

"Accepting others who speak different than you do can potentially be a step toward healing divisions in the country."

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Costco employees share their 9 best tips for getting an even better deal on your next shopping trip


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  • Costco deals are a great way to save money — but they're not always obvious.
  • Business Insider asked 49 Costco employees to share their top tips for saving money and making the most of your experience at the store.
  • From learning how to navigate the store to figuring out how to identify clearance items, here's some advice from Costco employees.

Costco's deals are a huge draw for many members.

The retail chain is known for hawking just about everything — and selling it in bulk.

Business Insider reached out to Costco employees to learn more about their top shopping tips, because it pays to shop armed with insider information. Thirty-five ended up sharing their best strategies.

One employee of four years suggested shopping for everything at the chain, which isn't that far-fetched of an idea, considering Costco sells cars, vacations, food kits for the apocalypse, yummy fast food, and even caskets.

"The deals are amazing," a Costco employee of four years told Business Insider. "Always think Costco first. From auto insurance, travel, mortgages, return policy, warranties — if you can get it through Costco, you absolutely should."

Here's what Costco workers had to say about how you can instantly improve your shopping experience.

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Buy Kirkland

Kirkland products are the way to go, according to Costco employees.

Kirkland Signature — named for the chain's former headquarters in Kirkland, Washington — is Costco's private label.

"Buy Kirkland — it's cheaper and the same product as the name brand," a Costco employee who has worked for the store for five years told Business Insider.

An employee who's been with the store for 25 years agreed.

Don't hesitate

See something you like at Costco? Buy it. Don't hesitate.

That's what eight Costco employees told Business Insider. Seasonal items often disappear forever.

"Buy seasonal items when you can," one employee told Business Insider. "When they're gone, they're gone."

If you decide to sit on your hands, you might end up regretting it.

"Too many people come back looking for something we phased out," an employee of 10 years told Business Insider. "Buy it when you see it."

You can always return it later if you decide you don't want it.

Spring for the executive membership

A standard membership at Costco is $60 a year. An executive membership will cost you $120 a year and net you an annual 2% reward of up to $1,000 on your purchases.

Five Costco employees told Business Insider that they advised that customers spring for the executive membership.

"Come on," said one employee who has worked at the chain for six years. "You get 2% back on travel. Go to Hawaii. Make money."

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Middle Eastern cuisine is poised to take over America, and it reveals a huge change in how people like to eat


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  • Fast-casual restaurants serving Middle Eastern food and Mediterranean food are suddenly everywhere in the US.
  • Cava and Roti are just a few of the chains that have been rapidly growing across the United States.
  • Whole Foods predicted that Middle Eastern cuisine would be one of the top culinary trends in 2018 because of a growing demand for fresh, healthy, and flavorful food.

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants seem to be popping up on every corner.

Taïm, Cava, Hummus & Pita Co., and Roti are among the fast-growing restaurants that have been serving fresh Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in a fast-casual style, with more and more national chains and local businesses hopping on the trend all the time.

Middle Eastern cuisine has been rising in popularity in recent years, and Whole Foods predicted it would be one of the top food trends of 2018. According to Whole Foods, hummus, pita, and falafel are "entry points" into Middle Eastern food, and spices like harissa, cardamom, and za'atar are likely to start popping up on menus more often.

Though Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food are distinct from each other, the two share flavors, and "Mediterranean" is often used as an umbrella term to describe both. For example, flatbreads, roasted meat, and hummus are generally considered stables of both types of cuisine.

"Mediterranean is a much more popular selling point," Leila Hudson, an associate professor of modern Middle East culture and political economy at the University of Arizona in Tucson, told QSR magazine. "People generally understand what that means."

Tamim Shoja, who owns the restaurant SKWR Kabobline in Washington, DC, told QSR: "We did a lot of research, and what kept sticking out was how many restaurants represented themselves as Mediterranean when they were not. I came to the realization it was a marketing thing. Mediterranean is something that is approachable."

See how Middle Eastern food is taking over:

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Taïm, an Israeli chain operated by the chefs Einat Admony and Stefan Nafziger, has three locations in New York and two more coming soon.

Source: Business Insider

To aid in its expansion, the founders of Taïm have partnered with an investment group spearheaded by the Chipotle vets Phil Petrilli and Bethany Strong. The menu has a variety of falafel dishes you can order on a pita or platter. It also has salads, fries, sides, and smoothies, all generally priced about $8 to $12.

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods are packed with flavorful spices and fresh veggies. The Mediterranean diet is said to be one of the healthiest diets because of its focus on vegetables, proteins, and whole grains.

Source: Business Insider

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Dick Cheney signs a 'waterboard kit' in trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV series


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  • Sacha Baron Cohen shared a new clip for his upcoming Showtime series, which appears to be titled "Who Is America?"
  • The clip features Cohen, as an off-screen interviewer, asking former vice president Dick Cheney to sign a "waterboard kit."
  • Cheney signs it and says, "That's the first time I ever signed a waterboard."

Sacha Baron Cohen has shared a few details about his upcoming Showtime series, which is reportedly titled "Who Is America?," and set to premiere on July 15.

After cryptically announcing the show with a clip mocking Trump last week, Cohen tweeted out a brief video of an interview with former vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday. 

In the clip, Cohen's off-screen interviewer asks Cheney to sign a "waterboard kit," which Cheney subsequently does with a smile and says, "That's the first time I ever signed a waterboard." 

The video leads with text that reads, "Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year..."

Vulture also noted on Sunday that posters for the series were up in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The posters teased images of Cohen's new characters for the series and an airtime of Sundays at 10 pm.

Watch the clip with Cheney below:

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We visited convenience-store rivals Wawa and Buc-ee's to see which does it better, and the winner is clear


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  • Wawa is a beloved regional convenience-store chain, which immediately won our love and appreciation after we visited the first time. 
  • While we once believed Wawa to be the best road trip pit stop imaginable, Texans told us that there was one chain that could one-up Wawa: Buc-ee's.
  • We visited Buc-ee's and compared the two — and were forced to admit that the Texas chain beats out Wawa in every way. 

In Pennsylvania, travelers worship at the altar of Wawa. 

The chain of convenience stores has a near-mythical quality, with locals magnetically drawn to the promise of cheap gas, coffee, and an incredible array of delicious sandwiches.

We visited the chain in 2017, eager to see what all the fuss is about. We left as Wawa converts, spreading the good word on the chain's superiority to its dreaded rival, Sheetz. 

However, on a recent road trip, we heard murmurs that there may be another convenience-store chain that could measure up to the wonder of Wawa. Buc-ee's, Texans said, was a highway pit stop unlike any other in the world — including Wawa. 

"Better than Wawa?" we scoffed. "Impossible." 

Yet we couldn't shake the vision of a Southern answer to Wawa's glory. So, we stopped by the chain to see how Buc-ee's measured up. 

Here's who comes out on top in a cutthroat battle of two of the most iconic regional pit stop chains in the US. 

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We visited a Wawa in South Philipsburg, New Jersey, off Route 22 in early 2017. The gas pumps are plentiful and bustling with activity, but we were more interested in what was inside.

Wawa, with more than 720 locations in six states on the East Coast, is renowned for its high-quality yet inexpensive food. Walking inside, we found the vibe to be clean and professional, yet unassuming. Muted yellows and browns were the key colors, leading to a relaxed but often bland visual landscape.

It took us a few minutes to even comprehend the array of food options available at Wawa. The well-stocked prepackaged section was ambitious and diverse in scope. Even packaged food appeared to be fresh — not as though it has been abandoned on the shelf for untold lengths.

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See if you can spot what's wrong in these photos of crowds


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Can spot what's going on in the above picture of people walking down the stairs?

"Each person’s foot is hovering an inch or so above the next step," Pelle Cass, a Boston based photographer says by email. "The odds that 19 strangers would be caught at the same crucial instant in the same instantaneous photograph just before landing on the next step must be astronomically small."

How does Cass do it? Calling himself a subversive trick photographer, the artist takes hundreds of photos on a tripod in a single spot over about an hour. He then goes back to his studio and carefully selects content to include in a composite image.

"I don’t change a thing and I never move a figure or doctor a single Pixel," he explains. "I simply decide what stays in and what’s left out."

Photos in his series "Selected People" can show a perfect spectrum of colors, a collection of people raising their arms, or simply an arrangement the artist finds striking.

"I never pass up the chance to make a joke, visual or otherwise," he adds.

Cass shared a set of photos from "Selected People." See if you can spot what’s wrong.

Gus Lubin contributed to a previous version of this post. 

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You can look at a Pelle Cass photo for several moments before realizing it doesn't make sense.

Cass, however, claims he doesn't change a thing in his photos.

Instead, he takes hundreds of photos on a tripod in a single spot for over about an hour.

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We drove a $150,000 Porsche Panamera Turbo and an $86,000 Cadillac CTS-V to see which mega-sedan was our favorite — here's the verdict (GM)


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  • The Porsche Panamera Turbo carries a hefty price tag.
  • The Cadillac CTS-V is essentially a Corvette Z06 with four doors.
  • Can the awesome Caddy face down possibly the greatest sedan on Earth?

The Porsche Panamera is an incredible machine — so incredible that we named it Business Insider's 2017 Car of the Year.

The Panamera in Turbo trim is monumental: There's a stonking twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 under the hood, cranking out 550 horsepower. But behind that motor is a cabin of unparalleled luxury.

For those who want it all, the Panamera Turbo doesn't disappoint. But it will cost you more than $150,000. Face it: one doesn't get to be a Porsche owner without doing some damage to the bank account.

That's a rich sticker, but for about half the price you can get your hands on even more power. It won't be German power — it will be Detroit oomph. And it will have a Cadillac badge.

The CTS-V is probably my favorite high-performance four-door on Earth. If you like the Corvette Z06 and its 6.2-liter, 650-horsepower V8 widowmaker, the CTS-V has the same powerplant, just tuned down by 10 horses, to 640. You would be hard-pressed to notice the dropoff in power. In both the Caddy and Vette, you're getting some extreme performance at a cost that's sort of difficult to overlook.

So let's call this comparison a showdown between perhaps the greatest sedan in existence and the extreme value proposition. Read on to see who wins.

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The CTS-V in "Red Obsession." I enjoyed the vehicle immensely. Our test car cost over $90,000 and was very well-optioned. Base, the CTS-V is about $86,000.

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The "V" cars are Caddy's answer to high-performance versions of European sports sedans: BMW's M Sports, Mercedes-AMGs, and the Audi RS. And, of course, dedicated high-end rides such as the Panamera.

It's tough to climb much the General Motors lineup than the CTS-V, however. With the Z06 and forthcoming ZR1 'Vettes, you get mountains of power but no back seats, and the flagship CT6 Caddy doesn't yet come in V trim.

I will at this point acknowledge that one might not be cross-shopping a CTS-V and a Panamera Turbo. But then again, a lot of folks don't think they should cross-shop a Z06 and, say, a Ferrari 488. That doesn't mean they shouldn't.

I also more recently checked out the car in a fetching "Crystal White" paint job. It got some serious stares, but I still liked the CTS-V better in red.

The heart of the Caddy is the savage, 640-horsepower, supercharged V8 LT4 motor, which the CTS-V shares with the Corvette Z06.

This engine is sublime. For my money, it's better than the Porsche's 550-horsepower V8, but I tend to think that big V8s get along better with superchargers than turbochargers. (Both increase the compression of airflow headed in an engine's cylinders for combustion, but superchargers are powered by the motor, whereas turbos are spun by engine exhaust.)

The best part of driving a CTS-V, in many ways, is starting it up and hearing the gutsy roar and rumble. Because we're dealing with a luxury sedan, out on the road, the CTS-V isolated the driver and passengers from the exhaust note, but you can sure as heck feel those 640 horses doing their thing.

The eight-speed automatic has a manual mode, so you can use the paddles behind the steering wheel to shift your gears. The CTS-V also has various drive modes, including a ferocious "track" option. I found that skipping the paddles and going with "comfort" and "sport" modes were the best route.

"Driving the car is glorious," I wrote in 2016. "The Z06 requires constant attention ... The CTS-V, by contrast, is an insane beast when you want it to be, possessed of earth-splitting violence delivered via a 0-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds."

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Netflix's first original series from India, 'Sacred Games,' is an addictive crime thriller with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes


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  • "Sacred Games," the first Netflix original series from India, debuted Friday to a 100% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The crime thriller is an adaptation of a best-selling 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra.
  • The eight-episode first season is now streaming on Netflix. 

Netflix's first original series from India, the crime thriller "Sacred Games," debuted Friday to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

The show centers on a Sikh cop in the Mumbai police force named Sartaj Singh (played by the Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan), and an enigmatic Mumbai criminal, Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). At the start of the series, Gaitonde calls Singh to inform him of an attack on the city set to take place in 25 days.

Adapted from a best-selling 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra, the series has a 100% "fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes as of Monday.

"Sacred Games" is Netflix's first original release in a campaign to reach India, which could be one of the largest international markets for the streaming service. Netflix India officially launched in 2016, but its growth and viewership in the country have lagged behind its streaming rival Amazon.

"Sacred Games" represents a renewed effort from Netflix to reach India's more than 1 billion potential viewers.

Critics lauded the series in advance of its release on Friday, highlighting it as a fresh take on the crime genre and commending Khan on his performance as Singh.

Mike Hale of The New York Times praised the alternating styles of the show, writing in a review: "The combination of dark humor and operatic violence may call to mind 'Fargo'; the slightly hyperbolic characterizations and stylized dialogue are akin to those in 'Luke Cage.'"

"'Sacred Games' feels like it could be an especially interesting addition to this genre," Kayla Cobb of Decider wrote in a review. "The questions surrounding Gaitonde's identity and mortality inject this common story with a dose of supernatural shock."

Watch the trailer for the series below, and catch its eight-episode first season on Netflix.

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Rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million deal for a new album weeks before his death in a shooting



  • Rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million deal for a new album weeks before he was shot and killed last month, The New York Times reports.
  • XXXTentacion signed the deal with Empire, the independent record company that released his highly successful first two albums.
  • Ghazi Shami, the founder of Empire, told the Times that the rapper had recorded "a significant amount of material" for his third album, which could see a release in October. 

Rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million deal for his third studio album several weeks before he was shot and killed in South Florida last month, three sources close to the deal told The New York Times

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, signed the contract with Empire, the independent record company that released his first two albums. "17," his first album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart last summer, and his second album, "?," hit No. 1 on the chart upon its release in April.

Ghazi Shami, the founder of Empire, told the Times that Onfroy had recorded "a significant amount of material" for his third album. The album reportedly won't be eligible for release until October due to a clause in Onfroy's last contract with Universal Music Group.

Onfroy's music saw a dramatic spike in streaming numbers following his death last month.

His single "Sad!" jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week after his death. The song was later accompanied by an eerie, posthumous video, filmed before his death but released a week after it, in which Onfroy attends his own funeral and gets into a fight with his own dead body. 

Onfroy was fatally shot in his car last month outside a motorsports store in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Broward County police later arrested and charged a 22-year-old man named Dedrick D. Williams with first-degree murder in connection to Onfroy's death.

At the time of his death, Onfroy was awaiting trial for a 2016 domestic-abuse case. He faced charges of aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.

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Uber, Google and top VCs just poured $335 million into scooter startup Lime — here's why one investor thinks it's the future of commuting


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  • Scooter startup Lime is raising $335 million.
  • The startup is also partnering with Uber, who also invested, which will allow Uber to introduce scooter rentals in its app.
  • We talked to one of Lime's investors about what the hype was about, and he explained why he thinks Lime could be the next Uber.


Less than two weeks after its competitor raised new funding, Lime, one of the most buzzworthy scooter startups to emerge in the last year, has squeezed its investors for another $335 million, the company announced on Monday.

Alphabet's tech investing group GV led the latest round, which included new investors Alphabet, IVP, Atomico, Fidelity Management and Research Company, and Uber — which is partnering with the startup to offer scooter rentals through the Uber app. Earlier Lime investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Singapore's Sovereign Wealth Fund also participated.

The announcement comes on the heels of scooter startup Bird raising $300 million in a round that valued the company at $2 billion. Lime declined to share its valuation, but Bloomberg reports the latest round valued the startup at $1.1 billion.

Tech investors from Silicon Valley to New York are clamoring to get into these scooter deals, with hundreds of millions of venture dollars flowing into the market in 2018, in the hope that their pick goes on to become the Uber or Lyft of scooter-sharing.

Bird and Lime are the favorites to take those honors, according to Somesh Dash, a partner at venture firm IVP, who's betting on Lime. Each has raised more funding in 2018 than its competitors, Spin, Skip, Hopr, and Ridecell have received combined.

Dash was hooked on Lime after booking it to a meeting in San Mateo, California, on one of the company's scooters in less time and for less money than an Uber ride.

Lime, like Bird, lets people reserve a local scooter on their phone, ride for a small fee, and at the end of the journey, leave the scooter wherever to be claimed by the next rider.

"There's this old mantra in venture: faster, better, cheaper," Dash told Business Insider. After reserving a Lime scooter on his smartphone, "I kind of said, 'Wow. This is not just slightly better, this is a whole new way of thinking about transportation.'"

Bird was first — but is Lime better?

When Bird, which was founded by a former executive at Uber and Lyft, announced it raised $300 million in new funding last month, investors talked to Business Insider to sing its praises. They called the idea "genius" and said Bird was worth every penny.

Bird arguably invented the scooter-sharing market, putting scooters on the streets of Santa Monica, California, before any bike sharing competitor. Investors said they put money into Bird, in part, because they were first to market with scooters.

"Ideas are incredibly important, but I'd say the two things that are equally important are marketing timing ... and just quality and pace of execution," Dash said.

lime scooters bike 14Lime started as a bike-sharing company, deploying its first bikes on a college campus in North Carolina. Today, nearly 1 million people use Lime across 60 US cities and college campuses. The company's offerings include bikes, electric bikes, and scooters.

In 2017, Lime reported that 60% of first-time LimeBike riders rented from Lime again, a strong indication that once they tried the service, they were hooked on it.

Dash compared Lime's potential in scooter-sharing to the success of Apple and Google, because neither company invented the markets they came to dominate. 

"Apple never invented the GUI. Xerox Parc did. But you look at what Apple did with the commercialization of the Macintosh, and they redefined the entire PC market," Dash said.

"Google did not invent search. Search was around — and successful, by the way — for many years before it with Lycos, Ask Jeeves, Infoseek, and Yahoo," Dash said.

"All of those companies paled, even Yahoo, compared to the way Google took a different approach to page rank and AdSense as a business model," Dash said. "That's the thing that we're seeing. I wouldn't say the most likely winner is the one who's first. We look for companies that have exhibited great execution at scale."

There's room for both to succeed

Dash looked at other scooter-sharing companies before pouring money into Lime, and he said one thing stood out to him during Lime’s pitch: It wasn't just a scooter company.

According to Dash, Lime wanted to offer a suite of vehicles that transforms the way people get from point A to point B. A tourist might rent a bike for riding along a beach boardwalk, while a commuter might prefer a scooter for skirting around traffic.

"Lime's whole mission is to increase transit options, not just a massive scooter explosion," Dash said.

While bikes make up the majority of Lime's vehicles on the road, it's been doubling the number of scooters in the US market nearly every month, according to Dash. The company sees scooters as a better solution for last-mile transportation — the part of a journey that's notoriously difficult to reach by car or slowed by traffic — because scooters are less cumbersome than electric bikes and faster at speeds up to 15 mph.

Though Lime has more variety, Dash said there's room for both Bird and Lime to succeed.

"I think people are very quickly [deciding] who's better than who, whereas for years, we saw that happen with Uber and Lyft. Now you look at those two and you say, 'Wow, both were very successful for their investors.' I don't think anyone who capitalized them early is really complaining," Dash said. "They're the biggest winners for all the people involved. We see similar dynamics here, because both companies will be very successful."

VC says Lime might even be undervalued

According to Dash, Lime could have raised bunches more in its latest funding round.

The recent cash infusion into Bird gave the company a reported $2 billion valuation, which certainly sets the bar for Lime. Lime could have tried to chase the same valuation from investors, given its competitiveness and explosive growth.

Instead, the founders asked for what they needed, according to Dash. He said the valuation and deal terms were fair. Brad and Toby didn't seem to be raising money for the sake of sparring with Bird. They demonstrated a clear vision for growing the company beyond its American roots, with an international expansion in the works.

"So far, we've been really impressed," Dash said. We plan to double down in subsequent rounds. We've already told them like, 'When you guys are ready to raise next' — who knows if that's three months, six months, or a year — 'please count us in.'"

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England soccer fans are going viral for their wild celebrations — here are 22 of the most euphoric photos


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England soccer fans finally have something to cheer about.

For the first time in 28 years, the team has made it to the World Cup semi-finals — and boy, are fans making the most of it.

"It's coming home" is said at least every other sentence, the manager has made waistcoats popular again, and footage of jubilant English men and women launching lager across packed venues has gone viral across the world.

Amid all the excitement, brave photojournalists have been wading into the most exuberant celebrations to capture some amazing images.

Scroll down to see the euphoria. Oh, and did we mention it's coming home?

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The capital city has, of course, been alive with World Cup fever. Many of the viral videos of fans celebrating you may have seen have come from Croydon Boxpark, South East London...

... where lots of beer gets thrown around when England score.

The scenes from within the venue when England score are nothing short of outstanding.

After the games, crowds spill out onto the streets where the festivities continue.

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Here's the biggest mistake Chipotle makes with its burritos


People love burritos. I love burritos. Who doesn't love burritos? In the US, that love mostly means Chipotle.


But here in New York City, there are dozens of burrito spots that are as good as — and often far better than — Chipotle. I'm not talking about fancy restaurants with Michelin stars.

I'm talking about places that do exactly the same thing that Chipotle does — fast meals at slightly-higher-than-fast-food prices — but much better than Chipotle. So-called fast-casual restaurants.

Eating at these burrito spots, you realize pretty quickly that Chipotle consistently makes the same mistake: treating the tortilla as a dump for food instead of a canvas for carefully laid out ingredients.

Put simply, Chipotle treats its bowls and its burritos identically, dumping ingredients into a pile in the center.

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This results in an inconsistent, sloppy burrito-eating experience where one bite is all rice, another all beans, and a third results in something else entirely. Every bite is a surprise, and that's not a good thing. But what makes burritos so good is their combination of several delicious ingredients, all in one bite.

It's a disservice to customers and ingredients alike to put such little effort into the burrito-crafting process.

Thankfully, a local burrito shop named Dos Toros— 10 are scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn — does things right. Having eaten there a few hundred times across the past several years, I can attest: Dos Toros makes a mean burrito. It's the closest I've come to a California-style burrito in NYC.

Most importantly, it's a well prepared burrito instead of a slop of ingredients forced into a burrito-shaped object.

Here, look at this:

Dos Toros

It may sound like quibbling, but this one small change makes all the difference in the world in crafting a delicious, perfectly balanced burrito. 

Places like Dos Toros share a lot of similarities with Chipotle. A bunch of prepared ingredients are in a hot/cold prep area, waiting to be assembled.

Even the order of ingredient application is near identical. Like Chipotle, Dos Toros starts with rice and beans. But the similarities end there — look at how these beans and rice are laid out:

The rest of the ingredients are laid out in a similarly linear fashion. In this case, a generous portion of succulent, luscious carnitas is laid gingerly over the carefully placed foundation of rice and beans.

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A list of the similarities between Silicon Valley and the Soviet Union went viral over the weekend


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Silicon Valley has a tendency to be mocked — there's even an entire HBO comedy centered around the absurdities of living and working there. 

But one Twitter user approached this subject in a new way: comparing the tech capital of the world to the former Soviet Union. Anton Troynikov created a Twitter thread on July 5 that quickly went viral over the weekend, making tongue-in-cheek comparisons between working for a tech giant like Tesla or Amazon and working in the USSR.

Here are some of the highlights: 

'Living five adults to a two room apartment'

'Being told you are constructing utopia while the system crumbles around you'

"'Totally not illegal taxi' taxis by private citizens moonlighting to make ends meet"

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Startups are pioneering a dramatic shift in how we spot and treat depression — and you can try some of their new tools right now


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The tragic rise in suicide in America has struck a chord with tech startups focused on mental health.

Driven in some cases by the death of a family member or friend, some CEOs and founders are revamping existing wellness tools — such as apps that help spot and manage stress — to create new versions designed to diagnose depression. Other platforms are expanding the range of mental health services they provide so that a therapist you once texted about your anxiety can also prescribe you medication.

All of these efforts share a common motivation: the belief that too many people who need help aren't getting it. 

While suicide isn't always tied to depression, the two issues frequently overlap. Of the roughly 20% of Americans who have a mental illness, close to two-thirds are estimated to have gone at least a year without treatment.

That reality has led startup founders like Tom Insel, who once led the National Institutes of Mental Health and now heads a company called Mindstrong Health, to attempt to create solutions.

"We don't have objective, precise measures of mental health like we do for diabetes or hypertension," Insel told Business Insider last month. He hopes a new app will help solve that problem.

Here are six app-based services that are working to address these problems. 

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With backing from Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, a company called Medibio is using sleep and heart rate data from your Fitbit or Apple Watch to spot a depressive episode.

Despite racking up 28 Olympic medals — an unparalleled achievement that made swimmer Michael Phelps the most recognized Olympian in US history — Phelps was fighting powerful episodes of depression that led him to contemplate taking his own life.

"I straight wanted to die," Phelps told CNN's David Axelrod on a recent episode of The Axe Files podcast.

Phelps' personal struggle spurred him to join the board of a 23-year-old company called Medibio. The group has a bold goal: to create a tool that can detect mental illness objectively, without relying on mercurial measures like questionnaires.

"The problem with mental health today is that there's no objective diagnosis," Jack Cosentino, Medibio's CEO, told Business Insider in June.

In contrast to that approach, Medibio uses your wearable and smartphone to collect data on measurable health factors like your heart rate and sleep. The data is fed into an app which gives you a numerical score showing whether you're likely to be entering into a period of high-stress or mental vulnerability.

A version of Medibio's technology is already available to consumers, but the company is also working on a more advanced version of the app that could detect depression. Medibio presented that new version to the Food and Drug Administration last month.

Mindstrong Health's approach is to analyze how you type and scroll on your phone to detect mental illness.

Mindstrong Health, the Silicon Valley startup led by former National Institutes of Mental Health director Tom Insel, is working on pinpointing mental illness by collecting data on how you type, tap, and scroll on your smartphone.

Mindstrong's app, which hasn't yet been finalized, is designed to run in the background of your smartphone and pick up on how long you take to find something from a list like your contacts, which way you scroll, and how quickly you type.

The company calls this "digital phenotyping."

Mindstrong hasn't yet revealed how the ways you use your phone could indicate a particular condition, and the startup is still exploring the direction it might take its product. But Insel said they may first make the app available to an internal group of psychiatrists and social workers in the company who will work with several hundred patients to see how the platform works in real time.

"We have a passive, objective way of measuring how you're thinking that takes advantage of a technology that all of us are using all the time," Insel said.

Wall Street's favorite meditation app, Headspace, is working on a prescription-strength version of the app.

The $250 million mindfulness app company Headspace has plans to turn meditation into medicine.

A favorite self-improvement tool in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, the app already has 30 million users. In June, by way of a new subsidiary called Headspace Health, the company announced that it will soon be rolling out a handful of prescription-grade meditation tools.

Headspace has not yet revealed which specific health condition the product is intended to treat, but Megan Jones Bell, the company's chief science officer, told Business Insider last month that it would "likely surprise a lot of people."

Headspace is starting clinical trials of the tool this summer. The company aims to get FDA approval for its first digital health product by 2020.

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A legendary Israeli venture capitalist explains why anyone against cooperation with China is 'crazy'


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  • The US and China are currently engaged in a trade war that could have ramifications for the entire global economy.
  • Israel, which has significant economic ties to both countries, is particularly vulnerable to a global trade war.
  • Legendary Israeli venture capitalist Erel Margalit told Business Insider that "the world's development" hinges on China and the US finding a better way to coexist economically.
  • Margalit called economic development the most successful driver of social change in China, said it's important that such development continues.

The US and China engaged in the first shots of a potential trade war last week when the Trump administration announced a 25% tariff worth $34 billion on Chinese products, including televisions, aircraft parts, nuclear reactors, and vehicles.

China responded later that day with $34 billion worth of tariffs of its own, primarily on agricultural products.

A full-blown global trade war could cost the world economy $470 billion by 2020, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Economics.

Meanwhile, one country with significant ties to both countries' economies is looking on nervously.

Israel is particularly exposed to a global trade war. The country exports 30% of its GDP in goods and services and derives significant investment and growth for its booming technology sector via the US and China.

The episode has left some Israeli businessmen, like legendary venture capitalist Erel Margalit, feeling caught in the middle.

"The Chinese and the Americans need to find a better way to coexist from an economic standpoint. It's extremely important for the world's development," Margalit told Business Insider. "China is developing new business models today that are ahead of anyone else."

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 24, 2018.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Margalit is the founder of Jerusalem Venture Partners, one of the country's oldest and most successful venture funds. The company has created and invested in over 120 companies in the US, Israel, and Europe. As of 2015, it also includes investment from Alibaba, China's biggest tech company.

While Israeli tech has long relied on American investors, it has increasingly turned to China in recent years. China's total investment in Israel tripled to $16 billion last year.

"We believe that China will be the largest investor in the Israeli market in the technology sector. It will surpass the US," Edouard Cukierman, the French-Israeli chairman of Cukierman Investments House and managing partner at Catalyst-CEL, told The Jerusalem Post in December. "For many years, the Israeli hi-tech industry has been supported and led by American investors. Companies aimed for NASDAQ or the US market for exits, for IPOs."

The number of Chinese financial firms that invested in Israeli tech companies doubled from 18 in 2013 to 34 in 2017, but Chinese investment in venture capital funds has gone down over the same period.

As Margalit looks at the global economy, he said it's important to continue building "new dimensions of cooperation" between China, the US, and other global economies. But, he said, it needs to be done in a way that respects intellectual property and is non-threatening. Anyone against that, he said, is "crazy."

"The biggest social change in China is happening economically, not through Jeffersonian democracy," Margalit said. "People need to understand it. It's important for everybody that continues to happen."

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