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The 10 Best Coffee Makers On The Market


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There's nothing better than waking up to the smell of fresh coffee.

The experts at FindTheBest helped us find the best coffee makers on the market. The products are ranked based on FTB's Smart Rating scale, which accounts for features, carafe, type, ratings, and approval from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Whether you're for a jumpstart in the morning or an afternoon pick-me-up, here are the machines that will brew you the best cup.

10. Brew Express BE-104C ($199)

The Brew Express BE-104C can make up to four cups at a time and comes with a thermal carafe. The drip coffee maker is one of four makers with the Certified Home Brewer distinction from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

9. Keurig K65 ($257)

The Keurig K65 is a single cup pod coffee maker. Insert a machine-compatible pod, add water, preset the timer, and you will wake up to a fresh cup of coffee every morning. The coffee maker self-cleans and has coffee strength settings, so you can adjust the brew to your specifications. 

8. Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System TAS5542UC ($148)

If you need a larger batch system, buy the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System TAS5542UC coffee maker, which brews up to eight cups at a time. The pod-type maker is slightly less expensive than the average eight-cup pod brewer, and yields high-quality coffee.

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7. Braun CafeHouse Pure AromaDeluxe ($105)

The Braun CafeHouse Pure AromaDeluxe is a drip coffee maker that makes up to 10 cups at a time. It comes with great features like automatic shutoff, a portable glass carafe, and brew pause, which allows you to pause the machine mid-brew.

6. Hamilton Beach 49618 ($40)

Not only is the Hamilton Beach 49618 coffee maker very affordable, it can brew up to 12 cups at a time. The dishwasher-safe machine also has automatic shutoff and brew pause, as well as brew strength settings. 

5. Bonavita BV1900TS ($199)

The stainless steel Bonavita BV1900TS comes with a thermal carafe to keep your coffee warmer longer and is dishwasher safe. The eight-cup drip coffee maker also comes with a two-year warranty.

4. Bonavita BV 1800TH ($160)

Similar to the other Bonavita to make the list, the Bonavita BV 1800TH drip coffee maker also brews up to eight cups at a time. The coffee maker has automatic on and off functions, a hot plate, and a water level indicator.

3. Cloer 5609 ($127)

The Cloer 5609 coffee maker comes with many programmable settings and can make up to 12 cups of coffee. The drip coffee maker uses basket-shaped paper filters and has a portable glass carafe.

Capresso CM300

2. Braun CafeHouse Sommelier ($110)

The 10-cup Braun CafeHouse Sommelier has a portable thermal carafe so your coffee stays warmer longer. The machine also comes with a two year warranty and a hot plate.

1. Capresso CM300 ($90)

The Capresso CM300 coffee maker is the only brewer on the list to earn a 100 on the Smart Rating scale. The affordably priced drip machine has automatic on and off, brew pause, a water level indicator, programmable settings, and is dishwasher safe. The coffee machine comes with a portable stainless steel thermal carafe and a one-year warranty.

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11 TED Talks To Get You Through Your Quarter-Life Crisis


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After graduating college, some of the brightest, most talented young people can fall into emotional crisis.

Up to that point, everything in their lives had been structured, giving them clear goals with immediate rewards. Determining their own path for the first time can feel overwhelming and strange.

If you're in your 20s, whether in your first job, grad school, or drifting aimlessly, you may be getting a dose of reality.

To help you make it through the "quarter-life crisis," in which your uncertain future looms large, TED has curated 11 of its most popular presentations on dealing with setbacks and finding your passion. We've included links and summaries to all of them below.

Meg Jay says "30 is not the new 20."

While it may be true that today's young people marry later and have children later than earlier generations, it in no way means that the 20s have become a throwaway decade of experimentation — a sort of extended adolescence, says Jay, a clinical psychologist and author.

Research has shown that regardless of marital status, your 20s signifcantly determine the future of your career and personal life. Twenty-somethings should be building their professional networks and determining what they want to achieve.

"Don't be defined by what you didn't know or didn't do. You're deciding your life right now," Jay says.

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Carol Dweck says you need to adopt a "growth mindset."

The first time you run into a major challenge or failure in your career, you may consider yourself inadequate, as if you were made to fail from the start.

This idea, that our intellectual development is limited, has been ingrained in us since we were young, and it's time to shed it, says Stanford psychologist and author Dweck.

In a study with grade school students, Dweck says, "We taught them that every time they push out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in their brain can form new, stronger connections, and over time they can get smarter."

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Young-ha Kim says you should never abandon your creativity.

"Why do people instantly resist the idea of associating themselves with art?" Kim, an award-winning South Korean writer, asks. Perhaps you think art is for the greatly gifted or for the thoroughly and professionally trained... [But] we are all born artists."

Kim says that anyone who abandons pursuits like writing, painting, or acting, or dismisses the notion in the first place out of some perceived pragmatism is doing themselves a great disservice. After all, he says, young children show us every day that it's more natural to create something than to work.

As we explain in our "21 Day Plan For Radical Self-Improvement," there is research that shows that creative self-expression is linked with reduced anxiety and improved well-being.

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Here's The Real Reason Americans Don't Get Irony


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The Brits have long complained that many Americans don't get irony (for instance, we published a telling story from a British expat last week, and then there was the time the editor of Business Insider UK griped on Twitter about his literal American editors).

Well, there's a reason we don't get irony, and it's not because we're daft.

As explained by INSEAD professor Erin Meyer in her 2014 bestseller "The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business," it comes down to the difference between low-context and high-context cultures.


Cultures are considered low- or high-context based on the degree to which communication there assumes common reference points and shared knowledge.

Low-context cultures prefer communication that is precise, simple, and clear. Messages are expressed and understood at face value.

High-context cultures prefer communication that is sophisticated, nuanced, and layered. Messages are both spoken and read between the lines.

Any gap between countries on this spectrum can lead to miscommunication. Notably, the British, despite being more low-context than many cultures, are far more high-context than the Americans. Thus they will often say things with implicit meanings that are contrary to their literal meanings — aka irony — that go right over American heads.

Where cultures fall on this spectrum has a lot to do with history. As Meyer writes:

High-context cultures tend to have a long shared history. Usually they are relationship-oriented societies where networks of connections are passed on from generation to generation, generating more shared context among community members. Japan is an island society with a homogeneous population and thousands of years of shared history, during a significant portion of which Japan was closed off from the rest of the world. Over these thousands of years, people became particularly skilled at picking up each other’s messages — reading the air, as Takaki said.

By contrast, the United States, a country with a mere few hundred years of shared history, has been shaped by enormous inflows of immigrants from various countries around the world, all with different histories, different languages, and different backgrounds. Because they had little shared context, Americans learned quickly that if they wanted to pass a message, they had to make it as explicit and clear as possible, with little room for ambiguity and misunderstanding.

And so Americans aren't particularly dense. Rather we're pragmatic talkers, inclined to speak in terms that will maximize clarity for the maximum number of people, and we expect others to do the same. 

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We Used iPhone Time-Lapse Video To See How Much An Average 28-Year-Old Man Tosses And Turns In His Sleep


I've always wondered what I actually do when I sleep. Do I move around a lot? Am I in one position? Do I stay under the sheets?

Using my iPhone 5s and time-lapse in iOS 8, I recorded myself for 6 hours on a Sunday night. I learned two things. I was completely disturbed watching myself sleep, and I couldn't believe how much I moved around the entire bed.

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Here's What Happens When America's Biggest Ferrari Collectors Bring Their Favorite Toys To Palm Beach


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Dozens of rare and vintage Ferraris — and the people who love them — gathered on the lawn at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on a drizzly Saturday for the 24th annual Cavallino Classic.

The event, one of the largest conventions of Ferrari owners and enthusiasts in the world, featured millions of dollars' worth of cars, many more than a half-century old, that had been painstakingly restored.

Teams of judges put the 150 cars through their paces, checking for authenticity, functionality, and appearance. 

Even the rain couldn't stop onlookers from crowding the field.

The Cavallino Classic is one of the biggest annual gatherings of Ferrari owners. This year, around 150 cars were present on the lawn of the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

The top of the field holds a dozen of the most prestigious cars at the event. Many have important racing histories, or are incredibly rare.

This 1953 Ferrari 375 Spider by Pinin Farina was raced in Argentina in the 1950s, and was one of only 15 such Ferraris made by the design firm.

Source: RM Auctions



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Check Out Apple's Gorgeous New Store In China


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Apple just had the most profitable quarter of any company in history.

China was a major part of the company's success — according to recent estimates by UBS, China is quickly becoming one of the company's largest markets for iPhones.

The company's ultimate goal is to have 40 stores operating in China by the end of 2016, and to start they're opening five locations in just five weeks.

Apple started its flurry of activity with the opening of its store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, this weekend. Situated over two large levels of retail space, the new Apple store is one of the biggest in Asia.

Excited fans turned out in droves to attend the opening of the new store on Saturday. 

The store looks absolutely gorgeous. 

The new store in Hangzhou is situated over two levels of retail space.

It's one of the largest Apple stores in Asia.

Inside you'll find the long tables and minimalist design we've come to expect in an Apple store.

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This Woman Endures Horrifying Rape And Death Threats For Exposing Sexism In Video Games


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This never ceases to be shocking. If you are a woman talking about sexism in video games, you will be showered with the most horrific threats, particularly via Twitter.

Anita Sarkeesian is part of a two-person team running Feminist Frequency, a video web series that explores sexism in pop culture.

For the past two years, she's been documenting how women appear in video games and how female video game characters are very often portrayed as sexual objects, damsels in distress, or disposable murder victims.

And because she's been talking about this, she's been subject to untold threats. On a daily basis, she receives tweets that threaten to kill her, rape her, beat her ... many using very graphic language, ick, you get the idea.

Sarkeesian just shared on Tumblr a mere one week's worth of threats on Twitter. (Read at your own discretion, a lot of them are pretty disgusting.) Dozens of them, all from different accounts. And all because she's pointing out that the imaginary characters in make-believe worlds are largely undesirable stereotypes and trying to get the game industry to up its game on that front.

She's openly talked about such threats lots of times. She was a big target during the Gamergate controversy last fall, where some people argued that it was the male gamers who were being unfairly stereotyped.

Things got so ugly for Sarkeesian that she cancelled a public appearance because of death threats.

We keep hoping that things will get better in the game industry and for the people speaking out against sexism, or any "ism" (racism, ageism) in the tech industry.

Earlier this month, other victims of Gamergate created an organization that will help victims of online abuse fight back.

Twitter in December has said that it is rolling out more controls to help people report abuse. That's good, although it could perhaps do more.

For instance, we contacted Twitter and asked why it didn't automatically screen for and report death and rape threats. We'll update this post when we hear back.

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It's Incredible How Much Safer America Has Become Since The 1980s



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Violent crime and property crime in America both decreased in the first half of 2014, the FBI said in a new preliminary report released Tuesday

The FBI's latest crime statistics reflects a long-term trend. Even though America's local police are more militarized than ever, the crime rate has been steadily falling in the past two decades. 

In the 1980s property crime and violence were both much more common, spurring politicians to bill themselves as "tough on crime" in order to get elected in America. (Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis famously lost against George H.W. Bush, who ran a tough-on-crime campaign.)

These days that tough-on-crime rhetoric isn't as common, and there's a excellent reason why. Crime stats consistently show that the country is getting safer. 

NYPDIn 2013, the number of murders in America dropped 4.4% to 14,196 — down signifcantly from its peak of 24,703 in 1991The drop in homicides is even more obvious when you look at individual cities that once had bad reputations.

New York recorded 2,245 homicides at its peak in 1990 but only 328 by 2014. Los Angeles had 2,589 homicides in 1992 but only 254 last year

Washington, D.C., a much smaller city, saw its murder number decline from a peak of 443 homicides in 1992 to only 105 last year.

Michael DukakisOverall, violent crimes including homicide, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery dropped 38% between 1992 and 2011. 

The dramatic plunge in violent crime shocked many experts, who predicted America would just get more violent.

"Recent declines in rates of violent crime in the United States caught many researchers and policymakers off guard," criminology professor Gary LaFree wrote back in 1999. "These declines were perhaps more surprising in that they came on the heels of dire predictions about the rise of a generation of 'superpredators' who would soon unleash the full force of their destructive capacities on an already crime-weary nation." 

Crime experts have yet to come up with a unified theory for why America has gotten so much safer. However, one of the more plausible reasons for the falling violent crime rate is that many cities in America have more police per capita than they used to — and those police officers have gotten better at doing their job.

An omnibus crime bill passed in 1994 provided funding for 100,000 new police officers in the US as and set aside $6.1 billion for crime prevention programs.

In reality, the number of cops on the street only increased by 50,000 to 60,000 in the 1990s, but that was still a bigger increase than in previous decades, according to Levitt's analysis of FBI data. In New York City, which had a particularly sharp drop in violent crime, the police force expanded by 35% in the 1990s.

The mere presence of more police officers can obviously be a big crime deterrent. During the 1990s, these police officers has also became more strategic — in part because they began to use computerized systems to track crimes and find out where they should deploy their officers.

So-called "hot spot policing" is one of the most effective new strategies, political scientist James Q. Wilson has written in The Wall Street Journal.

"The great majority of crimes tend to occur in the same places," Wilson writes. "Put active police resources in those areas instead of telling officers to drive around waiting for 911 calls, and you can bring down crime."

One Minneapolis-based study that Wilson cited found that for every minute a police officer spent at a "hot spot" more time passed before another crime was committed in that spot after he left.

There are other theories about why violent crime decreased, including that it was because America got its crack epidemic under control and because the US economy grew stronger.

Steven Levitt, the economist who wrote the best-seller "Freakonomics," proposed one of the more controversial theories about the crime drop, which was that the legalization of abortion in 1973 was partly responsible. If it weren't for abortion, the theory goes, many unwanted children would have been been grown up to be criminals by the 1990s.

An even more bizarre theory ties the rise of lead in the atmosphere to increases in violent crime. Lead emissions rose from the 1940s to the 1960s, while crime rose from the 1960s through the 1980s — when children exposed to lead were becoming adults.

In an extensive look at the lead/violence theory, Kevin Drum of Mother Jones cited research that found "even moderately high levels of lead exposure are associated with aggressivity, impulsivity, ADHD, and lower IQ. And right there, you've practically defined the profile of a violent young offender."

The thumbail for this story is an Associated Press photo of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles that occurred around the time crime peaked in the United States.

There are a lot of places in the world that still struggle with violence.  The 50 Most Violent Cities In The World

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Snap The Perfect Group Shot With This Extendable Selfie Stick And Remote Combo [37% Off]


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Love it or hate it, the selfie stick has become ubiquitous at tourist spots around the world.

While some folks go overboard on posting photos of themselves taken with the smartphone accessory, the idea of being able to take a picture of the whole family while on vacation is perfectly legitimate. And this selfie stick deal may be the best way of doing it — the iZZi Gadgets Selfie Stick comes combined with the SHTR Remote, at a 37% discount.

This particular Selfie Stick extends from 11 inches to 3 ½ feet, and weighs less than 7 ounces. The telescopic arm is all metal, and that brightly colored handle offers a firm grip. To make the most of the added reach, this bundle comes with the SHTR Remote, which allows you to press the shutter on any iOS or Android phone’s camera via Bluetooth, from up to 30 feet away.

The other thing to note is that a stick like this is also pretty good for standard photography. The view from 3 ½ feet over the edge of Niagara Falls is pretty sweet, I assure you.

To grab the discount on this iZZi Gadgets deal, check out the link.

Get 37% off the iZZi Gadgets Selfie Stick and SHTR Remote ($24.95 incl. shipping)


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A Taxi Driver Took Photos Of His Passengers And Captured Stunning Moments Of Candor


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Lawyers, students, drug dealers, prostitutes, pregnant women on their way to the hospital — a vast array of people living in or visiting Neath, Wales, have gotten into Mike Harvey's cab, not knowing what would happen at the end of the ride.

In 2010, Harvey, a photographer, worked as a taxi driver in the small town to save up funds for his world travels. At the end of the ride, he would ask his passengers if he could take their photo.

His passengers' candor surprised him. People share a lot when they never expect to see you again.

Harvey has shared a selection of photos from his "Taxi" series with us. You can see more on his website or on exhibit at MONKEY in Swansea, Wales.

Five years ago, photographer Mike Harvey returned home to Neath, a traditional Welsh market town, located at the base of the valleys, with strong historical links to the coal and steel industry. There, he started working as a taxi driver to save up money for his world travels.

Fascinated by the cross-section of society that stepped into his cab — people from all walks of life, rich, poor, old, and young — he set out to document their journeys.


Storing his camera in the glovebox, he would take it out at the end of a ride, after he'd built up a rapport with the passengers, and ask if he could take their photo. In exchange, he'd waive their taxi fare.

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I Tried A Drug Known As 'Viagra For The Brain,' And I'm Never Taking It Again


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A few weeks ago, I endured an overnight sleep study to figure out why I'm exhausted even after getting eight or nine hours of shut-eye.

The upshot is that I have either idiopathic hypersominia (I literally can't get enough sleep to feel rested) or I'm a long sleeper (meaning I need up to 10 to 11 hours of sleep).

Regardless of its cause, my doctor told me, my sleepiness might be remedied by a "wakefulness-promoting agent" called Nuvigil. My doctor described it as a less intense version of the stimulants that help people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder feel focused.

Nuvigil can sometimes make patients feel "jittery," my doctor warned. This made me skeptical of the drug. I am a jittery person by nature. I even take an anti-anxiety drug, which makes me have crazy dreams that are part of the reason I did the sleep study in the first place.

Still, I thought it couldn't hurt to try Nuvigil. Maybe, I imagined, it could turn me into a productivity machine. After all, the drug (along with its predecessor, Provigil) has a reputation as "Viagra for the brain." I envisioned the possibility of feeling alertness like none other I'd ever experienced.

On Monday, I finally popped a Nuvigil at about 6 a.m. I'd had a restless night and thought I could use jolt of wakefulness. As I headed to my morning workout class, I started filling with energy. This was a much stronger jolt than coffee.

Usually at my 6:45 a.m. aerobics and weight-training class, the instructor yells at me to stop zoning out and do my reps quicker. Not Monday. I was on fire, lifting heavier weights than usual, racing through my reps. I went home to walk my dog and ended up sprinting around the block with him. My mood was unbelievably amped up.

I walked the mile to work quicker than usual and raced up the stairs to the eighth floor so I could breathlessly tell a reporter about a story I heard about on NPR. Then I sent another colleague a message that summed up my state:

"I've never done cocaine before but in my mind this is what it feels like ... I'M ON TOP OF THE WORLD."

My enthusiasm worried me, of course. I feared I looked like the "Saved by the Bell" character Jessie, who got addicted to caffeine pills and melted down in this iconic scene:

My colleague assured me that I was not Jessie, but I started noticing some unpleasant jitteriness the day I took the drug that I can describe as a constant, low-grade anxiety. My hands shook a little, and I could feel my heart beating in my chest. The jitteriness did start to dissipate a little in the afternoon. As I assembled a salad in the office kitchen at about 1 p.m., I also realized I didn't have the urge to nap (as I almost always do). 

I settled into my work for the afternoon, feeling a little more pumped up than usual but less like Jessie. Near the end of the day, though, my well-meaning boss gave me mild criticism that filled me with rage, and I snapped at him. This is not my normal reaction to mild criticism. 

When I went home, my fiancée (who's a doctor) lovingly called me her "little rage-bot" and pointed out that aggression is a possible side effect of Nuvigil. This gave me pause, and I grew even more concerned about Nuvigil later that night. Usually, I start dozing off at about 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., but I was still wide awake in bed at 11 p.m. trying to chat up my fiancée as she drifted off to sleep. I did a couple of shots of whiskey to take the edge off the Nuvigil. This could become a vicious cycle, I thought.

The next day, I felt mildly tired — given the opportunity, I could definitely take a nap — but I decided not to take any more Nuvigil. Multiple studies have concluded that Nuvigil is effective and well-tolerated; the most common side effects are nausea and headache. But everyone's experience with a drug is different, and for me, wakefulness comes with a price I'm not ready to pay.

Additional reporting by Lauren Friedman.

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The 50 Most Underrated Colleges In America


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Plenty of schools aren't worth the hype, while others don't get the recognition they deserve.

To uncover the most underrated colleges in America, we compared US News' rankings of the best universities and national liberal arts colleges in the country with PayScale's 2013-2014 College Salary Report, which ranks colleges and universities based on their graduates' mid-career salaries.

We specifically looked for schools that had relatively low rankings on the US News list but high mid-career salaries.

The school that topped this list is the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where most grads are employed immediately after graduation and earn an average salary of $98,000 after 10 years of employment.

Read our full methodology here.

50. Virginia Tech

US News rank: 71

PayScale rank: 87

Virginia Tech is home to one of the top engineering graduate programs in the country. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the school is widely recognized for its research efforts, with seven research institutes and two university research centers. Both undergraduate and graduate students are able to participate in research, and VT grads go on to earn an average mid-career salary of $94,200.

49. DePaul University

US News rank: 121

PayScale rank: 206

Students are entrenched in both college and city life at DePaul, which has five campuses all over Chicago. Graduates earn an average mid-career salary of $84,500, and the most popular fields of study for current students are business and digital media. Also, the school reports that nearly 85% of 2013 grads were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

48. Drexel University

US News rank: 95

PayScale rank: 142

In the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University students gain real-world experience through the school's co-op program, in which students spend six months working a professional job in place of their normal class schedule. Students also take advantage of Drexel's urban location — it's only a 10-minute walk to Center City, Philly's hub of activity. By mid-career, graduates earn an average salary of $88,600.

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Here's How We Ranked The Most Underrated Colleges In America


We recently came out with our list of the Most Underrated Colleges In America.

To determine which schools were underrated, we considered two factors: reputation and future earnings. We figured that schools with bad or obscure reputations but whose students made high salaries would be underrated.

We used the following rankings to compile this list:

We specifically looked for schools that had relatively low rankings on the U.S. News list but whose students had high mid-career salaries (PayScale based the latter on employees with a bachelor's degree who have at least 10 years of experience).

We combined these two rankings to find the schools that met our criteria as "underrated" — 316 universities and liberal arts colleges showed up in both the U.S. News and PayScale rankings. 

The chart below shows the relationship between the two rankings. Each point represents one school, with a school's position on the horizontal axis showing its U.S. News ranking and its position on the vertical axis showing its PayScale ranking.

For both, lower number ranks indicate a better score on each metric, so the best U.S. News scores are on the left and the best PayScale mid-career salaries are on the bottom:

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There is a moderate linear relationship between the two rankings: Schools with better U.S. News rankings tend to also have better mid-career salaries, according to PayScale. That relationship is reflected in the red regression line and the corresponding formula in the upper-right corner.

Schools that fall along the red regression line are properly ranked. As can be seen in the chart below, there are a lot of schools that are far away from the regression line. These outliers are the schools we are most interested in — namely, the underrated schools, in green, which have a poor U.S. News ranking but a high graduate-salary ranking.

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Our regression line also makes it possible to come up with a quantifiable measure of just how underrated or overrated a school is: the vertical distance between the point and the regression line (called the residual in regression analysis). Really large negative residuals indicate very underrated schools. The smaller the residual, the closer the school is to being properly ranked.

analyzing residuals chart

Our ranking, then, is based on those residuals. The most underrated colleges and universities in America are those with the largest negative residuals: schools whose graduates make much higher salaries than their U.S. News rankings would suggest.

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We Asked 50 People What They Would Change About Their Bodies — And The Result Will Give You Chills (In A Good Way)


The Jubilee Project asked 5o people what they would change about their appearance. 

Jubilee Project exists to tell stories that inspire change. Through short films, PSAs and documentaries in collaboration with non-profits and companies, Jubilee Project increases awareness and inspires action. Jubilee Project's vision is to produce entertaining content that will empower, enable, and inspire others to do good as well.

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The Best Alternatives To 8 Different Kinds Of Cheese


Everyone has a favorite kind of cheese: There’s stinky cheese, yellow cheese, soft cheese, and goat cheese to name just a few.

But what about the lesser-known cheeses that you're too afraid to buy at the grocery store? 

We spoke with Sydney Willcox, formerly the head cheese monger at Murray's Cheese in the Greenwich Village. She helped us come up with delicious alternatives to the most common and well-known cheese we all rely on.

Instead of brie or triple-crème cheese, try the famous Vacherin Mont d’Or.

murray's cheese vacherin mont d'orThe bloomy rind family (which both triple-crème and brie belong to) is delicious and creamy. But Willcox says to branch out beyond these two well-known options because there are so many others to try.  

“My favorites are the small format, bark-wrapped, scoop-able discs such as Cellars at Jasper Hill's Harbison or the famous Vacherin Mont D'Or,” Willcox said. 

The Vacherin is a soft Swiss cheese made from cow’s milk that is only sold from September to May. Instead of cutting it, you scoop it out and spread on crackers or bread.

Instead of fresh goat cheese, try an aged goat cheese. 

aged goat goudaGoat cheese is another kind of cheese in the bloomy rind family. Most people go for fresh goat cheese (also known as “chèvre” or goat in French), but Willcox said that you should give slightly aged goat cheese a chance. 

The aging develops a mold on the rind, which can look a little scary, but it’s worth it since it enhances the cheese.

“A little aging adds depth, texture, and a flavorful and toothsome rind,” Willcox told us. “My favorites come from either the Loire Valley or Vermont Butter and Cheese Company.”

Instead of Parmesan, try nutty, dense cheese like Podda Classico or Piave Vecchio.

podda classico cheeseIf you like the taste of Parmesan, then Willcox said to “try a Sardanian classic” cheese like Podda Classico or an “Italian masterpiece” like Piave Vecchio.

Podda Classico is made from a mix of sheeps' or cows' milk that has been aged for 6 months to a year and compressed to firm up the paste. This makes the cheese crumbly, and it can have a sweet and nutty flavor.

Piave Vecchio comes from pasteurized cows' milk. It is also nutty and dense from being pressed repeatedly while it ages.

Instead of the classic Stilton blue cheese, try Fourme D’Ambert.

fourme d'ambert blue cheeseStilton seems to be everyone’s go-to when it comes to blue cheese, but Willcox said we all need to branch out and embrace other blue cheeses.

Fourme D’Ambert is a rare, 28-day-old French cheese made with pasteurized cow’s milk in Auvergne. It dates all the way back to Roman times and has an earthy, mild taste for a blue cheese.

Willcox also said for those who don't like blue cheese (or think they don't), try a milder, buttery blue like Cambozola Black Label.

Instead of Gruyère, branch out and try the rest of the Alpine-style cheese family.

scharfe maxx cheeseGruyère is a classic. It’s sweet but a little salty and is one of those cheeses that only gets better with age. Plus, it’s probably the best cheese for baking and is a good melting cheese for fondues, ham and cheese sandwiches, and French onion soup.

But Willcox said that there are so many other cheeses in the Alpine-style family, such as the famous French Comté cheese or other Swiss mountain cheeses such as Challerhocker or Scharfe Maxx. All of these cheeses are hard, flexible, and yellow with a strong flavor.

There are also the American spins on the old world classics from creameries such as Consider Bardwell Farm, Spring Brook Farm, and Uplands Cheese Company.

Instead of the famous Manchego cheese, try a similar-style firm sheep cheese. 

roncal cheese“So many people love this cheese, and they should,” Willcox said. “However, there are so many amazing cheeses made in a similar style that are worth more than a mention: Ossau Iraty Vieille from the Pyrnees of France and Roncal or Idiazabal from Spain.”

Ossau Iraty Vieille was one of the first cheeses ever produced, this cheese is white with a granular texture. It’s easy to pair with anything and melts down well, too.

Roncal and Idiazabal are two other pressed sheeps' milk cheese from Spain. When they’re both aged, they can smell a little musty and have a similar texture to Manchego, but often a more full and complex taste. 

Instead of Pecorino Romano, try a different kind of Percorini or a Tommes.

tommes de savoi cheese“Many people do not realize that Pecorino Romano is just one out of hundreds or thousands of Pecorini (sheeps’ milk cheeses from Italy),”  Willcox explained. “You can find many with much more nuance and much less salt-impact.”

In addition, Willcox suggested trying Tommes cheeses from France, which are also natural rinded cheeses, though these are usually made with cows’ milk and are a bit smaller.

Because these cheeses are made from the skimmed milk leftover from butter making, Tommes are also low in fat.

Instead of Taleggio, try a different stinky cheese like Epoisses.

epoisses cheeseThis semi-soft, washed rind Italian cheese has a very strong aroma (“stinky cheese”) with a mild flavor and fruity tang.

“There are so many stinky cheeses out there in the world, its so hard to generalize this family,” Willcox told us. “For a more mild taste try Morbier, for a serious kick go for Epoisses.”

Morbier is a rich, semi-soft cows’ milk cheese from France with a single black line separating the top and bottom. This used to be from when farmer’s had leftover curd and would have a morning layer and an evening layer separated by ash, but now vegetable dye is used.

Epoisses de Bourgogne is another pungent cheese from unpasteurized cows’ milk. It’s ripened in a similar way as Taleggio, but it's served in a wooden box with a spoon due to its soft texture. It has a distinctive orange/red exterior thanks to the way it’s rinsed and tastes deliciously custardy.

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Where To Find The Best Sushi In Tokyo



Obviously, if you love sushi, Tokyo is probably your number one foodie vacation destination, but Tokyo is a big place! There are plenty of excellent sushi restaurants–and plenty of great ones at that. But for seriously fresh sushi, there might be no better place than right off the boat.

And if you want sushi right off the boat, you’ll want to head to Tsukiji-shijo, also known as Tsukiji Fish Market, the “biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.” While that might sound a bit daunting, worry not! Today, we’re going to visit four Tsukiji-shijo sushi restaurants with none other than our very own Mr. Sato!

As you can probably guess from the photo below, Mr. Sato is quite the sushi-lover, which means we can (probably) trust his taste in raw fish, even if we’re not always sure about his fashion choices. Check out the culinary adventure that Mr. Sato and Nakano, another RocketNews24 writer, embarked on early one morning to find the best sushi in Tsukiji-shijo.

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Our first stop on the Mr. Sato Mouth Fun Sushi Ride in Tsukiji-shijo is Daiwa-sushi, the second most popular, if you judge by the number of people lining up to eat. In fact, if you want to get in when they open at 5:30 am, you’ll want to join the other folks who start waiting around 5 am. While that’s a few hours before anyone should be awake in our book, it certainly would be a delicious way to start your day. A meal, which consists of seven pieces of sushi and a bowl of rice, will put you back 3,500 yen (about US$29 plus tax).

While Sushi Dai might be considered the best sushi restaurant by many travelers, Mr. Sato seems to think Daiwa-sushi is equally excellent. “This is delicious! It’s just as good, and if you hate waiting in line [Nakano had to wait for two hours at Sushi Dai], why not just come here?”

Here are a few photos of the sushi you can find at Daiwa-sushi.

sushi 6sushi 7sushi 8sushi 9sushi 10After that delicious-looking meal, you might think there wouldn’t be enough room for more sushi, but you’d be wrong! Here’s our next restaurant, Iwasa-zushi.Tsukiji Fish Market 4

Iwasa-zushi, which has apparently seen even the CEO of Amazon.com stop by as a customer, is quite popular with foreign tourists, like all of the other establishments in Tsukiji-shijo. The price is the same as Daiwa Sushi at 3,500 yen, but you’ll get 12 pieces of sushi and a bowl of rice instead of seven.

Each piece is apparently a little small, so if you’re not a voracious eater, this would be a good place for you. However, unlike some sushi places, Iwasa-zushi doesn’t give you one piece at a time. Nakano noted that the restaurant hands you three at a time, which might not be ideal if you like to sit and savor your sushi on by one.

Even served three-at-a-time, Iwasz-zushi looks like it has some tasty food!sushi 12sushi 13sushi 14sushi 15sushi 16sushi 17Now it’s time to head to our next stop on the tour: Okame!Tsukiji Fish Market 3

Okame is known to fans of Tsukiji-shijo sushi as a bit of a hidden gem–and Mr. Sato definitely agrees that the restaurant serves some delicious food. Here, the price is a slightly higher at 3,900 yen (about $33) for 12 pieces. For the final two pieces, you can choose whatever you’d like to eat.

Nakano described Okame as having a very traditional taste, and Mr. Sato heaped praise on the establishment’s chuu-toro (medium-fatty tuna). “This chuu-toro is truly delicious! It might be very best right now,” our favorite gourmand said, though apparently Nakano was a much bigger fan of Daiwa Sushi.

Check out a selection of Okame’s sushi below!sushi 19sushi 20sushi 21sushi 22sushi 23sushi 24sushi 25sushi 26sushi 27sushi 28And now for our final stop on this Tsukiji-shijio sushi tour: Yamazaki!Tsukiji Fish Market 3

LikeIwasa-zushi, the sushi atYamazaki is a little on the small side, but here you’ll get 12 pieces for 3,900 yen (about $33) with the “Kiku” (chrysanthemum) set. The sushi was up to Tsukiji-shijo standards, with the bluefin tuna apparently being the stand-out item.

Check out some photos of Yamazaki’s sushi below!sushi 29sushi 30sushi 31sushi 32sushi 33sushi 35sushi 36

So, of the four places Mr. Sato showed us today, which was his favorite? Well, here’s his ranking! Of course, this is the Mr. Sato ranking–it’s not an official or objective list by any means.

1. Okame
2. Sushi Dai
3. Iwasa-zushi
4. Yamazaki

In the end though, all of them are excellent–you can’t go wrong stopping at any of these establishments. And just heading down to Tsukiji-shijo is an experience in itself, so you’ll hardly be losing out no matter what you choose. 

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20 Hard Lessons Everyone Should Learn In Their 20s



Transitioning from a lifestyle without significant responsibilities into the "real world" makes your 20s a decade of tough lessons.

Wherever you're at in your 20s — whether you're on your own or still with your parents, figuring out your career or going through grad school — you can learn from those who have already been through it.

We took at look at the Quora thread "What are the most difficult things people have to learn in their 20s" and highlighted the best answers.

Here are 20 hard lessons that all people should learn in their 20s:

1. Your worldview may be seriously flawed.

It's natural to feel as if you have a solid life philosophy figured out by the time you graduate college, but you will most likely redefine how you see relationships, politics, your career, and anything else you can think of. As Rachel Laine puts it, "[Y]ou discover everything that you thought you had all figured out was tragically wrong, laughably confused, or utterly delusional."

2. It's harder to get away with lies and excuses.

Maybe you made a habit of getting away with things by making up stories for your parents or professors. But lies and deceit won't fly in your professional or personal life anymore.

"The truth has a way of rearing its ugly head, so the sooner you can come to integrity with yourself and the world at large, the sooner you'll be able to get working towards what you really want, who you really want to be," Arjuna Perkins says.

3. You can't party like you used to.

Back in college you may have been able to spend a night binge drinking until 2 a.m. and make it to class by 11 a.m. That sort of lifestyle is incompatible with most careers. And you'll come to find that as you progress through your 20s, your body has a harder time dealing with excess, Perkins says.

Enjoy your vices in moderation, exercise, and eat well. Your future self will thank you.

4. People will resent you if you try to always be right.

"Let go of having to be right about things — this isn't a contest," Perkins says. "It's not a game. You don't win at life. So say, 'Thanks for your perspective. I'll think about that,' or, 'I was wrong. I'm sorry.'"

5. Life is hard, and it never gets much easier.

As your responsibilities begin to pile up in your 20s, you'll realize that just getting by — let alone becoming very successful — requires a lot of work. And there will always be failures and setbacks.

"You will fail in life, over and over and over. It won't feel fair. Maybe for decades. You've got to keep moving forward. Keep going," Perkins says.

couple shadow holding hands6. Meaningful relationships are difficult to maintain.

If and when you decide to consider marriage or at least a serious romantic relationship, you're going to realize that it requires plenty of sacrifices and work. You'll realize the same goes for your closest friends, who will also be changing as you grow older. But these relationships are more important to your happiness and fulfillment than anything else in your life, says Rich Tatum.

7. You're replaceable at work.

Many companies like to portray themselves as families, but at the end of the day that's just semantics. If your company can no longer afford you or thinks it can invest more wisely in someone else, you'll be cut from that family pretty easily.

"The company does not love you. It has no heart," Tatum says.

8. You don't have forever to find and pursue your passion.

The money you make from your job will mean nothing if you're not actually enjoying life, Tatum says.

If you pursue a career solely for a big check and set aside the things you love to pursue later, you'll find it becomes significantly harder to change careers or dedicate yourself to a passion project the older you get.

9. You're not entitled to anything.

It's necessary to be humble, Tatum says, especially about advantages you may have received through sheer luck. And never think that just because you put in work for things like degrees from elite universities that they guarantee you privileges in life.

Be grateful for what you have, and realize that in a single moment you can lose the things you take for granted.

10. Picking fights and holding grudges will make you miserable.

"Avoid fights. Seriously. Avoid them like a plague: Nobody wins in a fight, even if you walk away unscathed," Tatum writes.

Accept apologies and apologize when you make a mistake. Don't fill your life with negativity.

boss, feedback11. You must keep learning if you want to be successful.

Your education is far from over after you leave a classroom for the last time. Dedicate yourself to learning things that will help you in your career, including "the abilities to assimilate, communicate, and persuade," Tatum says.

12. Decisions that take a few seconds to make can have long-term ramifications.

Never make a decision on an emotional impulse. "[S]tupid decisions made in the moment can rob you of years of joy and happiness," Tatum writes.

13. Money is hard to earn.

When your family is supporting you, it can be difficult to grasp how much a dollar is worth, even if you are not spoiled or selfish, Rahul Bhatt says.

As you start living on your own, however, you'll soon realize that frivolous things you would normally not give a second thought about purchasing are not worth the hours of work equivalent to the price tag.

14. Your friend circle will most likely get smaller.

As you go through your 20s, you'll naturally start to drift away from some of your friends. Gone are the days of partying with a room full of your buddies, Bhatt says. You will realize, though, that the friends you put the effort into staying in touch with are the ones who mean the most to you.

15. You'll probably have a bigger role to play in your family.

"Family is very important. Till now they supported you, now it's your turn," Bhatt writes.

Your parents may always try to nurture you as if you were a child, but they will need your emotional — and perhaps even financial — help as they get older and you become your own person.

16. Hard work isn't always recognized.

You should accept that your boss may not always notice your contributions, Bhatt says.

Do not let that be an excuse to become lazy, and don't protest if someone else gets credit for your work.

multiple credit cards17. Debt will haunt you.

A full 70% of college students graduated with debt last year, averaging $30,000 in loans. But the fact that most young professionals are living with debt doesn't make it something you should live with for a long time. Prioritize your spending to get rid of it as quickly as you are able to.

And at some point in your 20s you're probably going to get a credit card — use it wisely. "Realize that you will end up paying double, maybe more, for that round of drinks at the bar because you put it on credit instead of saving the cash," Thea Pilarczyk says.

18. There is always someone "better" than you.

"There are always going to be people who are smarter, better looking, more sociable, and just all around 'better' than you ... To be happy, then, you have to learn to accept yourself and your shortcomings," Brandon Chu says.

Pursue success on your own terms, not by living someone else's life or forever living in the shadow of someone else.

19. You'll never have it "all sorted out."

"Remember when you thought you'd have it all sorted out by 30?" Chu asks. You'll realize how silly that is as your 30th birthday draws closer. The truth is, you'll become wiser with age, but you'll always question your decisions.

20. Becoming an adult is not some magical transformation.

Being an adult is more a matter of heightened expectations than any tangible change, Hugh Powell says. As he bluntly puts it: "[N]o matter how good you get at playing the adult, you won't forget that underneath it all, at any age, you are always a scared little child, with no real idea of what you are doing."

Use this knowledge to recognize that everyone else is in the same position as you, no matter what image others project to the world. This can help you become more insightful, compassionate, and forgiving, Powell says.

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The Vegetable Gardens On Rikers Island Are Surprisingly Robust


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The largest penal colony in the world, Rikers Island, is home to 11,000 inmates, 10 on-site jails, and one food garden.

Five years ago, the NYC Department of Correction and the 113-year-old Horticultural Society of New York partnered to offer a restorative justice program there.

"GreenHouse" teaches inmates about the development of a plant, from seed to fruition, while preparing them for employment in landscaping or other green jobs after their sentence ends.

Developing a green thumb can make all the difference.

In 2013, sisters Carrington Morris and Lindsay Morris visited Rikers Island for a story in Edible Manhattan magazine. We've republished their comments and photos with permission. You can find the original article here.

Approximately 11,000 inmates call Rikers Island home. The island jail complex, situated in New York's East River, serves as a waiting station for men, women, and adolescents doing time for low-level, nonviolent crimes or awaiting a verdict or sentence at trial.

There, down a dirt pathway and inside the razor-wire-topped cyclone fences, is a garden and greenhouse where inmates tend to seedlings, plant Cherokee tomatoes, peppers, string beans, thyme, basil, and rosemary, and soak in the sunshine.

Some 230 inmates volunteer their time with GreenHouse, a restorative justice program run by the Horticulture Society of New York ("the Hort") in conjunction with the NYC Department of Correction. In 2013, photographer Lindsay Morris and Edible Manhattan magazine writer Carrington Morris had the chance to visit Rikers and see how it works.

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