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College tuition is at record high. College presidents’ pay is, too

College tuition is sky high. Not entirely coincidentally, so are college presidents’ salaries. The Chronicle of Higher Education today released an annual update to its executive compensation report, adding data on private colleges from 2015, the most recent year for which IRS data on such figures is available.

In defense of drinking one dozen Diet Cokes a day

This weekend, when the New York Times ran a profile (paywall) about the daily life of Donald Trump, we learned that the US president drinks not one or two, but 12—or more!

Japanese employees work so much that drones will soon intervene

A quarter of Japanese companies have workers clocking more than 80 hours of overtime a month, a statistic that contributes to the increasing alarm around “karoshi,” or “death by overwork,” in the country.

The US census is finally counting how many people speak Tamil, Punjabi, Telugu, and Bengali

As of last week, the US Census Bureau is taking stock of just how many people in the US speak Tamil—along with Punjabi, Telugu, and Bengali.

Why a rural African family without electricity might prefer a kerosene lamp to cheaper solar

The idea that technology and innovation can have a meaningful impact on African countries is something championed in many of the stories you’ll read on Quartz Africa.

Mali’s cultural capital shows citizen-centered development can overcome gentrification

In the first week of every February, the streets of Ségou in Mali come to life. Residents from the capital, Bamako, flock to the secondary city to escape the busyness of everyday life and absorb the sights, sounds and colors of the Festival sur le Niger, along the banks of the Niger River.

Brown University is doing away with student loans

Amid America’s colossal student debt problem, an Ivy League school is providing an example of how institutions can help.

Early humans migrated out of Africa much earlier than we thought

The traditional human origin story maintains that modern humans, or homo sapiens, evolved in Africa and then migrated in a single wave to the Asian continent about 60,000 years ago.

Finally, a way to use Twitter for good: Thanking someone

Some people use Twitter to argue politics. Some use it to make jokes, report news, or advance social movements.

Former Uber employees have gone into debt to hang onto shares they still can’t sell

Uber employees are lining up to sell their stock to Japanese technology giant SoftBank, which will buy up to 17% of outstanding shares for $33 each.

The screenwriter of the 1980 hit film “9 to 5” says we’re finally facing reality now

When the movie 9 to 5 was released in 1980, women’s liberation was still a fresh concept for most of America.

Why I won’t let my children near Facebook’s Messenger for kids

Sean Parker, one of Facebook’s early investors and its first president, recently riffed on how bad Facebook probably is for our kids.

The right way to google your symptoms

Is googling your symptoms a good idea or a bad idea? One way to find out is to google this question. Type “googling symptoms” into Google’s search bar, and you’ll be confronted by a slew of headlines like “Doctors really, really want you to stop googling your symptoms” and “Here’s why googling your symptoms is a terrible idea” and even “Googling your symptoms is more dangerous than cancer itself.” In seconds, you will understand that googling your symptoms is a terrible thing to do and that you should stop immediately.

An intimate look into a sexual fetish: the female supremacy lifestyle

This story is part of a series called Craigslist Confessional. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years.

We can no longer divide the world between beer and wine drinkers, economists say

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least, you need a beer.”—Frank Zappa Though beer predates the modern nation-state by several millennia, its production and distribution has long been tied to political power and influence—from the medieval role of monasteries to the crucial role of taxation of commercial brewing in funding British imperialist conquests.

The inevitable rise of the “premium” digital nomad

Take a scroll through the top cities on NomadList—the internet’s foremost authority on trending digital nomad hotspots—and you’re likely to find that New York, San Francisco, and London don’t even crack the top 10.

Which of the world’s fried doughs is the best fried dough?

Just imagining faworki makes me crave them. Faworki are the Polish version of the “angel wings” eaten across Europe on Fat Tuesday, prior to Lent—thin ribbons of twisted dough, made crisp from frying them in oil and sweet with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Doable daily experiments to test the boundaries of your independence

Ephrat Livni studies Zen in a tiny cabin in California’s redwood forest. Email her your questions about spirituality, ethics, and living a considered life in the digital age at

How Pantone created a universal language for color

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Photos: Two ancient Egyptian tombs were just opened in Luxor

Egypt is hoping to give tourists a new reason to come visit. For the first time, the country has opened up two small tombs, believed to be about 3,500 years old, in the Nile city of Luxor.