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Air travel isn’t all waiting in long lines with your shoes and belt off. airports around the world have made leaps and bounds to provide flyers with modern comforts and amenities. • skytrax, the consumer-aviation website released the top 25 best airports around the world this week. they were evaluated on ease of access, wifi connectivity, the comfort of facilities, ample bathrooms, and friendly airport staff by a survey from 14 million flyers from over a 100 countries. • swipe ⬅️ to see south korea’s incheon, qatar’s hamad international airport, and singapore’s changi international airport. visit the link in our bio to see the complete list of the world’s best airports. 📷: gensler, hamad international airport, singapore changi airport

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The vernal or spring equinox of 2018 happens tuesday, march 20. earth’s rotation does not cause equinoxes. they occur when earth’s tilted axis is perpendicular to the sun’s rays. during an equinox at earth’s equator, the sun appears almost directly overhead. 🎨: @bi_graphics #equinox #science #space #sun #march #march20 #howitworks #earth #planet #spring #world #global #planets #northpole

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Stephen hawking was a theoretical physicist who pioneered new understandings of black holes, the universe, and how much one person can achieve. hawking died early in the morning on march 14, 2018 — pi day and albert einstein's birthday. in passing, he left behind an incredible legacy, especially as a person who struggled with als, a neurodegenerative disease that confined him to a wheelchair for the vast majority of his life. #stephenhawking #science #space #hawking #brilliant #timeline #death #life #universe #scientist #time

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On wednesday morning, the world lost one of its most brilliant minds. renowned theoretical physicist, stephen hawking, died at age 76. • in 1963, at the age of 21, hawking was diagnosed with als and doctors gave him less than five years to live. defying all odds, hawking’s opus is widely considered to be “a brief history of time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies and translated into 35 languages. his legacy will be felt throughout the scientific and academic communities. 🖌: @bi_graphics • for more on his remarkable life, visit the link in our bio.

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President donald trump will visit the eight, 30-foot-tall prototypes for a wall along the us-mexico border on tuesday. • a physical border separating the two north american countries is nothing new. the formal divide between us-mexico was drawn in the early 19th century. agents have patrolled and enforced the border since 1924. • swipe ⬅️ to see photos from the past century of the legal (and illegal) measures people have taken to enter the us, what life is like along the wall, and the agents who routinely work to keep the borders secure. 📷: getty • visit the link in our bio to read more about the us-mexico border history.

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This is the story of how one of the most powerful people in silicon valley made a series of decisions that cost him his job and ravaged his reputation all within six months. business insider spoke with dozens of people in uber at all levels to chronicle the chaotic period that ended travis kalanick's reign as ceo. the stories they shared were corroborated by testimony, texts, and documents. it's a tale of how backstabbing, greed, mistrust, and a crisis of conscience overwhelmed insiders at the world's most valuable tech startup. click the link in our bio to read the full story. 🖌: @bi_graphics

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Portland, oregon isn't for everyone — its slogan is "keep portland weird," after all. but thanks to its burgeoning tech sector, nike's headquarters just outside of the city, and its job growth rate of 2.9% annually, portland is one of the best places in the us to live if you’re looking to make a lot of money. • it’s a city of off-beat boutiques and bars not to mention affordable housing, low-cost of living, good schools, access to quality healthcare, and well-paying jobs. it’s easy to understand why this city of 2.3 million is growing. 📷: shutterstock • visit the link in our bio to see which other american cities ​made the list.

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No, don’t adjust your screen. a mcdonald’s in lynwood, california flipped its iconic golden arches upside down for international women’s day. the arches typically stand as an m, have been flipped to become a w, for women. • “in celebration of women everywhere, and for the first time in our brand history, we flipped our iconic arches for international women's day in honor of the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants," mcdonald's global chief diversity officer, wendy lewis, said in a statement. • visit the link in our bio to read more about how the global company is observing international women’s day. 📷: @mcdonalds

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Today is international women’s day. in support of the day, we've rounded up some of the most poignant quotes from some of the most well-known supporters of the gender equality movement. swipe ⬅️ to see and visit the link in our bio to read more about the significance of this year’s international women’s day. 🖌: @bi_graphics

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London is the undisputed tourist hot spot in the united kingdom 🇬🇧 with 19 million visitors in 2017. but there’s so much more to the uk than buckingham palace and piccadilly circus. • based data collected from instagram hashtags and geotags, travelers are ditching the city for the countryside. one of the destinations is the bucolic countryside of snowdonia, gwynedd, wales. while it may best known for hiking, there's also a vintage steam railway that will show you the breathtaking sites of snowdonia national park. • visit the link in our bio to see other popular non-london locales in the uk. 📷: shutterstock

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Frances mcdormand's oscar win on sunday wasn't a surprise, but something she said in her acceptance speech was. • at the end of her speech, the actress said, "i have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider." mcdormand was asking those with power in hollywood to push for requirements in movie and tv contracts for race and gender diversity, with a specific clause or clauses that guarantee it. 🖌: @bi_graphics • for more on inclusion riders, the #metoo movement and last night's winners, click the link in our bio.

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It’s no secret that billionaires see the world differently. we’ve all fantasized about what we’d do with their kind of disposable income. we’d go all out and splurge on exotic trips, private jets, and beachfront mansions. turns out, those lavish expenditures don’t even make a dent in a billionaire’s pocket. 💵 • business insider crunched the numbers to see how the spending power of billionaires and average people compares on a dollar-to-dollar basis. swipe ⬅️ to check out the relative costs for purchases for someone with a $2 billion fortune. visit the link in our bio to read more about relative spending. 🖌: @bi_graphics

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It's black history month, a time to recognize african-american history and amazing contributions to society. • maya angelou's legacy was cemented in her then-controversial 1969 memoir, “i know why the caged bird sings,” which made literary history as the first non-fiction best-seller by an african-american woman. • throughout the course of her life, she altered consciousness through her works and received numerous accolades including a pulitzer prize nomination, five grammys, more than 50 honorary degrees, two naacp image awards, and a presidential medal of freedom from president obama. 🖌: @bi_graphics

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It’s america’s most famous residence. since construction was completed in 1800, the white house has been the home and workplace to 44 us presidents and their families. • some of the most famous rooms include the situation room and the oval office. but tucked away in the far reaches of the building are some of the more obscure, less heralded rooms of the white house: the chocolate shop, the game room, and the solarium, to name a few. • swipe ⬅️ to see how us presidents nixon, obama, and reagan have enjoyed life at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. visit the link in our bio to see more white house photos. 📷: pete souza, getty, national archives

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After two thrilling weeks of athletic competition, the xxiii olympic winter games has concluded. • standing with closing ceremony tradition, the olympic flag is passed from the mayor of the host city to the president of the international olympic committee to the mayor of the next host city. the winter olympics will return in 2022 in beijing. 📷: getty images

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It’s been 20 years since the us olympic women’s hockey team has brought home the gold. last night, team usa beat out their bitter rivals, team canada, in a tremendous and electrifying win. 🥇 regulation play ended with a tie and the two teams faced off in a shootout. team usa’s jocelyn lamoureux scored the winning goal and upped the score 3 - 2 in favor of the americans. 📷: ap

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It's black history month, a time to recognize african american history and amazing contributions to society. • arthur ashe was born in 1943 in richmond, va. at the age of four, he picked up a tennis racket and played on the segregated courts where his father worked as the groundskeeper. ashe became a child prodigy and received a full tennis scholarship to ucla where he won several ncaa tennis titles. as a professional, ashe was the only african-american male tennis player to win the singles title at the australian open, us open, and wimbledon. ashe was also the first african-american male to be ranked as the number one tennis player in the world. • aside from his achievements in tennis, he dedicated his life to advocacy and civil rights. he spoke out against apartheid, and after he learned he contracted aids from a blood transfusion he used his global platform to raise awareness for the disease. ashe was also an accomplished writer and wrote for ‘time’ magazine, ‘the washington post’, and eight non-fiction titles. in 1993, he was posthumously awarded the presidential medal of freedom by president clinton. 🖌: @bi_graphics

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From canyons and coastlines to peaks and parks, americans have a proud history of preserving their special places for future generations. one such special place is wyoming’s grand teton national park. • grand teton national park encompasses approximately 310,000 acres, including the 40-mile-long teton range. the park is a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking among the area’s abundant wildlife like beaver, otter, antelope, coyote, deer, and soaring eagles, and fishing in the snake river. 📷: shutterstock • for more stunning us destinations, visit the link in our bio.

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So 'butterflies in your stomach' isn't a real thing, but reactions to love are in fact rooted in science. while in the presence of the object of our affection, our brains flood with chemicals that can induce feelings ranging from happiness, focus, and attachment. these chemicals can manifest as physical reactions like rosy cheeks, flushed, or that tingly-all-over feeling. 🖌: @bi_graphics 💘

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Congratulations to american olympians chris mazdzer, mirai nagasu, and red gerard. their achievements and displays of athleticism give us the motivation to keep pushing in our pursuits! 🇺🇸 mazdzer brought home the silver medal in the men’s singles luge, the first american to medal in the event. 🛷 nagasu flies through the air with grace. she is the first american female to ever land a triple axle during an olympic competition and lifted the us team to a bronze medal in team competition. ⛸ not only does gerard have the honor of winning the first us gold medal in pyeongchang, at 17-years-old, gerard is the youngest american snowboarder to ever win an olympic medal and the youngest snowboarding gold medalist of any nation. 🥇 📷: ap

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