I've been waiting to hear a message like this from an elected official since my kids were little.

You might have heard about President Obama's address during the Grammys. But here's another recent message from him that should make women take notice.

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Did you know that in many places, child care costs more than college tuition per year? The purple bars below are child care costs; the red ones are public university tuition costs. In every case listed, that purple bar — wouldn't you know it — is bigger than the red. It's the worst in Washington, D.C.

When we think about all the ways Americans are often held back from achieving even a middle-class lifestyle, these are the things that get in the way: child care costs and minimal pay. Add the fact that those two factors can disproportionately affect women, and it means we're creating a system where women aren't encouraged to thrive in fact, if they do thrive, it's in spite of the conditions around them. What kind of beautiful things could happen if we created a community where conditions were set up to help people succeed instead of fail?

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21

Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.

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This article originally appeared on 09.08.16

92-year-old Norma had a strange and heartbreaking routine.

Every night around 5:30 p.m., she stood up and told the staff at her Ohio nursing home that she needed to leave. When they asked why, she said she needed to go home to take care of her mother. Her mom, of course, had long since passed away.

Behavior like Norma's is quite common for older folks suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Walter, another man in the same assisted living facility, demanded breakfast from the staff every night around 7:30.

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