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Farah Mohammed

Farahnaz Mohammed is a nomadic journalist, based wherever there’s an internet connection. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Women’s Media Center and others, and her work has been referenced by Quartz, The Washington Post and El Colombiano. Farah holds a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Spanish and English Literature from The University of Edinburgh. You can find her on twitter @FarahColette, or at www.farahmohammed.com.

Student homelessness

Tackling Student Homelessness

College students are notoriously strapped for cash. For some, however, that youthful poverty becomes actual homelessness.
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Failure Has Always Been a Key to Success

Failure is in fashion, but this isn't some new passing trend. How universities and the medical profession have embraced the idea of "failing better."
SOS Venezuela Protest

What Venezuela Can Teach Us About Saving Failed States

Outside intervention in Venezuela is built on the idea that the fallout of a failed state has ramifications beyond its national borders.
Tiny A-Frame House

Is “Tiny Living” Really The Answer?

One response to the "bigger is better" trend has been the rise of microhomes: hyper-fashionable domiciles around 40 square meters in size.
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The Gender Gap Is Even More Insidious Than You Thought

Women are more likely to be excluded from key networks, less likely to have had managerial experience, and have fewer mentors to signpost the way forward.
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Could Youth Unemployment in the Middle East Be Dangerous?

Nearly half the population in the Middle East is under 25 years old, and their unemployment rate hovers at a staggering 30%.
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Mountain of Trash: Everest’s Environmental Disaster

Recently, the mountaineering community has been abuzz with the news that Mount Everest’s eponymous Hillary Step may have ...
Citizenship ceremony

Should Citizenship Be For Sale?

Should you be able to buy your way to citizenship? Economic research reveals some merits behind the idea, but others see classism and discrimination.
Rosie the Riveter

How Conflict Boosts the Economy

Historically speaking, we are living in unusually peaceful times. But does peacetime mean bad things for the economy, which is often boosted by war?
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Secret Communities: Why We Confess Online

How can it be helpful to disclose secrets online? A look at sites like PostSecret, where users anonymously confess to things they've never told anyone.
Private Prisons

The Problem With Privatizing Prisons

If private prisons make their profit from criminal society, its goes against business sense to reduce criminality.
grief app

Grief? There’s an App for That.

Would you want to be able to talk to a loved one after they'd passed away, knowing it wasn't really them? Would it help? Would it hurt?
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Why You Love the Smell of Old Books

Scent carries significant psychological meaning. A recent paper proposed that scent be included in a proposed intangible heritage list recognized by UNESCO.
American Psycho CEOs

Do Psychopaths Really Make Good CEOs?

It's a well known trope: the powerful, high-earning businessman with the pathologically low levels of empathy. But do psychopaths make good CEOs?
A row of empty office cubicles.

“Deaths of Despair”: What’s Really Killing Americans

Why a large swath of middle-aged, middle-class white Americans, especially those with lower levels of education, are dying more "deaths of despair."
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Working More for Less: Dangers of the Gig Economy

The "gig economy" benefits startups and tech companies, but it may be unsustainable, and unethical for the economy, and workers, at large.
Julia, Sesame Street

Why It Matters That Sesame Street’s Newest Resident Has Autism

Julia, a muppet with autism, is part of an effort to be more inclusive of all children, increasing tolerance through representation.
Robot doctor

Will Robots Replace Human Doctors?

What do advances in AI, VR, and robotics mean for doctors? In the case of medicine, perhaps it's better to ask what technology can't do.
Amber Fillerup Clark

How We Construct Our Online Identities

What does a successful mom blogger have to do with a character from James Joyce's Ulysses? The way we construct our identities has always been artificial.
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The Recipe for Secession: What Makes Nations Leave

Secession doesn't come from one event, but is borne of economic disparities, identity crises, legislative failure, and bad blood.
Peter Thiel

How Tech Companies Got In the White House

What role will technology companies—and tech CEOS—play in Donald Trump's White House?
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Examining Trump’s Military Budget

The United States' calling card is its strong military. What role does military spending play in the federal budget? And is more always better?
Uncle Scrooge

The Ethical Case for Profits

The frequency of ethical lapses among executives suggests that there exists an alternate moral framework in corporate culture.
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Marketing Immortality

Anti-aging technology isn’t limited to groundbreaking medicine.
Hospice care

Changing the Way We Die

Dying may seem like a straightforward business, but there are almost as many ways to approach the end of life as there are to approach life itself.