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Take an inside look at the offices of Facebook, Twitter, and 9 more high-profile employers

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Who says offices have to be boring?

Not everyone toils the day away in a drab cubicle farm. There are some pretty incredible offices out there.

At Business Insider, we’ve gone on numerous virtual and in-person tours of amazing workspaces — including those of Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the coolest offices we’ve visited:

Jacquelyn Smith, Jessica Mai, Courtney Verrill, Emmie Martin, and Tanza Loudenback contributed reporting.

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Facebook’s Manhattan office is filled with amazing artwork created by both resident artists and employees. These works give the space a creative vibe.

Celebrity sightings aren’t uncommon here. If you look closely at the office’s “wall,” you’ll see many famous autographs.

Employees also enjoy numerous perks, from VR tests to gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Doctors are trying an unorthodox approach to treat burn victims — using fish skin

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Brazillian doctors are taking an experimental approach to treating burns: using tilapia skin. 

Traditionally, burns are treated using pig and human tissue, which transfer collagen, a healing protein, to the victims’ skin. In Fortaleza, Brazil, however, those tissues weren’t readily available. 

That shortage led researchers at the José Frota Institute to turn to tilapia as an alternative treatment for people in the community who suffered from burns.

Here’s the story of how the team discovered this unconventional new approach. 

 

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Second- and third-degree burns are painful, and occasionally deadly depending on how widespread they are on the body. Using tissue can often help speed up the healing process. But at the José Frota Institute, doctors were only able to use burn creams and gauze that had to be changed out frequently, a painful process.

So the team looked for other options, including sterilized tilapia skin. When they analyzed the tilapia’s skin, they found something unexpected.

“We got a great surprise when we saw that the amount of collagen proteins, types 1 and 3, which are very important for scarring, exist in large quantities in tilapia skin, even more than in human skin and other skins,” Dr. Edmar Maciel, a burn specialist at the institute told Stat News.


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Step aboard the USS Kearsarge, the US Navy workhorse that takes Marines to war

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In US Navy history, just four ships have borne the name Kearsarge.

The first, a Civil War sloop, sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France in 1864.

The next one, a battleship, sailed around the world with Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet.

The third, an aircraft carrier, recovered astronauts from the sea during Project Mercury, the US’s first human-spaceflight program.

The current USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship that docked in New York City for Fleet Week, has a lower profile, but it is no less essential to the fleet.

“We have a very special mission as opposed to your other ships of the Navy,” Lt. J.G. Christian Sedarski, a deck-division officer on the Kearsarge, told Business Insider. “Sometimes we will conduct firings on the beaches and that kind of thing, but we are strictly landing and bringing back Marines from the beach.”

“So the way I like to explain it is, we are a glorified hotel with a F-150 flatbed,” he added.

It also has extensive medical facilities, capable of taking in wounded troops as well as survivors of natural disasters. Its ability to hold 600 patients makes it second to only the Navy’s ready-reserve hospital ships in medical capacity.

In a display of its versatility, the Kearsarge deployed to provide flood relief in Pakistan in August 2010, steaming west six months later to support operations in Libya as part of Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

Below, you can take a tour of Kearsarge and get an up-close look at a ship that ferries Marines and their gear into battle around the world.

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The Kearsarge stretches 844 feet from bow to stern with a 27-foot draft. Fully loaded, it displaces 44,000 tons and can push through the water at over 24 knots.

Deck-edge elevators, like the one seen here, lift the Kearsarge’s contingent of aircraft to the flight deck, where three cargo elevators lift supplies to meet them.

The ship rises 186 feet from waterline to top of mast. It sails with over 1,100 officers and crew and can carry about 2,000 Marines and their gear.

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The 15 best paying tech companies in the UK

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Despite the temptations of tech startup life, the best place for a highly paid tech job in the UK is still a well-established company.

According to data from jobs site Glassdoor, most of the best paying tech firms in the UK are long-established enterprise software companies like SAP, Infosys, and Oracle. Facebook is one of the few newer companies to make the list.

Interestingly, Apple and Amazon don’t rank among the best paying tech firms. That’s because they employ lots of lower paid retail and warehouse staff, bringing the median salary down.

Here’s the list:

15. Cognizant Technology Solutions

Median total compensation: £55,250

Median base salary: £55,250

Cognizant is a software and tech consultancy firm, and its UK office is in Paddington, London.

14. HCL Technologies

Median total compensation: £55,250

Median base salary: £55,250

HCL Technologies is an Indian software and IT services firm, operating across different sectors ranging from aerospace and defence to retail.

13. Qualcomm

Median total compensation: £57,550

Median base salary: £52,750

Qualcomm is one of the biggest chipmakers in the world, and also licenses technologies used in devices like the iPhone. 

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Snapchat maker, Snap, acquired a tiny drone company as its pushes further into hardware (SNAP)

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Snap spent less than $1 million to acquire a tiny drone startup in Venice, according to a new report from BuzzFeed

It’s not the first time the company has flirted with acquiring a drone startup, but the deal to acquire Ctrl Me Robotics means the company is furthering its push into hardware.

As part of the deal, Snap brought on Ctrl Me Robotics founder, Simon Saito Nielsen, and acquired some of its assets and equipment, according to Buzzfeed’s report.

The drone company was already winding down when the founder approached Snap about the possible acquisition, per the report. The company’s website no longer works, and its social media pages stopped posting in October, likely around the time of the acquisition. Snap declined to comment. 

Snap’s already been rumored to be working on a drone or other types of hardware following the launch of its smart sunglasses, Spectacles.

While Snap’s smart sunglasses might not be ubiquitous, it’s turned into a million-dollar “modest” business for the self-described camera company. 

During its earnings call, Snap said that it had brought in $8 million from the sale of Spectacles and that it is continuing to explore new technologies.

“It’s been really exciting to see people capture memories from their perspective,” CEO Evan Spiegel said at the time. 

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Sergey Brin's secret blimp will be a luxury 'air yacht' and be used to deliver humanitarian aid, report says

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More details are leaking about Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s secret quest to build a giant airship.

Bloomberg broke the news last month that Brin was working on a secret blimp project at Moffett Field. Business Insider subsequently reported that Brin’s company was called LTA Research & Exploration and that it has been leasing space from Google parent company Alphabet. 

Now anonymous sources tell The Guardian that the ship is being personally funded by Brin at an estimated cost of over $100 million. The blimp is expected to be massive in both scale and grandeur — something like 200 meters long. That’s not as big as the famously unfortunate Hindenburg, which was 245 meters. But some say it would be among the biggest aircraft flying the skies today, and possibly the biggest.

These sources expect that Brin plans to use it to bring humanitarian food and supplies to the far corners of the world. And they also expect him to use it as luxurious “air yacht” for the billionaire and his family and friends to enjoy, according to the report.

Brin declined common on the original Bloomberg story, nor did he comment on the Guardian story and Alphabet declined comment to Business Insider as well.

raytheon jlens blimp securityBrin is said to be fascinated with air travel. The unit he oversees at Google’s parent company Alphabet is working on all kinds of aircraft, including balloon type crafts. Brin is the executive champion of the unit formerly called Google X, now calling itself simply X.

Earlier this week, the unit gave updates on several of its projects including Project Loon, which delivers internet connectivity to remote regions using balloons. Loon is being used by tens of thousands of people in flood-affected zones in Peru, X says. That’s the first time that balloon-powered internet has been used to connect so many people.

X also has a project called Makani that’s trying to generate electricity from an energy kite. Earlier this month, it had a successful prototype test of the kite, which X says is the largest ever of its kind at 600 kilowatts. 

And then there’s Project Wing, the unit’s drone delivery project. Although we’ve reported on this project’s troubles and set-backs, it was also called out as a project to watch by Alphabet CEO Larry Page in his annual letter to shareholders in April.

As we previously reported, Brin is actively involved at X and even has his own desk installed in some of the projects, like Wing. So, when it comes to objects that fly, Brin just can’t seem to get enough.

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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and supermodel Miranda Kerr are rumored to get married this weekend: Here's how he won her over in a year (FB)

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There may be wedding bells in the air for LA’s newest power couple. 

After hints that supermodel Miranda Kerr would get married to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in May, the New York Post’s Page Six reports that two will wed in a small ceremony of around 30 people at their LA home over Memorial Day weekend.

The Australian supermodel started dating the 26-year-old CEO nearly two years ago and a whirlwind romance followed, which lead to their engagement last year.

Here’s how the two powerful stars fell so quickly for each other:

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The power couple first met at a dinner for Louis Vuitton in Los Angeles and became friends. ‘We were really good friends for a long time before we started dating,’ Kerr told The Sydney Morning Herald.

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In 2007, Kerr was the first Australian to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel and was among the world’s highest-paid models. Now she’s working on creative projects like jewelry lines and just launched a handbag collection in Asia.

The 33-year-old Kerr was once married to Orlando Bloom and had a son, Flynn. Spiegel had to wait at least six months to meet him, per Kerr and Bloom’s rules, but ‘things are going well,’ Kerr said. ‘We’re just a modern family now.’

Source: The Edit

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Your steak isn’t leaking blood — here’s what that red liquid really is

Raw steaks usually have a natural, blood-like liquid in their packaging. Although its red coloring looks a lot like blood, that liquid is not what it seems. 

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Apple is working on a chip to power artificial intelligence in future gadgets, including the iPhone

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Apple is working on chips to power artificial intelligence capabilities in its gadgets, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports.

The chips would handle more advanced AI tasks such as facial recognition and help manage battery life and power better, the report says. The chips could also be used in future products like self-driving cars or digital glasses, in addition to iPhones and iPads.

The news comes as Apple’s competitors like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have all made significant advancements in AI. At its developers conference last week, Google showed how it’s adding AI to a variety of products from phones, to connected speakers, to cars. Apple is largely seen as behind the competition when it comes to AI, which can power the next wave of connected gadgets.

Last year, Apple made some improvements to its Siri AI assistant, giving access to third-party developers in limited categories like messaging and payments. Apple’s developers conference starts June 5, and many will be paying attention to more advancements in Apple’s AI.

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Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads

Riley founders Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads. Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. (In fact, CEO Daniel Ahmadizadeh said he and his co-founder Helson Taveras applied several times with different products and ideas before getting in.) The startup is announcing… Read More

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