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14 things that are harder to get into than Stanford

Stanford University

Stanford University’s acceptance rate hit an all-time low for the class of 2020, with 4.69% of applicants accepted into the prestigious California-based school.

That means Stanford is the most selective college in the US, beating out all Ivy League institutions.

But while getting into Stanford might seem like a nearly impossible task, many other achievements in life — like acceptance into some elementary schools — are more difficult than earning a spot within the school’s prestigious walls.

Ben Winsor and Christina Sterbenz also contributed to this story.

SEE ALSO: Early acceptance rates to Ivy League schools are drastically higher than regular — but the reason why isn’t as obvious as it seems

A spot at one of New York City’s top elementary schools

The elementary admissions process in New York City is utterly grueling. Among exemplary schools, one stands out as the gold-standard: Hunter College Elementary School.

Each year, Hunter chooses 25 girls and 25 boys from all of Manhattan to be admitted to its incoming kindergarten class.

They’re hand-selected from a pool of about 2,500 applicants, according to the website Inside Schools. That makes the acceptance rate for Hunter 2%. 

 

A job as an NBC page

Landing an internship-like role in the National Broadcasting Company’s page program is competitive to say the least. Famously, the character Kenneth Parcel was a page on 30 Rock.

For example, in 2016 there were 2,600 applicants for 120 positions, for a 4.6% acceptance rate.

The NBC page role is a year-long entry-level role where employees perform PR responsibilities among other tasks depending on their department.

A spot at an innovative startup college


College startup Minerva Schools has received 16,000 applications for 306 available places this year, the Financial Times reported.

Its model vastly differs from four years of school at other prestigious colleges. Students don’t stay in one place during their four-year education.

They spend time in up to seven residence houses in San Francisco, California; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, South Korea; Bangalore, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England.

At 1.9%, the acceptance rate for the unconventional college is far lower than at Stanford.

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Here's what it really means to be 'double-jointed'

Can you bend your arms behind your back, click your wrist, or touch your thumb to your forearm? Most people describe someone with these talents as being “double-jointed,” but that’s not an accurate representation. Here’s a look at what’s really going on with your friends who are unusually flexible.

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These doomsday shelters for the 1% make up the largest private bunker community on Earth

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Whether it’s nuclear warfare or a zombie apocalypse that triggers the end of the world, Vivos Group wants you to be prepared. The California-based company builds and maintains massive fortified shelters where high-net-worth families can buy space and live out Armageddon.

Its new development, Vivos xPoint, is billed as the largest private shelter community on Earth. The bunker community houses up to 5,000 people and can withstand a 500,000-pound blast.

Take a look inside this modern-day Noah’s Ark.

SEE ALSO: A tech exec just bought the penthouse in San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper for $13 million

“This is the place you will want to be when the SHTF,” or s–t hits the fan, according to a release from Vivos Group. No one calls xPoint home just yet.

The property contains 575 bunkers made of hardened concrete and steel.

Located in South Dakota, the structures were originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 as a military fortress that stored explosives and munitions.

The bunkers were built to withstand a 500,000-pound blast from explosives within.

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Check out Delta's new Canadian airliner that's trying to challenge Boeing and Airbus (DAL, BBD.B)

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In April, Bombardier Aerospace announced a mega order with Delta Air Lines for 75 of the company’s C Series airliners in a deal worth up to $5.6 billion. Shortly after the deal’s announcement, Bombardier flew one of its C Series demonstrators down to Delta’s Atlanta headquarters for journalists and the airline’s staff to get a closer look.

Although Bombardier has been a global leader in business and regional jets, the C Series is the first product from the Canadian airplane to compete against Boeing and Airbus in the mainline market. The decision to enter the market with the C Series was a major financial gamble for Bombardier, with a program price tag of $5.5 billion. Since its inception more than a decade ago, the aircraft has been beset by a series of development delays and slow sales.

In 2015, the airplane maker was forced to write down $4.4 billion and take a $1 billion bailout from the Quebec government. Even as it struggled to close a sale, Bombardier was credited with building an aircraft that’s one of the most capable on the market today — besting rivals Boeing and Airbus in terms of efficiency and ability.

With the Delta order, Bombardier has not only found a US launch customer for the C Series, but it has the blockbuster deal it needed to validate the attractiveness of aircraft to other prospective buyers. The Bombardier C Series entered service in July with Swiss Global Airlines.

Here’s a closer look at the airliner:

SEE ALSO: Here’s how to avoid the middle seat on a plane

Bombardier offers two version of the C Series: a 130-seat CS300 and a smaller 108-seat CS100.

Delta opted for the smaller CS100, but expect the airline to switch some of its order to the larger jet down the road.

According to Bombardier, the C Series’ greatest selling points are its efficiency and cabin comfort.

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Scientists discovered 55 lakes in Eastern Antarctica that shouldn't have been there

Eastern Antarctica is considered to be the coldest place on Earth. So cold, that scientists expected its ice shelves were frozen solid and more stable against climbing global temperatures than Western Antarctica or Greenland. But new research published in the widely-esteemed journal Nature Climate Change has proven otherwise. If you want to learn more, lead scientists Jan Lenaerts and Stef Lhermitte break down the science in this educational blog post

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Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

Today, we’re showing you how you can enable “Hey Cortana” so you can simply ask Cortana for whatever it is you need with your voice!

“Hey Cortana” lets you interact with Cortana hands-free so you can master multitasking. You can even use “Hey Cortana” to interact with Cortana above your lock screen so you don’t even have to login to your computer to have Cortana help you out. Here’s how to enable “Hey Cortana:”

Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

To get started, click on the Search bar, then click on the Settings icon and find the button to enable Hey Cortana.

Here are a couple things you can ask for when you say, “Hey Cortana:”

  • Ask Cortana to set a reminder for a specific time
  • Ask Cortana about local services, such as the nearest Thai restaurant
  • Ask Cortana to add something to your grocery list
  • Ask Cortana for your next meeting or what’s on your schedule
  • Ask Cortana questions about just about anything, such as how many ounces are in a cup

To enable Cortana above the lock, go to settings and enable “Use Cortana Even When My Device is Locked”.

You can also train Cortana to recognize your voice so she can better understand you:

Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

Once you have “Hey Cortana” enabled, you can click on “Try to respond only to me.” Then just underneath that, click on “Learn how to say, ‘Hey Cortana.’” Cortana will prompt you to repeat six phrases out loud. Then you’re all set!

For more Windows 10 tips on Cortana, head over to these blog posts to read about using Cortana above your lock screen or searching your PC and the web with Cortana, and have a great week!

*Cortana available in select markets

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This real-life giant walking robot is like something out of a sci-fi movie

This walking robot looks like it just walked out of Transformers. The Method-2 bipedal robot is a prototype from Korean company Hancook Mirae Technology. It can be piloted from aboard or remotely and stand 13 feet tall. The price on these robots? A cool $8.3 million.

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6 'healthy' eating habits you are better off giving up

Does a low-fat diet really help you lose weight? We de-bunked this and other “healthy eating” habits that aren’t as healthy as you might think.

Grace Raver contributed to an earlier version of this video.

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The top 10 PC technologies and trends to watch in 2017

Though some critics love to knock PCs as dinosaurs, laptops and desktops have gotten sexier, faster and even smarter. For every blue screen of death, there are droves of technological enhancements driving PCs into the era of virtual reality, 4K video and 5G connectivity. Here are the top 10 PC technology and trends to watch next year.

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An Intel employee demonstrates the company’s Project Alloy headset on stage during IDF 2016 in San Francisco on August 16, 2016.

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Will the Internet of Things be bigger than the Industrial Revolution?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as “the next Industrial Revolution” because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world.

In fact, the revolution is already starting. 

That brand new car that comes preloaded with a bunch of apps? Internet of Things. Those smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and play music with a few words? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker on your wrist that lets you tell your friends and family how your exercise is going? You get the point.

But this is just the beginning.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has tracked the growth of the IoT for more than two years, specifically how consumers, businesses, and governments are using the IoT ecosystem. John Greenough and Jonathan Camhi of BII have compiled an exhaustive report that breaks down the entire IoT ecosystem and forecast where the burgeoning IoT market is headed.  And you can learn more and purchase the report here:  The Internet of Things Ecosystem Research Report

During the creation of this report, they created the infographic below to show how the IoT ecosystem functions and to demonstrate how the IoT is poised to explode by 2020.

 

If you found this infographic to be valuable, you will LOVE our extensive IoT Ecosystem Research Report

Here are some key points from the report: 

  • In total, we project there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
  • Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
  • Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions. They see three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line by 1) lowering operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings.
  • Governments are focused on increasing productivity, decreasing costs, and improving their citizens’ quality of life. We believe they will be the second-largest adopters of IoT ecosystems.
  • Consumers will lag behind businesses and governments in IoT adoption. Still, they will purchase a massive number of devices and invest a significant amount of money in IoT ecosystems.

In full, the report:

  • Distills the technological complexities of the Internet of Things into a single ecosystem
  • Explains the benefits and shortcomings of many networks, including mesh (e.g. ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc.), cellular (e.g. 3G/4G, Sigfox, etc.), and internet networks (e.g. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Discusses analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, and more
  • Examines IoT security best practices
  • Details the four IoT market drivers and four IoT market barriers
  • Forecasts IoT investment by six layers: connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development
  • Analyzes how the IoT ecosystem is being using in a number of industries
  • Defines Internet of Things terminology within a glossary

The Internet of Things: Examining How the IoT Will Affect The World is how you get the full story on the Internet of Things.

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The choice is yours. But however you decide to acquire this report, you’ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the IoT.

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