Nonfiction: What Are the Biggest Problems Facing Us in the 21st Century?

In “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book, the historian takes on everything from terrorism to inequality.
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Princess Diana’s Friend Shares Rare Photo of the Royal Mid-Laugh on 21st Anniversary of Her Death

Princess Diana‘s legacy is often overshadowed by her untimely death — but her friends are remembering the happy times.

On Friday — which marks the 21st anniversary of the Paris car crash that took the lives of Diana, her romantic companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul — Rosa Monckton shared a touching tribute to her friend on Twitter. In the joyous photo, the royal looks relaxed and comfortable in a baggy sweatshirt, laughing with her eyes squeezed shut.

“Diana as I remember her,” Monckton captioned the rare image. “Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life. Friend and wonderful godmother to Domenica. RIP.”

Monckton was a close friend and confidante to the late Princess of Wales — who was the godmother to Monckton’s daughter, Domenica. When Domenica was was born with Down syndrome in 1995, Diana provided the ultimate support.

“She said, ‘You just have to believe in her,’ ” the British jewelry executive, who met Diana through a mutual friend, told PEOPLE in 2016. “She said, ‘Believe in her, love her and I’ll be there every step of the way.’ She already had that vision of what Domenica could become, which I simply couldn’t see.”

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The princess “was a huge encouragement,” after Domenica’s birth, explained Monckton. “She came with me to appointments. She was very much by my side.”

Domenica, who is now 23, became the inspiration behind Team Domenica, a charity set up by her mother to help young adults with learning disabilities gain experience to break into the workplace.

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Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed Diana’s wedding dress and remained friends with her, tells PEOPLE that even after over two decades, Diana still has an impact.

“The years have gone by so quickly. It’s still very, very sad,” Emanuel said wistfully. “She is still very much in peoples’ hearts and minds really — and that’s her legacy. After years and years people still remember her so well.”

The 36-year-old princess died in the early hours of August 31, 1997, when her car, which was being chased by paparazzi, crashed into a pillar in the Alma Tunnel.

Her bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was injured in the crash but survived.

There was an outpouring of mourning around the world, with flowers and tributes filling the grounds surrounding her London home, Kensington Palace. Diana’s funeral was attended by 2,000 people and watched by two billion more at home on television.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy last year, Prince WilliamKate Middleton and Prince Harry made a poignant walk through the breathtaking all-white garden created in memory of the “People’s Princess.”

William recalled that he remembered “seeing the pigeons and squirrels,” adding, “We used to come here a lot.”

Noting that he and Harry used to feed the fish in the garden’s pond, William said, “There never used to be this many in here” — before being told some of the koi carp are so old that they are the same ones from his youth.

William, Kate and Harry also met with representatives from eight charities closest to Diana’s heart, including the English National Ballet.


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Khloé Kardashian & Tristan Thompson Reunite at Nightclub After He Misses Kylie’s 21st Birthday Bash

Though he skipped out on Kylie Jenner‘s 21st birthday bashTristan Thompson partied it up with Khloé Kardashian anyway.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 34, shared a selfie Snapchat video of the NBA star, 27, kissing her inside a nightclub as they danced to a remix of Bomba Estéreo’s “To My Love.”

Kardashian and Thompson’s reunion comes one night after he was noticeably absent from Kylie’s milestone bash in Los Angeles where the youngest KarJenner family member celebrated with sisters Khloé, Kourtney, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner as well as momager Kris.

On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward was in his home city of Toronto where he was attending a charity event in honor of his younger brother Amari, who suffers from epilepsy.

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“Me and 2 of my heroes! Last night got to celebrate my brother Amari again,” Thompson shared on Instagram the day of Kylie’s birthday.

Though his cheating scandal rocked their relationship just days before welcoming their daughter True on April 12, a source recently told PEOPLE that Kardashian and Thompson continue to work on mending their romance as he spends his off-season in her hometown of Calabasas, California.

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“He has really stepped up,” the KUWTK insider said about how the pair’s relationship is in a good place. “He keeps showing a lot of commitment to Khloé. He wants them to be a happy family,” the source explained, adding that they “are still doing therapy.”

The insider also shared, “Tristan initially resisted therapy but has realized how important it is for Khloé. He is finally realizing how much he hurt Khloé. He wants Khloé to be happy with him, so he is really trying to be the best person that he can be.”

Thompson has also been spending plenty of quality time with the couple’s 3-month-old child, even watching baby True while Kardashian has to be away from home.


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Disney, 21st Century Fox Shareholders Vote to Approve $71.3 Billion Merger

Shareholders of 21st Century Fox and Disney have voted to approve Disney’s $ 71.3 billion buyout of major Fox assets. Shareholders gathered Friday morning at the New York Hilton for separate meetings to vote on the historic transaction that the companies first set back in December. Both meetings were brief, lasting less than 15 minutes. John […]

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21st Century Fox Raises Offer for Sky, Topping Comcast Bid

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox significantly lifted its offer price to consolidate ownership of Sky, heating up a bidding war with Comcast for the British broadcaster.
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Comcast Hunts for Additional Cash in Pursuit of 21st Century Fox Assets

Comcast is exploring tie-ups with other companies or private-equity investors that could provide additional cash as the cable giant pursues a costly acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets.
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Comcast Lines Up Financing for Possible Hostile Bid for 21st Century Fox Assets

Cable giant Comcast is getting the pieces in place to make a possible hostile bid for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets as it considers breaking up the deal agreed in December between Fox and Disney.
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Disney Re-Engages in Talks to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets

Walt Disney has re-engaged in discussions with 21st Century Fox to purchase some of the media giant’s assets, and Comcast remains in the mix, with deal talks gaining momentum.
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Review: Nico Muhly’s ‘Marnie’ Brings Hitchcock Into the 21st Century

The opera, based on a 1961 novel and Hitchcock’s 1964 film about a traumatized woman who compulsively changes her identity, comes to the Met next season.
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Comcast Approached 21st Century Fox About an Acquisition

New suitors are circling 21st Century Fox, affirming that the media empire built by Rupert Murdoch is now in play. Comcast has approached the media company to express interest in buying a substantial piece of it. Verizon and Sony are also kicking the tires.
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Disney Approached 21st Century Fox to Buy Entertainment Assets

Walt Disney Co. recently held talks to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment businesses, people close to the talks said, signaling Disney is serious about bolstering its TV operations and Rupert Murdoch is open to a restructuring of his empire.
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Disney Approached 21st Century Fox to Buy Entertainment Assets

Walt Disney Co. recently held talks to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment businesses, people close to the talks said, signaling Disney is serious about bolstering its TV operations and Rupert Murdoch is open to a restructuring of his empire.
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NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

Professor Ted Baker says the NHS has not modernised because of a historic lack of investment.
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How Anni and Josef Albers Became 21st Century Art Stars

A crop of major shows celebrating the modernest pioneers is coming to Europe and New York.
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Ellen Makes ’13 Reasons Why’ Star’s Dream Come True For 21st Birthday

Ellen DeGeneres is in the business of making dreams come true (she brought Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern together last week, C’MON), so we really shouldn’t be too surprised that she had her own “You get a car” moment with the stars of “13 Reasons Why.”

On Monday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette stopped by to talk about their new Netflix series, which has attracted a bit of controversy as of late, and somehow one of them ended up walking away with VIP tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. 

Let’s rewind here. Langford, who recently celebrated her 21st birthday, is a ride or die Gaga fan, and has even credited the pop star for inspiring her acting career. The actress explained that she knew the show was officially a hit when Gaga herself tweeted about her on social media.

“There was definitely a really big moment for me like a week ago,” Langford said. “I don’t have Twitter, but Lady Gaga tweeted at me, like reposted an interview where I was fangirling and wrote, ‘Katherine,’ with a love heart. And I kind of freaked out a little bit.”

That’s why DeGeneres decided to treat Langford to an upcoming Gaga concert, including a meet and greet with the singer. The “13 Reasons Why” star was immediately brought to tears, grabbing Minnette when DeGeneres broke the news. 

“Because you love Lady Gaga, I called her,” the host announced. “You’re going to go see her and go backstage and meet her.”

Sorry, Nicki Minaj. Ellen is still the “DeGeneres queen” after all. 

Watch a clip from the interview above. 

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Radio Times readers have voted for the best TV dramas of the 21st Century – but do you agree?
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By C. Roger Bleile Deluxe 9×12″ landscape format Features the best works & individual engraver biographical sketches of America’s finest contemporary engravers Over 300 pages Nearly 40 of America’s best living engravers Features blue cover with gold foil and a dark blue jacket Mfg: Blue Book Publications
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21st Century Fox in Talks to Buy Rest of U.K.’s Sky for $14 Billion

21st Century Fox is in late-stage discussions to buy all of Sky PLC, the U.K.’s market-leading pay-TV provider, in a $ 14 billion deal, as Fox moves to consolidate its holdings.
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21st Century U.S. Military Manuals: Physical Fitness Training FM 21-20 – Exercise, Conditioning, Muscle Groups (Value-Added Professional Format Series)

21st Century U.S. Military Manuals: Physical Fitness Training FM 21-20 – Exercise, Conditioning, Muscle Groups (Value-Added Professional Format Series)


Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, the Physical Fitness Training Field Manual (FM 21-20) covers physical fitness and exercise in the military. The preface states: “On 5 July 1950, U.S. troops, who were unprepared for the physical demands of war, were sent to battle. The early days of the Korean war were nothing short of disastrous, as U.S. soldiers were routed by a poorly equipped, but well-trained, North Korean People’s Army. As American soldiers withdrew, they left behind wounded comrades and valuable equipment their training had not adequately prepared them to carry heavy loads. The costly lessons learned by Task Force Smith in Korea are as important today as ever. If we fail to prepare our soldiers for their physically demanding wartime tasks, we are guilty of paying lip service to the principle of “Train as you fight.” Our physical training programs must do more for our soldiers than just get them ready for the semiannual Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). FM 21 -20 is directed at leaders who plan and conduct physical fitness training. It provides guidelines for developing programs which will improve and maintain physical fitness levels for all Army personnel. These programs will help leaders prepare their soldiers to meet the physical demands of war. This manual can also be used as a source book by all soldiers. The benefits to be derived from a good physical fitness program are many. It can reduce the number of soldiers on profile and sick call, invigorate training, and enhance productivity and mental alertness. A good physical fitness program also promotes team cohesion and combat survivability. It will improve soldiers’ combat readiness.”Contents include:* Cardiorespiratory Fitness* Muscular Endurance and Strength* Beginning Exercise Program (exercise descriptions)* Advanced Exercise Program (exercise descriptions)* Flexibility* Body Composition* Nutrition and Fitness* Circuit Training and Exercise Drills* Obstacle

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Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century, Second Edition Revised

Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century, Second Edition Revised


If you re using the older edition, it s out of date! This newly revised edition contains more than 300 updates for major reference resources. Don t try to do good reference without it! Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath have revised the second edition of their landmark text to deliver new information and reflect the changes in reference services since their last edition was published. This practical guide teaches failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format. Information on more than 300 sources has been updated to provide you high quality information, including the information needed to work with newly digitized government documents. Many of these new sources focus on innovative Reference 2.0 tools like Google Books, Twitter, and Second Life. Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, it s the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources and special topics in reference provide the basics you want with fresh insight you need on new issues in reference services and technology, including website development and maintenance, RSS feeds, social networking, and delivering reference services across multiple platforms. The companion website features new readings for each chapter and information about changes in reference tools described in these pages, as w
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It’s Time to Break Our Habits and Chart a New Path as 21st Century Leaders

This article was co-created with Sydney Strauss, a Pacific Northwest based writer and editor passionate about the future of humanity and the planet.

We live in a time of opportunity and possibilities and yet our 21st century society has a habit in need of breaking. For some of us it’s eating fast food or working 24/7 in a constant state of busyness, but as a collective humanity, the habit we have to tackle feels a lot more illusory: success, or rather, the way by which we all understand what it means to be successful is at a crossroads.

If asked what individual success looks like, most of us might mention an impressive, high-paying job with a bounty of opportunities for future promotions, salary increases and awards, and nothing is inherently wrong with that. It’s the current story of how we judge each other’s success and failure rate. And yet today’s unconscious definition is blatantly steering us down an unhealthy path and is stuck in the last century.

Today, more people of all ages are realizing that there is more to life than being defined by what we do to make a living. You can go into any organization in the world and people are overworked and they desperately want to know how they can be more satisfied with their lives. Some are becoming aware of the decades-long second Industrial Revolution ideals of constant growth and constant work that have silently convinced us to produce such answers, perhaps without our consent. Those values once aligned in perfect parallelism with the needs of the day, yes, but our 21st century world is on the path toward a clash with those very values. It is our responsibility to stay mindful of how our unconscious behavior — our habits — might be chemically reacting with the reality of right now, and to act accordingly.


What if we saw opportunity instead of constantly working at solving problems?

We live in a time rich with potential for new possibilities. We need to remember that we were born with powerful voices, and we must find ways to use them to create new pathways, relationships, and partnerships to live and work together peacefully and productively. There are huge opportunities for business to transform, and this transformation will only begin when each of us starts stepping up to our respective roles in helping to enact change. It’s time to connect our own personal experiences and ingenuity to figure out what this journey means to us. We can rewrite the script by regaining our common sense and asking ourselves what is important to us versus how others tell us we should lead our lives.

Indeed, it seems as though our humanity is getting lost amidst the chaotic obsession to “succeed” and grow, yet in the face of a rapidly decaying planet, flagrant racism, xenophobia, and a historic refugee crisis, it is precisely our humanity — our ability to empathize and creatively and collaboratively come up with innovative solutions — that is being demanded from us. It is incredibly base conduct for an individual or a company to feed the certainly delicious addiction of massive growth and profit no matter the cost or consequence, and to strive to acquire tangible symbols of having “made it” is really just a means without any actual end. How could those values ever again be authentic notions of success when we, our fellow humans, and our planet are all dangling by a thread?

We assume that “new and improved” is the way to go, so we continue building atop structures with already cracking foundations, slap on a few Band-Aids, and call it good. People of all ages are working around the clock to become the next Google or the next $ 1B company, because if being unbearably overwhelmed isn’t “success,” then what is? How did we get to this stale, one-dimensional point in our collective history?

It’s time for us to re-define success and failure based on our own compass

Perhaps it’s time to leave these antiquated definitions of success behind and create a new path forward. There are incredible opportunities for us to take business to a whole new playing field of being a force of good, and it’s up to each of us to pave the way, because if not us, then who?

The 21st century leader is within each of us

There are so many stories of leaders in the 21st century already working hard to create that new playing field of business. Jay Coen Gilbert, co founder of the B Corp Movement is a true vanguard in redefining success with the B Corp movement, which offers businesses a set of strict standards regarding ethical performance — social, environmental, and legal — in exchange for the coveted official B Corp certification. With over 1,600 certified B Corps from over 42 countries, including Etsy and Patagonia, the movement to measure success in terms of mindful beneficence instead of inordinate growth is quickly gaining momentum. With the help of people like Jay, we as a society are already starting to break the bad habit of “success.”

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We as a society have been normalized to egregious corporate behavior and accept massive layoffs and burnout, but those are precisely the bad habits that we must try, with our personal greatest might and bold voice, to break if we want to ensure a sustainable and healthy world for generations to come. It’s definitely time to move away from the 20th century mindset of fear and appreciate that each of us is here to create and co-create the world we want to live in. We have to stop expecting others to do it for us. With 21st century leaders like Jay and so many others, there is hope that change can come from anywhere and anyone. It’s time to stand up and make meaningful, mindful decisions at home and at work. Today, that is our calling as 21st century leaders. We live in an open and connected world and if we have a voice, we have a choice.

What we need more than anything is more people believing in ourselves and taking the time to recognize and remember our bold voice in the world. We need to stop following other people’s cookie cutter solutions and see ourselves as having the ability to co-create the world we want to live in, which means that we try different ways on the journey that has less celebrity heroes to worship and more 21st century leaders. It’s time for a new mindset and it’s personal. What habit no longer serves you? What’s your definition of success?

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Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century v. 1

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Delivering Affordable Cancer Care in the 21st Century

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With the goal of ensuring that patients have access to high-quality, affordable cancer care, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) National Cancer Policy Forum convened a public workshop, Delivering Affordable Cancer Care in the 21st Century, October 8-9, 2012, in Washington, DC.

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Happy 21st Birthday, Miley Cyrus! Have A Shot Of Malibu On Us

Miley Cyrus has accomplished more in her first 21 years than most people will in a lifetime. As the music industry’s wild child du jour can now legally down glasses of Gatorade and Malibu, we’d like to take a moment to look back on how a little girl with a twang became a chart topping, tongue-wagging twerker in just over two decades:

She started out with the best of both worlds.
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Though there were controversies along the way …
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She always knew how to “Party In The U.S.A.”
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Then Miley let everyone know she “CAN’T BE TAMED.”
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And she started dating Liam Hemsworth.
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After “Hannah Montana” ended, Miley chopped off her hair.

Then came the twerk and the tongue.
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Followed by the end of her romance with Liam.
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Of course, she recovered, and celebrated her latest achievement by sparking up a joint on stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
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Exhausted? Well brace yourself for more, as we’re sure whatever Cyrus has planned for her 21st birthday bash won’t disappoint.

Happy 21st, Miley Cyrus!
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