5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • In a recent survey, executives overestimated the number of female CEOs worldwide, guessing about 25% of large companies had a woman in charge. Public relations firm Weber Shandwick worked with KRC Research to conduct the study, and even female executives surveyed were way off the mark. According to a tally by women's nonprofit Catalyst, there are only 23 female CEOs of Standard & Poor's 500 companies, not even 5%, and just 23 Fortune 500 companies are led by women. Just 8% of companies worldwide with revenues of at least $500 million have a female CEO. — Huffington Post
     
  • Wal-Mart launches mega sale with "more deals than Black Friday" to rival Amazon's new Prime Day. The sale will kick off one day after Amazon's, with more than 2000 online-only discounts. The counter-sale comes after Wal-Mart blasted Amazon for only offering its sale to customers with a Prime membership, which costs $99 a year. In a recent blog post, Wal-Mart CEO Fernando Madeira wrote, "We're standing up for our customers and everyone else who sees no rhyme or reason for paying a premium to save." — Yahoo Finance
     
  • Did you know that any images of Pluto you've seen in the past have all been artist impressions? Well, you can finally get your first real glimpse at the small blue dwarf planet when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft finally fulfills its objective to perform the closest flyby of Pluto ever performed. The spacecraft has almost reached Pluto, and earth-dwelling space enthusiasts can follow them with an app for Mac and PC. — The Next Web
     
  • To reduce children's screen time, parents are being urged to cut their own. Young children learn by example, so if their parents are on devices often, then they'll most likely copy this behavior. Dr. Steiner-Adair said parents should think twice before using a mobile device around their children, and to check emails before the children get up, while they are in school, or after they go to bed. — The New York Times
     
  • This app aims to end food waste and feed the homeless. Did you know that the U.S. allows more than 130 billion pounds of food go to waste each year? Research like this from the Agriculture Department inspired California student Komal Ahmad, and in 2011 she launched a program that allowed her school's dining halls to donate excess food to local homeless shelters. Three years later, the Feeding Forward app is being used in 140 other schools throughout the country. She has now been contacted by people in Africa and Asia, who want to develop a similar program there. — Reviewed

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