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Oprah Winfrey: A Woman Leader

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Oprah Winfrey (1954) is a tv hostess, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She has won on several occasions the Emmy award for her show "The Oprah Winfrey Show", the most successful tv talk show in history. According to Forbes magazine, she was the richest African American person of the 20th century and the only black person who has possessed a net worth of more than 1 billion dollars for 3 consecutive years. She was also the most powerful woman in 2005, according to the same publisher. Life magazine has classified her as the most influential woman of her generation, and Time magazine has included her in the list of the 4 people who have given shape to the 20th century and early 21st century. In 2005, the Business Week magazine called her the most relevant African American philanthropist in the history of the U.S. And, in 2010, Forbes magazine categorized her as the most influential famous woman in the world. Her biography is in the book "Oprah: A Biography",

Stopping the Sun: The Revolution of Copernicus

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There's no other daily experience as common as the movement of the sun. That displacement of Helios, the king star, across the sky indicates us the time of the day, and this way we distinguish the morning sun, which shines in a fresh and stimulant environment, from the midday sun, which nails its rays with all its strength, and from the melancholic sun in the sunset. Who hasn't got moved by a sunset's beauty? In our everyday-life language we talk about the "sunrise", "sunset"; we get interested in the cast shadows that the star produces, in order to protect us from its rigors; we admire the sundials because their gnomon keeps track of the time and we look for the beauty of its light which morphs differently in each corner of the planet. For millenniums, and even up to this date, the sun has been ruling the world with its solemn and formidable march. Map of the World - Martin Waldseem├╝ller, 1507

Carlos Slim: The 5th Richest Person in the World

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Carlos Slim (1940), a Mexican businessman and philanthropist, is considered by Forbes Magazine the 5th world's richest man, having reached the first position from 2010 to 2013. A civil engineer, from an early age, started investing in different businesses. In the early 80's and in the middle of a crisis that paralyzed the Mexican economy and which produced unprecedented capital leaks, Slim made huge investments in the country, acquiring several companies. The businesses of Slim are part of the Mexican conglomerate (owned by Slim) called "Grupo Carso", employing around 250,000 people directly and more than 500,000 indirectly. He has been awarded and decorated several times. Carlos Slim Hel├║

Collaboration Boosts Knowledge: The Birth of Universities

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Perhaps, the most primitive invention of humanity had been the notion that collaboration always increases the possibilities of survivance in any given circumstance. The joint effort by itself wouldn't be a reviewable invention; however, the collaboration for the aim of transmission of knowledge and encouraging learning, is one of the most peculiar characteristics of the human being. Today, it's surprising to see both the speed of the individual learning process and the capacity of the disciples to surpass their masters. There's a very old and popular quote that says: "the accumulation of knowledge produces more knowledge". Laurentius de Voltolina - University of Bologna (14th cent.)

Richard Branson: A Lover of Risk

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Richard Branson (1950) is an entrepreneur known by his brand Virgin , a conglomeration of nearly 400 companies from different sectors. He is included in the list of the world's richest people by Forbes magazine and has written several books about business, like "Screw it, let's do it". He has also been awarded on different occasions both for his entrepreneurial and social labor and is known for his unique lifestyle. He has participated in different TV shows and even movies like "Superman Returns". Richard Branson in 1975 - Image from Virgin.com

The Enemy is Far Away!

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At first sight, the war wouldn't constitute for anyone an invention worth to mention because we have the impression that, from its remote origins, war has been an inherent part of humanity. Therefore, we are not going to talk about war and nothing else. However, it could be reviewed the making of the enemy as a category itself, a fundamental element of any war. Human creativity has been prodigal in creating inventions that have transformed entire collectives into enemies. To belong to a different clan or unknown tribe has been always a motif to awaken distrust; to speak different languages, a constant source of mistrust as well; and the voice tones or the different phonological modulations could raise big suspicions among those who didn't share the same language, even making them believe that they were roughly called, with mockery or aggressiveness. At the same time, the different ways of dressing up, praying, eating and behaving have always contributed to the mutation of neigh

Henry Ford: An American Pioneer

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Henry Ford (1863-1947) was the founder of the company Ford Motor Company. He invented the so-called "Fordism" a system that, thanks to chain production, allowed the fabrication of a large number of automobiles at a low price. The launch of the Ford Model T in the car market revolutionized the transport industry in the United States. Ford was a prolific inventor who registered nearly 200 patents. As the only owner of the Ford company, he became one of the world's richest people in his time. Now, let's talk about some of his famous quotes here. I remind you it is important that you read very carefully the following lines and you give yourself time to think about them. Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company