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She Dropped Out Of University At 19, Now She’s Worth $9 Billion

She was named the world’s first self-made billionaire by Forbes after she dropped out of Stanford University School of Engineering at the age of 19.

Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University School of Engineering when she was 19 to start her own biotech company.

Twelve years after her risky move, Holmes, now 31 years old, and her company Theranos is now worth $9 billion. She was the youngest recipient of “The Horatio Alger Award” in 2015 and was among Time’s 100 most influential people. If that is not enough, US President Barack Obama even named her an ambassador for global business.

Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO of Theranos.

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Her company envisions to revolutionize venipuncture by offering 200 blood tests with just a prick from a finger. Theranos aims to achieve this via the nano-diagnostic technology, leading the New York Times to state that she may be “changing the healthcare paradigm as we know it.”

However, although Holmes’ company is traversing the business industry with flying colors, some doubts have been cast about the science of Theranos’ nano-diagnostic technology.

Theranos boasts of a nano-diagnostic technology.

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In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that among the 200 blood tests that the company advertises, only the test for herpes utilized the nano-diagnostic technology. Moreover, only a limited number of tests can possibly use the technology going forward.

The news could be massively detrimental to Theranos as it indicates that the company has over-exaggerated its claims about its product. Holmes has denied the allegation and has accused the Wall Street Journal report of “misinformation.”

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It may not be too late for Theranos to jump back to where they were before in the playing field, but honestly, it will definitely take a lot of work. Forbes has already referred to Theranos’ story as a “cautionary tale,” prompting us not to jump in the bandwagon of awe that surrounds young entrepreneurs.

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Little Boy Emptied His Piggy Bank To Donate To A Vandalized Mosque.

We need more people like this kindhearted little boy.

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There are certainly a lot of things that we can learn from kids like the value of kindness, sharing and sincerity. All of these things just might be the "change" and "hope" that this world needs. Meanwhile, this little boy who has so much respect for one's religion is now getting as much love from the people in return.

Following the devastating attacks in Paris, Muslim communities were also discriminated, threatened, blamed and harassed for the atrocities caused by the extremist group ISIS. A local mosque in Texas wasn't even spared.

On Monday, The Islamic Center of Pflugerville found in a strip mall in the suburbs of Austin, Texas was vandalized.

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The “Hug Lady” Hugged Half a Million Soldiers At The Airport For 12 Years

Now, the soldiers are returning the kind gesture.

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A warm, sincere hug can convey messages that words alone can’t express. People hug out of love, joy, gratitude, compassion, relief, and fear.

Charlotte Charles, a character from the 2007 American comedy-drama TV series Pushing Daisies, said that a proper hug is like an “emotional Heimlich.” “Someone puts their arms around you and they give you a squeeze and all your fear and anxiety come shooting out of your mouth in a big wet wad and you can breathe again.”

For soldiers who always risk their lives fighting for their country, a hug could mean all those emotions combined. To receive a warm hug after months or years of living in uncertainty is probably like an emotional Heimlich---a gesture that reminds them that they're home now and they're safe. The war has, at least, temporarily ceased. And, to those about to be deployed, it could signify love and support.

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Facebook User Posts Heart-Wrenching Message Amidst the Terror Attacks in Paris

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In light of the recent events of terror that rocked the City of Light, many people all over the world have expressed support and offered prayers for the victims of the massacre that has left countless people dead and injured. One Facebook user, though, has captured the interest of many with her recent post, lamenting about the senseless killings instigated by supposed Jihadists.

In her Facebook post addressed to the terrorists, Shazia Bakshi slammed the heinous deed and claimed that the dastardly deed has cast other innocent Muslims like her in bad light. She also highlighted the indomitable spirit of humans, citing the enduring hope and faith of humans in love and peaceful coexistence.

Read the full transcript of her open letter below:

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