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5 Things to Know Today: February 22, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: February 22, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo by Open Biomedical Initiative

Photo by Open Biomedical Initiative

In case you missed it, there’s a known wage gap in many households—on average even women who go to top universities still make less than men who don’t. It’s infuriating and maybe that's why so many people have “work spouses” to vent to. In better news, 3-D printing is starting to print out body parts, and it’s not nearly as creepy as we thought it would be. 

1. The Atlantic: 3-D printing is making body parts and that's particularly good news for children. 
3-D printing is coming to the medical industry—experts have already developed 3-D printed skin, airway splits, orthopedic implants, facial reconstruction, and other promising technology that could significantly decrease the costs of pricey surgeries. Developing prosthetic limbs seems to be the next step, and a community called Enabling the Future is helping make arms and hands for people in need. This is especially good for children who have been unable to receive prosthetics due to how quickly they grow out of them.

2. TriplePundit: New study shows that women who go to top colleges still earn less than men who don’t. 
City University of New York conducted a report that compared salaries of females who graduated from top-rated schools—like Harvard, Stanford, and Brown—with males who graduated from both top-tier and lower-tier universities. The study found that female graduates of top-rated schools made around 16 percent less than males who graduated from top-rated schools, but what was more surprising is that these female graduates also made at least a couple thousand dollars less per year than men who graduated from lower-tier schools. 

3. NBC: If you have a “work spouse,” here’s how to preserve your friendship.  
Digital media company Captivate released a survey that showed the growing trend to have a “work spouse”, or a colleague that provides the empathy and support of a best friend. The survey found that 70 percent of professionals had or have someone who could be considered a work spouse. That’s up from 65 percent in 2010 and 32 percent in 2006. The uptick in such relationships, and the fact that they are most often between partnered, heterosexual coworkers of the opposite sex, is a bit mysterious and warrants some clear boundary-setting at the beginning of your work-wedded bliss.

4. Realtor: 7 things you can write off on your taxes if you own home.
It’s tax season, and if you own a home you can save a ton of money by knowing the deductions you qualify for. For example, you can write off your mortgage interest, property taxes, and interest on a home equity loan. If you made certain upgrades to your house—whether it’s installing a wheelchair ramp or new energy-efficient solar panels—you can write those off as well. Also, if you’re a remote worker, don’t forget to write off the cost of your home office. 

5. Bloomberg: Fast food is going out of style, and McDonald’s is lowering their prices. 
McDonald’s has been revamping their menu and upping their marketing for the last two years, and their latest attempt to recover from an industry-wide slump is an upcoming promotion cutting drink prices down to $1 for soft drinks and $2 for McCafes and other specialty beverages. McDonald's still leads in the U.S. fast food industry, but revenue is starting to slow as demand for quick, processed foods decreases.  

5 Things to Know Today: February 23, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: February 23, 2017

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