If it wasn’t for Hedy Lamarr, we wouldn’t have Wi-Fi

 Hedy Lamarr. Not only did the Vienna-born actor flee a loveless marriage to a Nazi arms dealer to secure a seven-year, $3,000-a-week contract with MGM, and become (probably) the first Hollywood star to simulate a female orgasm on screen– she also took time out to invent a device that would eventually revolutionize mobile communications.

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Host cities for the world’s best universities

University of California, Berkeley (=10th)- Home to the free-speech and disability-rights movements, Berkeley is a US hot spot for intellectual conversation, according to Lonely Planet, and is “one of the most vocal activist populations in the country.”

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