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Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

The 15 Most Underrated Exercises, According to Trainers

<i>Photo: Pond5</i><p><i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>The best exercise might be the one you aren't doing. Switching up your usual workout routine will challenge your muscles in new ways and battle boredom, which could make you more motivated to work out in the first place. So if you catch yourself on the …

Workouts

With Tom Brady ruling imminent, we'll learn the power of Article 46

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With Judge Richard M. Berman saying that he will rule Tuesday or Wednesday in NFL vs. New England Patriots quarterback Tom …

Sleep More, Sneeze Less: Increased Slumber Helps Prevent Colds

The viruses that cause the common cold are always lurking. But consider this: Even if we touch a doorknob or keyboard that's covered in cold germs from an infected person, we don't always catch the cold.<p>"Sometimes when we're exposed to viruses, we end up not getting sick," says Aric Prather, a …

Sleep

‘Heart in a box’ keeps beating until transplanted

Experts say device could increase the pool of eligible heart donors, though ethical concerns remain<p>A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries, though it's raising some ethical concerns, as well. As <i>MIT Technology Review</i> reports, the …

Medicine

Mummies know best: the pharaohs giving up their secrets about heart disease

A study of the arteries of ancient Egyptians has challenged the received wisdom that the illness is simply down to unhealthy modern lifestyles<p>In 2008, Greg Thomas, a cardiologist from California, was in Cairo for work. While there, he visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with another …

U.S. to make climate change a priority for Arctic Council

Coping with the grave and growing consequences of climate change will be the top priority at the Arctic Council as the chairmanship passes to to the United States from Canada, U.S. State Secretary John Kerry told the eight nation ministerial gathering in Iqaluit on Friday.<p>"The numbers are alarming …

Earthquake: Magnitude 3.4 quake strikes near Cobb, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Saturday morning two miles from the town of Cobb in Northern California's Lake County wine country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:05 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.2 mile.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was …

Bob Witeck, Walmart's LGBT consultant, gets corporations on the workers' side

Witeck advised the retail giant to stand against anti-gay legislation in an age when LGBT rights in corporate America is ‘a matter of value to everyone’<p>When Walmart sided with gay rights by saying that Arkansas’s religious freedom reformation act sends the “wrong message”, it surprised many. The …

McLaren 570S Coupe: Specs and photo overload!

McLaren’s 570S Coupe is the supercar manufacturer’s latest model and will be officially unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on April …

We tested the LaFerrari, and the numbers are ridiculous

All your forum arguments are invalidated. The LaFerrari is stupid-quick.<p>Larry Webster is in Italy right now, where he strapped our test equipment to the mighty LaFerrari. Let's just say that Ferrari's latest hypercar does <i>not</i> disappoint.<p>Without further ado...<p>LaFerrari - R&T Performance Test</b> …

Bentley designer calls Lincoln Continental a ripoff

Bentley Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke isn't happy with the look of Lincoln's Continental concept. Naturally, he vented on Facebook.<p>Is Lincoln's design rebirth built on the back of Bentley? Bentley's designers seem to think so. And not because the show car is called Continental.<p>When the …

Lincoln Continental

Starwatch: Stand by for the Camelopardalids

A previously unobserved meteor shower may stream from the northern sky on the morning of 24 May to produce perhaps the year's best display. Observers in N America may enjoy an excellent view but, sadly, its climax is predicted to occur after daybreak for Britain.<p>Most meteor showers recur annually …

APOD: Rocket, Meteor, and Milky Way over Thailand (2014 Feb 12) Image Credit & Copyright: Matipon Tangmatitham http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140212.html Explanation: Can the night sky appear both serene and surreal? Perhaps classifiable as serene in the above panoramic image taken last Friday are the faint lights of small towns glowing across a dark foreground landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand, as well as the numerous stars glowing across a dark background starscape. Also visible are the planet Venus and a band of zodiacal light on the image left. Unusual events are also captured, however. First, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, while usually a common site, appears here to hover surreally above the ground. Next, a fortuitous streak of a meteor was captured on the image right. Perhaps the most unusual component is the bright spot just to the left of the meteor. That spot is the plume of a rising Ariane 5 rocket, launched a few minutes before from Kourou, French Guiana. How lucky was the astrophotographer to capture the rocket launch in his image? Pretty lucky -- the image was not timed to capture the rocket. What was lucky was how photogenic -- and perhaps surreal -- the rest of the sky turned out to be. http://facebook.com/matipon.tangmatitham Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140212 #APOD

Grains Of Sand Magnified x300 Reveal Dazzling Images

A grain of sand is so small and finite that our eyes are unable to render any significant detail.<p>It often just looks like a shiny or dark grain of …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

Asteroid Belt May Be Just One Big Melting Pot Of Space Rocks

The asteroid belt, a ring of rubble between Mars and Jupiter, has sometimes been written off as discarded leftovers from the solar system's start. But new research published in the journal <i>Nature</i> shows that the belt actually formed during an unruly later era, when planets themselves were on the move.<p>…

Did Miserably Wintry Weather Give Humans a Thirst for Milk?

Somewhere in the course of human evolution, our European ancestors learned to stop loathing lactose and love the udder, and a new study sheds light …

Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth

The human microbiome has been in the news for several years now, as researchers have begun to unravel the importance of microbes living in and on our bodies. These bacteria and other microbial critters influence human health, and the composition and combination of various species have been linked …

Microbiology

Easy New Ways To Make Stem Cells, With A Squeeze Or A Dip

Just shy of 10 years after scientists first made embryonic-like stem cells from adult cells, another team finds a totally different way to do it.<p>Yeah, sometimes when I'm stressed out, it makes me wish I were a kid again, too.<p>A team of scientists has discovered a way to transform adult cells into …

Stem Cells

5 shady ways the drug industry is influencing your doctor

<b>(Brian A Jackson via Shutterstock)</b><p>Big Pharma can entice medical practitioners to prescribe expensive patent drugs — even when they’re dangerous<p>Martha Rosenberg<p>January 25, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Until 2010, when the Physician Payments Sunshine Act passed, …

There's A Bug In The Chrome Browser That Lets Websites Listen To You, Even After You Close Them

Google's Chrome Web browser offers voice control for touchless interface use, but a bug in this system makes it possible for websites to "eavesdrop" on you, reports Gizmodo.<p>This flaw was originally discovered by a web developer named Tal Ater, who writes that "[M]alicious sites can activate your …

Chrome Browser

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

What To Know About The Net Neutrality Ruling

What does it mean that the DC Circuit Court struck down the FCC's "Open Internet Rules?"<p>The DC Circuit Court has issued a ruling in Verizon v. FCC that is likely the shape the very nature of the internet. At the heart of the case is how the companies that provide internet to consumers can control …

2014: The Year In Science

The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014<p><b>Lasers Unleash A Flood Of Space Data</b><p>In January 2013, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter received a historic transmission: an image of the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. It was the first time scientists used a laser to send data to the moon, a feat …

Natural Gas

APOD: Spitzer's Orion (2014 Jan 15) Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, T. Megeath (Univ. Toledo, Ohio) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140115.html Explanation: Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Compared to its visual wavelength appearance, the brightest portion of the nebula is likewise centered on Orion's young, massive, hot stars, known as the Trapezium Cluster. But the infrared image also detects the nebula's many protostars, still in the process of formation, seen here in red hues. In fact, red spots along the dark dusty filament to the left of the bright cluster include the protostar cataloged as HOPS 68, recently found to have crystals of the silicate mineral olivine within its protostellar envelope. http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/3628-ssc2011-06a http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/2041-8205/733/2/L32 http://arxiv.org/abs/1104.4498 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140115 #APOD

APOD: Melotte 15 in the Heart (2013 Dec 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131227.html Explanation: Cosmic clouds seem to form fantastic shapes in the central regions of emission nebula IC 1805. Of course, the clouds are sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula's newborn star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 million years young, the cluster stars are near the center of this colorful skyscape, along with dark dust clouds in silhouette. Dominated by emission from atomic hydrogen, the telescopic view spans about 30 light-years. But wider field images reveal that IC 1805's simpler, overall outline suggests its popular name - The Heart Nebula. IC 1805 is located along the northern Milky Way, about 7,500 light years distant toward the constellation Cassiopeia. http://jwalk.smugmug.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131227 #APOD