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Why Taking Time Off Won't End Your Career | Heleo

“Your career is a long journey. It doesn’t have to be all-in or all out.”<p><b>Lisen Stromberg</b> is a culture innovation consultant, award-winning …

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The secrets of people who never get sick

Some lucky folk claim to never get a cold or take days off work. Can we become more like them?<p>Every now and then one pops up at work, down the pub, in the park, outside the school gate, or in your own family’s mythology. The person who claims never to get sick. Colds brush past them without leaving …

A recruiter analyzed results from 3000 tech interviews to find the most successful candidate traits

<i>Aline Lerner is co-founder and CEO of interviewing.io, a platform for hiring vetted, senior software engineers. This post originally appeared at interviewing.io blog.</i><p>The first blog post I published that got any real attention was called “Lessons from a year’s worth of hiring data.“ It was my …

Employment

Paris Jackson: Life After Neverland

Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson is staring at a famous corpse. “That’s Marilyn Monroe,” she whispers, facing a wall covered with gruesome autopsy …

Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built

Is the brain a blank slate, or is it wired from birth to understand the world? An ambitious new study put infants into an MRI machine to reveal a …

The 21 hottest women-founded startups to watch in 2017

There has never been a better time to be a woman in the startup world.<p>There's no denying we have a long way to go. After all, venture capital firms are made up of mostly men, and some continue to suggest that women aren't cut out for the tech world at all. And way more VC money is offered to male …

Startups

Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created?

One night in early January, a little after 9 o’clock, a dozen Netflix employees gathered in the cavernous Palazzo ballroom of the Venetian in Las Vegas. They had come to rehearse an announcement the company would be making the next morning at the Consumer Electronics Show, the tech industry’s …

WHO: Coffee itself isn’t cancerous, but watch out for ‘very hot’ beverages

By Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>, Staff writer<p>If you're like many Americans and sipping your morning cup of joe while reading this, you'll be happy to know that the World Health Organization released its long-anticipated report on coffee, and its findings bode well for your health.<p>In reviewing the scientific …

World Health Organization

The history of the rainbow flag

After the tragic events in Orlando, one image has symbolised solidarity. Kelly Grovier looks at an emblem “torn from the soul of the people”.<p>Suddenly, they are everywhere: stretched across balconies, flapping from car antennas, and pinned to coat lapels the world over in a moving display of …

San Francisco

Americans Who Make More Than $100,000 Pay 80% Of Federal Income Taxes

Here’s the dirty little secret that we don’t like to talk about: when it comes to income tax, top earners really do pay more in federal income taxes . According to recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data, Americans earning over $100,000 paid 79.5% of federal income taxes in 2014.<p>The preliminary …

7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

As researchers work to understand the human genome, many questions remain, including, perhaps, the most fundamental: Just how much of the human experience is determined before we are already born, by our genes, and how much is dependent upon external environmental factors?<p>Oncologist Siddhartha …

Trump and the Artifice of the Deal

How an old hotel covered with glass, underwritten by his father, became the Donald’s first big success as a “self-made” man.<p>On the evening of April 14, Donald Trump put on a tuxedo and delivered an unusually restrained speech at the annual fundraising gala of the New York state Republican Party. …

Happy Together

Why give up dorm life?<p>Cole Kennedy moved to New York a year ago. He was twenty-three and had recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in English. He applied for copywriting jobs all over, and assumed that he’d end up in the Midwest. “Moving to New York seemed cool, but it …

San Francisco

You have no idea how hardcore Harriet Tubman really was

By Ana Swanson<p>, Reporter<p>The woman who will be the face of the new $20 bill, Harriet Tubman, was a daring and principled fighter. Her dramatic career included defying slaveowners, smuggling dozens of slaves to freedom as part of the Underground Railroad, leading raids in the Civil War, and fighting …

Black History

How Police Failed to Find America's First Serial Killer

<i>Between December 1884 and December 1885, six women and a twelve year old girl were found murdered in the small city of Austin, Texas, their bodies mutilated by axes, knives, bricks and even iron rods that had been driven into their ears. At the time, the concept of a serial killer was unknown.</i> …

What India’s working women have that Western women don’t

Over the last couple of decades, while Indian society continued to battle entrenched patriarchy, a cohort of educated, middle-class women surged through the glass ceiling and emerged as leaders in traditionally male dominions like banking, consulting, and technology.<p>These women inhabit an almost …

Black Trauma Remixed For Your Clicks

In viral videos, the real-life pain of black people is repurposed into fun, catchy songs for popular consumption. But at what cost?<p><b>When the second season</b> <b>of</b> <i>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</i> returns to Netflix this week, viewers will be reacquainted with its earworm of a theme song. You know the one: With a …

$250 million, 300 scientists and 40 labs: Sean Parker’s revolutionary project to ‘solve’ cancer

By Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>, Staff writer<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Billionaire Sean Parker, famous for his founding roles at Napster and Facebook, is backing an unconventional $250 million effort to attack cancer that involves persuading hundreds of the country’s top scientists — who often are in competition with …

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How ‘Empowerment’ Became Something for Women to Buy

At my day job as an editor at a women’s website, I receive a daily mess of emails promoting random products and activities as “empowering.” Recent offerings include the Pure Barre workout, divorce, Miley Cyrus, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ancient Egyptian sex rites, leggings, sending …

'I Eat 250 Ice Creams a Day'—Professional Food Tasters Tell Us About Their Jobs

We spoke to the people who get paid to eat pie, ice cream, pizza, and noodles over and over again, every working day, for years on end.<p>If you define yourself as an "average human," you'll eat around 35 tons of food in your lifetime. However, before much of it reaches your mouth, somebody somewhere …

My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup

The rise and fall of Latitude, an exclusive, for-profit underground society started by a wealthy backer, is a fable for modern Silicon Valley.<p>"Can you keep a secret?"<p>I blinked. I didn't know Justin very well. I did know that he was a very affable bearded man, and we both lived in the Bay Area. At …

14 ideas for what to say when a job interviewer asks “any questions for me?”

So you managed to get through a phone screen, ten resume revisions, and a lot of anxious moments when you were <b>convinced</b> they were ignoring you. Or at …

Why should we hire you?

<b>SCAN YOURSELF & THE COMPANY</b><p>Before you go to any job interview, perform a thorough scan of yourself, the job position, and the recruiting company. …

Longreads Best of 2015: Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2015. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Millennials Ditch Big Banks and Go Local With Their Money

Millennials are increasingly shunning big banks and going local with their money.<p>Community banks won with younger customers last year, netting a 5 …