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Octopuses Rolling on MDMA Reveal Unexpected Link to Humans

“They just embraced with multiple arms.”<p>When the California two-spot octopus isn’t attempting to bring more eight-legged cephalopods into this world, …

Ecstasy (Drug)

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture

When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture. It’s the old 90-day rule. And we know too many talented individuals who have stumbled in their new company because they failed to read the cultural tea leaves. This happens because most organizations don’t …

Employment

Researchers Discover a Pattern to the Seemingly Random Distribution of Prime Numbers

The pattern has a surprising similarity to the one seen in atom distribution in crystals.<p>Often known as “the building blocks of mathematics,” prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians for centuries due to their highly unpredictable and seemingly random nature. However, a team of researchers at …

X-rays

Why Generation Z Learners Prefer YouTube Lessons Over Printed Books

—All images: YouTube<p>Video learning outranks printed books in survey<p>By Lauraine Genota<p>Fifteen-year-old Jaimie Moreano is on YouTube all the time.<p>She …

Education

How the West Was Lost

In America’s first climate war, John Wesley Powell tried to prevent the overdevelopment that led to environmental devastation.<p>One hundred thirty years ago, an immigrant froze to death during a blizzard that hit southwestern Kansas. A flyer tucked into the pocket of his light linen overcoat …

War

11 Telltale Signs Of A Toxic Company Culture -- And What You Can Do To Start Fixing Things

Your business’s corporate culture is key to its success. Without a strong company culture to support your operations, you could end up facing high employee turnover, declining revenues or a loss in innovation.<p>So how do you know if your corporate culture is in trouble? For a start, watch for …

Corporate Culture

Note-taking: A Research Roundup

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p>Sponsored by Peergrade and 3Doodler<p><b>Let’s talk about note-taking.</b> Every day, in classrooms all over the world, …

Note-Taking

If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?

Almost every leader wants to make more time for strategic thinking. In one survey of 10,000 senior leaders, 97% of them said that being strategic was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success.<p>And yet in another study, a full 96% of the leaders surveyed said they lacked …

Victorian-Era Orgasms and the Crisis of Peer Review

It's been a popular tidbit from history that doctors during the Victorian era once treated hysteria in women by manually stimulating them to orgasm. …

Victorian Era

5000-year-old ‘Iceman’ may have benefited from a sophisticated health care system

Ötzi, the 5300-year-old “Iceman” discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, was a medical mess. His teeth were rotting, he had a bad stomach bug, …

Anthropology

Boost your team’s effectiveness with these 7 questions

What’s top of mind for you as a leader? If you are like most, it’s how to improve results as quickly as possible. And often, you need to achieve this …

Extreme Sports

Why I Wrote A CEO User Guide -- And Why You Should, Too

Writing in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s blog, Knowledge@Wharton, global communications consultant Walter G. Montgomery explained, “Whether a company succeeds or fails in navigating a crisis, completing a merger, avoiding regulatory blunders, or executing everyday …

Leadership

Letting People Be Themselves Is The First Step To Building An Ethical Culture

Mary Barra is the chairman and CEO of GM, and the first female CEO of a major global automaker. One of the “smallest biggest” things Barra did at GM was to change a multi-page, highly prescriptive dress code to simply encouraging employees to “dress appropriately.” The move, which allowed people in …

Leadership

The Bizarre Untold Origin Story of the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator

How a mother-daughter team created the pseudoscientific quiz that conquered the world.<p>If you've ever been on a dating app, you know what the Myers-Briggs personality type is—those four letters that are supposed to unlock the secrets of your inner personality and guide you through everything from …

Psychology

The Paraguayan War (1864-1870), fought between Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay, was South America’s worst conflict; war had Aryanizing effect on Brazil, eliminating about 100,000 black slaves

<b>The Paraguayan War (1864-1870), fought between Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay, was South America’s worst conflict; war had Aryanizing effect</b> …

Brazil

Give Employees a Voice in Your Cultural Change Initiative

Organizations with poor company culture face many challenges, not the least of which is when employees quit to work for companies whose culture …

Employee Engagement

Divers find ‘mysterious mounds’ 1/2 mile under the sea near SC. They’re coral reefs

Deep sea explorers have discovered an “extensive, previously unconfirmed” 85-mile-long reef off South Carolina, with “mounds” of coral more than 300 …

South Carolina

“Become the leader in our industry” is not a strategy

The root of most strategy challenges is simple–too many managers don’t know what strategy is. And if you think this is a problem plaguing only new managers at lower levels of the organization, think again. During my work as a strategy consultant, I’ve collected dozens of so-called “strategies” from …

Management

How to Create Roadmap Slides for Planning Presentation [PPT guide] - Blog - Creative Presentations Ideas

A roadmap is a great tool for graphical representation of short- and long-term plans and strategies. You can show all the steps in details or create …

Graphics

Ancient Girl's Parents Were Two Different Human Species

Science & Innovation<p>Born 90,000 years ago, the child is the first direct evidence of interbreeding among Neanderthals and their cousins the Denisovans.<p>When the results first popped up, paleogeneticist Viviane Slon didn't believe it. “What went wrong?” she recalls asking herself at the time. Her …

Too much harmony in a team can kill creativity

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (left) had different personalities. Photo: AFP<p>William Wrigley Jr, the American chewing gum tycoon, once noted that …

How To Build A Culture Of Dignity, And What Happens If You Don't

<b>Part of the series “Today’s True Leadership”</b><p>Professionals who have worked for a number of organizations throughout their careers may have perhaps experienced what it feels like to be treated with dignity and respect, as someone who is valued for who they are, not just for what they’re contributing. …

Northern Ireland

Without a personal leadership philosophy, you don’t have a plan

A personal leadership philosophy is a set of beliefs and principles you use to evaluate information and respond to people and situations. It allows anyone who hears it to gain an understanding of your values, priorities, approach to decision making, and what you expect from yourself and others.<p>For …

Say These 7 Words When Employees Bring You Their Problems

Imagine that one of your employees walks into your office and says “Boss, we’ve got a huge problem with the ACME account; they’re angry and I think we might lose their business!” This is one of those situations that rightly spikes a leader’s blood pressure. But as much as the wrong response risks …

Leadership

A CEO’s guide to reenergizing the senior team

In today’s tough and fast-changing environment, CEOs must help their top leaders to work through fear and denial and to learn new rules.<p><b>When business</b> …

Sally Hemings wasn’t Thomas Jefferson’s mistress. She was his property.

By Britni Danielle<p>Archaeologists at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation, Monticello, are unearthing the room where Sally Hemings is believed to have lived, allowing for a new way to tell the story of the enslaved people who served our third president. The excavation has once again reminded us …

Black History

4 Crucial Questions To Identify Your Most Damaging Leadership Blind Spots

<b>Part of the series “Leading Entrepreneurial Success”</b><p>If you’ve ever launched an entrepreneurial venture or run a small business for any amount of time, you know that what hurts your success the most is what you don’t know – those areas that you think you’re handling successfully, but because of your …

Customers

History Professor Destroys GOP Senate Candidate's Racist Myths About Robert E. Lee and the Civil War

Chris McDaniel tried to whitewash the cause of Robert E. Lee. An Iowa professor resoundingly schooled him.Among the numerous white supremacists …

Marvel meets Mesopotamia: how modern comics preserve ancient myths

Ancient Mesopotamia, the region roughly encompassing modern-day Iraq, Kuwait and parts of Syria, Iran and Turkey, gave us what we could consider some …

Are you a leader or a manager? Here’s the difference

Leaders inspire people, while managers have people who do work for them. Here’s how to figure out which you are, and how you can change.<p>If you have a management title, you may think of yourself as a leader. However, there are some stark differences between how leaders and managers motivate people …

Emotional Intelligence