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A Big Reason Tech Candidates Don’t Get Job Offers? Weak Tech Skills

This talent expert polled hiring managers, recruiters, engineers, and designers, who overwhelmingly cited technical ability as the top hiring obstacle.<p>You’re a hiring manager, and you’ve just had budget approved to hire an engineer. So you work with recruiting to source a pool of candidates with …

Employment

Pop-Up Disaster Relief Groups Are Navigating A Devastated Puerto Rico

Ad-hoc disaster relief groups are forming to bring much-needed help and supplies to disaster-stricken areas.<p>Good old-fashioned American initiative often kicks in after natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Irma or the California wildfires, when regular citizens form their own ad-hoc relief …

Puerto Rico

Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads

Mark Zuckerberg’s company may be taking plenty of heat in the media, but numerous experts think there’s little regulators will do to punish it.<p>Amid the widespread furor over the spread of Russian propaganda on Facebook and other platforms, several U.S. senators yesterday introduced a bill–the …

U.S. Congress

Actually, We Don’t Need More Empathy

Leading psychologist Daniel Goleman explains why empathy alone rarely leads to action–and proposes a simple meditation exercise to change that.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.</i><p>“We need more empathy” has become a common refrain …

Mindfulness

NASA scientists just streamlined the search for Earth-like planets

You know that old climate change cautionary bumper sticker about how “there is no Planet B” so we should hug our Mother Earth? In a shocking turn of events, the bumper sticker may not be an entirely trustworthy source of information. <b>NASA is hot on the trail of a Planet B, and they’ve just come up</b> …

Planets

Canyon Ranch is going in a new direction with injectable face treatments

Canyon Ranch, the 38-year-old luxury resort brand, is trying something new: injectable facial treatments. It’s a shift in strategy, since Canyon Ranch has so far been known for its focus on natural wellness.<p>The company recently hired a new CEO, Susan Docherty, who comes from General Motors. <b>She’s</b> …

Skin Care

In A Post-Weinstein World, Louis CK’s Movie Is a Total Disaster

Louis CK intended “I Love You, Daddy” to be provocative–but probably not as provocative as it’s going to be, Joe Berkowitz writers after viewing the film<p>The audience was incredibly lucky. Or at least the man behind the film they were about to see thought so.<p>“You’re the only audience in the history …

Comedy

Todd Haynes’ Rule For Directing A Kids’ Movie: Don’t Treat It Like One

The “Carol” director has made a switch from moody dramas to the kids’ flick “Wonderstruck.” But, according to him, it didn’t feel like a switch at all.<p>A kids’ movie is probably the last thing anyone would’ve expected from director Todd Haynes.<p>With a resume of heady Oscar-nominated dramas including</i> …

Amazon Studios

This luxury e-tailer lets customers build their own shopping street

The world of online luxury retail is getting crowded. Between Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, 24 Sevres, and Matches, well-heeled shoppers have a wealth of options. All of these brands are coming up with innovative ways to provide customers with the kind of white-glove service they used to get when they …

eCommerce

Google is using national search data to help people pick Halloween costumes

Google wants to take the hassle out of Halloween with its helpful single-purpose website The Costume Wizard, which is built into the search engine’s Halloween site, Frightgeist. The site helps the overwhelmed among us come up with a costume on the fly, no thought required. The Wizard, whose data is …

Halloween

This Alternative Credit Agency Lets Immigrants Bring Their Credit With Them

U.S. credit bureaus don’t recognize foreign credit, so when people come to this country, they have to start building their credit over. Nova Credit wants to fix that.<p>Millions of immigrants enter the United States lacking something important for success: a documented financial history or credit …

United States

Eggo Keeps Missing Its Marketing Shot With “Stranger Things”

The breakfast brand was handed a golden ticket with season one of “Stranger Things.” And it’s been squandering that opportunity ever since.<p>It’s every brand’s dream to have its product mentioned in something that has shaped popular culture in a significant way. Beyoncé let it ring in “Formation” …

Netflix

2017 is the year of the maternity bra

Maternity bras are getting a major upgrade this year. Over the summer, Thirdlove launched a version–based on its best-selling everyday bra–that gives you the support you need, plus clasps that make it easy to breastfeed your baby. Next week, <b>Lively will start selling bralettes and bodysuits designed</b> …

Lingerie

Make your resume stand out by passing this ninja proficiency test

When asked what they want to be when they grow up, little kids will frequently announce their plans to be superheroes, robots, or ninjas, and then the boring old grownup will laugh at the idea and hand them a copy of Baby’s First GMAT Test Prep. But the laugh is on you, adults, because being a …

Ninja

Why Netflix Isn’t Worried That Studios & Networks Are Walking Away

Disney is ending its licensing deal. Fox and others are pulling bingeable shows like “Friday Night Lights.” Even so, the streaming giant will remain a colossus.<p>On Monday, Netflix’s high-flying earnings report revealed that the company now has 109 million global subscribers, which beat analyst …

Netflix

To Crowdsource Crime-Fighting, A Cop Camera Giant Eyes Your Videos

An online tool called Citizen aims to help cops cast an even wider net for criminal evidence amid concerns about what police do with the data they collect.<p>Axon, the police supplier formerly known as Taser and now a leading maker of police body cameras, has also charged into police software with a …

Policing

This Toronto Innovation Hub Is The Anti-Apple HQ

The MaRS Discovery District encourages collaboration between companies and sits in the middle of the city–open to the public and with its own subway stop.<p>Inside a gleaming glass tower in downtown Toronto, the Parametric Human Project is building a virtual human body that can be used for medical …

Innovation

11 Phrases That Can Ruin Your Performance Review

Don’t sabotage your review with poorly chosen words or phrases–the meeting is too important to risk verbal missteps.<p>Between the feeling of being thrust into the spotlight, the one-on-one setting with your manager, and the gravity of what’s at stake, performance reviews can feel pretty …

Employment

MasterCard has finally realized that signatures are obsolete and stupid

For years, credit card companies have relied on an illegible squiggly line as the frontline of defense against credit card fraud. Customers are forced to use a pen (how retro!) to scrawl their signature on bills at restaurants and sign digitally at cash registers–as if somehow in the age of chips, …

Banking

From Jogging Therapy To Micromanaging: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week’s stories may encourage you to invite your therapist out for a run and check your micromanaging tendencies while you’re feeling stressed.<p>This week, we explored how stress can turn you into an unpleasant and unhelpful micromanager, why you should watch your pronouns when you’re on a job …

Leadership

Orionid meteor shower: how to watch the celestial event outside or via live-stream

Over the years many people thought the arrival of Halley’s Comet portended the end of the world. The planet survived, though, and Halley’s Comet continues to zip across the sky, leaving a trail of astral debris in its wake. Scientists believe that when the Earth drifts through the debris, it lights …

Astronomy

3D-Printed Floors Are Surprisingly Awesome

Here’s an application for 3D printing that will probably be more useful to most people than trinkets, homemade guns, and prototype parts: <i>Floors.</i> The Dutch company Aectual is using huge robots to make cool, completely customizable floors designed to be walked on by hundreds of thousands of people in …

Robots

Visa wants to replace bank passwords with face scans

The latest smartphones have been built to accommodate fancy biometric authentication techniques like face scans, fingerprints, and voice tests. But as of yet, there aren’t many apps that rely on these new forms of ID.<p>Enter payments giant Visa, which wants to give these emerging password-killers a …

Banking

This Job Platform Is For Undergrads Who Get Nowhere On LinkedIn

The days of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” may be nearing an end now that college students can Handshake their way to better job opportunities.<p>Ever heard of Michigan Tech? The engineering school, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is a full day’s drive from the nearest metro areas …

Education

Mesmerizing Video Reveals The Stark Beauty Of Electrodeposition

The Beauty of Science (BOS) has a stunning new video online dedicated to electrodeposition. This is a chemical reaction in which positively charged metallic ions, called cations, suspended in a liquid solution are attracted to a negatively charged electrode, called a cathode. In the process, the …

Physics

Micro-investing app Stash will introduce mobile-first banking in early 2018

Since launching in 2015, micro-investing app Stash has attracted 1.2 million customers. These days, it’s adding 25,000 new customers each week. With Stash, for $1 per month, they can save small-dollar amounts and invest their savings in index funds with catchy names like “Roll with Buffett.”<p><b>Now</b> …

Banking

How A Data Visualization Of Sperm Led To A Scientific Breakthrough

Two scientists set out to animate how sperm moves. They ended up making a major discovery.<p>This week, two scientists published a study presenting a new explanation for how and why sperm moves the way it does at the atomic level. There’s nothing surprising about scientists publishing an interesting …

Biology

Don’t Bully Burger King, Keep It Bud Light: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Skittles creeps out the elevator, Nike wants it all ahead of new NBA season, and Will Ferrell is a distracted dad.<p>Which would you be more likely to stand up for: a Whopper Jr. or a high school junior? That’s the central question posed in a new Burger King ad this week that was also a pretty damn …

Advertising

Here Is Everything You Need To Make Your Conference Calls Not Suck

Follow these steps if you want to stop shouting “Can you move closer to the mic!?”<p>The phrase many remote workers dread the most: “Let’s jump on a conference call.”<p>That’s because for most, conference calls can be a frustrating and awkward experience. Despite having their mobile or headset pressed …

Collaboration

10 Restaurant Innovations Changing The Way We Eat

From the first drive-through restaurant in 1948 to Instagram food pics, here are the innovations that have changed how we dine out.<p>1. Delivery, 1922<p>New Los Angeles Chinese restaurant Kin-Chu Cafe promises delivery until 1 a.m., one of the first instances of telephone-based food ordering.<p><b>The impact:</b> …

McDonald's