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Startup CEOs Reveal the 1 Question They Ask Every Job Candidate

<i>The companies in this article were included in the</i> <i>Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index</i><i>.</i><p>Part of the appeal of running your own business is that you get to hand-pick exactly who you work alongside each day. But let’s face it: it seems as if no matter how much you vet each candidate, you never quite …

Employment

Big Pic: A Hypergiant Star And Its Clingy Companion

This enormous star is a million times brighter than the sun.<p>The astronomer who discovered the size of this star says it's shaped like a peanut, but we disagree; that one "lobe" is much too large. Perhaps that's because the larger star is, in fact, one of the 10 largest stars ever discovered. Its …

Big Pic: An Alien Rainbow On Venus

A spacecraft spies a pretty phenomenon.<p>Behold the glory that is the first rainbow image obtained from Venus. This rainbow is a type of glory, formed by light passing through cloud droplets. Glories are formed when light bounces off spherical cloud particles in the same direction from which it came, …

Growing old stressfully: chronic stress and prematurely aged cells | James Kingsland

Apparently healthy older men who have poor social support networks and abnormal physiological responses to stress show signs of accelerated cell ageing<p>Forty years ago, the Whitehall Study of men working for Britain’s Civil Service famously revealed that those at the bottom of the pecking order were …

The Information Parasites

Parasites can take many forms. Just this week, I’ve written about a giant virus that reproduces inside amoebae (and has survived being frozen 30,000 years in permafrost), along with a wasp that performs brain surgery to zombify hosts for its young. Viruses and wasps are radically different …

Plasma Plume Keeps Earth Safe From Solar Storms

Thanks, buddy!<p>Earth has a magnetic field, which begins at the core and stretches far out into space. Typically, this magnetic field is a useful shield for solar activity. However, if the Earth's magnetic field bumps up against the sun's magnetic field, all types of madness can ensue, including …

Magnetism

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Universe

From moonlight to the microwave: your science questions answered

<b>Q How does the moon shine; what causes the reflection and how?</b> asks Manish Kunwar<p>A As Professor Manuel Grande from Aberystwyth University explains, the moon isn't simply a silvery mirror. "It's very hard to get a surface which is either completely white or completely black," he says. "Actually the …