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The Least Likely Record To Fall This Olympics, And Beyond

If you thought Usain Bolt’s 9.58s world record time in the 100 meters was ever in jeopardy, this shows how unlikely that was.<p><i>“A lot of legends, a lot</i> …

San Francisco's housing bubble is collapsing under its own weight

San Francisco Unified school district, which employs about 3,300 teachers, has been hobbled by a teacher shortage. Despite intense efforts this year - including a signing bonus - to bring in 619 new teachers to fill the gaps left behind by those who'd retired or resigned, the district is short 38 …

Real Estate

Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world: Trees which grew during intense radiation bursts in the past have 'time-markers' in their tree-rings that could help archaeologists date events from thousands of years ago

Trees which grew during intense radiation bursts in the past have 'time-markers' in their tree-rings that could help archaeologists date events from …

Archaeology

How Genetic Engineering Via CRISPR Will Change Our Lives

If you were told just a couple of decades ago that you would be one day carrying in your pocket a small device more powerful than any computational …

Genetics

Woolly mammoths' demise blamed on freshwater shortage

Clues as to the fate of animals on St Paul Island, one of the last-known groups of mammoths, revealed by sediment cores from lake<p>One of the last known populations of woolly mammoths was wiped out 5,600 years ago by a lack of freshwater, research suggests.<p>Woolly mammoths became extinct in North …

Scientists Think They’ve Found the Ancient Ancestor of All Life on Earth

Meet LUCA, the shared relative of you and me and everything else.<p>As early as 3.8 billion years ago, life arose from the toxic waters of Earth's primordial slurry. Our ancient ancestor wasn't large, or complex, or even multicellular. As far as scientists know, it was probably just a single-celled …

Biology
Earth Science

178,000 years of Chinese history? That’s really something to chew on

After removing several metres of sediment from an ancient, underground river bed deep inside a limestone cave in Bijie, Guizhou, a team of …

Evolution of early Homo: An integrated biological perspective

Structured Abstract<p>Background<p>Until recently, the evolution of the genus <i>Homo</i> has been interpreted in the context of the onset of African aridity and …

Brazil

Genetic Study Confirms Aboriginal Australians Have Been Isolated For 50,000 Years

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia have one of the oldest histories of any group of people living outside of Africa. The …

Australia

These 5 tech CEOs love AI, even if it could take over the world someday

"2001: A Space Odyssey" came out in 1968, and introduced the world to HAL 9000, a smart computer that ended up being homicidal.<p>Evil artificial intelligence is mostly a product of science fiction so far, but as technology advances, it is starting to seem more and more plausible.<p>Siri is just a …

Artificial Intelligence

Worst tech predictions of all time

Steve Ballmer

Newfound Human Species Suggests Africa Was Evolutionary Melting Pot

The most recently discovered extinct human species may have lived less than 1 million years ago, researchers have discovered.<p>This finding suggests …

Archaeology

Scientist says this diet is best to keep your body burning off calories

Your body doesn't like it when you diet.<p>It prefers being fat and comfortable - it's an evolutionary response from the caveman days to keep you alive …

Tata Steel

Four Scientifically Proven Habits Of Powerful Presenters

There’s no shortage of speaking tips out there, but scientists are now figuring out how best to combine them.<p>What makes someone a great presenter? Why do some speakers seem to effortlessly captivate their audiences, while others struggle just to keep them awake? It turns out that scientists have …

IT

33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

Self-improvement

Succeed in New Situations

Jeffrey Decoster<p>Success almost always requires putting yourself into new situations. To further your career, you must take new jobs, join new organizations, transfer to new office locations, and meet and build relationships with new customers, suppliers, and industry peers.<p>Executives get a lot of …

Here's how much a family needs to earn to live comfortably in New York City while still saving money

New York City is indisputably expensive, but just <i>how</i> expensive?<p>Research engine FindTheHome crunched some numbers to determine what it takes to live in the electric Big Apple.<p>Using the Economic Policy Institute's family budget calculator — which accounts for two parents and two kids — FindTheHome …

Economic Policy Institute

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF<p>Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the …

The Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact

If you ask managers what they do, they will most likely tell you that they plan, organize, coordinate, and control. Then watch what they do. Don’t be surprised if you can’t relate what you see to these words.<p>When a manager is told that a factory has just burned down and then advises the caller to …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

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How Big Data Slashed Raises for Most Employees

The guaranteed annual raise is increasingly a thing of the past--one reason wages have stagnated overall in recent decades. For the decades before 2000, salaries went up about 4.1 percent a year, according to data by Aon Hewitt. But in the last four years, even as companies have recovered from the …

Economy

Why music has a hotline to our emotions

In the first of our new series answering your questions, we explore why music can be so emotionally charged.<p><b>Q: Why does music have a hotline to our emotions? What is the evolutionary advantage of this? <br>Philip Le Riche, via email</b><p><b>David Robson, BBC Future feature writer, answers:</b> <br>Who hasn’t ever felt …

Mick Jagger

Question Certainty

James Graham<p>According to legend, around 550 BC, Croesus, the king of Lydia, held one of the world’s earliest prediction tournaments. He sent emissaries to seven oracles to ask them to foretell what he would be doing that day. Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi, answered correctly: He would be cooking …

5 Powerful Reasons To Have More Confidence In Your Public Speaking

Contrary to what many people feel, public speaking is a classic example of a function learned through practice. Great speakers are made not born. As are just plain old good ones. And, of course, it’s an invaluable management and career skill.<p>I can speak from experience on the subject, having had …

Public Speaking

How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain

Consuming refined sugar can impact mood, decision-making, and memory. Here’s how good it can be to give it up.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I have a love-hate relationship with food. I love it; it generally hates me. Matter of …