Marianna Sorensen

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99 Percent of Job Seekers Fail to Answer "Why Do You Want This Job" Correctly. Here's Why

An innocent response could cost you the job.<p>As a career coach, I work with people every day on interview preparation. Interviews are a form of public speaking. 99 percent of people fear public speaking more than death. Thus, it's no wonder interviews unnerve my clients. Not only do we go over all …

Employment

To Dye For: Inside the Vast Library That Stores the World’s Rarest Pigments

Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies<p>Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for …

Art

These Fascinating History Podcasts Will Make You Fall In Love With The Past

<b>Last Updated: May 2nd</b><p>A great podcast is all about being able to tell a great story. The medium thrives on masterful storytellers recounting and analyzing a moment in time that may have been forgotten or misread. It’s all about weaving threads together and adding insight along the way. That’s why …

Podcasting

These Are America's 100 Favorite Books of All Time, According to Data

A battle between 100 much-loved novels. At the end, only one will prevail.<p>There's one simple and surefire way to get smarter: Read more books. Many of the most respected entrepreneurs--from Bill Gates to Elon Musk--are voracious readers.<p>Take a page out of one CEO's book, and you can find a way to …

12 Dystopian Books to Read If You Couldn't Put Down The Hunger Games

There's a soft spot in our hearts for Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in Lionsgate's adaptation of <b>The Hunger Games</b>, but we definitely shouldn't forget about Suzanne Collins's dystopian novel that started the entire franchise. It's a page-turner of a book about the society of Panem, where …

Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.

A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”<p>Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book.<p>But not just …

Books

16 new science fiction and fantasy books to read this April

Stories about people with special abilities, Mars, and interstellar talent shows<p>Last month, I picked up <i>The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies</i><i>,</i> a new book by <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter Ben Fritz. Fritz looks closely at the rise of prestige TV shows like <i>Game of Thrones</i> and <i>Breaking Bad</i>, …

28 Brilliant Questions to Ask at the End of Every Job Interview

Always ask questions at the end of your job interview.<p>Thinking up questions to ask during job interviews is key.<p>Remember, every interview is a …

Job Interviews

How Olympic Figure Skaters Design Their Programs

“The public wants to see someone who loves to skate,” says choreographer Marni Halasa. But each program also takes months to design and perfect.<p>There are very few sports that have the glitzy glamour of figure skating. Nothing quite captivates the imagination like the costumes, drama, and …

Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of March 2018

In the great kingdom of Quandis, everyone is a slave. Some are slaves to the gods. Most are slaves to everyone else. Blessed by the gods with lives …

Books

Must-Have Children's Books Were Just Announced by the American Library Association

Here are the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and other prestigious winners named at the 2018 ALA's Youth Media Awards.<p>All parents looking to build a formidable library for their child knows the allure of the Caldecott and Newbery medals. Once those shiny seals are affixed to a book cover, you know you've …

Tammy Duckworth will be the Senate's first new mom, but she already has a record of blazing trails

Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s life has been marked with momentous firsts, the most dramatic of which arrived about 120 combat hours into a tour as a battle captain with the Illinois National Guard in war-rocked Iraq.<p>It was November 2004. Duckworth (D-Ill.) was in the pilot seat of a Black Hawk helicopter. …

Motherhood

Fast track to stardom

KEARNS, Utah<p>The sun hadn’t fully poked over the Wasatch mountains when Maame Biney came bounding through the lobby of the Utah Olympic Oval, her braids bobbing and a smile enveloping most of her youthful face.<p>Others were still wiping the sleep from their eyes, as the young speedskater went through …

7 Novels To Pick Up When You Need Creative Inspiration, But Don't Want To Read Another Book About Writing

I have a dark and terrible confession to make, internet: I'm not that into "how-to" books. Don't get me wrong, I've most certainly delved into the …

Books

All the science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that everyone will be talking about in 2018

Bookshelf goals<p>With a new year comes the promise of new books hitting bookstores. 2018 is shaping up to have plenty of adventures to delve into — taking readers to distant planets, fantastical realms, and beyond. We’ll meet some authors publishing their first-ever novels, and we’ll become …

Smør Bullar: The Classic Danish Christmas Cookie No One Has Heard Of

My mother's side of the family is half Danish and my father's side half Norwegian. But at Christmastime, we feel 100 percent Scandinavian. Largely ignoring the English and Scottish bits of our heritage, we fill our Christmas table with treats such as crumbly Danish cookies and piquant pickled …

Dessert

Figure Skating in Detroit is aiming to change the color of the sport

This girls-only program uses figure skating to build self-esteem and academic achievement<p>Asked recently which event she was more excited about — the …

Keepers of the Secrets

I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there, one morning …

First Female Viking Warrior Proved Through DNA

In the 1880s, a fascinating grave was discovered in the Swedish town of Birka. Chock full of weapons, gaming equipment, and two horses, the 10th century AD burial was assumed to be that of a powerful male Viking warrior. But the skeleton had some traits that suggested the person was female. A new …

Archaeology

A student found an ancient Canadian village that’s 10,000 years older than the Pyramids

For hundreds — perhaps thousands — of years, generations of the Heiltsuk Nation, an indigenous group in British Columbia, have passed down the oral histories of where they came from. The nation claims that its ancestors fled for survival to a coastal area in Canada that never froze during the Ice …

Underwater Art from the World Swim Championships: Pictures

Scientists assumed that patriarchy was only natural. Bonobos proved them wrong

My favorite exhibit at California’s San Diego zoo is the bonobo enclosure. Not because this is a ridiculously randy species (seriously, any age or sex will suffice). Not even because they, alongside chimpanzees, are the species most closely related to humans. But because they live in what some …

Mexico And U.S. Team Up To Create Low-Cost Wheelchairs

Political tension between the United States and Mexico is making headlines with talk of disrupting longstanding trade deals and constructing a border wall.<p>And then there's the story of Antonio Garcia.<p>A mechanic from southern Sonora, he had been limping around on crutches for three years. His right …

So You Want to Read Fairy Tales: Here’s Where to Start

<b>The Fairy Tale Trinity: If you’re going to start reading fairy tales, you should start with the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian</b> …

Literature

Why we should celebrate shyness

From Agatha Christie and Charles Darwin to Keira Knightley, Francoise Hardy and Morrissey, the socially awkward and anxious have changed the world for the better. Have we forgotten the benefits of being shy?<p>If you are ever overcome by feelings of self-doubt, just remember Agatha Christie. In April …

Why Did the Biggest Whales Get So Big?

… and perhaps more importantly: when?<p>Five years ago, on a boat off the southern coast of Sri Lanka, I met the largest animal that exists or has ever existed.<p>The blue whale grows up to 110 feet in length. Its heart is the size of a small car. Its major artery is big enough that you could wedge a …

Whales

The Self-Medicating Animal

<b>C</b>hausiku was clearly sick. The chimpanzee was in her 30s, a chimp’s prime. She was usually a gentle, doting mother. But one day she built a nest in a tree, climbed in and lay down, letting her infant, a male named Chopin, roam unsupervised. Another female chimp began looking after Chopin while …

8 Stretches That Will Help You Touch Your Toes

Flexibility is one of those things that many people talk about dreamily. Like, being flexible would be nice, but sigh, it’s just a pipe dream. Except …

11 Books All Harry Potter Fans Must Read

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