Michael Lorayes

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Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM

For nearly a half century, IBM came as close as any company to bearing the torch for the American Dream.As the world’s dominant technology firm, …

Employment

Kaylee Muthart Talks About Gouging Out Her Own Eyes On Crystal Meth

Just over a month ago, I could see. Or maybe I should put it this way: I had both my eyes, but they didn't help me notice how dangerous my life had become.<p>Then, on February 6, my world went black.<p>I had been a straight-A student in Anderson, South Carolina—I was even in the National Honor Society …

Mental Health

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population started its steady decline …

New Orleans

Why Trump blocked Qualcomm-Broadcom: It's all about 5G

The unusual move underscores the importance of 5G. But what does an independent Qualcomm mean for the future of the technology?<p>Donald Trump just stepped into the global 5G "arms race."<p>The US president late Monday issued an executive order blocking a corporate merger, Broadcom's proposed $117 …

Donald Trump

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

'They'll squash you like a bug': how Silicon Valley keeps a lid on leakers

Working for a tech company may sound like all fun and ping-pong, but behind the facade is a ruthless code of secrecy – and retribution for those who break it<p>One day last year, John Evans (not his real name) received a message from his manager at Facebook telling him he was in line for a promotion. …

Silicon Valley

The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up.<p>"You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale …

Education

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

Coloring Book

The New Age of Astrology

In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.<p>Astrology is a meme, and it’s spreading in that blooming, unfurling way that memes do. On social media, astrologers and astrology meme machines amass tens or hundreds …

Astrology

Anatomy of a Student-Athlete | by Morgan Reid

O ne week ago today, I got drafted to play pro soccer for the North Carolina Courage. It was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. But there’s a bit …

NWSL

The Security Savants Protecting the Winter Olympics

When the world’s attention swings to South Korea on February 9, the spectators and participants will be thinking about more than gold medals. The …

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – what digital money really means for our future

Digital currencies such as bitcoin have caused a financial frenzy. Alex Hern explains what they are – and whether this is the end of ‘real’ money<p><b>What is a cryptocurrency? Is it like bitcoin?</b><br>In a word, yes. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and is still the biggest, but in the eight years since …

Bitcoin

'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth

An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos. Did they harm Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency?<p>The methodology behind this story<p>It was one of January’s most viral videos. Logan Paul, a YouTube celebrity, stumbles across a dead …

Internet

How top athletes dip into usually inaccessible reserves of strength and endurance

From young women hoisting vehicles in dire circumstances to powerlifters heaving unbelievable loads, fits of hysterical strength do happen, but why?<p>At the 1983 World's Strongest Man competition, in Christchurch, New Zealand, a fresh-faced Canadian powerlifter named Tom Magee, later known as MegaMan …

Market Volatility Has Gone Through the Roof. Here’s Why That Matters

A popular investment strategy for riding the unusual recent calm of global stock markets is suddenly in tatters. It’s called short volatility, and …

Stock Markets

The Rise of 'Digital Poorhouses'

Seemingly benign and even well-meaning high-tech tools are evolving the ways in which government criminalizes and punishes the poor.<p>Fifty years ago in March, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., at what turned out to be his last Sunday sermon. He talked …

What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides

Five years ago, I was at a memorial. Another suicide. Our third doctor in 18 months.<p>Everyone kept whispering, "Why?"<p>That was when I decided I had to find an answer.<p>So I started counting dead doctors. I left that memorial service with a list of 10. Today I have 757 suicides on my registry.<p>And I …

Mental Health