Mikael Andre Pura

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The Coolest Returning and New Sci-Fi TV Shows of 2017 and Beyond

Here are the Coolest New Sci-Fi TV Shows Airing in 2017, 2017…<i>ish</i> and beyond.<p>It looks like Marvel will have their hands full once again as they …

Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

Ever since the publication of Peter Senge’s <i>The Fifth Discipline</i>, 25 years ago, companies have sought to become “learning organizations” that continually transform themselves. In our era of digital disruption, this goal is more important than ever. But even the best companies still struggle to make …

Three Reasons You Can No Longer Ignore the Mindfulness Trend

What was once optional has emerged as a unique solution to the demands of the modern workplace.<p>Everyone from Fortune 500 executives to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are talking about mindfulness. Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when you pay attention to the present moment, on purpose, and …

5 Ways Mindfulness Will Turbocharge Your Career

Dr. Travis Bradberry shows you how mindfulness reduces stress, improves focus, boosts productivity, and makes you a better person in the process.<p>Mindfulness is an increasingly popular notion in the workplace, with companies such as Apple, Yahoo, Starbucks, and Google using it to their benefit. …

Dolphins Have Conversations Like Humans Do, New Study Says

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesScientists have long known that dolphins are very intelligent creatures, and now — for the first time ever — researchers …

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Linking RNA structure and function

Several years ago, biologists discovered a new type of genetic material known as long noncoding RNA. This RNA does not code for proteins and is …

15 Best Books on Coming Up With Genius Ideas

The old, the new, and the most brilliant ideas.<p>There are thousands of books on creativity and innovation out there. Many are great, some are exceptional, but few stand (or will stand) the test of time. As an author and researcher on innovation myself, I keep a short list of books to recommend to …

Peter Pham of Science on the psychology of venture capital

‘The battle between entrepreneurs and VCs is unfair’, according to Peter Pham, the co-founder of Science Inc. His reasoning: VCs have experienced thousands upon thousands of pitching processes. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, have experienced 1,2, maybe 3 at most. Leading to a power imbalance in …

The Science Behind How We Convince Ourselves To Do Hard And Boring Tasks

How? It often doesn’t seem possible. In order to find out how we manage to overcome our desires and do grunt work, researchers at Harvard devised an …

Design How Your Team Thinks

Every day, we sit in meetings in which someone presents a problem or opportunity. The response is always a version of “What are we going to do about it?” When’s the last time someone said, “How are we going to think about it?”<p>Design thinking is popular these days. We design products, experiences, …

Work-Life Balance Is Easier When Your Manager Knows How to Assess Performance

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>Not long ago, a manager asked me to name the most important work-life benefit for employees. I answered that the most important benefit isn’t a benefit at all. Of course, child care, flexible scheduling, and family leave policies are important, but in my experience the best …

To Hold Someone Accountable, First Define What Accountable Means

At the end of a meeting, most leaders know that they should recap next steps and determine who is accountable for each. As prescribed in the commonly used responsibility models — RACI, RAPID, and the others — accountability should fall to one (and only one) person per item, even if the work …

How Facebook Tries to Prevent Office Politics

When personal motivations trump company goals, it can hinder a company’s ability to get things done. Since our earliest days at Facebook, we’ve been mindful about not letting office maneuvering poison work life. We’d seen the negative effects that certain kinds of political behavior can have when …

How a Flex-Time Program at MIT Improved Productivity, Resilience, and Trust

In today’s increasingly competitive hiring market, organizations need to think differently about how to attract new employees and retain existing ones. Unfortunately, many of the obvious solutions require a financial investment: increasing salaries, bonuses, medical benefits, or vacation days. And …

What Millennials Want from a New Job

Millennials, it seems, really are the job hoppers people say they are. Those born between 1980 and 1996 are the most likely to look for and change jobs, according to Gallup’s new report “How Millennials Want to Work and Live.”<p>Our research — which provides an in-depth look at what defines …

How to Put the Right Amount of Pressure on Your Team

While the popular press talks of stress as a negative to be avoided, seasoned managers know better. If you’re trying to drum up new business, get a customer’s order out on time, or hit your numbers for the quarter, a little stress goes a long way. It’s even more important when you’re trying to …

5 Practical Books I Reread Every Year To Live A Better Life

Out all the different ways to learn, books remain my favorite way to absorb knowledge.<p>What I like about books is that I can read them by myself, in …

Slow Deciders Make Better Strategists

There are many ways to split people into two groups. Young and old. Rich and poor. Us and them. The 98% who can do arithmetic and the 3% who cannot. Those who split people into two groups and those who don’t.<p>Then there’s the people who make good competitive-strategy decisions, and those who …

The Most Effective Biceps Exercise You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet

This uncommon move will pump up your arms and make you better at pullups<p>Farmer’s walks are a great way to build core strength and burn fat.<p>But they can also make your arms bigger—if you hold the weights with your elbows bent, as <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour, C.S.C.S., demonstrates in …

The right questions get others to convince themselves you’re right

It’s not quite a <b>trick</b>, but it sure <b>works:</b> Asking the <b>right questions</b>. Questions can be the <b>difference</b> between <b>stating</b> what you think someone should think …

Biologists have recreated life inside a computer — NOVA Next | PBS

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

How to Build a Business When You Can't Quit Your Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most of us get the urge to become an entrepreneur at one point or another. We may be called to create something from scratch, or lead a team of people or just earn money without having to answer to a boss. Whatever the motivation, the …

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Why You Should Never Stop Moving Forward

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." -- Albert Einstein<p>This quotes resonates, and yet I'd argue that worse than falling over is staying completely still.<p>Stagnant.<p>Resting on past successes and settling in to certainty and comfort.<p>Success and accomplishment feel …

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How the Best Leaders Truly Connect With Their Employees

Here are eight ways to be real with your staff.<p>Leadership has been written and talked about for decades, with great authors defining it in different ways calling it different things. In the end, most of these folks have been talking about the same things.<p>The simple truth is that leadership (and …

Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …