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Amazon workplace story raises dread of 'rank and yank' reviews

http://ht3.cdn.turner.com/money/big/technology/2015/08/17/amazon-workplace-culture.cnnmoney_1024x576.mp4<p>Do a good job - or even a very good job - but get fired anyway.<p>That's a risk when you work for a company that uses a "stack ranking" performance review system.<p>It's known as "rank and yank" …

The Workplace

Empathetic People Have Physical Differences in Their Brains, Study Finds

New research has opened up questions that it may be possible to lose your empathetic ability over time or that it could even possibly be increased …

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic Nietzsche, the godless have always had a voice. But the New Atheists are different. Religion, …

Religion

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Finland's Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Last Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the iPad, a device heralded for triggering the broad adoption of tablet computers and for further …

Brain 'gender' more flexible than once believed, study finds

A team of researchers successfully changed the gender in the brains of newborn rats from female to male, according to findings published this week in …

Neuroscience

KQED

Scott Aikin admits that he’s “a very conservative pedagogue.” That’s why the author and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University …

The Pinkprint Movie: Nicki Minaj's real heartbreak inspires an emotional 16-minute short

This mini-movie shows a softer side of Nicki Minaj, far from the “Female Weezy” normally featured in her popular bass-thumping videos. Barbz were …

5 Ways To Increase Your Own Empathy

The most important emotional skill in relationship-building is also one that most of us need to work on.<p>From the boardroom to the classroom, empathy is a word we are hearing more and more about these days.<p>While at one time we assumed that humans were basically self-interested creatures that had to …

Empathy

Facebook has an empathy team to teach employees that users are human beings

'It's kind of arrogant to think the only reason people exist is to use what you built.'<p>Every so often I like to go back and watch Facebook's first-ever TV commercial from 2012. It's only 39 seconds long, and it features a lot of chairs. I never get very far because the commercial is bonkers. It …

5 charts that explain why it's brutally cold in the U.S. right now

Call it Novembruary.<p>Temperatures have cratered to record territory across much of the continental U.S. during the past week and a half, due to a …

The inside, not-always-ethical story of how 'The Pill' was made

In 1912, a nurse named Margaret Sanger was dreaming about pills — The Pill, to be exact.<p>“She had this thing in her mind, like a fantasy,” says Jonathan Eig, author of "The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution." What if there was some miracle tablet that …

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking<p>She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But …

What's Most Valuable: Intellect, Emotional Intelligence, or Intention?

The photos spread like wildfire—striking a nerve throughout a community, and within days, becoming both national and international media stories. The headlines read something like this: Three high school girls had disqualified during a sporting event.<p>The incident we’re referring to happened at the …

11 Unsung Science Heroines You Really Should Have Heard Of

You might not know who these women are. But the world would be a different place without them.

Watch Emma Watson Deliver a Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N. (UPDATED)

Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, <b>Emma Watson</b>, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past few months can be seen online (crashing the U.N. Web site, using Twitter to denounce a sexist politician in Turkey or respond to the gender …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 09.12.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>“Sic semper tyrannis,” Brutus supposedly …

Want Your Crops To Survive Extreme Heat and Drought? Add Fungus

The future of agriculture may be plant-fungus symbiosis, writes Issie Lapowsky for WIRED<p>The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?<p>One answer to that question may be "add …

The Prison Special: One Last Push for Women's Suffrage

In 1919, things weren’t looking good for women’s suffrage. Although the House haas passed the Nineteenth Amendment, the Senate had voted it down. …

Error Page Getty Images

Our photographer representation service, Global Assignment features a roster of acclaimed international photographers chosen for the unique vision …

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Aug 10, 2014

From Texas executions to challenging pictures from the Gulf War, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.<p><b>The</b> …

Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness

Probably for as long as humans have been able to grasp the concept of consciousness, they have sought to understand the phenomenon.<p>Studying the mind …

Consciousness

5 Tips Every Samsung Galaxy Phone Owner Should Know

Using a Samsung Galaxy phone can make me feel like I’m on a treasure hunt. There are so many hidden features that it can be somewhat overwhelming to …

Samsung Galaxy

The Story About Pit Bulls That Rarely Gets Written

This is a story about an American dog: my dog, Dexter. And because Dexter is a pit bull, this is also a story about the American dog, because pit …

Pets

‘Kidnapped for Christ’ Review: Come Because You’re Gay, Stay For Jesus

Kidnapped for Christ is a heart-wrenching story, both anger-inducing and redemptive, about ordinary teens abducted from home and sent to the …