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10 reasons millennials are screwed | Salon.com

So it isn’t surprising that there are members of the baby boomer generation and Gen X who have a hard time figuring out what makes Millennials, aka Generation Y, tick. People in their 40s, 50s and 60s not understanding people in their 20s is as old as time itself. But if there is one claim about …

The Frog That Got Caught in the Crossfire of a Rocket Launch

This brings a whole new meaning to "amphibious vehicle."<p>On Friday evening, NASA's Minotaur V rocket blasted off from its launchpad at a spaceport in Virginia, carrying the LADEE spacecraft on the first leg of its trip from Earth to the moon. The scene that resulted was beautiful. It was inspiring. …

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Luxembourg’s teachers make twice as much as America’s

A “rock star teacher” in South Korea earns $4 million a year, most of it from online tutoring in English. Kim Ki-hoon’s success story showed up in the Wall Street Journal recently as a window into how much Koreans value their teachers.<p>But they’re hardly alone in that sentiment, multimillion-dollar …

High School

Is there such a thing as a “workaholic”?

When the American psychologist Wayne Oates died in 1999, The New York Times began his obituary by noting two facts. First, the man had authored an astonishing 57 books. Second—and presumably not coincidentally—he had invented the word workaholic. Oates coined the now-ubiquitous term in a 1968 …

Psychology

3-D printing booms, triggers rush for patents

It printed a gun that shot six times before falling apart. It crafted jewelry, custom prosthetics and spare machine parts. And, perhaps unbelievably, it spit out living embryonic cells.<p>3-D printing, limited only by our imagination, is undergoing a patent boom. Goldman Sachs recently cited 3-D …

Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

The Trickiest Questions Apple Will Ask In A Job Interview

While every tech company asks programmers technical questions to see if they're fit for a job, Apple makes a point to follow up each response with "but how would you optimize that/make it better?"<p>And then there are the questions that really throw you off.<p>Via Glassdoor's Interview Questions and …

Employment

Neighbourhood watch: five Singapore micro-'burbs on the rise

Already know your way around central Singapore? Just a stone's throw beyond, a clutch of bustling neighbourhoods home to quirky shops, trendy eateries and cool bars are just waiting to be explored. So head out and experience the up-and-coming areas of Singapore that won't stay a secret for …

How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

Detroit: Six ways 'shrinking' cities try to survive

<b>Detroit's bankruptcy can in part be traced to the loss of more than a million residents. So how have other "shrinking" US cities coped?</b><p>The problems that have led Detroit to bankruptcy are multiple - industrial decline, huge pension bills, over-borrowing and poor management among them.<p>But losing 1.2 …

Urban Design

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Get a clue, McDonald’s: The other insult no one’s talking about

<b>(lev radin via Shutterstock)</b><p>McDonald’s got heat for telling its staff to have two jobs. Its financial planning advice is even more offensive<p>Paul Campos<p>July 18, 2013 4:25pm (UTC)<p>Over the past few days, McDonald’s has gotten itself quite a bit of bad publicity, after it teamed with Visa to create a …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Best Kept Wild: Roaming New Zealand

THE CHOPPER CAME flat over a dense forest of tree ferns, black beech, and red-flowered rata trees. It sailed over New Zealand’s Fiordland cliffs and fell to the whitecaps of the Southern Ocean. The cliffs were threaded with waterfalls, like in <i>Avatar.</i> Nick Wallis, a 33-year-old pilot for Alpine …

White supremacy, meet black rage

<b>Defense attorneys Don West (L), and Mark O'Mara address the media following George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict (Reuters)</b><p>How does black life come to have value in a white supremacist system, where the rules only apply to us?<p>Brittney Cooper<p>July 14, 2013 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Yesterday, six women in the …

When a common currency is uncommon

<b>(Shutterstock/Gena96)</b><p>Capital restrictions mean a euro in Cyprus no longer has the same value as one in France, Germany or Greece<p>Jared Bernstein<p>July 13, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Jared Bernstein’s blog, On the Economy.<p>Suppose you’re sitting at home in Rhode Island and you go …

Coursera Hits 4 Million Students -- And Triples Its Funding

Coursera founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng don’t think small. Their Mountain View, Calif., online-education company is less than two years old, yet it already has attracted more than 4 million student signups. Now Coursera has raised $43 million in fresh venture capital, tripling its cash …

The Four Most Surprising Revelations About Osama Bin Laden’s Final Years

Picture Osama bin Laden wearing a cowboy hat, strolling the perimeter of his walled-in Pakistani compound, contemplating whether to trim the …

9 Job Mistakes That Could Stall Your Entire Career

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay doesn’t subscribe to the theory that your 20s are a throwaway time to just have fun and decide what you want to be when you grow up.<p>While popular media often depicts 20-somethings as aimless wanderers lounging in extended adolescence, the truth, according to Jay, …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Petra, the City Carved in Rock

Petra, also known as the Rose City, is an ancient city in Jordan that experts claim was built as early as 312 BC. Its defining feature is the massive …

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

How to get better at email: What science tells us

Email is all-pervasive, and arguably one of the most important tools of modern business. But the fact is most of us are not particularly good at it, wasting time on messages we should ignore and losing track of those that we should be focusing on. Then there’s the base human instinct to cc: …

Carnegie Mellon University

The Battle Of Gettysburg Day 2: The Charge To Win 300 Seconds

<i>Read the Esquire Gettysburg Reenactment series in its entirety here.</i><p><b>In the immediate years</b> after the American Civil War the most significant thing that can be noted, in terms of the historical record, is the silence. Some generals, lauded or disgraced, were already putting pen to paper, even during …

War

How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries