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Why Open-Plan Offices Don't Work (And Some Alternatives That Do)

<i>This article was originally published by Amar Singh on Medium titled "You're working in the wrong place."</i><p>At my most recent job, I did all of my best …

The Workplace

I've been using my iPhone X for nearly a month, and I've decided I hate it

• <b>The iPhone X is beautiful and exciting.</b>• <b><br>The phone has one crucial flaw, however — it's nearly impossible to use with just one hand.</b>• <b><br>The difficulty has changed the way I use my phone for the worse, so I'm selling mine.</b><p>I still remember the feeling of excitement I had peeling back the protective plastic …

Phones

The Many Pieces of Evidence Suggesting Trump Obstructed Justice

On Oct. 4, 2017, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said that all issues relating to the investigation into Russian …

Donald Trump

The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here’s How to Make Sense of It

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> The news is coming so fast and furious, from so many sources and in so many fragments, that it takes more than a scorecard to keep up …

Donald Trump

States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act

Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year.<p>Congress missed a Sept. 30 …

Health Care

How Joe Barton’s sex scandal fits into the current conversation on sex and power

A conservative Texas congressman's nude photo, sent by himself, is out in the world — and so is how he apparently tried to leverage his power to keep his sex life private.<p>In some ways, Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Tex.) secret sex life, which The Washington Post's Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck reported …

Al Franken

Trump replies ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’ to tweet about his attacks on African Americans

President Trump kicked off Thanksgiving Day by replying to a tweet that said his latest Twitter rage is part of a racist pattern of attacking prominent African Americans.<p>Trump’s response, tweeted at about 6:30 a.m.: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”<p>The tweet that prompted the response from the president …

Donald Trump

Elon Musk's New Battery Just Won Him a $50 Million Bet

Elon Musk just won a $50 million dollar bet.<p>Back in March, the Tesla founder made a bet on Twitter with Mike Cannon-Brookes, the co-founder of …

Batteries

Poll: Economists Unanimous That Debt Would Balloon Under GOP Tax Plan

Republicans have been selling their tax overhaul plan as a major booster for the U.S. economy. In fact, they have argued that it would grow the economy so much that cuts would largely pay for themselves.<p>But on both counts, top economists are doubtful.<p>In a new poll from the University of Chicago's …

Economics

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

The Voices in Blue America’s Head

It was early November, the day before Virginia’s elections, and the Democratic cavalry — in the form of four podcast hosts crammed into a Lyft — was coming to the aid of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. “Do you want to kick things off with something light and funny?” Jon Favreau asked Jon Lovett as their …

Human Anatomy

How LaVar Ball Won The Twitter Feud Against President Trump

Never punch down.<p>It’s a golden rule for communications and public relations. Punching down, or berating someone further down the social ladder, never looks good.<p>Most Americans hate bullies. When a CEO reprimands a taxi driver, or a hotel owner yells at a housekeeper, it elicits rage towards the …

LaVar Ball

Three coffees a day linked to a range of health benefits

Research based on 200 previous studies worldwide says frequent drinkers less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, dementia and some cancers<p>People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than problems, experiencing lower risks of premature death and …

Health

Costa Rica's Electricity Has Run Entirely on Renewables For 300 Days in 2017

A new record, with weeks to go before the year is up.<p>Costa Rica has done it again. In January, the Central American country announced it had powered …

Renewable Energy

Research: Why 70 Percent of Employees Aren't Working to Their Full Potential Comes Down to 1 Simple Reason

Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day. What gives?<p>According to Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver their best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of …

Employee Engagement

Coffee Brings More Health Than Harm, Study Finds

Coffee drinkers have had a very good month. Last week, a study reported that coffee—up to six cups per day—was linked to heart health. This week, a large analysis in <i>The BMJ</i> finds that coffee consumption is associated with a variety of health outcomes, from reduced risk of diabetes to reduced risk …

Research

This Thanksgiving, The GOP Tax Plan Gives The Middle Class Get The Short End Of The Wishbone

The Republican tax plan is widely perceived as being a sop to corporations and wealthy individuals. To the extent that they will receive any relief, middle-class families will receive very little benefit. And many who live in states with high state and local taxes may wind up with a tax increase. …

Middle-class

A Radiation Cloud, and a Mystery, From Russia

MOSCOW — When a container of radioactive waste exploded at the Mayak factory 60 years ago, in one of the worst accidents of the nuclear age, the episode was so shrouded in secrecy that even residents of nearby towns had little clue of the danger.<p>That secrecy proved deadly.<p>Among the estimated …

Russia

Exclusive: What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned

During a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office, the president betrayed his intelligence community by leaking the content of a classified, and highly sensitive, Israeli intelligence operation to two high-ranking Russian envoys, Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Lavrov. This is what he told them—and the …

Sergey Kislyak

Photographing the ‘Miracles’ of Modern-Day Egypt

From a tree that seeps blood-like liquid to sites with healing powers, see how mysticism can be found in everyday Egypt.<p>The inexplicable, indefinable nature of “miracles” has piqued human curiosity for millennia. Trees that “bleed”, paintings that weep, seas that part – what else could explain this …

Egypt

The virus that could save your life

Not all viruses might be bad for your health – some could fight bacterial infections without the alarming side effects of antibiotics. How does it work?<p>Researchers are exploring new ways to treat infections. One of them, surprisingly based on viruses, has showed promising results. Watch the video …

Biology

It's Time to Revisit Trump's History With Women

Amid a seemingly massive culture shift, the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump deserve another look<p>We're in the midst of a unique moment in …

Feminism

'A Wrinkle in Time': Watch Sweeping, Colorful New Trailer

Troubled teen Meg (Storm Reid) bends space-time to hunt down missing scientist father (Chris Pine) in new clip<p>The trailer for <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> …

Movies

New Tax Plan Contains Even More Bad News for Student Borrowers

The Republican plan to crush students further unmasks the con of the Trump campaign<p>The headline in the <i>New York Times</i> seemed sympathetic: "The House …

Equality

'Coco' Review: Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead Gem Is as Lively as They Come

Animation giant's 19th movie pays loving tribute to Mexican culture with this joyous, colorful Dia de los Muertos story<p>With its cast of skeletons and …

Animation

Watch Sia's 'Santa's Coming for Us' Video With Kristen Bell, J.B. Smoove

Dax Shepard, Henry Winkler, Susan Lucci, 'Stranger Things'' Caleb McLaughlin also appear in quirky clip<p>Sia stages a quirky Christmas Day party in her …

Kristen Bell

If You Thought Having A Full-Time Job And A Side Hustle Was Impossible...

It’s 9 am. You clock in at work and your boss already has a million things for you to do. So you take a deep breath and calmly start to tackle your list, one task at time. Hours go by and you suddenly realize you forgot to have lunch because you were buried in emails and the hundreds of post-its …

Careers

Six Entry-Level Tech Jobs That Pay More Than $90,000

As college students and recent grads head home for the holidays, first on their minds are friends and family. But the end-of-year downtime is also a good opportunity for career reflection. And while salary should never be the only factor in a career decision, it often ranks high in our …

Career Development

Video Shows North Korean Soldier's Dramatic Sprint Across Border

The closed-circuit television footage is silent, but that makes it no less dramatic.<p>A jeep speeds through the North Korean countryside, crossing what's known as the 72-Hour Bridge.<p>Inside the vehicle is a North Korean soldier, making a desperate escape. All but the headlights disappear behind tree …

North Korea