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The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness

ScienceTake<p>By James Gorman<p>Ants are renowned for their industriousness. Ask the grasshopper in the story by Aesop. He had to come begging the hard-working ant for food when winter came because he had frittered away his summer.<p>But that is fable, the ultimate in what scientists call anecdotal …

Traffic

Industrial Internet of Things - Reports - World Economic Forum

During the past 15 years, the Internet revolution has redefined business-to-consumer (B2C) industries such as media, retail and financial services. …

Internet of Things

Chinese researchers develop world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

Chinese researchers have developed the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics that are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes, offering …

Ceramics

Most Managers Don’t Know How to Coach People. But They Can Learn.

Are you successful at coaching your employees? In our years studying and working with companies on this topic, we’ve observed that when many executives say “yes,” they’re ill-equipped to answer the question. Why? For one thing, managers tend to <i>think</i> they’re coaching when they’re actually just …

Management

Why Even AI-Powered Factories Will Have Jobs for Humans

It was going to be the factory of the future. Dubbed the “Alien Dreadnought,” Tesla’s new manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, was designed to be fully automated — no humans need apply. If all went well, AI-powered robots would enable the company to achieve a weekly production of 5,000 …

Machine Learning

Designing the Death of a Plastic

Adam Feinberg had no sooner made a bright yellow thin sheet of plastic than he had to shred it into little pieces. He chose an “I”-shaped mold for the logo of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is a chemist. Then, he filled it with the plastic bits and stuck it in a hot oven.<p>“I …

Pollution

Nine Warning Signs Your Corporate Culture Is In Trouble

Corporate culture is more than a buzzword: It influences your employees’ performance level, and can be a key motivator for whether your strongest team members want to stay with the firm — or want to find a better working environment. This means that a vibrant culture can make a huge difference in …

Corporate Culture

Scientists Finally Solved the Mystery of Antarctica’s Blood Falls

The blood red falls tumble out of a glacier 100 feet to a lake below.<p>Blood Falls is an aptly named feature in Antarctica. The 100-foot stream of water running down the side of a glacier is a deep, rich, blood red.<p>Though we’ve known for decades what causes the red color, it took more than 100 years …

Weird

Jeff Bezos told Amazon execs to consider 3 questions before offering someone a job, and they're still spot-on 20 years later

Amazon is always looking to fill a ton of jobs.<p>But before you can land a corporate role with the online retail behemoth, you have to tick three particular boxes in the minds of the hiring managers and executives vetting you.<p>At least, that's the process CEO Jeff Bezos recommended to his team 20 …

Jeff Bezos

6 Steps to Make Your Strategic Plan Really Strategic

Why is it that when a group of managers gets together for a strategic planning session they often emerge with a document that’s devoid of “strategy”, and often not even a plan?<p>I have one such document in front of me as I write this. It starts with a “vision” statement, moves on to “strategic …

Management

Need to 3D Print a Pattern That Behaves in a Certain Way Under Force? Check This Out

Disney Research's "Mechanical Characterization of Structured Sheet Materials"<p>Disney Research has come up with a design/fabrication aid sexily named …

Fabrication

Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good Follower

There is no shortage of advice for those who aspire to be effective leaders. One piece of advice may be particularly enticing: if you want to be a successful leader, ensure that you are <i>seen as</i> <i>a leader</i> and not a follower. To do this, goes the usual advice, you should seek out opportunities to lead, …

Leadership

The 4 hottest tech trends that are transforming the world in 2018

The revolution is happening right in front of our eyes, and it's not coming from politics, government, or world leaders. Here's where to look for</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

The Most Creative Teams Have a Specific Type of Cultural Diversity

Culturally diverse teams, research shows, can help deliver better outcomes in today’s organizations. This is largely a good thing: Diverse teams have the potential to be more creative because of the breadth of information, ideas, and perspectives that members can bring to the table. But these teams …

Multiculturalism

Student Engagement Strategies That Just Don't Work

<i>In the books Battling Boredom and</i> <i>Battling Boredom, Part 2</i> <i>(see our</i> <i>review</i><i>), Bryan Harris and Lisa Bradshaw offer practical strategies to “spark student</i> …

Teaching

How One School Changed Its Math Culture, Starting With Teachers

Many educators are aware of Carol Dweck's research on growth mindset. The Stanford psychologist has found that the way students think about and …

10 Characteristics of an Innovative Classroom

If your goal is to engage and educate students to the greatest extent possible, you need to consider the benefits of an innovative classroom. An …

Pedagogy

Ask these 7 questions in a job interview to land the perfect candidate

How many quarters would you need to stack to reach the height of the Empire State Building? How many ping-pong balls fit in a school bus? How do you …

Employment

How Is a Runner Like a Bouncing Ball?

There are so many real-world physics problems involved in running. Lots of physicists have been inspired, for instance, by the crazy-fast speeds of …

What Is Meat, Anyway? Lab-Grown Food Sets Off a Debate

You don’t typically find philosophical bickering at an FDA public meeting. But then again, this was no ordinary public meeting. On Thursday, the …

Soymilk

A virtual playground lets AI practice complex tasks and chores

As the classic saying goes, “if you want to make a chore-bot, you’ll need to crack some plates.” The old adage encapsulates a major problem facing …

A Dutch city is 3D printing the first habitable houses

As a kid, you probably heard the story of the three little pigs. To recap the tale: Three pigs build homes out of straw, sticks, and bricks …

Scientists create new building material out of fungus, rice and glass

Would you live in a house made of fungus? It’s not just a rhetorical question: fungi are the key to a new low-carbon, fire-resistant and …

Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

Being a worker means taking orders, citizenship means being an independent thinker. The two aren’t compatible. One demands obedience, the other …

Why Soft Skills Are Harder Than They Look

Move over, cloud computing and mobile development. The skills that matter most today are the ones we mistakenly call “soft.”<p>But there’s nothing soft about them.<p>In fact, soft skills are quickly becoming the difficult skills to recruit for and develop in our organizations. And they’re the ones that …

Employment

4 Ways to Create a Learning Culture on Your Team

Technology is disrupting every industry and area of life, and work is no exception. One of the main career implications of the digital revolution is a shift in demand for human expertise. For instance, LinkedIn’s talent research shows that half of today’s most in-demand skills weren’t even on the …

Employee Engagement

This prototype chainless bike suggests the future of cycling could be ceramic

Previous Next<p>1 of 9<p>The future of cycling may just have been revealed at Eurobike, an annual cycling trade show that is taking place right now in …

「世界で勝てる」日本企業は現れる? 起業家の"発想力"を鍛える学校を取材

High-Performing Leaders Never Underestimate the Importance of This, But Average Performers Almost Always Do

Figure you're good enough to wing it? Here's why you might want to reevaluate.<p>Decades of research into the habits of world-class performers across virtually every field reveals one belief they all espouse with borderline fanaticism: the importance of practice.<p>Simply put: High performers practice …