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Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 'shot down' in Ukraine - as it happened

This blog page has wrapped up. The Guardian's live coverage continues here.<p>298 people on board plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine • Bodies and wreckage found near town of Grabovo • US officials say surface-to-air missile caused crash • Ukrainian, Russian and rebel leaders deny involvement

How To Use Your Stress To Increase Your Productivity

But if you try avoiding stress entirely, you could be putting your professional life into a state of stagnation. If you can figure out how to gain control over your anxiety, you can use it for motivation.<p>Software developer and writer Jim Stone explains how to do that in his response to the Quora …

Self-improvement

Korea is the current world champion of R&D spending

South Korea punches far above its weight when it comes to spending on innovation. In 2012, Korea spent 4.4% of GDP on research and development. That’s the highest among the developed nations tracked by OECD, the Paris-based rich nation think tank. The private sector is a key driver. Private-sector …

Private Sector

A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

Google is giving its apps and platforms, including Android, a big redesign, according to a recent report posted on Android Police, which backs up some things we had been hearing as well, but hadn’t fleshed out until now.<p>According to the new report, Google is working on a new design language focused …

2 Reasons Smart People Don't Get Hired

Seems illogical, right?<p>Well, according to an article Ewing once read, smart people are actually more apt to incorrectly trust their gut instincts when making decisions; they typically make more mistakes of reasoning than the rest of us; and, they tend to see bias more easily in others than in …

Employment

A Language Everyone Can Master: Body Language

As a graduate of language, I can identify with the rewards of learning a second or even a third language. I’m lucky enough to have lived and worked in several different countries by the age of 23, utilising and nurturing my skills whilst developing passions for European cuisine and culture.<p>The …

14 Signs It's Time To Leave Your Job

Are you constantly stressed about work? Do you feel as though you don’t fit in at the office? Have you experienced verbal abuse on the job? If so, you might be ready to move on. In fact, according to the experts, these are just a few of the 14 signs that it’s time to leave your job.<p>“For some, when …

When should you pay for work experience?

Under the law, interns are entitled to minimum wage as they are also defined as “workers”. Those who are not include students doing an internship for …

5 Things That Will Make Your Desk (And Job) More Awesome

If you don’t control the office thermostat and you can’t teleport your desk to beside the window, what can you do to make your workspace feel more wonderful? Glad you asked.<p>Where we work shapes how we work.<p>Feeling too cold is a physical distraction: Your body tries to solve the problem of keeping …

Posters

The 10 Happiest Countries In The World, And Why We’re Not One Of Them

The United Nations just released its second World Happiness Report, which ranks countries according to happiness levels. Nordic countries are at the top this year, while the U.S., Egypt, and Greece are (surprise!) all more disgruntled than they were in years past.<p>Economic output is a crude measure …

UK unemployment rate falls to 7.7pc: reaction

UK unemployment fell to 7.7pc in July. Here's what economists said about the data.<p><b>James Knightley, ING</b><p><i>In terms of the trigger for rate rises, the BoE has said that it won’t consider such action until the unemployment rate falls below 7%.</i><p><i>We fully accept the BoE’s view that under-utilised workers can</i> …

Are You A Planner Or Spontaneous? When And Where Each Personality Type Thrives At Work

Unlike chronic planners, spontaneous workers value the freedom in their days. But in the business world, some semblance of structure needs to be maintained for a good (and timely) product. So which one are you?<p>I’m a planner. I schedule tasks for exact times–work on this article at 10 a.m. on …

Productivity

7 Ways To Cut Stress For More Success In Just 15 Minutes

Tense? Stressed? Highstrung? With these quick tips, learn how to regain your workday balance.<p>We take breaks at work whether we’re aware of them or not.<p>Here’s an unconsciously chosen break: clicking away from a report you’re supposed to be writing to read headlines that haven’t changed much since …

Crossword Puzzles

Kind Snacks CEO Says References Are Key To Making The Right Hire

When the wrong choice is made, the company loses a lot of money. On the other hand, the right hire will fully understand your company's mission, thrive in it, and improve the overall workflow at the organization.<p>"I ask a lot of questions and I listen to make sure that everything is consistent, …

Employment

3 Things Employees Can Do To Improve Culture In The Office

Although internal culture is the foundation laid out by employers, it is up to employees to make it thrive.<p>Why is it so important for employees to put in the grunt work? A good work culture is most beneficial for the actual cogs in the system, or the employees who keep things running, says Leslie …

Employment

5 Financial Factors to Consider Before Quitting Your Job

Leaving a job is inevitable, especially if you recently graduated and are employed in your first, full-time position.<p>Flickr source<p>Hopefully, you …

Why Solo Travel Is The Way To Go

I’m in the process of planning a holiday trip, and although a good friend of mine is coming along, once we get to our Southeast Asia destination, we plan to meet only occasionally and go our separate ways. Why? Because we each treasure the many advantages of solo travel.<p>I’ve long enjoyed journeying …