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To Make the Most of a Three-day Weekend, Be a Little Lazy Before and After

June 29, 2016 Three-day weekends are tricky—72 hours isn’t enough time to properly indulge in wanderlust, but studies have shown a short vacation can be just as good (pdf) for decompressing as a longer one, even if short means fewer than five days. By following these guidelines, you can make the most of...

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If You Want Your Employees to Be More Productive, Get Rid of Their Chairs

May 27, 2016 If you’re looking for a simple way to be more productive at work, just stand up. Productivity among employees with desks that allow them to stand or sit is 46% higher than that of their perennially seated peers, according to a study of call-center workers conducted by Texas A&M Health...

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Research Finds that Government Surveillance Has a Chilling Effect on Online Discourse

May 24, 2016 Knowing about government surveillance prompts people to self-censor what they say online, and avoid expressing controversial opinions, a new study suggests. The research, designed to look at the relationship between free speech and government surveillance, uses the “spiral of silence” communication theory, which states that people continuously try to detect...

Chinese Government Pays People to Post Cheery Messages on Social Media

May 20, 2016 The public has long known about China’s internet propaganda machine, but until now details have remained murky. Analyzing a trove of leaked government emails, researchers estimate that a legion of internet commenters, employed by the Chinese government, create about 488 million fake social media posts every year. In the study...

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The Longest TSA Line You've Seen is at Chicago's Midway Airport

May 13, 2016 Long airport lines are always hellish. But one line at Chicago Midway yesterday (May 12) was so long that it took YouTube user Sean H. two and a half minutes to walk its entire length. His video of the journey has now gone viral, with more than 1 million views...

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Tax Returns Are Shockingly Easy to Hack

April 14, 2016 There are plenty of reasons why tax season in the US is stressful—but for anyone who has recently been hacked, filing your taxes can be a nightmare. Last year, Quartz reported on how hackers gained access to hundreds of thousands of US taxpayers’ data through an application on the IRS’s...

Research Finds Government Surveillance Has Chilling Effect on Online Discourse

March 31, 2016 Knowing about government surveillance prompts people to self-censor what they say online, and avoid expressing controversial opinions, a new study suggests. The research, designed to look at the relationship between free speech and government surveillance, uses the “spiral of silence” communication theory, which states that people continuously try to detect...

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The Only People Who Aren’t Penalized for Promoting Diversity Are White Men

March 27, 2016 If we’re ever going to reach gender equality, it may have to be white men who lead the charge. New research shows that managers are actively penalized for promoting diversity in the workforce, regardless of gender or race—unless they are white men. To find out why 85% of C-level leadership...

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Nixon Administration Official: We Created the War on Drugs to 'Criminalize' Black People

March 23, 2016 There’s a pretty damning quote from a former Nixon policy advisor in an essay arguing for drug legalization recently published in Harper’s. The author, Dan Baum, opens the piece with a scene: he finds John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s former domestic policy advisor, working at an engineering firm in Atlanta in 1994....

'If Not You, Then Who?': Advice to Girls from NASA's Top Female Engineers

February 26, 2016 This year was the 15th anniversary of the best day you’ve never heard of: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The event was launched in 2001, when the National Society of Professional Engineers teamed up with IBM to educate young girls about the career opportunities in engineering and embolden them...