February, 2017

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Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture –

SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin’.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will rise to the top basedRead More

World’s only piece of a revolutionary metal goes missing

Creation of metallic hydrogen had been heralded as a major breakthrough   But the Harvard scientists who created it say it has now gone missing The sample could have been lost inside the machinery that kept it stable Or it could have been destroyed after turning to a gas at roomRead More

I Ignored Trump News for a Week. Here’s What I Learned. –

I spent last week ignoring President Trump. Although I am ordinarily a politics junkie, I didn’t read, watch or listen to a single story about anything having to do with our 45th president. What I missed, by many accounts, was one of the strangest and most unpredictable weeks of newsRead More

Japan zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying ‘invasive’ genes

Takagoyama Nature Zoo in the city of Futtsu in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, housed 164 simians which it believed were all pure Japanese macaques Officials discovered one-third were crossbred with the rhesus macaque  Japanese law bans possession of invasive species, and allows them to be culled  57 native snowRead More

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast? –

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say. Recent measurements of the distances and velocities of faraway galaxies don’t agree with a hard-won “standard model” of the cosmos that has prevailed forRead More

With Snap’s I.P.O., Los Angeles Prepares to Embrace New Tech Millionaires –

LOS ANGELES — Blaine Lourd has long helped the movie stars, professional athletes and heiresses in Los Angeles manage their wealth. Over the past few years, he has also noticed millionaires who made their money in technology begin to dot the west side of the city. “What we have notRead More

Can YOU spot the hidden harp in this tricky puzzle?

A quiz sweeping the web asks players to spot the harp in this classic illustration The image shows a musician in position to play his instrument  The fun game was posted to Playbuzz by Hugh Hughes He claims: ‘Only 1% of people with a keen eye for detail will see whereRead More

PewDiePie Dust-Up Shows Risks Brands Take to Tap Into Social Media –

Social media has produced its own breed of stars, from the video bloggers of YouTube to the style mavens of Instagram, and major media companies and brands have increasingly turned to this group as a way to reach the ad blockers and cord cutters of the world. But they alsoRead More

Astronomers discover ‘key ingredients for life’ on Ceres

Researchers used the Dawn spacecraft to study Ceres’ surface They detected organic compounds that are likely to be tar-like minerals The materials are likely to have originated on the dwarf planet, as the heat from a collision would have destroyed them  By Shivali Best For Mailonline It is the largest objectRead More

Five Key Moments From Snap’s I.P.O. Roadshow Video –

SAN FRANCISCO — Snap, the parent company of the ephemeral-message application Snapchat, on Friday revealed its own story: the video presentation it will use to pitch investors as it prepares to go public in a few weeks. The more than 35-minute video walks viewers through Snap’s history, audience, products, revenueRead More