5 things that are killing your productivity

June 22, 2017

… research some more. After all, you can spend an infinite amount of time on Google. But each time you hesitate on a decision, youre simply wasting time and mental energy. And, youve just added one more thing to tomorrows to-do list. Im not suggesting that every decision can and should be made quickly. However, I believe that we all need to evaluate the impact that our decision-making style has on our productivity. Over the course of my career, Ive learned to do two things. One, when I find …


Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health. Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste. One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles 5,000 tonnes of waste every week from Edinburgh, which is …


Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… remained wary of the search giant’s goodwill. It could have big consequences. AdBlock Plus, the world’s most popular ad blocker, claims to boast around 100 million active users; Chrome has well over a billion on both mobile and desktop (of course there’s overlap). Wieser, however, downplays how much impact it will ultimately have on publishers. It may drive prices for higher quality ads up, he says, but media companies will ultimately be competing on the same playing field. …


Blue plaques: Who did you nominate for an award? – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… world records in drumming and Tamboo Bamboo, while the indie band The Courteeners will visit Manchester Royal Infirmary to explore the impact of music therapy on patients. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast five dramatic monologues by new writers about the power of classical music, performed by actors including Liam Neeson and Julie Hesmondhalgh. And The Charlatans will play an exclusive concert for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music. BBC Music Day 2017 – BBC BBC Music homepage BBC Music …


How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …


Trump’s Budget Hurts Women More Than Men, And No One Is Surprised

… funding to an institution thats the largest provider of sex education in America (hint hint: Planned Parenthood). The vast majority of Planned Parenthoods patients are women, and 60 percent of their patients rely on federal funds for their preventative and primary care. If Trumps budget passes in its current form, it would have a detrimental impact on these women, and theyd be placed in a very difficult situation in terms of finding affording reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood …

May 26, 2017

Our Generation Is Apparently Way Less Racist Than Older People, So There’s Hope

… in the early 2000s compared to 17 percent in the early 2010s. Views on interracial marriage have also changed dramatically in the past half century or so. Gallup polling shows just 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage in 1958. By 2013, the number of Americans approving of marriage between a white and black person rose to 87 percent. Gallup The change in attitudes toward the issue of interracial marriage also appears to have had a behavioral impact over the years. In 2010, …

May 25, 2017

Locked out of China, South Korea’s K-pop stars are heading to the US

(CNN)China’s loss is America’s gain. “China is South Korea’s biggest trading partner and many Chinese are big fans of Korean pop culture,” said Ellen Kong, CEO of Elf Asia, a Hong Kong promotion company specializing in K-pop. “But the impact of THAAD has been substantial,” she added, referencing China’s staunch opposition to the US backed missile shield now housed in South Korea. “It’s meant China is no longer a viable market for …

May 22, 2017

Intel officials: Trump disclosure ‘carelessly’ threatened relationship with ally

Washington (CNN)A Washington Post report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week drew immediate reactions from intelligence officials, who warn any revelations jeopardizing “a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State” would severely impact international cooperation on matters of national security. The report claims that Trump relayed sensitive details gathered through an intelligence-sharing …

May 16, 2017