Celebrate Einstein's Birthday With PiRead the rest of this entry »
If you love pizza, pie or math, rejoice because it's National Pi Day.
Without getting all arithmeticky on you, March 14 is pi day because when you write the date as 3.14 it's the same as what you get (approximately) when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. Not that most of us have done this since high school geometry. BTW, we said approximately ...
Proofread the Way the Pros DoRead the rest of this entry »
When a sloppy resume can lose a candidate a job interview and a single spelling error can cost an online business a sale, proofreading what you write has to be a must. But even then, it's easy to miss something; our brains can skip past mistakes because we think we were right the first time. And while spell check can help, it won't catch typos like "he" instead ...
Toys Are Teaching Kids How to Code the Robots They BuildRead the rest of this entry »
When we were kids, the educational toy we loved that we didn't know was educational was those plastic, snap-together Legos.
Today, as demand for STEM workers has exploded, toymakers are responding with an ever-growing assortment of programmable tactile educational toys intended to teach kids basic coding. The latest to enter this market is Sony, which next month will start shipping KOOV.
Engaget describes KOOV as a "candy-colored robot-building toy ...
Eat Curry and Improve Your MemoryRead the rest of this entry »
The next time you misplace your keys -- for the second time -- or forget someone's name seconds after meeting them, reach for a bowl of curry.
In a double-blind study of 40 older adults, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles found that those who took twice-daily doses of curcumin, the substance in turmeric that gives it a distinctively yellow color, improved both mood and memory over those receiving ...
Medical and Veterinary Schools In Unique Clinical PartnershipRead the rest of this entry »
Rabbits, mice and rats have long played an important role in clinical research and drug testing. Drug therapies, surgical procedures and even cloning have all been pioneered using animal subjects before being approved for human trials.
Over the years, researchers have come to realize that the most common test animals have limits when attempting to extrapolate results to humans. Now, in a novel partnership, the University of California-Davis veterinary school ...
Are You Guilty of Rampant Capitalization?Read the rest of this entry »
In this sentence, how many words should be capitalized?: "We are pleased to announce May Smith has been named the new vice president of operations for Sterling Mining Associates." If you said 6 you're right.Which 6? The "W" in "We" because it begins a sentence. "May Smith" because it's a proper name. Ditto for "Sterling Mining Associates" because, it too, is a proper name.
What about "vice ...
5 Reasons to Improve Your Communication SkillsRead the rest of this entry »
Good communication skills are the No.1 soft skill hiring managers look for. Surveys, like the 2017 Recruiter Nation Report, regularly find employers ranking communication high on the list of qualities they want in a job candidate. And that's not just opinion; LinkedIn's research of people who actually changed jobs found 58% of them included "communication" among their soft skills on their profile. It was the top skill ...
This Year, Take Charge of Your CareerRead the rest of this entry »
If your New Year's resolutions include moving ahead with your career, your first step is to take charge of your future. The good news is that it doesn't have to mean changing jobs. Instead, take advantage of the opportunities that are all around you -- if you only look for them.
Most large companies (and many smaller ones, too) offer some form of tuition assistance for courses you take ...
How To Make Resolutions You Can KeepRead the rest of this entry »
Many of us will be making resolutions this weekend. By one account 58% of us at least sometimes make New Year's resolutions. Alas, only 9.2% of us who make a resolution are successful in keeping it. In fact, a decade ago, the time management consultancy FranklinCovey discovered that a third of us won't even make it past the end of January.
To avoid having your resolutions fall ...
We're All to Blame For the Skills GapRead the rest of this entry »
Who's to blame for the national skills gap? Would you believe, all of us?
That's what the American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey found. Schools, employers, government and individuals, us, all share the blame for failing to prepare workers with the skills in-demand for today's jobs.
Most of the responsibility, say the 2,000 survey respondents, lies with the educational system and with individuals. 75% of the ...