NextGen Know-How: Creating an exceptional culture

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » You may know Netflix as a top media entertainment provider, with shows like Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things, but behind this media giant is a high-performance company culture that seeks to attract and retain “stunning colleagues.”Netflix believes in people over process and promotes freedom, independence and collaboration. Like many organizations, they have company values that sound great, but the difference is they actually live by them.Almost a decade ago, some of the secrets of the company’s exceptional culture were revealed in a document that was shared frequently on the internet. The slide deck, entitled “Netflix Culture: Freedom and Responsibility,” not only detailed the company values, but also their philosophy on pay, benefits and what actually makes a great company culture. (Hint: It’s not free espresso, sushi lunches and great offices.)And it’s anything but traditional.last_img read more

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Madison Williams throws two-hit shutout, Humboldt State beats Cal Baptist in West Regional opener

first_imgChico >> On a day where runs were at a premium, the Humboldt State softball team needed its senior ace to pitch like one.Madison Williams did just that.Williams was simply brilliant in Humboldt State’s opener of the Division II Softball Championships on the campus of Chico State, as the senior right-hander struck out a season-high 15 batters — one short of her career-best total — in a two-hit shutout and led the second-seeded Jacks to a 1-0 win over the Lancers on Thursday afternoon.She …last_img

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Did Early Man Have a Soul?

first_imgSome recent discoveries are surprising paleoanthropologists by much some early ancestors seem – well, human.  We’re talking about ancestors half a million years old in the evolutionary scheme.  They were supposed to be prior to Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals, but they seem to exhibit intelligence and compassion.    A report on New Scientist inferred that these early humans cared for the disabled.  The skull of a child found in Spain suggests it was mentally retarded.  To be able to live to age 12 indicates its parents or the social group cared for the individual.  They claim the skull is 500,000 years old.    Another find surprised evolutionists.  Ann Gibbons reported in Science Now the earliest stone tools ever found – said to be 500,000 years old.  “Paleoanthropologists working in Africa have discovered stone blades more than a half-million years old,” she wrote.  “That pushes the date of the earliest known blades back a remarkable 150,000 years and raises a question: What human ancestor made them?”  A little history lesson shows just how remarkable this is:Not long ago, researchers thought that blades were so hard to make that they had to be the handiwork of modern humans, who had evolved the mental wherewithal to systematically strike a cobble in the right way to produce blades and not just crude stone flakes.  First, they were thought to be a hallmark of the late Stone Age, which began 40,000 years ago.  Later, blades were thought to have emerged in the Middle Stone Age, which began about 200,000 years ago when modern humans arose in Africa and invented a new industry of more sophisticated stone tools.  But this view has been challenged in recent years as researchers discovered blades that dated to 380,000 years in the Middle East and to almost 300,000 years ago in Europe, where Neandertals may have made them (ScienceNOW, 1 December 2008).    Now it appears that more than 500,000 years ago, human ancestors living in the Baringo Basin of Kenya collected lava stone cobbles from a riverbed and hammered them in just the right way to produce stone blades.It should be remembered that all of recorded human history, in which man went from stone tablets to interplanetary space flight, covers just 6,000 years.  Scientists must be shocked at this announcement; “the discovery of blades this early suggests that these toolmakers were capable of more sophisticated behavior than previously thought,” Gibbons wrote.  She ended by hinting that maybe even older blades are waiting to be found.The evolutionary picture of early man has stretched credibility way, way beyond the breaking point.  Every year it seems to get worse for them.  Who could possibly believe that beings as anatomically close to us, with brains our size, just sat around in caves caring for retarded children and making tools without learning how to ride a horse, farm, write and build cities for 450,000 years – 45 times longer than recorded history?  How much longer before the scholarly community rises up and tells these storytellers they have no idea what they are talking about?(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Life Keeps Quality Time

first_imgSeveral recent findings describe how living organisms keep accurate time in surprising ways.Your UV clock:  Stem cells in the skin keep time to protect us from damaging ultraviolet radiation.  “Circadian Rhythms in Skin Stem Cells Protect Us Against UV Rays,” Science Daily announced. A researcher explained, “Our study shows that human skin stem cells posses an internal clock that allows them to very accurately know the time of day and helps them know when it is best to perform the correct function.”  The stem cells “turn on” the UV protection genes.  See also Nature News.Your birthday clock:  Our genes also keep time in mysterious ways involved in aging, Medical Xpress reported with the headline, “Biological clock able to measure age of most human tissues.”  The timekeeping is apparently an epigenetic phenomenon.  This biological clock does not tick at a constant rate, but changes up to about age 20, when it stabilizes.  A UCLA researcher wants to understand it so that diseases associated with aging can be treated.RNA regulator:  Current Biology reported a “novel layer of regulation for the clock” in mammals, in the form of micro-RNAs.  Researchers from Florida State described the biological clock thus: “As in other organisms, the timekeeping mechanism in mammals depends on a self-sustaining transcriptional negative feedback loop with a built-in time delay in feedback inhibition.”  The miRNA molecules are responsible for the built-in time delay.The sugar clock in plants:  According to Science Daily, “Plants use sugars to tell the time of day.”  The sugars are produced in photosynthesis.  The “sugar levels within a plant play a vital role in synchronizing circadian rhythms with its surrounding environment.”  The accumulation of sugar is “a bit like the resetting of a stopwatch,” a researcher at the University of York explained.  Expanding on circadian rhythms generally, the article states,Plants, like animals, have a 24 hour ‘body-clock’ known as the circadian rhythm. This biological timer gives plants an innate ability to measure time, even when there is no light — they don’t simply respond to sunrise, for example, they know it is coming and adjust their biology accordingly. This ability to keep time provides an important competitive advantage and is vital in biological processes such as flowering, fragrance emission and leaf movement.Multiple independent clocks:  European researchers were surprised to find additional timekeeping mechanisms in some marine animals that work independently.  The bristle worm, for instance, in addition to the diurnal clock, has a separate clock that tracks the lunar phases (see similar finding about a crustacean in Current Biology).   Nature News described the finding: “Some marine invertebrates have at least two internal clocks, which follow different times and have different mechanisms, according to two new studies,” adding, “Multiple timepieces might prove common among animals.”  National Geographic provided more examples: mice with a 12-hour clock, and marine organisms that watch the tides.  There’s also, of course, the monthly menstrual cycle in women.  The uncanny ability of some crabs, fish, and worms to time their spawning to the moon has fascinated biologists for many years.  Now, researchers are just beginning to understand the mechanisms at the cellular level.Wasn’t there a story long ago about finding a watch, and considering what it implied?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What’s Wrong With Shipping Container Housing? Everything.

first_imgWhat’s wrong with shipping container buildings? Nothing, if they’re used for the right purpose.For a temporary facility, where an owner desires the shipping container aesthetic, they can be a good fit. (Look, I’ve even done a container project!) For sites where on-site construction is not feasible or desirable, fitting a container out in the factory can be a sensible option, even though you’ll still have to do things like pour foundations on site. It probably won’t save you any money over conventional construction (and very well might cost more), but it can solve some other problems.The place where containers really don’t make any sense is housing. I know you’ve seen all the proposals, often done with a humanitarian angle (building slum housing, housing for refugees, etc.) that promise a factory-built “solution” to the housing “problem,” but often positioned as a luxury product as well. This post on ArchDaily got me started on a Twitter rant about the unsuitability of containers for these projects, and the larger trend of online design publications not bothering to ask any questions and run these press releases as “news.” Not to mention the architects themselves presenting this idea as a feasible solution to a major problem. A short list of why this won’t work1. Housing is usually not a technology problemAll parts of the world have vernacular housing, and it usually works quite well for the local climate. There are certainly places with material shortages, or situations where factory built housing might be appropriate — especially when an area is recovering from a disaster. In this case prefab buildings would make sense. But doing them in containers does not.2. If you are going through the trouble of building in factory, why not build to a dimension that is appropriate for human habitation?With only 7 feet clear inside a built-out container, you are left with the building code minimum room width as your typical condition. It’s hardly an ideal width, and it is not difficult to ship wider modular units: modular home builders do it all the time.3. InsulationAll surfaces of the container need to be insulated, and this means either building a new set of walls on the inside or outside of the container. If walls are furred out on the interior, this is convenient for plumbing and electrical lines but it narrows the usable space of an already small box. It also allows for a huge amount of thermal bridging unless the floor is built up with insulation on the inside (which brings up a host of other problems). If the exterior is insulated it no longer looks like a container, and then you have to pay to clad the entire thing over the insulation. In either scenario you’re duplicating all of the walls that you started with. Improper insulation will result in heavy condensation on the inside of the metal exterior walls.4. StructureYou’ve seen the proposals with cantilevers everywhere. Containers stacked like Lego building blocks, or with one layer perpendicular to the next. Architects love stuff like this, just like they throw around usually misleading/meaningless phrases like “kit of parts.” Guess what — the second you don’t stack the containers on their corners, the structure that is built into the containers needs to be duplicated with heavy steel reinforcing. The rails at the top and the roof of the container are not structural at all (the roof of a container is light gauge steel, and will dent easily if you step on it). If you cut openings in the container walls, the entire structure starts to deflect and needs to be reinforced because the corrugated sides act like the flange of beam and once big pieces are removed, the beam stops working. All of this steel reinforcing is very expensive, and it’s the only way you can build a “double-wide.”5. StackingOne recent competition boasted that because containers can be stacked nine high, concrete floors could be provided every 9th floor with stacks of containers in between. That load still needs to travel down through the building, and still then requires columns. Those floors every ninth floor need to hold the entire weight of nine stories of building above, which makes it dubious that you’d really be saving much on structure. The foundation also needs to be built similarly to a “regular” site-built building, and this is one of the most expensive pieces. Stacking also requires a large crane and an area for staging the prefabricated container modules, which can be hard to arrange on a dense urban infill site.6. Utilities and mechanical systemsIn a large building, you’ll still need a lot of space to run utilities. Because of the problems with insulation mentioned above, you will need to install a very robust HVAC system to heat and cool the building (that Mumbai tower would literally be a deathtrap without cooling). You will have a hard time taking advantage of passive strategies like thermal mass if you maintain the container aesthetic. You’ll also end up with low ceilings, as even high cube containers are only 9-foot-6 in overall exterior height, so any ductwork or utilities start cutting in to headroom.7. RecyclingPart of the container narrative is that it’s “green” because we have a surplus of containers that can be reused. This is somewhat true, but in reality many existing container projects use brand new containers from China (which are still very cheap to buy). Used containers need to be thoroughly cleaned because there is a risk they may have been used to transport something toxic in the past.What you get with a container is cheap structure, if you can use the box basically as is. As soon as you remove anything (including the ends) you need to hire welders and buy steel. Architecture is more than structure, though, and structure on its own is not particularly expensive, especially when you are building a space as small as a shipping container, so the savings here are minimal. Relatively untrained people can build a room that size of simple wood framing in a day without needing to rent a crane or learning how to weld for about the same cost (or less) than buying a used container. Competition winner GA Designs had proposed the shipping container skyscraper as a solution to slum housing conditions in India. There are a number of glaring problems with this idea (some of which Llyod Alter takes on in a post on Treehugger). RELATED ARTICLES center_img Shipping Containers Turned Into ApartmentsMaison Idekit: The Container Home Evolves Q&A: Is Warren Thatcher’s “Build a container home” guide worthwhile? Q&A: Can I build a Passivhaus using recycled shipping containers? Q&A: What kind of insulation would you recommend for a 20′ shipping container being renovated into a home/studio space?Q&A: Low carbon and low cost? Planterwald Mark Hogan is an architect and the principal of OpenScope Studio in San Francisco. This post originally appeared at his website Markasaurus.last_img read more

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People with more than two children should not be given voting rights, govt benefits: Ramdev

first_imgYoga guru Baba Ramdev on January 23 called to revoke government benefits to those people who bear more than two children, and that such people should not be eligible to even vote. “Those who have more than 2 children, their voting rights should be taken away & they shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Don’t let them use govt schools, hospitals, & don’t give them govt jobs. Population will be controlled automatically,” said Ramdev.last_img

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Vulture conservation centre in U.P.

first_imgUttar Pradesh is set to get its first conservation centre for endangered vultures. And a Gau Sadan (cow conservation centre) built by the State government may have led to the selection of the village site for the vulture conservation in eastern U.P.’s Maharajganj district, according to an official.The Jatayu Conservation and Breeding Centre would be set up at Bhari Baisi village in Pharendra tehsil under the Gorakhpur Forest Division, the U.P. Information Department said in a statement.U.P. Principal Forest Conservator (Wildlife) Sunil Pandey said more than 100 vultures were spotted in the Maghwalia range of the Maharajganj Forest Division in August.A committee of vultures was also spotted close to a Gau Sadan built by the State government, said Mr. Pandey in a statement.“Since destitute animals are kept at the Gau Sadan and they die soon due to their age, it is natural for vultures to be spotted there due to availability of the dead animals,” said Mr. Pandey. “Due to this, Bhari Baisi village was selected [for the conservation centre],” he said.last_img read more

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Lady Warriors get newfound joy under Roque

first_imgView comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mary Ann Mendrez, who had 21 points against the Golden Tigresses, said Roque just let them have fun on the court.READ: Roque says Vicente left UE for ‘personal reasons’“Coach Roque just told us that we should always have fun, we shouldn’t let go of the enjoyment when we play,” said Mendrez in Filipino. “Because when you’re not having fun, you’ll just end up working miserably.”For libero Kath Arado, her dreams of changing the public’s perception of UE is slowly coming into fruition.“It started in the first game, I really wanted to change the peoples’ perception of UE,” said Arado in Filipino. “I’m really speechless right now, and with the help of the coaches and my teammates, we’re slowly changing our image.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It took Vicente 47 games to get to two wins but Roque, who is also UE’s athletic director, has steered the Lady Warriors on a journey that uses happiness and camaraderie as its fuel.The visibly jolly Lady Warriors defeated University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: UAAP Volleyball: UE pulls off another stunner, keeps UST skiddingRoque said that he fully embraced the Lady Warriors’ flaws when he took over the team back in late February and instilled a positive mindset on a squad that lost five straight games before he sat at the bench. Read Next “I noticed that they were scared of committing mistakes, and if you’re scared of committing those mistakes you’ll end up playing worse,” said Roque in Filipino.“Nobody’s perfect, and it’s normal to commit mistakes. What’s important is to get back up when you did something wrong and I saw that they’re doing that. That’s why I’m very happy, I love these ladies.”READ: UE upsets Adamson for 1st win Roque’s first order of business with the Lady Warriors was have them watch game tapes, something Vicente didn’t do.This off court study sessions gave another avenue for the Lady Warriors to build the camaraderie they needed to win their first string of two games since 2012.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ginebra seals semis spot, ousts Rain or Shine MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus In just his third game as University of the East’s interim head coach, Rod Roque has already matched the win total of his predecessor Francis Vicente.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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CWG 2014: Sukhen Dey gets India’s second gold, Ganesh Mali bags bronze

first_imgIndia’s Sukhen Dey has won the gold medal with a splendid lift in the clean and jerk. His compatriot Ganesh Mali took the bronze.Dey comfortably lifted 139 kg in his second attempt even as the other weightlifters made heavy weather of it.Dey, who won a silver behind Hamizan Aminul Ibrahim in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago with a total of 252 kg, ended up here with a total weight of 248 kg, leaving Malaysia’s ZMD Pisol with the silver and teammate Mali with the bronze with a total weight of 244.Incidentally, Srinivasa Rao, who won the bronze in Delhi, lifted 248 kg.last_img

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Shane Battier Says Dukies Always Have Two Brackets

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. This week’s show (March 11, 2016) was recorded in front of a live audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Neil Paine donned his Stat Man cape once again to lead a lesson about whether box score statistics in the NBA are outdated. Shane Battier, former NBA player and Duke legend, stopped by to talk about March Madness, how he picks a bracket, and why Duke players weren’t obsessed over what seed the team was assigned in the tournament when he was in school. Then we talked to Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, about whether the Rockets’ struggles this season have pushed him to re-evaluate his team-building strategy. Plus, a significant digit on 17-year-old Mallory Pugh, who is emerging as a star for the U.S. Women’s National Team.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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