Knowing when a task is going to end makes us better at it

Our desire to engage in more interesting activities may have something to do with it.

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Deadlines, though stressful, can be a pretty good motivator. Knowing you have to submit some work by a particular date can make it easier to get things done; you simply have to get on with it.
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Scientists discover how to use time crystals to power superconductors

Physicists propose using time crystals to bring about a quantum computing revolution.

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  • A team of scientists proposes using time crystals to power topological superconductors.
  • The approach could lead to error-free quantum computers.
  • Time crystals appear to break laws of physics.
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Thinking about past generations could help us tackle climate change

Researchers call this "intergenerational reciprocity."

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Rhetoric around climate change often calls on us to think of future generations: if we don't suffer the effects, then our children and our children's children will.

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Hiring hack: How to better evaluate your candidates

What's key to successfully expanding your team? A leader who can hire smarter, not faster.

  • In business, the role of a leader is often misunderstood.
  • A true leader takes care of their people, especially when considering new hires.
  • Leaders should take hiring decisions as seriously as adoption. Protecting the culture you've cultivated is more important than acquiring skills.
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#1: A mind-blowing explanation of the speed of light | Top 10 2019

We have arrived: Big Think's most popular video of 2019 tells us light exists outside of time.

  • Taking the #1 spot on Big Think's 2019 top 10 countdown, NASA's Michelle Thaller reminds us the only things that travel at the speed of light are photons.
  • Nothing with any mass at all can travel at the speed of light because as it gets closer and closer to the speed of light, its mass increases. And if it were actually traveling at the speed of light, it would have an infinite mass.
  • Light does not experience space or time. It's not just a speed going through something. All of the universe shifts around this constant, the speed of light. Time and space itself stop when you go that speed.
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