This Week on Big Think: A Smart Guide to the Working Life
Short of kidnapping your boss or stealing all the loose executive bonus money out there, what are some ways you can survive this job market? Big Think bucks the recession.
It's Darwinian out there to be sure, but it's all the more reason to explore this fascinating time in the way the world works, or doesn't. We'll take a stab at answering:
Is this work-more-for-less mentality really helping anyone?
Are master's degrees worth the paper they are printed on?
Are taller people more likely to be fat cats?
Why is the Texas labor market charging ahead like a herd of steer?
Will Americans march for jobs like the rest of the world?
If there are any other areas thinkers want covered, let us know.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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