3 benefits of working remotely

The standard face-to-face team is inefficient for employees and employers alike.

ERICA DHAWAN: There's a common misconception that a face to face team will be more productive than a virtual or remote team, but actually that's not true: remote and virtual teams can be just as successful.
Here are three key benefits of being part of a remote team that you can share with your boss.
Number one, remote teams save time. How much time do you spend going to the office everyday walking around, trying to fix your laptop, trying to take calls, dealing with inefficiencies, walking down the hall? In many ways remote teams will allow you to reduce a lot of that inefficient day time that you spend not actually doing productive work. It allows you to work from home, to work from wherever you might be and in different geographical regions and contribute through our connected digital tools.
The second benefit of a remote team is it saves you money in your company. How much money do we spend on the annual big corporate event to bring everyone together? We all know that's important and those are useful things, but we can't always do that all the time. It's not practical, especially if we're leading global teams around the world. So leading a remote team will allow you to save a lot of that traditional money you spend on travel and bring your team together to fund the most important things, trust and teambuilding activities that may be virtual, ways of sharing stories with one another, one on one time with one another.
The third benefit of leading a remote team is that you get the ability to bring the best and the brightest truly together. There is a huge immense wealth of expertise and knowledge around the world, but often times, and for the last series of years, we've thought about only enabling people who are traditional employees who come to our offices to be able to contribute to our own companies. And what a remote team will allow you to do is find those that are the true experts not just in your region, in your city, but around the world that will allow you to bring those best and brightest together to generate the solutions for your organization.

  • A common misconception is that remote teams are not as productive. That is simply not true.
  • While there are pros to having everyone in a centralized location and on the same schedule, a major benefit of having employees work remotely is that it saves time and money.
  • Having a remote team also gives companies more freedom to hire employees based on skill, not proximity.




China's "artificial sun" sets new record for fusion power

China has reached a new record for nuclear fusion at 120 million degrees Celsius.

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This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink.

China wants to build a mini-star on Earth and house it in a reactor. Many teams across the globe have this same bold goal --- which would create unlimited clean energy via nuclear fusion.

But according to Chinese state media, New Atlas reports, the team at the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) has set a new world record: temperatures of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds.

Yeah, that's hot. So what? Nuclear fusion reactions require an insane amount of heat and pressure --- a temperature environment similar to the sun, which is approximately 150 million degrees C.

If scientists can essentially build a sun on Earth, they can create endless energy by mimicking how the sun does it.

If scientists can essentially build a sun on Earth, they can create endless energy by mimicking how the sun does it. In nuclear fusion, the extreme heat and pressure create a plasma. Then, within that plasma, two or more hydrogen nuclei crash together, merge into a heavier atom, and release a ton of energy in the process.

Nuclear fusion milestones: The team at EAST built a giant metal torus (similar in shape to a giant donut) with a series of magnetic coils. The coils hold hot plasma where the reactions occur. They've reached many milestones along the way.

According to New Atlas, in 2016, the scientists at EAST could heat hydrogen plasma to roughly 50 million degrees C for 102 seconds. Two years later, they reached 100 million degrees for 10 seconds.

The temperatures are impressive, but the short reaction times, and lack of pressure are another obstacle. Fusion is simple for the sun, because stars are massive and gravity provides even pressure all over the surface. The pressure squeezes hydrogen gas in the sun's core so immensely that several nuclei combine to form one atom, releasing energy.

But on Earth, we have to supply all of the pressure to keep the reaction going, and it has to be perfectly even. It's hard to do this for any length of time, and it uses a ton of energy. So the reactions usually fizzle out in minutes or seconds.

Still, the latest record of 120 million degrees and 101 seconds is one more step toward sustaining longer and hotter reactions.

Why does this matter? No one denies that humankind needs a clean, unlimited source of energy.

We all recognize that oil and gas are limited resources. But even wind and solar power --- renewable energies --- are fundamentally limited. They are dependent upon a breezy day or a cloudless sky, which we can't always count on.

Nuclear fusion is clean, safe, and environmentally sustainable --- its fuel is a nearly limitless resource since it is simply hydrogen (which can be easily made from water).

With each new milestone, we are creeping closer and closer to a breakthrough for unlimited, clean energy.

The science of sex, love, attraction, and obsession

The symbol for love is the heart, but the brain may be more accurate.

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  • Dr. Fisher, professor Ted Fischer, and psychiatrist Gail Saltz explain the different types of love, explore the neuroscience of love and attraction, and share tips for sustaining relationships that are healthy and mutually beneficial.

U.S. Navy controls inventions that claim to change "fabric of reality"

Inventions with revolutionary potential made by a mysterious aerospace engineer for the U.S. Navy come to light.

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  • U.S. Navy holds patents for enigmatic inventions by aerospace engineer Dr. Salvatore Pais.
  • Pais came up with technology that can "engineer" reality, devising an ultrafast craft, a fusion reactor, and more.
  • While mostly theoretical at this point, the inventions could transform energy, space, and military sectors.
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There never was a male fertility crisis

A new study suggests that reports of the impending infertility of the human male are greatly exaggerated.

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  • A new review of a famous study on declining sperm counts finds several flaws.
  • The old report makes unfounded assumptions, has faulty data, and tends toward panic.
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