At the rate scientific data are vanishing — eighty percent within two decades — they will be valuable assets
‘Eighty percent of scientific data are lost within two decades, disappearing into old email addresses and obsolete storage devices, a Canadian study indicated.
‘The finding comes from a study tracking the accessibility of scientific data over time, conducted at the University of British Columbia…’
2013: The Year in Ideas
‘In 2013, TED published more than 250 talks, each with an idea worth spreading. And yet, certain ideas seemed to resonate throughout the year, as if speakers at different events were singing parts of the same choral symphony. As 2013 draws to a close, here is a look at some of the big ideas we parsed this year. Consider it the rousing finale to the year.
one of the ideas:
‘Identity can’t be as simple as ‘this’ or ‘that.’
“Human beings start putting each other into boxes the second they see each other,” iO Tillett Wright said in her talk back in January. She made the case that labels such as “gay” or “straight” are far too narrow and that for most people there’s a gray area. Others later picked up on this theme of broadening our perception of identity: At TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Pico Iyer described his identity as like stained glass — comprising fragments of India, England, the United States and Japan. For him, that makes the question, “Where is home?” incredibly complex. At the same event, Hetain Patel played on the idea with his performance “Who am I? Think again.” Meanwhile, artist Sue Austin showed how, while people may look at her and assume she is “disabled,” she actually feels incredibly free in her wheelchair. Free enough to dive underwater and dance amidst coral, in fact.’
21 Lessons You Wish They’d Taught in School
‘Over the course of your entire life, institutes of learning have been wasting your time. That’s why you need to pick up a copy of the De-Textbook and allow us to dispel some of the myths that have been engrained in your brain matter. And while you wait for your copy to arrive, check out the lessons our readers wished they learned in school instead of the malarkey they were taught…’
When Should You Tell Your Boss About a Coworker’s Inappropriate Office Behavior?
One non-office worker even asked for my advice if she should tell on her friend colleague
‘Tattling: ratting out a coworker so you look better; always mentioning every single time they slack off or make a personal call at work.
Telling: expressing your discomfort or concern about when you witness something that could hurt the company’s reputation.
‘Many employees believe telling makes others see you as having loose lips and being untrustworthy. But the truth is, with enough cause, people will support you and intervene to help you resolve the situation in order to protect the company…’
Below are five ways to know when it’s clear you should tell your boss