Wednesday, September 29, 2010

As U.S. troops leave Iraq, an officer honors the memory of a young interpreter

Blake Hall, co-founder of TroopSwap.com and a retired Army captain, wrote a powerful article about translators who are helping our military abroad.

If you have a chance to read one thing this week, read this Washington Post article.

Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

Read the NY Times article here. (Thanks, Claire)

One-Night Stands Explained: Men Prefer Hot Bods to Pretty Faces

Read the Time article here. (Thanks, Scott)

LearnVest Connects Financial Literacy to a New Generation of Women

"The LearnVest team is adopting ideas from the likes of Weight Watchers and DailyCandy to help young women improve their fiscal fitness."

This was noteworthy:
In major U.S. cities, women in their twenties are out-earning their male counterparts -- the gap is as much as 17% in New York and 20% in Dallas. And yet, when dealing with money musts such as staying out of debt and planning for retirement, many young women have no idea where to start.
Read the rest of the FastCompany blogpost here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The 3,000-Mile Oil Change Is Pretty Much History

Turns out cars bought in the past 7 or so years often don't need an oil change for 5,000 -- or even 10,000 -- miles. Read the NY Times article here.

The End of Men

"Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences."
Read the Atlantic article here. (Thanks, Claire)

Favorite Children

(Thanks, Cassie)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

"Psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong." Read the NY Times article here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Curious Case of USASpending.gov's Missing $1.3 Trillion

Hmmm $1.4 trillion dollars is quite a lot:
The Obama administration is committed to transparency, at least in theory. To track the mountains of cash we're spending on contracts, wars, programs, initiatives, and stimulus packages, the government launched USASpending.gov, a tool designed to help the public understand where our tax dollars are heading. And where is all that federal spending going? Not to USAspending.gov, where an estimated $1.3 trillion worth of data is missing or wrong. If only there were a website for tracking cash missing from the cash-tracking site....
Read the FastCompany article here.

Tony Hayward Out at BP; Don't Be Surprised If They Pick a Woman to Replace Him

Read more about the "Glass Cliff" phenomenon here at FastCompany.

Dan and Chip Heath Say Nix Ambiguity and Focus for Lasting Change

Behavioral economists have uncovered some new findings on the human aversion to ambiguity:
...Imagine that you have two items on your to-do list. One is "pick up AAA batteries." The other is "deal with tax issues." Guess which one is still unchecked four weeks later? (Or, if you are Willie Nelson, six years later.) Clarity begets action...
Read the FastCompany article here.

8 of the Most Toxic Energy Projects on the Planet

Read the FastCompany article here.

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .