Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone.

 People you disagree with seem more reasonable when you can hear their voice, according to a study by UC Berkeley and University of Chicago researchers. This is likely because when we hear another person’s voice, we acknowledge their humanity — something that’s easier to disregard through writing. While texting and emailing may seem easier, for tough conversations, a human touch can go a long way. (Washington Post)


To combat sexual harassment, learn to spot the symptoms

As the high-profile scandals, resignations, and firings pile up, the work world has been forced to recognize its failure to address harassment. But this problem is not born in a vacuum. There are several warning signs that can alert a company that’s it’s time to make changes, writes Stanford sociologist Marianne Cooper. Studies show that companies led by all-male teams, that are overly hierarchical, and that do not take swift action against harassers are in danger. Cooper notes that men are less likely to spot harassment, significant power divides tend to silence victims, and the lack of immediate consequences for harassers sends a message that reporting such behavior can bring victims more harm. (The Atlantic)


Within the next 15 years, nearly 15% of the global workforce may need to switch jobs

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, they predict that by 2030, 75 million to 375 million workers will change occupation categories; another 400 to 800 million could be displaced by automation and need new jobs entirely. This will mark the biggest labor shift since the early 1900s. While new jobs will be created in the coming years, workers may not have the necessary skills to transition into these roles. As highly repeatable tasks become increasingly automated, soft skills — critical thinking, communication, and collaboration abilities — will become essential. (McKinsey Global Institute)


Space companies are stuck in red tape on the home planet

Startups like Moon Express and Planetary Resources want to turn space into a profit center via mining operations and other efforts, but a 50-year old treaty may stand in their way. The Outer Space Treaty, which dialed down the arms race between the US and the Soviet Union, doesn’t specify what companies can and cannot do in space. It stuck to basics: No nation can claim ownership over a celestial body and space assets should be used for peaceful purposes. Now that companies have the means to reach the stars, governments need to pave a regulatory path to the final frontier. (New York Times)


First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

This past weekend, it came out that a woman in the US gave birth thanks to a uterus transplant – the first time that’s happened in the US. The landmark birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott & White. The birth is the first in the hospital’s ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial. Women who participate in the trial have what’s called absolute uterine factor infertility (AUI), which means their uterus is non-functioning or nonexistent. Most of the women in the trial have a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome — and have lived their entire lives under the assumption that they would never be able to be pregnant or give birth to a baby. The procedure could also work for women with other medical issues, such as certain cancers.Since 2014, a few women in Sweden have given birth after successful uterus transplants. This birth is giving hope to tens of thousands of women in the US who are candidates for the transplant. Because they either were born without uteruses or had to have them taken out due to cancer or other complications. Now, they might be able to give birth on their own. (Time)


A South Carolina man out for a midnight snack took matters into his own hands at Waffle House

Alex Bowen said he couldn’t sleep, was hungry, and slightly drunk, when he went to the restaurant early Thursday. But when he arrived, there were no other customers in sight – and no employee, either. After waiting about 10 minutes for someone to show up, Bowen went outside to look around. When he still couldn’t find anyone to take – or make – his order, he got on the grill himself. “Walked back in and waited a few more minutes and then it was go time,” Bowen laughed. He documented the adventure on his Facebook page, after he found the lone employee on duty asleep at a table and snapped a picture. From there, Bowen took selfies of himself behind the restaurant’s counter, frying bacon and stacking pickles on a slice of bread for what he said was a “double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles.” Not one to be a rude guest, Bowen said when he was done, he “cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out.” According to his Facebook page, Bowen is a 26-year-old Army veteran and father. Taking kitchen duties into his own hands isn’t normally in his nature. “I give all the credit to my old friend vodka. I wouldn’t normally have done that” he said. Bowen said he went back to the restaurant later on Thursday (11/30) and gave an employee $5 for his sandwich, which he didn’t pay for during his first visit. A woman who says she works at the restaurant, but wasn’t on duty Thursday (11/30) morning commented on Bowen’s photo, expressing her displeasure with his adventure. She said the employee that was asleep was off the clock and had just finished a shift and the employees on duty were outside. No word from Waffle House’s corporate offices about the matter. (WIST TV)


Homeless Las Vegas man saves two children from burning apartment

Last Friday morning (12/1), Anival Angulo was walking a quiet back street in Las Vegas and noticed smoke rising from the squat beige apartment at the far end of the block. As he got closer, he saw the dark haze billowing out of the doors and heard children screaming. That’s when the 36-year-old homeless man sprang into action, jumping over a gate and rushing toward the sound of the cries. A 3-year-old girl was standing behind a locked security door on the side of the unit, unable to open it. Angulo pulled at the steel door enough to “bend it upward,” officials said. Eventually, the deadbolt unlatched and the door opened. The little girl ran to him and wrapped her arms around his waist. Through the thickening smoke, Angulo could make out an infant’s leg on the floor. He dashed back, pulling a 10-month-old baby out of the burning apartment, then moved both children away from the building. Soon after, firefighters arrived and had the blaze contained after about 10 minutes. Both children were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation. Fire officials called Angulo a hero and praised his quick reactions. “It’s obvious if this person hadn’t been there, these children could have been burned or may have been killed in the fire,” Tim Szymanski, of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said. “His action certainly saved the children’s life,” the fire department added in a Facebook post about the incident. (News 3 Las Vegas)


How’s Your Tubular Tuesday Going? Here’s some reasons why it should be better:

*Bathtub Party Day
*Columbian International Day of The Reef
*International Ninja Day
*International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
*National Sacher Torte Day
*Special Kids Day
*World Soil Day
*World Trick Shot Day (First Tuesday in December)

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