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Better reskilling can future-proof jobs in the age of automation. Enter SkillUp's new coalition.

Outplacement is an underperforming $5 billion dollar industry. A new non-profit coalition by SkillUp intends to disrupt it. More and more Americans will be laid off in years to come due to automation. Those people need to reorient their career paths and reskill in a way that protects their long-term livelihood. SkillUp brings together technology and...

LIVE TOMORROW| Penn Jillette: The year that shattered America's illusions

Add event to your calendar The year 2020 will go down in history as one that shook our inner and outer worlds. In this Big Think Live session, magician, author, and cultural critic Penn Jillette will discuss the giant upheavals of 2020 through the lens of what he knows best: illusions. Which social, personal, and governmental illusions...

LIVE TOMORROW| Penn Jillette: The year that shattered America's illusions

Add event to your calendar The year 2020 will go down in history as one that shook our inner and outer worlds. In this Big Think Live session, magician, author, and cultural critic Penn Jillette will discuss the giant upheavals of 2020 through the lens of what he knows best: illusions. Which social, personal, and governmental illusions...

Do we really date based on our own ideals?

Two separate scientific studies suggest that our "ideals" don't really match what we look for in a romantic partner.Results of studies like these can change the way we date, especially in the online world. "You say you want these three attributes and you like the people who possess these attributes. But the story doesn't end there," says Paul Eastwick,...

Is mask-shaming effective?

NYU associate professor Jennifer Jacquet writes that effective shaming can be a powerful tool for social change. Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, law and psychology professor at the University of Penn, believes shame is useless in the case of the pandemic. The politicization of the coronavirus takes our attention away from the failure of the administration. I can...

These 7 items make working remotely more efficient and effective

Spotify, Twitter, and Square all announced employees will work from home until at least 2021, perhaps indefinitely. The pandemic just accelerated the process: 50% of American employees were expected to work remotely by 2028. Workers are adjusting to their new employment reality on couches and kitchen tables across the nation. While many uncomfortable...

Learn to think like an engineer with the help of these courses

Engineering is the foundation of society, from physical infrastructure to every device in your possession.Electrical engineering is one of the most in-demand occupations in the technological age.The Mathematics for Engineers Prep Bundle teaches you how to think like an engineer.Have you ever felt like you're just not good at math? Many people feel they...

Here's an environmentally friendly way to get your caffeine fix

The massive increase in single-use coffee pods has led to an environmental catastrophe. Plastic pods are notorious for their inability to break down in landfills.Thankfully, a new wave of eco-friendly compostable pods is coming to the market. Between 2005 and 2018, the coffee pod market grew from less than 1 percent of American users to over 41 percent....

Century-old vaccine may lower coronavirus deaths, finds new study

A new study finds a country's tuberculosis BCG vaccination is linked to its COVID-19 mortality rate.More BCG vaccinations is connected to fewer severe coronavirus cases in a country.The study is preliminary and more research is needed to support the findings.Preliminary findings from a new study show that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), a vaccine...

Human brains remember certain words more easily than others

Researchers have found that some basic words appear to be more memorable than others.Some faces are also easier to commit to memory.Scientists suggest that these words serve as semantic bridges when the brain is searching for a memory.Cognitive psychologist Weizhen Xie (Zane) of the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)...

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