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How on-call and irregular scheduling harm the American workforce

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imageAbercrombie says it will no longer require employees to be constantly on call. Reuters

As we head into the holiday weekend, many of us know with certainty what days and hours we’ll be working over the coming week. We’ll enjoy September 7 in honor of Labor Day and then return to our offices first thing Tuesday...

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'The greatest man in the world': on the 50th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer's death

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In 1947, Time magazine dubbed him “the greatest man in the world.” He was one of the world’s most famous organists, whose scholarly studies of Bach remain definitive today. As a theologian, he produced groundbreaking studies of the historical Jesus and the...

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How do academic prodigies spend their time and why does that matter?

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imageNature or nurture?Madhavi Kuram, CC BY-NC-ND

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field.

So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently...

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Labor 2.0: why we shouldn't fear the 'sharing economy' and the reinvention of work

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Uber suffered a legal blow this week when a California judge granted class action status to a lawsuit claiming the car-hailing service treats its drivers like employees, without providing the necessary benefits.

Up to 160,000 Uber chauffeurs are now eligible to...

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In Alaska, it's always been Denali

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imageThe tallest mountain in the US is again called DenaliJonathan Ernst/REUTERS

For most Alaskans, there’s only one name for the mountain known as Denali.

Reestablishing this original place name, as President Obama did this week by executive order, honors the first peoples of the region, who have been connected to this...

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The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help

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Heroin use and dependence have grown dramatically in the US over the last decade. Between 2002-2004 and 2011-2013, past-year use increased by 62.5% and abuse/dependence by 90%. And the demographics of heroin use have changed as well. Over a decade ago, heroin was...

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With NFL's claim to absolute authority struck down, what happens next?

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imageAccording to Judge Richard Berman, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can no longer 'dispense his own brand of industrial justice.'Brendan McDermid/Reuters

In a forceful, wide-ranging decision issued Thursday, federal judge Richard Berman issued a strong rebuke of the NFL’s disciplinary authority and procedures, vacating...

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How we found out there are three trillion trees on Earth

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imageSatellites weren't enough to get a global number. nosha/flickr, CC BY-SA

Trees occupy much of the Earth’s land surface. Many of us interact with them on a daily basis, whether driving down a rural country road, back-country skiing, or having a picnic in a city park. Whether large and small, trees play a wide range of...

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