Science from the Sky: NASA Renews Search for Antarctic Meteorites

Members of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program collect a carbonaceous chondrite meteorite from a glacial moraine at the base of Mt. Ward, Antarctica. / Christine Press Three federal entities, including NASA, are reaffirming their commitment to search for Antarctic meteorites, to help learn more about the primitive building blocks of the solar system[…]

Chinese Company Forces Employees to Eat Live Worms for Not Meeting Sales Target

11.15.2016 Photos by Weibo Chinese companies have been known to subject their employees to some of the most unusual and degrading punishments imaginable, but this latest one takes the cake. According to recent new reports, a company Hanzhong, Shaanxi province, decided to punish who failed to meet their sales targets by feeding them a disgusting cocktail of[…]

The Hopeful Thing About Our Ugly, Painful Polarization

Photo by Tony Webster Look to Norway and Sweden, where cooperative, socially democratic countries emerged after a frightening period of extreme polarization and social fracturing. By Greg Lakey / 11.14.2016 An artist’s drawing of the American body politic in 2016 might picture furrowed brow, hand-wringing, hunched shoulders. Anxiety abounds, when not overridden by anger. Our[…]

Speaking Tips for Artsy Introverts

At a Toastmasters meeting with Getty colleagues, practicing my power pose. / Photo: Sarah Waldorf By Michele Ciaccio / 11.14.2016 Managing Editor of Publications Getty Research Institute Three years ago the Getty formed a Toastmasters club, where staff members come together twice a month to practice something that scholars, editors, librarians, and many other introverts[…]

Four Steps to Feeling Better About Yourself

By Tchiki Davis / 11.15.2016 Conquering Negative Beliefs What gives you a sense of self-worth? Data from my well-being survey recently revealed that positive self-views (or feeling good about oneself, a general belief that we are good, worthwhile human beings) were the best predictor of happiness—even more so than 19 other emotional processes including gratitude[…]

Rep. Keith Ellison, Progressive Favorite, Announces Run for DNC Chair

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced Monday his candidacy to lead the DNC. (Photo: Center for American Progress/flickr/cc) ‘If given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives.’ By Jon Queally[…]