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Lookism: beauty still trumps brains in too many workplaces

How to get ahead. Ines Bazdar

How to get ahead. Ines Bazdar Christopher Warhurst, University of Warwick and Dennis Nickson, University of Strathclyde Universities position themselves as places where brains matter. It seems strange then that students at a US university would rate attractive academics to be better teachers. This was the finding of a recent paper from the University of Memphis, which concluded that female …

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Bitcoin: the UK and US are clamping down on crypto trading – here’s why it’s not yet a big deal

Where there’s a bit there’s a writ. Novikov Aleksey

Where there’s a bit there’s a writ. Novikov Aleksey Gavin Brown, University of Liverpool The sale and promotion of derivatives of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to amateur investors is being banned in the UK by the financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is a further blow to the burgeoning cryptocurrency market, coming days after the US authorities indicted …

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How businesses need to get creative if they want to survive coronavirus – and any other crisis in future

One Scottish restaurant company quickly devised a home dining experience during lockdown. www.sixbynico.co.uk, Author provided

One Scottish restaurant company quickly devised a home dining experience during lockdown. www.sixbynico.co.uk, Author provided Julie C. Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University Walk around any town or city this autumn and you will find a range of shuttered businesses next door to others which have continued to operate during the pandemic. Some have responded rapidly with agility and creativity throughout 2020, …

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Pandemic crushes Guyana’s dreams of big oil profits as ‘resource curse’ looms over oil-producing nations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana’s president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the tiny South American country. AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana’s president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the tiny South American country. AFP via Getty Images Amy Myers Jaffe, Tufts University This year was supposed to bring great things for Guyana. ExxonMobil discovered massive oil deposits off the South American country’s Caribbean coast in …

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لماذا تقيم الشركات العالمية لموظفيها مبان ضخمة ومكلفة؟

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أوغستين تشافيز و دي.جيه هوباتس باحثان في مجال التصميم الهندسي صدر الصورة،GETTY IMAGES تشيد شركات التكنولوجيا العملاقة مثل “آبل” مقار كبيرة ومُكلفة بشكل هائل. لكن فكرة إقامة مثل هذه المقار، التي تُبنى على طراز الجامعات، ليست جديدة، وإنما تستخدمها الشركات منذ عقود. يتذكر كل من قرأ رواية “ذا سيركل” أو (الدائرة) للكاتب دايف ايغرز تلك اللحظة التي زارت فيها بطلتها …

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كيف نواجه ظاهرة “تسكع” الموظفين على الإنترنت؟

إيميلي لو-كالفيرلي، وراتشيل غريف باحثتان في علم النفس على الإنترنت صدر الصورة،GETTY IMAGES إذا كنت تمارس في عملك بعض الأنشطة على شبكة الإنترنت لا تتعلق بمهام العمل، مثل متابعة مواقع التسوق الإلكتروني، أو تصفح موقع فيسبوك لقراءة تعليقات الآخرين على صورك الحديثة، فأنت متهم بما يعرف بـ “التسكع على الإنترنت” خلال العمل. ويعد ذلك المصطلح، الذي يعني الانخراط في أنشطة …

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It’s time for states that grew rich from oil, gas and coal to figure out what’s next

A surface coal mine in Gillette, Wyoming, photographed in 2008. Greg Goebel/Flickr, CC BY-SA

A surface coal mine in Gillette, Wyoming, photographed in 2008. Greg Goebel/Flickr, CC BY-SA Bradley Handler, Colorado School of Mines; Matt Henry, University of Wyoming, and Morgan Bazilian, Colorado School of Mines These are very challenging times for U.S. fossil fuel-producing states, such as Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota. The COVID-19 economic downturn has reduced energy demand, with uncertain prospects …

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