Summary of “10 Incredible Websites That Teach Business Leadership Skills for Free”

This year, more universities have started offering massive open online courses for free.
University System of Georgia’s Six Sigma Online CoursesSix Sigma has been a popular course of study across online educational providers as it equips business professionals with a set of efficient management techniques to transform them into unicorn business leaders.
EDXLike Coursera, EDX has partnered with both universities and non-academic institutions to provide you with self-paced courses that target business areas you might want to dive into.
Courses include “Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies” and “ContractsX2017.” Taking a certificate course from Harvard University? Not a bad way to start your workweek.
Courses include communication for managers, organizational behavior, and business ethics.
Canvas’s free online courses include topics such as quantitative academic finance, project management process, applied investing, and global human capital trends.
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaFor more focus on startups and small-business management, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offers a selection of courses ranging from management development, market insight and research to strategic planning and execution.
The site also offers insightful reviews from learners who have gone through the courses offered to help you choose the best online course for your business needs.

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Summary of “The comeback of cursive: A new generation finds the tactile joys of an old-school art”

Francesca Curatilo attended three camps this summer: wilderness, martial arts and – in the final days before the start of school – cursive.
In the classroom pantheon of Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, cursive was the writing.
In the early 20th century, cursive was sometimes taught for an hour each day, and all the way through high school, as an almost military exercise.
Because cursive required a level of fine-motor skills not typically accessible before third grade, printing was embraced as a way to get younger children to express themselves through writing.
Campers seemed to luxuriate in the tactile activities, the way cursive allowed them to rarely raise their pens from paper, an entire word recorded in a few swooping strokes.
Johnson isn’t required to teach cursive during the school year but sometimes adds it to the curriculum after she’s met the state testing requirements.
“Society has gotten nervous about deviating from what is the norm,” she said, and cursive “Tends to make a comeback when conformity is threatened.”
“Where is cursive really, really big? Christian home schooling and places like Louisiana.” But also the New York City schools, which last year encouraged, but didn’t mandate, teaching script.

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Summary of “Why Socks Help You Sleep Better”

To understand why, you first need to grasp the relationship between core body temperature and sleep.
During daylight hours, the human body hums along at an average temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your core body temperature dips as much as 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of six or seven hours of sleep.
The faster you can lower the core body temperature, the faster you will fall asleep.
One of the ways that your body regulates its temperature is through blood vessels in your skin.
If the brain decides the body is too hot, it will dilate blood vessels, redistributing warmer blood from the body’s core through the rest of the body to cool it down.
Researchers have shown that warming the feet before going to sleep using a warm foot bath or by wearing socks promotes vasodilation, which in turn lowers the body’s core temperature faster than going to sleep with cold, bare feet.
Inside the PO/AH is a type of neuron called a warm-sensitive neuron that increases its firing rate when there’s a temperature difference between the body’s core and extremities like the feet.

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Summary of “Brazil’s Museum Fire: 200 Years of Work Lost”

Over the past five years, the museum faced severe cuts and didn’t even receive its full allotted funds from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
“For many years, we fought with different governments to get adequate resources to preserve what is now completely destroyed,” Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte, the museum’s deputy director, has said.
The museum’s herbarium, its main library, and some of its vertebrates were housed in a different building that was untouched by the fire.
These reportedly account for just 10 percent of the museum’s collection.
For comparison, the remaining 90 percent includes twice as many specimens as the entire British Museum.
Museum staff carried out whatever they could by hand, including parts of the mollusk collection.
The museum’s archeological collection had frescoes from Pompeii, and hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, including a 2,700-year-old painted sarcophagus.
Older still was the museum’s rich trove of fossils, from crocodile relatives like Pepesuchus to one of the oldest relatives of today’s scorpions.

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Summary of “How to Buy Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Clothing on a Budget”

Brands across the fashion industry learned how to make and sell products at rock bottom prices.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve written extensively about how our clothes are damaging the earth and harming human beings in other countries, and I’ve been finding brands that are fighting back against the status quo to create clothes in a more responsible way.
Until more consumers feel they can afford to buy clothes from values-driven socially conscious brands, it is hard to fundamentally change the problems in the fashion industry.
If you’re in the market for a swimsuit or workout clothes, I would suggest looking at sustainable brands that use polyester made from recycled bottles pulled out of the ocean, rather than virgin polyester made from petroleum.
The good news is that there are some innovative brands on the market now creating sustainable shoes using the most cutting-edge methods.
The brand is a certified B Corporation that uses sustainable materials in every part of the shoe.
Online retailers like Thred Up and Poshmark allow you to search for brands and products you like and buy them for a fraction of what you would pay for new items.
The brand rents organic cotton T-shirts that are made in the most sustainable method possible for prices as low as $12 a month for three shirts of different styles and colors.

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Summary of “Nike’s Big Gamble on Colin Kaepernick”

For the past two years, Nike has kept Colin Kaepernick on the bench despite an endorsement partnership that dates back to 2011.
Kaepernick’s protest made him hugely controversial, and during the past two years, Nike hasn’t used the former 49ers quarterback as a spokesman even though he was under contract.
On Monday, Nike introduced Kaepernick as the face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, kicking off a new deal worth millions of dollars, comparable to the most lucrative deals Nike gives out to NFL players.
Kaepernick is suing the NFL, a Nike partner, alleging he’s been blacklisted for inspiring a wave of protests.
He’s misreading the situation if he thinks that Nike re-signed Kaepernick for political reasons.
Kaepernick and Reid aren’t the only people in this story who are suing former employers-in August, four women who used to work at Nike headquarters filed a class-action lawsuit that said Nike systematically paid women less than men and turned a blind eye to sexual harassment.
Maybe Nike figures that the far right is going to throw a tantrum no matter what the NFL and its corporate partners do, and if that’s going to happen they might as well sell some athleisure to people who don’t find Kaepernick’s message of racial equality offensive.
Nike betting on Kaepernick is encouraging for those of us who find his message not only inoffensive but worthy.

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Summary of “The #1 Office Perk? Natural Light”

In a research poll of 1,614 North American employees, we found that access to natural light and views of the outdoors are the number one attribute of the workplace environment, outranking stalwarts like onsite cafeterias, fitness centers, and premium perks including on-site childcare.
Over a third of employees feel that they don’t get enough natural light in their workspace.
47% of employees admit they feel tired or very tired from the absence of natural light or a window at their office, and 43% report feeling gloomy because of the lack of light.
Amazon’s Spheres relies on the premise that natural light, plant life, and healthy activities such as walking reduce employee stress and improve job satisfaction more so than a standard office building.
Some European Union countries mandate employee proximity to windows as part of their national building code! This is because they realize that an absence of natural light hurts overall employee experience, up and down the organization.
The Future Workplace Employee Experience Study found 78% of employees say access to natural light and views improves their wellbeing and 70% report improved work performance.
Having access to natural light can have a bottom-line impact on your employees’ work performance, wellbeing and engagement.
As companies increasingly look to empower their employees to work better and be healthier, it is clear that placing them in office spaces with the optimal amount of natural light should be one of their first considerations.

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Summary of “Rocket woman: How to cook curry and get a spacecraft into Mars orbit”

Can you guide a spacecraft into orbit around Mars and cook for eight people morning and night? Yes, if you get up at 5am, and your name is BP Dakshayani.
Four years ago, the picture of a group of women in saris celebrating as an Indian spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit shone a light on the role played by women in the country’s space programme – among them BP Dakshayani.
A year after she began working at Isro, her parents arranged her marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Dr Manjunath Basavalingappa – which meant that she suddenly had a household to run.
Her voice is full of enthusiasm as she talks about how she juggled home and work life, how much she enjoyed her work and how solving problems gave her happiness.
As she brings out tea and delicious snacks, the couple talk about the decades they’ve spent together, about how they have supported each other in tough times and how their relationship and respect for each other has grown over the years.
“Sometimes I would go to work on Saturdays and he thought maybe that was because I was not doing my work properly,” she says.
Today, Dr Basavalingappa says he is incredibly proud of his wife and what she has achieved by her hard work – the Mars mission, for example, and the “Space recovery project” where Dakshayani calculated how to ensure that a space capsule returning to Earth would not burn up on re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere, and could be safely recovered at sea.
Dr Basavalingappa explains that as a doctor, his working day often stretches up to 18 hours, while his wife mostly worked office hours.

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Summary of “The Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed and the Trumpian Corruption of Language and the Media”

Let’s get the obvious points out of the way first: the anonymous Op-Ed published by the Times on Wednesday was a ploy by someone who wants to distance himself from what he perceives to be an imperilled Administration, while capitalizing on whatever credibility and popularity the Presidency still retains.
Only the day before the Op-Ed was published, excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” added to the ever-accumulating picture of chaos, mendacity, fear, embattlement, and contempt for the President even within his senior staff.
While the content of the anonymous Op-Ed is not newsworthy, in the sense of providing new information, the fact of its publication certainly is.
The article asserts that the country is, to some extent, governed not by the President but by a group of people who have taken it upon themselves to moderate, modify, and even block the President’s actions, or, as the anonymous author puts it, his “Worst inclinations.” We suspected as much-Woodward, for one, described how the former economic adviser Gary Cohn swiped documents from Trump’s desk, lest he act on them precipitously.
By publishing the anonymous Op-Ed, the Times became complicit in its own corruption.
The way in which the news media are being corrupted-even an outlet like the Times, which continues to publish remarkable investigative work throughout this era-is one of the most insidious, pronounced, and likely long-lasting effects of the Trump Administration.
The media are being corrupted every time they engage with a nonsensical, false, or hateful Trump tweet.
The anonymous Op-Ed was a corrupting event not only because the Times allowed itself to become the keeper of a secret that shouldn’t be kept but also because it was a remarkable example of the Trumpian corruption of political language.

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