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Survey Shows People No Longer Believe Working Hard Will Lead To A Better Life
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The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer – now in its 20th year – has found many people no longer believe working hard will give them a better life.

easyJet CEO questions need of PCR testing requirements
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easyJet CEO has big concerns about the need for PCR testing prior to flying into a low infection rate country.

Why is the deathbed perspective considered so valuable?
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Do deathbed regrets give us a special insight into what really matters in life? There are good reasons to be skeptical...

Opinion: Universal Basic Income is Superior to a $15 Minimum Wage
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The Basic Income Today Community was created to provide news and information and to further the discussion and debate about UBI.

I Miss Blogging
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Twitter and Facebook are not all bad, but they have changed how we think about the news of the world.

Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens?
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An eminent astrophysicist argues that signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life have appeared in our skies. What’s the evidence for his extraordinary claim?

Anesthesia Works on Plants Too, and We Don’t Know Why
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Humans have been using anesthesia for almost 175 years, but we’re still not sure how it works. Researchers have come at the problem from…

What Is Life?
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What is life? This question keeps many people awake at night and has led to rafts of definitions, some involving features (procreation, metabolism and so forth), some involving chemistry, entropy or energy flux and some are of a more philosophical bent. A BBC article noted there are over 100 definitions of life and it claims all are wrong. And indeed it does appear to be quite a challenge - every hard and fast rule is violated somewhere in biology.

The Life in 'The Simpsons' Is No Longer Attainable
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The most famous dysfunctional family of 1990s television enjoyed, by today’s standards, an almost dreamily secure existence.

Why You Should Hate Your Job
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Do you like your job? Maybe you do, but I think you should reevaluate. At the very least, I think you should be uncomfortable with the fact that you live in a system that compels you to have a job, particularly if that job is neither necessary for your own well-being nor the well-being of others. Thanks to advances in robotics and AI, we may be close to building a society in which work, as we currently know it, is no longer necessary for either of these things.

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
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The telephone swept into Americans’ lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to start conversations by saying, “Ahoy-hoy!” AT&T tried to prevent people from saying “hello,” arguing in Telephone Engineer magazine that it was rude.

Why software ends up complex
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Complexity in software, whether it’s a programming languages, an API, or a user interface, is generally regarded as a vice. And yet complexity is exceptionally common, even though no one ever sets out to build something complex. For people interested in building easy to use software, understanding the causes of complexity is critical. Fortunately, I believe there is a straightforward explanation.