A lack of diversity in a startup's workforce is a key indicator that the business is not a true meritocracy, says Aubrey Blanche, global head of diversity and belonging for Atlassian. Startups that want to make real progress must examine their goals, improve the recruiting process and recognize the importance of making employees feel a sense of belonging.
Knowing how to balance the talents of a generationally diverse workforce that includes digital natives and Baby Boomers can help managers address skills gaps in their organizations, writes Christopher T.S. Harvey. Offer leadership and other skills training to younger employees and offer near-retirement workers a phased retirement option, he suggests.
Presentations and public speaking are forms of storytelling, and thus should have characters, conflict and conclusions, among other traits, writes Stephen Welch. Don't forget to connect the story to lessons the audience can apply elsewhere.
Conquer nervousness by focusing on the value of the content of your speech, rather than worrying about less important things, such as flubbing words or whether your shirt is tucked in properly. Good eye contact and smiles go a long way in engaging your audience and making you feel more relaxed, Elle Kaplan points out.
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A robot developed at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has shown that it can accurately replicate, albeit slowly, the motions of a human construction worker. The HRP-5P robot demonstrates how such mechanisms may one day emerge from assembly lines to replace human workers in complex environments like building sites.
Rolls-Royce is developing several types of tiny robots, including some with endoscopic functionality, to inspect and maintain the insides of jet engines. Technologies under review include robots that crawl through machinery to inspect it, periscope-esque robots that are installed inside engines and create visual data, and robots that are controlled remotely by engineers to carry out repairs.
The number of women teaching science, technology, engineering and math courses has grown from 43% of STEM subjects taught by women in 1988 to 64% in 2012, according to a study. The change could benefit girls, because past research has shown girls have more confidence in STEM when their teacher is a woman, Tuan Nguyen, one of the study's authors, said.
A Colorado school two years ago started a science, technology, engineering and math program that focuses on introducing its mostly Latino student body to potential careers in STEM fields. The seventh- through 12th-grade school offers STEM electives that focus on problem-solving and real-world applications, with two engineering teams qualifying for a national competition, teacher CeXochitl DeLaTorre said.
NASA's Parker Solar Probe passed close to Venus on Wednesday en route to its first rendezvous with the sun. The probe will gather solar information over a 12-day period beginning Oct. 31, then will narrow its orbit over the next seven years, getting closer to the sun with each pass.
Johns Hopkins University researchers found that the novel PET radiotracer F-18-XTRA had fast pharmacokinetics, elevated brain uptake and the ability to estimate α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor binding in extrathalamic brain regions within 90 minutes, with reduced hippocampal tracer binding linked to healthy aging. The tracer, described in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, may be used in tracking and evaluating brain changes, particularly among aging individuals and those with neurodegenerative diseases, researchers said.
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