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8/20/2018

Prisoners in at least 17 states plan to go on a three-week work and hunger strike to protest what they call unfair labor and wage practices. Prison officials say jobs give inmates work skills, but prisoners say that they are exploited and that low wages keep them from meeting financial obligations or paying for necessities in prison.

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Vox, The Hill
8/20/2018

A 42-year-old Scottish woman had a cyst removed from her eyelid, and a contact lens she previously believed to be lost was found inside. As a teenager, 28 years ago, the woman was hit in the eye with a badminton shuttlecock, dislodging the contact.

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BBC
8/20/2018

There are ways to make yourself stand out at work, says Kaethe Schuster, national account manager at The Dow Chemical Company. "Never be a bystander, think ahead and always bring something original to the table. Providing industry insights, contacts, ideas and other relevant solutions will make you valuable," she says.

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8/20/2018

Meet with people at companies you admire and figure out a way to create a position within a company that aligns with your career ambitions, GE Ventures' Risa Stack says. "Try and think about what it is that you want to do, and then find the right environment to do it in," Stack adds.

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Entrepreneur online
8/20/2018

Keep the tone of your email from appearing too desperate or demanding, and always give the recipient an out to avoid an uncomfortable situation for both of you, writes executive coach Rebecca Zucker. You may write in your email, "I'm sure you are very busy, so if this is not a good time for you (or if you don't feel like you know this person well enough to make an introduction), I completely understand," suggests Zucker.

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Rebecca Zucker
8/20/2018

End every written or spoken conversation with a call to action, leadership expert Judith Humphrey suggests. "Your 'closing' should open doors and move you onto the next step," she writes.

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Fast Company online
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Judith Humphrey
8/20/2018

Emphasize your specific role and contributions within a team at former positions rather than focusing on the team's successes as a whole, Amazon recruiter Celeste Joy Diaz recommends. Back your claims with numbers, such as revenue growth or monthly goals met, executive career coach Tina Nicolai says.

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Business Insider
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8/20/2018

Research everything you can about a company and, if working with a recruiter, ask about the typical interviewing process at the company. Practice telling stories of past successes, as well as answers to behavioral-type interview questions, Ray Bixler writes.

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Ray Bixler
8/20/2018

A technologically advanced desk design from the researchers at MIT Media Lab is able to sense stress by collecting over 30 biological markers from the person using it. The workspace adapts to signs of stress by switching to calming colors or visuals, such as a serene nature scene, on its integrated video screen.

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Quartz
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MIT Media Lab
8/17/2018

Opportunity, a Mars rover with valuable images of the planet, hasn't been heard from since June, and NASA engineers have attempted to wake it up by playing a new song every day since Aug. 4. The agency compiled a Spotify playlist with songs that have been or will be played to Opportunity, including Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

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NASA, Spotify, David Bowie