New study delves into what makes a great leader

According to a new study by Dina Krasikova, assistant professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the key to a successful, creative leader is confidence. Krasikova, an expert in leadership, took a closer look at the modern workplace and noted that many factors lead to a productive, well-led team.

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5 reasons why physicians fail as leaders

Most physicians are smart and very talented. They’re skilled clinicians and technically superb. But despite such abilities, they fail to get others to follow them, once they take on the role of leader. As a consequence, they’re unable to get physicians to change or improve performance. Jay Conger, a professor of business at Claremont McKenna […]

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Mining to dining: Australia becomes China’s land of milk and honey

Asian consumers determined to improve their lifestyle are boosting the fortunes of Australian producers of premium baby milk formula, vitamins and honey, as the region’s burgeoning middle class jumps on the health food bandwagon.

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How plants protect photosynthesis from oxygen

During the daytime, plants convert the Sun’s energy into sugars using photosynthesis, a complex, multi-stage biochemical process. New work identifies a protein needed for assembling the photosynthetic apparatus that may help us understand the history of photosynthesis back in the early days of life on Earth, a time when oxygen was not abundant in the atmosphere.

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If Apple loses, your home could be the next thing that’s unlocked

wp-1453683737683.jpg“In a recent interview about Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the Department of Justice, Tim Cook said that our smartphones have more information about us and our families than any other device we own. He’s right. And if the FBI is able to compel Apple or any company to circumvent a phone’s encryption, it would tap into a wealth of information. But it’s not just the tiny computers in our pocket we need to be concerned about. Your home and car tech could also be affected by the ruling if law enforcement deems it necessary.”

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Drone flies within 30 feet of passenger jet landing at Heathrow

Multiple close-misses near London revealed in UK air safety report, plenty more in the US.

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The Most Popular Porn Searches in Every State

The Most Popular Porn Searches in Every State

Red states and blue states might not agree on much, but they do find some common ground on one topic: Porn. Americans really like porn. And apparently, according to PornHub data, Americans really like lesbian, stepmom, and stepsister porn in particular.

The porn site just revealed the most popular porn search terms by state. Lesbian porn rules most of the country, with stepmom and stepsister not far behind. Rounding out our licentious video preferences are ebony and cartoon pornography.

So there you have it. Something to keep in mind on your next road trip through our great nation. If there’s one thing Rhode Islanders love, for example, it’s the great seafood—and MILFs.

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Shockingly, Salem’s Plan to Unleash 75 Lawn Care Goats on the City Did Not End Well

Shockingly, Salem's Plan to Unleash 75 Lawn Care Goats on the City Did Not End Well
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Salem has shuttered its program that turned park landscaping responsibilities over to a crew of several dozen goats, after the goats ran amok, drove away park visitors, and cost the city tens of thousands of dollars.

The city in Oregon first unleashed several dozen goats on its parks back in October. and just four months later, it’s rounding them up. The biggest problem was the cost. Salem’s Statesman Journal reports that with goat rental, a herder, and an inmate crew that was hired to clean up after the goats, the cost so far was $20,000. Previously, it would have cost city maintenance crews just over $3,000 to keep everything looking nice.

The goats weren’t just expensive, though, they were also messy, picky, and indifferent workers. While the goats did, indeed, keep the grass tidy, they also ate up all the native plants the city had been attempting to restore. In the case of some other plants, the goats would just nibble, and leave the rest behind for the human clean up crew to deal with. Despite the city’s claim that the goats were “universally welcomed” by park goers, visitors quickly began complaining about the smell and avoiding the parks.

Setting aside Salem’s unorthodox solution, landscaping is actually a big problem for cities right now because most parks weren’t planned with an intense drought in mind. Fortunately, there’s actually already a pretty good solution to that problem, and one that does not require 75 goats to achieve: Don’t care for lawns, just get rid of them.


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