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Aug. 30 2016 7:03 AM

Is Sherlock Holmes Rich?

Answer by Kynan Eng, tech startups and research, neuromorphic engineering:

It is not clear if Sherlock Holmes is rich, but he will need a decent after-tax income to live his lifestyle in modern London in 2016: 7,680 pounds ($10,064) per month living on his own or 5,460 pounds ($7,155) living with Watson. Before tax, he will need to make a rather hefty 12,828 pounds ($16,810) per month to live on his own or 8,346 pounds ($10,937) per month with Watson. We’ll assume that he doesn’t have any student loans or special tax exemptions.

Aug. 29 2016 7:08 AM

Do Antibacterial Soaps Do More Harm Than Good?

Answer by Tirumalai Kamala, immunologist, Ph.D., mycobacteriology, on Quora:

Over the years, the consensus that the harm caused by antibacterial soaps outweighs the benefits has indeed coalesced. But to understand how antibacterial soaps could harm, we first need to understand how they differ from regular soaps. Also referred to as antimicrobial or antiseptic soaps, they contain chemicals that regular soaps don't.

Aug. 27 2016 7:10 AM

How Do You Take a Good Selfie?

Answer by Mira Zaslove, shutter-bug, taken thousands upon thousands of photos:

Selfies are tough, because you are both the model and the photographer. Generally, I prefer being behind the camera, rather than in front of it. However, I’ve taken my share of selfies. Most make me cringe, but there are a few things you can do to make them more successful.

Aug. 22 2016 7:12 AM

How Do You Cope With Getting Laid Off?

Answer by Nela Canovic, productivity hacker, writer, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, on Quora:

Here are five things you can do if you know you're getting laid off:

First, resist getting emotional about it.

Layoffs are more common than you think.

Aug. 20 2016 7:03 AM

Why Do Chimpanzees Have Such Wrinkled Faces?

Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, BSc.(Hons) in zoology; Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, on Quora:

It’s not just chimps. Other apes and their babies are wrinkly, too.

You know who else has a lot of wrinkles? Premature human babies. During the last month of gestation, babies don’t develop much neurologically or physiologically. They just fatten up. Even full-term babies are still kinda wrinkly, but within a few months, they get nice and chubby.

Aug. 19 2016 7:13 AM

Should Children Learn MMA?

Answer by David Chan, M.D., black belt Shotokan karate, learning Krav and MMA:

As with every question and answer on martial arts, it always depends on the school and instructor. Add in kids and the selection becomes even more important because the school and instructor(s) are likely to have meaningful imprints on their developing personalities. Training for kids is not the same as for training teens, where the training because more like that of adults.

Aug. 18 2016 7:05 AM

How Does a Person Know When Someone Is Looking at Her?


Answer by Paul King, director of data science at Quora, computational neuroscientist:



There are several things going on when you see someone looking at you, all of which happen very quickly. (This applies to actually seeing someone looking at you, not “sensing it” from behind or in the periphery.)


Aug. 17 2016 7:08 AM

What’s the Best Way to Earn Respect at Work?

Answer by John L. Miller, software engineer and architect who has worked at Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Oracle:

The path to becoming respected is simple. How do you get more respect? You earn it.

At work, here are things you can do to earn more respect:

Aug. 16 2016 7:04 AM

What Went Wrong at Yahoo?

Answer by Igor Markov, EECS Professor at Michigan:

Yahoo started as a manually constructed list of links to websites and aspired to be a media portal to the web. The culture that developed at Yahoo apparently shortchanged engineering in the grand scheme of things; media people were viewed more important. At Google, engineers were first-class citizens, so Google attracted top engineers and could be very selective in hiring. Over the years, Google (and later Facebook) assembled a greater brain and skill capital than Yahoo. Google started later than Yahoo and viewed the core challenge as an algorithmic problem—finding the best websites through automated indexing and real-time search, not manual indexing like Yahoo. So, Google relied on automation more; used a memorable, minimalistic interface that didn’t require daily maintenance; focused on a better-defined objective; and leap-frogged the competition.

Aug. 15 2016 7:09 AM

Is Denial Healthy?

Answer by David Chan, M.D. from UCLA, Stanford oncology fellowship:

A certain amount of denial is healthy in life. We can’t go day by day fearful of possible disaster.

I take care of cancer patients and do my very best to present to them the seriousness of their situations in an open and frank manner (except for the rare patient who responds to my question about wanting to know in the negative).