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.
How Do You Cope With Getting Laid Off?
Why Do Chimpanzees Have Such Wrinkled Faces?
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.
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.
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.)
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:
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.
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).
What Are the Differences Between Teaching Undergraduate and Graduate Students?
Answer by Elizabeth H. Simmons, dean, professor, ACE fellow, physicist:
As a physics professor, I’ve taught students at every level in the university from freshman nonmajors through doctoral students.
The pedagogical tools are similar at all levels, in that active-learning methods are the most effective for promoting deep understanding and mastery. One should use pure lecture as sparingly as one can and do as much as possible to get the students talking and applying material right in the classroom. However, it is far easier to come up with classroom tabletop demonstrations for elementary courses than for advanced ones (those tend to get rather heavily mathematical), so the particular kinds of active learning one employs shift from the hand-on to the calculational and conceptual as one moves from freshmen through graduate students.
How Does NASA Use Underwater Missions to Prepare for Space?
The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, project has a charter to extend human presence across the solar system by the affordable and innovative use of spaceflight analogs.