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6/18/2021

Composer and musician Danny Elfman admits to being a better solo creator than collaborator, only learning to co-create after he took on film scores and had to mesh with the director's vision. Elfman talks about working on the film "Milk," where two weeks of hard work failed to land with director Gus Van Sant, yet a dashed-off piece of music ended up being the foundation of the score.

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6/18/2021

Car shoppers can buy a MINI vehicle online within 30 minutes or less through a new platform being tested in California. "Though showroom visits are declining nationwide, the auto industry has the technology and digital tools available to meet shoppers where they are," says CARS CEO Alex Vetter.

6/18/2021

Why it matters: The hype around the post-pandemic hookup-apalooza many are expecting this summer has included such catchphrases as "Hot Vax Summer" and "Vaxxed and Waxed." Move over "Roaring 20s," here comes the "Moaning 20s."



This article dissects why casual sex might be on the rise in the aftermath of the pandemic and offers important insights about the impact such behavior can have on a person's physical and mental health. On the mental health front, be sure to note the point the article makes about the difference between autonomous and nonautonomous casual sex.

Laugh line: While listing some of the reasons casual sex has actually been on the decline in recent years, the author, Nicole K. McNichols, pens this gem:

"For young men in particular, increased video game usage and living at home with one's parents also negatively correlate with casual sex hookups. This last point is perhaps not surprising."

Bravo Nicole, bravo!

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6/18/2021

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6/18/2021

Bluffing your way through leadership is a poor strategy for a CEO, even when you lack management experience, writes Sabrina Horn, who started her company at 29. CEOs who accept their responsibility as boss, articulate their values and have a trusted set of advisers are on their way to authentic leadership, Horn writes.

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6/18/2021

Two commonly held ideas are that trust in our society is in decline and that rebuilding trust is straightforward, when the evidence suggests that trust is more multifaceted and complex than these reductions suppose, writes Valeria Maltoni. Add in the effects of technology, and leaders must view trust in terms of "reliability (fulfilling expectations), accountability (keeping promises and correcting screw ups), and protection (platforms to mitigate the risk of bad things happening)," Maltoni writes.

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6/18/2021

Cynicism, detachment and losing joy in your work are among potential signs of burnout, writes Suzi McAlpine, who offers 12 questions to ask yourself as a starting point. This pessimism, apathy and distrust "can even show up as bitterness, directed towards colleagues, customers or clients or patients, the organisation itself -- or, perhaps most destructively, towards themselves," McAlpine writes.

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6/18/2021

Regular time in nature is good for stress reduction and happiness, and time in deeper nature -- a forest rather than a busy urban park -- has even more benefits, according to two Finnish studies. Neuroscientist Rachel Hopman recommends a formula of 20 minutes in nature on three days a week, graduating to at least five hours a month in wilder nature and culminating in three days each year off the grid.

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Prevention
6/18/2021

Going to warp might be a science fiction invention, but real-life scientists continue to seriously consider the concept of traveling faster than light. A recent paper looks at warp drive through the lens of Albert Einstein's general relativity but, despite much investigation, fails to find a realistic way to break the light barrier.

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Big Think
6/18/2021

Businesses would be unwise to think workspaces should snap back to the pre-pandemic configuration as people begin to come back, Martha Bird advises. "The time has come for more nuanced approaches to workplaces as ecosystems rather than discrete physical locations," she writes.