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“You dare to fail fast,” read the job description for a leadership role at a burgeoning startup. Pretty stark, and with a meaning that isn’t even clear. We presume this means that we should be innovative, screw up, learn from it and then grow. Somewhere along the pathway through all this failure, we’re also supposed to keep our job or keep our business afloat. 

 

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The philosophy of kaizen — or continuous improvement — is a combination of two words: Kai, meaning change, and zen, meaning good. Although its origins can be traced back to the rebuilding effort that followed World War II, it became known in the West after Japanese organizational theorist Masaaki Imai released the book Kaizen: The Key To Japan’s Competitive Success in 1986. 

 

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The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform must immediately and finally eliminate pay discrimination,’ said TUI president Martin Marjoram. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Most secondary teachers believe extra supports are needed next year to help students who are lagging behind due to Covid-related disruption to teaching and learning, according to a new survey.

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) online survey of 1,200 members carried out in March and April found that 87 per cent of respondents believe additional supports will be needed during the 2022/23 academic year.

Image: The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform must immediately and finally eliminate pay discrimination,’ said TUI president Martin Marjoram. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

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The spiral galaxy M91 fills the frame of this Wide Field Camera 3 observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. M91 lies approximately 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices and—as is evident in this image—is a barred spiral galaxy. While M91's prominent bar makes for a spectacular galactic portrait, it also hides an astronomical monstrosity. Like our own galaxy, M91 contains a supermassive black hole at its center. A 2009 study using archival Hubble data found that this central black hole weighs somewhere between 9.6 and 38 million times as much as the Sun.

Image: Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team

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A team of scientists has used GPU-accelerated deep learning to show how colour can be brought to night-vision systems.

In a paper published in the journal PLOS One, a team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine led by Professor Pierre Baldi and Dr Andrew Browne, describes how they reconstructed color images of photos of faces using an infrared camera.

The study is a step toward predicting and reconstructing what humans would see using cameras that collect light using imperceptible near-infrared illumination.

 

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Nine Entertainment has consolidated its internal communications onto Slack, with all 5000 staff across its television, radio and publishing brands now using the platform on a daily basis.

Chief information and technology officer Damian Cronan told Salesforce’s World Tour in Sydney this month that following the pandemic, Slack had gone from simple messaging app to Nine’s “digital HQ”.

“We were a business that used to have different tools; half the business was on Microsoft, half the business was on Google,” he said.

 

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Cursor and Polar Pacer Pro smartwatch includes an integrated barometer with wrist based running power Gadget Flow

Get the most out of your running routine with the Polar Pacer Pro runner’s smartwatch. This new-generation watch is ultra-light and comfortable to wear while you exercise. The Polar Pacer Pro uses advanced training features to help you improve your performance. It tracks your distance, pace, time, heart rate, calories burned, and more. Furthermore, it provides guidance throughout your run via audio and visual cues to help you achieve a personal best time or distance. Additionally, this powerful training watch includes a built-in barometer altimeter for accurate elevation readings when you’re outdoors. Finally, this GPS running watch has a sleek design that comes in various colors including Snow White and Midnight Blue. Choose the one that suits your style best! Overall, this gadget is great for all fitness levels as well as beginners just starting out with running or exercising in general. Impress yourself with what you can achieve!

Image: https://thegadgetflow.com

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A sunrise on Mars is a different experience from a sunrise on Earth. NASA's InSight lander, a stationary explorer that has been in residence on the red planet since late 2018, documented the gentle, beautiful moments when the sun comes up on Mars.

"I'll never tire of sunrise on Mars," the InSight team tweeted this week. "Each morning, that distant dot climbs higher in the sky, giving me energy for another round of listening to the rumbles beneath my feet." A GIF shows the glowing orb of the sun as it moved above the horizon on April 10.

Image: That distant dot is the sun coming up on Mars as seen by NASA's InSight lander on April 10, 2022. NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Healthcare offers one of the biggest areas where AI could impact people. AI in healthcare is already widespread but is expected to grow even further. The global artificial intelligence in healthcare market size was valued at USD 10.4 billion in 2021. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.4% from 2022 to 2030. There are many drivers for this, including growing availability of data; increased demand for personalized medicine; the rising elderly population; the need to reduce expenses etc

Image: https://www.datasciencecentral.com

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At a time when 41% of us are considering quitting our jobs, it’s time for us to understand why and what we can do about it.

In this special series from HBR, we’re looking at how to craft your current job around the work you really love. In this episode, we’ll explain how to identify which tasks fit that bill and can lead you to a more fulfilling and successful career.

 

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My first job in America, after I graduated from business school, was at Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen’s consulting firm. Christensen, who coined the theory of disruptive innovation, was one of the most influential business thinkers of our time. CEOs flocked to him for help spotting and preempting disruption of their businesses as well as the creation of their own disruptive innovation, so he built a consulting firm to help. I was a part of that team.

 

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