Month: December 2016

The Surprising Origins of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Tradition — TIME

On New Year’s Eve, Americans may turn on their televisions and have a ball watching a sparkling orb be lowered from a flagpole at the top of One Times Square. The conclusion of the ball drop has become the annual signal that the clock has struck midnight on the first day of the year. But,…

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Just Want 2016 to End Already? You’ll Have to Wait Another Second — TIME

If you’re waiting for 2016 to end, you will have to wait one second longer. Precisely one additional second will be tacked on to the end of Dec. 31, 2016, in order to account for the precise time it takes for the earth to travel around the sun. Instead of the customary 86,400 seconds in…

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In Japan, a lot of the country stays home on New Year’s Eve and watches TV — Quartz

The question of how to spend New Year’s Eve each year often brings with it a surge of dreaded FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): Which party will you attend? Who with? Will the bar down the road be more fun? Or should you head to that fancy party instead? And, of course, who will you…

via In Japan, a lot of the country stays home on New Year’s Eve and watches TV — Quartz

How Hiring at a Startup Is Completely Different From Hiring in Finance — Fortune

“Should I head to Google or Goldman?” It’s a question more people are asking themselves these days as finance and tech make up two of the most attractive careers. It’s not only a question for new grads, either: as the finance industry continues to contract in the wake of the recession, more bankers are making…

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SpaceX Is Finally Preparing to Start Launching Rockets Again — Fortune

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now loaded with 10 satellites as the company led by Elon Musk prepares for its first launch since an explosion in September. Iridium Communications, a mobile voice and data satellite communications company, tweeted Friday that 10 of its next-generation satellites were now “stacked and encapsulated” in the fairing of the…

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Volkswagen is changing its official language from German to English — Quartz

Nearly 80 years ago, in May 1937, the German government, under the control of Adolf Hitler, started a car company in the city of Wolfsburg. The goal was to create an affordable vehicle for regular folks—for about $140—and the company was called Volkswagen. Since then, VW has grown into a giant international corporation, with a…

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A 13-foot-tall, Avatar-like manned robot took its first steps — Quartz

The fighting machines from James Cameron’s Avatar are stepping out from the reel and into real life. Soldiers in the 2009 science fiction movie engaged in combat while sitting inside gigantic military exoskeletons, which could weather harsh conditions and navigate tricky terrains. South Korean company Hankook Mirae Technology recently debuted a similarly-styled robot: the Method-2.…

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