Daily Archives: September 23, 2014

2014 may become hottest year on record


New York: The year 2014 is poised to become the warmest year ever measured, suggests new data released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The combined temperature of June, July and August has been unprecedented in historical records, said the NOAA data, suggesting that Earth’s oceans reached a level last month not seen since humans have been keeping comprehensive weather data, wired.com reported.

“Global ocean temperatures in August 2014 warmed to the largest departure from average for any month on record,” according to a NOAA statement.

The previous record was set in June 2014.

“If the next four months rank among the five warmest on record, 2014 will be the warmest on record for the globe,” Jake Crouch of the National Climatic Data Centre was quoted as saying.

“Having an El Nino would increase the chances of 2015 starting out much warmer than average, and approaching record or near record warmth,” Crouch added.


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Soon, technology to help human body heal itself

Washington: U.S president Barack Obama has revealed about Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s program that aims to help the human body heal itself.

Doug Weber, DARPA program manager, said that the technology DARPA plans to develop through the Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program could fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness.

Weber added that instead of relying only on medication, they envision a closed-loop system that would work in concept like a tiny, intelligent pacemaker, which would continually assess conditions and provide stimulus patterns tailored to help maintain healthy organ function, helping patients get healthy and stay healthy using their body’s own systems.

Initiated in support of the President’s brain initiative, ElectRx (pronounced “electrics”) aims to develop new, high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health.

ElectRx technologies are also expected to help accelerate scientific research aimed at achieving a more complete understanding of the structure and function of specific neural circuits and their role in health and disease.

Potential targets include recently identified circuits involved in regulating immune system function, providing new hope for treating a range of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

ElectRx is also expected to improve peripheral nerve stimulation treatments for brain and mental health disorders, such as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression.


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5 Steps for Becoming an Indispensable Leader


Indispensable leaders make employees better, they drive revenue and maintain a sense of optimism around the office.

They understand that each day of leading is a challenge and embrace the hurdles they encounter rather than circumvent those obstacles.

These are the individuals who accept full responsibility for the performance of their people. They embrace the fact that the buck stops with them.

Most importantly, indispensable leaders leverage their influence, knowledge and experience in order to make the companies they work for win.

They share an unwillingness to accept defeat. As a result, they figure out what must be done in order to achieve uncanny monetary improvements.

Below, you’ll find a few key implementations that will not only propel you to the next level, but that will also make you invaluable and indispensable to any company.

Remember, the more important an applicant is to their company, the more options they have upon working with recruiters, HR managers or executives upon searching for other jobs.

Personal success without leadership brings only limited effectiveness. Without leadership ability, a person’s impact is only a fraction of what it could be with strong management.

When average leaders depart from an organization, it is an annoyance to that company. HR may have to take significant time and energy to find a replacement, people around the office may have to take on extra responsibility.

Though, it does not hinder the “big picture.” The more difficult you are to replace, the easier it is to negotiate raises, start entrepreneurial ventures within the company and gain the respect of both your subordinates, bosses and clients.

Prior to requesting a promotion, asking for a raise or leveraging another job offer, you have to gauge how crucial you are to the company’s success.

For measurement purposes, there are a few questions that are imperative to answer. Be honest with yourself and, where you fall short make the necessary adjustments to improve your skills, work ethic and sense of character as the greater the consequences for the company, the greater your leverage is in a myriad of areas.

1. Create an unified vision among your subordinates. A team doesn’t win the championship if their players are working from conflicting agendas. Getting everyone on the same page will allow you to become a key part of the company as the organization risks losing clients, employees and moral if you leave.

2. Develop a good relationship with those under you. People want to go along with those whom they get along with. Build trust by being honest and authentic.

3. Become cognizant of market changes. Really strong leaders have a special capacity to anticipate the radically unexpected. Start to become cognizant of the moves made by your competitors and be aware of new entrants and threats to the industry.

Companies live and die by their ability to alter business strategies with changing market conditions. Often, the individual who can do this is worth their weight in gold to the company.

4. Surround yourself with people better and smarter than you are. A good leader has the courage to surround themselves with people better than themselves.

5. Gain a heavy duty resilience. Every leader makes mistakes, every leader stumbles and falls. Indispensable leaders learn from mishaps, regroup and then get going with a renewed speed, conviction and confidence.

Work on improving yourself before you attempt to improve others. Find a job that you are passionate about and an industry you are happy with. Know where your time goes.

Remember, becoming an integral part of a company will not only provide you with a happier, more lucrative career, but it will also foster self-confidence and a sense of well-being.


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