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A Map of Maternity Leave Policies Around the World

June 24, 2014 If you're a woman working in the United States and your employer provides paid maternity leave, consider yourself lucky: Just 11 percent of Americans employed by private industry have access to some sort of paid family leave. For state and government employees, 16 percent can take paid family leave. The ...

Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life

April 15, 2014 Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle. Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. ...

America's Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted

March 25, 2014 Perhaps the most poignant detail from Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," was also one of the smallest: an overworked mother of three who "organized her time so ruthlessly that she always keyed in 1:11 or 2:22 or 3:33 on the microwave rather than ...

Beware: Mistakes and Workplace Injuries Spike After Switch to Daylight Savings Time

March 11, 2014 Are you feeling a bit sleepy at work today? If so, you're far from the only one. In fact, the Monday following the switch to Daylight Saving Time ranks among the days when Americans are the most under-rested: On average, Americans sleep for 40 minutes less the Sunday night following ...

The Only Woman in the Computer Science Department

March 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Irene Greif always thought she'd be a teacher. "For one thing," she told me, "I'd been told by my mother that it was good to be a teacher because you just worked the hours your kids were in school and you could come home." It had just always been the ...

Check Out This Video of Army Trucks That Drive Themselves

February 5, 2014 Last month, General Robert Cone, the head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, gave a speech that the service's future configuration. In short: fewer soldiers, more "lethality." How's that? Cone said that in the years and decades ahead, the Army could scale back its brigade combat team—dramatically—from 4,000 to ...

Just a Bunch of Autonomous Convoys Driving Around an Army Base

February 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last month, General Robert Cone, the head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, gave a speech that the service's future configuration. In short: fewer soldiers, more "lethality." How's that? Cone said that in the years and decades ahead, the Army could scale back its brigade combat team—dramatically—from 4,000 to ...

Why NASA Made a Movie You Can't Watch at Home

January 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We live in an age where just about any piece of multimedia is available from the comfort of one's living room. Want to watch a recent episode of Girls? Done. Want to see the Hunger Games? Easy enough. Yes, sometimes you may need to wait a few months while something ...

3D Printing and Legos: Perfect Together

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a little thrill in watching something you designed get built, layer by layer, by a 3D printer. But it's a slow thrill. 3D printing, even for a small object, can take a loooooong time. If you're just trying to make a little widget on a one-off basis, (say ...

Hunting Licenses to Shoot at Drones: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

January 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last spring, a Seattle woman reported that some guy was flying a drone over her yard. It was, she wrote, a "warm spring day," and she at first believed that the buzzing sound she was hearing was someone doing yardwork. But soon she looked out her third-story window, and saw ...