9 things you should never say to your coworkers at the office holiday party


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Too much booze, end-of-year stress, and coworkers can be a recipe for disaster.

That’s why office holiday parties are such a minefield of awkward situations.

Many offices are doing away with alcohol, or the party altogether, in the wake of sexual misconduct scandals currently plaguing a range of industries.

But if your office is having festivities this year, it’s crucial to remember that you’re pretty much still at work, even if it’s a party.

You need to be able to loosen up and enjoy yourself without looking like a complete fool or jeopardizing your job.

Business Insider spoke with HR and career professionals to highlight topics you’ll want to avoid at your office holiday party:

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1. ‘Could you introduce me to your daughter/son?’

Avoid hitting on your coworkers’ relatives. It’s awkward and it won’t end well.

"Be careful about jokes or crude remarks… there is nothing like your colleague asking to be introduced to your daughter that really makes the night and subsequent days at work uncomfortable," Rebecca Henderson, global group president of HR firm Randstad Sourceright, told Business Insider.

2. ‘I never realized you had such an amazing body — the way you dress in the office is far too conservative’

TriNet director of human capital services Jackie Breslin said, "Give a compliment that is appropriate and won’t make a coworker uncomfortable. A fair number of workplace complaints regarding inappropriate conduct have an origin at the company holiday party."

CEO of HR consulting firm OperationsInc. David Lewis agrees, noting that even statements as simple as "You look great" can come across as creepy. "Avoid anything that suggests anything sexual in lieu of the word ‘great,’" he said.

On a similar note, the holiday party is usually not the time to confess your office crush.

"Don’t use the holiday party as an excuse to share your intimate feelings with a colleague," said TopResume career advice expert Amanda Augustine.

Basically, don’t forget that you’re still at work.

3. ‘Can I drive you home?’

If you and your coworkers have been drinking, it’s important to make sure your coworkers are safe to drive. However, if you’re not sure about a colleague’s level of intoxication, you don’t want to sound overbearing or off putting.

"Instead, try, ‘I hate driving home after a party, don’t you? Let’s call it a night and call an Uber,’" said "All the Leader You Can Be" author Suzanne Bates."If alcohol is served, the one thing you don’t want to say is ‘Can I drive you home?’"

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The most spectacular meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, happens tonight — here’s how to watch



  • The Geminids will be the most spectacular meteor shower of the year due to a dark sky tonight.
  • The meteor shower will be visible from most of the world, but is best seen from the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Shooting stars will peak overnight between December 13 and 14, with about one meteor per minute between midnight and 4 a.m.

Don’t forget to look up at the sky tonight.

Every December, as our planet completes its annual journey around the sun, Earth passes through the tail of debris from a mysterious rocky object known as 3200 Phaethon. 

We don’t know exactly what it is. 

"Phaethon’s nature is debated," Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a blog post. "It’s either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet."

But we do know that when the dust and rocky grit from Phaethon hit Earth’s atmosphere, it creates a spectacular show: the Geminids meteor shower.

This year, the Geminids will be the best meteor shower of the year, according to Cooke, since August’s Perseids were somewhat outshone by the moon. This year’s crescent moon won’t rise until the early morning, leaving a dark sky for most of the night.

To best see the shooting stars, get away from bright lights as much as possible. The Geminids are visible from most of the world, though the view is better from the Northern Hemisphere. There’ll be good meteor activity starting at about 7:30 p.m. on December 13 going until dawn on December 14, according to Cooke. Peak activity is expected from midnight to 4 a.m.

During those hours, there should be about one visible meteor per minute if conditions are good where you are. If you live somewhere dark, you might also spot a few meteors in the following nights. 

"When you see a meteor, try to trace it backwards," Cooke said. "If you end up in the constellation Gemini there’s a good chance you’ve seen a Geminid."

If you’re in a place where a dark sky is hard to come by, you can check out NASA’s livestream from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, starting at sunset.

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Jeff Bezos just launched a dummy called ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ into space and safely returned it to Earth


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  • Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, successfully tested a reusable rocket-and-space-capsule system on Tuesday.
  • A spaceflight expert says the test represents "a big step" toward flying paying customers on suborbital flights.
  • Blue Origin is also working on a larger and more powerful rocket system that could take people to orbit and even the moon.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the secretive rocket company Blue Origin, has successfully test-launched a rocket system with a dummy and several experiments inside.

On Wednesday night, Bezos tweeted a video showing the seventh successful launch and landing of New Shepard, a rocket-and-crew-capsule system that Blue Origin scientists and engineers have quietly been working on for years in the desert of West Texas.

The video shows the New Shepard rocket lifting off, deploying its Crew Capsule 2.0 dozens of miles above Earth, and then landing back on the launch pad for later reuse.

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The footage follows the space capsule as it uses three parachutes and small thrusters to touch down in the desert at just 1 mile per hour. Then the words "READY TO FLY?" appear, along with a link to Blue Origin’s website.

At least one expert thinks the launch brings Bezos and Blue Origin much closer to flying people past the border between Earth and space known as the Kármán line.

That may start with the company’s employees by the end of 2018, said John Logsdon, a space policy expert and spaceflight historian at George Washington University.

"Blue Origin’s done a very careful, step-by-step program for qualifying New Shepard to carry paying passengers as well as experiments," Logsdon told Business Insider. "This seems to me to be a big step in that direction."

A high-altitude ‘upside-down bungee jump’

Blue Origin eventually hopes to launch paying customers past the Kármán line, which is about 60 miles above Earth’s surface. When the capsule reaches the top of an arc-like path and falls back toward the ground, passengers will experience a few minutes of zero-gravity flight and breathtaking views of Earth.

"A friend of mine calls it an upside-down bungee jump," Logsdon said, since the forces are inverted.

Blue Origin New Shepard Mission 7 Crew Capsule 2.0 Landing 2Blue Origin has yet to reveal the cost per passenger for such a flight, which the company calls its "astronaut experience". Other would-be suborbital spaceflight companies have priced individual tickets at around $200,000.

For Wednesday’s flight, engineers buckled in a test dummy that Blue Origin calls "Mannequin Skywalker" to measure the effects of the roughly 2,000-mile-per-hour launch, zero-gravity flight, and hard landing.

"’Mannequin Skywalker’ our instrumented test dummy had a great flight," Blue Origin said in a statement emailed to Business Insider.

Bigger space missions with New Glenn

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New Shepard seems a capable rocket system, but Logsdon notes it has a hard limitation. "The important thing is that they’re not going to orbit [Earth] with New Shepard," he said.

The rocket’s top speed is close to 3,000 miles per hour, yet a speed of 17,500 miles per hour is required to reach orbit.

Elon Musk of SpaceX has said that reaching such a speed requires about 100 times as much energy. SpaceX’s Falcon 9, upcoming Falcon Heavy, and hypothetical Big Falcon (or F—ing) Rocket systems are all reusable and could vastly lower the cost of access to space.

But Bezos isn’t sitting idly by while Musk attempts to dominate the spaceflight industry. Blue Origin is actively working on a rival reusable rocket system called New Glenn. Once complete, it should be able to ferry nearly 100,000 pounds — about the mass of 10 adult African elephants — into orbit. That would make it able to send people and equipment to the surface of the moon.

"New Glenn is more than something that’s on paper," Logsdon said, noting Blue Origin has built a factory to build the system at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. "It’s well on its way to becoming real."

Meanwhile, SpaceX hopes to launch its similarly capable Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in early 2018 — and use the test flight to send Musk’s red Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit.

SEE ALSO: How the used rockets of billionaires just might save humanity from doom

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Students solve a 60-year-old space radiation mystery


Earth’s Van Allen Belts are an area of energetic particles that surround our planet and are held in place thanks to Earth’s magnetic field. These radiation belts trap charged particles, protecting us from the effects of some of space’s most harmful radiation. There are still many mysteries we haven’t solved about the Van Allen Belts, but now, students at the University of Colorado Boulder have solved one that dates back 60 years.

The students uncovered the origin behind energetic particles that exist in the inner areas of Earth’s radiation belt. Scientists have long theorized that highly charged protons in these areas originated from cosmic ray albedo neutron decay (CRAND), which is what occurs when cosmic rays smash into neutrons in the Earth’s atmosphere. It results in charged particles, which become trapped in the Van Allen Belts. However, scientists did not extend this theory to cover the electrons on the inner edge of the belts.

Now, students have confirmed that CRAND is also responsible for the presence of highly charged electrons. It’s satisfying to have this mystery resolved, especially because these charged particles have a practical impact on space travel. They pose a hazard to both satellites and astronauts leaving the protective shell of the Earth’s magnetosphere to travel to the moon, Mars and beyond. Understanding where these particles come from can help us predict them.

But this discovery is also powerful because of the way it was made: by students through the use of CubeSats. CubeSats are small satellites, about the size of a loaf of bread or a shoebox. They are inexpensive to manufacture, and thanks to rocket startup companies like Vector and Rocket Lab, will soon be relatively cheap to launch as well. This particular satellite was funded through an NSF grant, and as space becomes increasingly accessible to high school and college students, you can bet that more discoveries like this are in our near future.

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Electric eels might be the key to powering implantable devices


Science has been inspired by eels for aquatic exploration before, sure, and now researchers are eyeing electric eels for motivation. The idea is to create a flexible self-powering device that could keep the juice flowing through a pacemaker or an internal medicine-delivery tool, without the need for a traditional battery pack.

To do this, scientists from the Adolphe Merkele Institute, University of Fribourg and University of Michigan printed thousands of droplets of hydrogel on a sheet, alternating between drops of a saline solution and water. A second sheet with selective-charge hydrogel drops is layered on top of the first, creating electricity as the ions move in opposite directions.

To produce a jolt of energy on demand, the team applied pressure to sheets folded in a particular way that would make the droplets stack and generate current. The team knows it has a ways to go before fully mimicking what an eel can do, but the researchers have the basics down.

More than just power implantables for the aged, the team said that this tech could be used for things like AR contact lenses. There’s also the chance that in the future we could generate bioelectricity from other bodily functions.

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How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images


How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

I am an unashamed lover of color. I say this because when I first started out as a photographer, color photography was considered inferior to black and white. This attitude was especially prevalent in the photo-art world.

I found that confusing because to me, color can bring so much expression, feeling, excitement and vitality to an image. Don’t we want that? As my very favorite photographer, Ernst Haas said:

“Color is joy. One does not think joy. One is carried by it.”

I totally agree!

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

In this article, I’d like to talk to you about how to use color to create more feeling, more depth, and more energy in your images.

After all, if your images are not provoking an impact, a feeling for your viewer, then they will be easy to forget. And don’t we all wish to create memorable and unique images?

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – Don McCullin

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

Colour is a form of expression

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  – Georgia O’Keeffe

I agree with her! As a really visual person, I find it hard to express the feelings I have about the world with words. I’ve learned how, but it comes much more naturally to me to express my curiosity about the world through taking photographs.

Color evokes a spectrum of feeling, and it that is what we really want to capture in our photography.

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

Think about how you feel when you see the intense red of a flower, the soft azure blue of the sea, the warm yellows of morning sun in summer, the dark muddy browns of the earth in fall.

That is what I want you to think about today. Not only the photographing of color itself, as an element almost, but how you can use color to bring intense feeling into your photograph. Show the viewer more about how it felt to stand in the place where you were. To infuse your photographs with a feeling of atmosphere.

In this article, I will give you three techniques for using color in your images. They go from simple to pretty hard – but I hope you will try all three.

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images - flowers

1. Using color as an element

The simplest way to start working with color in your photography is to use it as a key element within your image. Color can be used to provide contrast, shape, form, and texture.

The simple shape and form of color can be the subject of your photo. It can help you build elements within the photo.

I love to get inspiration for my photography from all kinds of sources. It’s important to me that I am not just stuck in the world of photography and image-making – because there is a stunning and unbelievable world out there for us to draw interesting and exciting ideas from. From philosophers to writers, musicians to scientists – I get ideas for photos from all kinds of places.

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

I love very simple, bold background for portraits. I’m always keeping my eye out for backgrounds like these.

I love how so many painters use color in big, bold ways to create powerful elements in their work. Painters such as Henri Matisse with his simple shapes and beautiful colors, Mark Rothko with his thick banks of color that seem to suck you into his paintings and Van Gogh with his heavy brush strokes of rich color.

Here is another quote from the painter Georgia O’Keeffe that explains a lot of what I am doing with my photography: drawing attention to things that most people miss

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

In this photo, I used the contrasting colors to make a simple and interesting composition with some abandoned chairs. For me turning simple things I find on the street, peeling off walls, at my feet, into something interesting is a favorite thing for me to do in my photography.

2. Using color to evoke a feeling

A more interesting way to use color – and one that takes more practice – is to use it purposely to create a feeling in your image. Color evokes all kinds of different feelings for people.

Painter Wassily Kandinsky developed many theories about art, one being that color created different feelings and states within the viewer.

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.” – Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky felt that colors evoked these feelings and states:

  • Yellow – warm, exciting, happy
  • Blue – deep, peaceful, supernatural
  • Green – peace, stillness, nature
  • White – harmony, silence, cleanliness
  • Black – grief, dark, unknown
  • Red – glowing, confidence, alive
  • Orange – radiant, healthy, serious

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

To use color to evoke feeling is a more sophisticated way to incorporate it into your images.

Now, where is a good place to start with this process?

Look at how the color you are seeing affects how you feel. Explore and examine color – almost in that state that toddlers do – with a sense of wonder and freshness. Then you can bring that into your images.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be big bold colors, it can be about the subtle, the evocative colors. I love playing with greys, browns, and blacks – and drawing out the subtlety in their range.

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

3. Capturing the inherent qualities of your subject using color

This has to be the hardest, most sophisticated technique of the three presented here – but it’s so worth trying it as you will create images with more complexity.

What I mean by capturing the inherent qualities of your subject using color, is to reveal the qualities of your subject using color. Pablo Picasso explained it even better than me when he is said:

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

How to Capture the Feeling of Color and Create More Compelling Images

So you are using the color to tell the viewer something of what that subject is. What it feels or looks like, what it is or how it is.

I love this photo below because to me it captures perfectly the browns, yellows, and oranges of autumn. I can feel autumn in this photo.

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The colors I am capturing here are not a compositional tool, but about revealing more about the subject itself.

I hope those were some interesting ideas to you. I love to know how you use color in your photography – and if you found some useful tips here that you can apply to your images.

Please let me know by commenting below.


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This incredible NASA animation shows what it’s like to fly into Jupiter’s Great Red Spot


The most famous storm in the solar system is also one of the largest: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The storm is just a blemish on Jupiter, but if you compare it to the size of Earth — this storm could swallow our entire planet whole. In July, NASA Juno spacecraft flew over the spot and NASA then used that data to produce a simulated flight through the Great Red Spot. Following is a transcript of the video. 

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is orbiting Jupiter. Recently, it flew over Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot is a giant storm 1.3X the size of Earth that’s been raging for hundreds of years. As Juno flew over the swirling vortex, it measured the storm’s temperature and depth.

NASA then used Juno’s data to produce this simulation of what it would be like to fly into this massive storm. The storm is 50 to 100X deeper than Earth’s oceans. As you dive deeper into the atmosphere the temperature increases. 

"The warmth of the spot’s base explains the ferocious winds we see at the top of the atmosphere," said Andy Ingersoll, Juno co-investigator in a NASA statement.

Wind speeds are greater than Earth’s most powerful hurricanes. So, it’s best that Juno keep its distance and simply enjoy the view from afar.


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Watch the fascinating birth of a new island in Tonga



In December 2014, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga, leading to the creation of a new island called Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai — and the whole thing’s been caught on camera.

The new island was only predicted to last only few months, as it eroded quickly after its formation. That erosion began to subside six months in, and now NASA thinks the island will have a 6- to 30-year lifespan.

The creation of the island is also a source of curiosity for scientists working on Mars exploration, as detailed in this video by NASA. It’s fascinating stuff. Read more…

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The 10 most popular workouts of 2017


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Move over yogis.

The trendiest workouts of 2017 went far beyond the mat.

Instead of slow, body-flexing stretches and heart-pumping balances, the most popular exercises this year focused on fast and intense moves.

Here they are, ranked from most to least Googled — along with what the science says about their effectiveness and their overall benefits on your body.

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10. Oblique exercises are key to a strong core and 6-pack abs.

Washboard abs don’t come from hundreds of crunches or sit-ups. Instead, you need to work all of your core muscles — including your obliques, the muscles that run along the sides of your stomach.

Instead of crunches, the folks at Harvard Medical School recommend planks, the exercise that involves holding yourself on your hands and toes in a pre-push-up position.

9. The "17.2" is a daily CrossFit workout with dumbbells as its foundation.

Like Murph (No. 1 on this list), 17.2 has its roots in CrossFit.

It’s a 12-minute routine released during the CrossFit Games, a global fitness competition started in 2007 that tests participants’ ability to move large loads quickly over long distances and it involves lunges, pikes (hanging from a bar and raising your toes to reach the bar), dumbbell squat lifts, and bar muscle-ups (hanging on a bar and swinging to lift your body until your waist touches the bar).

All of these moves are challenging and can cause injury — so don’t do them without a trained professional or before speaking with your doctor.

8. Targeted inner thigh workouts will help tone your whole body.

Daily activities like walking and sitting won’t work the muscles that run along the insides of your legs, but nearly all of the workouts on this list should. 

You can also try “bridge,” a move that involves laying on your back with your feet on the floor and a rolled up towel or block between your bent knees. Squeeze the towel or block as you raise your butt toward the ceiling. Hold for a few seconds and lower back down. Start with 3 sets of 5-10 reps.

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